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Author: Diana Nollen | May 4, 2012 | No comments

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia AMANA — The Old Creamery Theatre is opening its 41st season with a completely satisfying theatrical experience. "On Golden Pond" is the reason the term "dramedy" was born. The show, which opened Thursday (5/3/12) on the professional troupe's main stage in Amana, is a ...

Author: Diana Nollen | April 28, 2012 | No comments

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia IOWA CITY — Opie and Otis don't live in Working Group Theatre's "Mayberry," but plenty of Eastern Iowans do. This brilliant Hancher-commissioned play gives voice to the culture clash in Iowa City and neighboring communities undergoing ethnic transformations. The main focus is on the ...

Author: Diana Nollen | April 16, 2012 | No comments

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia AMES — Glen Campbell was having the time of his life at Stephens Auditorium on Sunday night (4/15/12), and 1,700 of us were lucky enough to attend the party. Supported by his three youngest children and other trusted friends in his band, Campbell ...

REVIEW: Chamber Showcase takes audience on journey of emotions
Author: Diana Nollen | April 14, 2012 | No comments

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia CEDAR RAPIDS — The only thunder heard early Saturday night (4/14/12) during Orchestra Iowa's aptly named Chamber Showcase was the thunder of applause. The storms rolled in later. Four works by four diverse composers who straddled the 19th and 20th centuries gave seven ...

REVIEW: C.R. Opera Theatre whips ups decadent evening of chocolate swirls
Author: Diana Nollen | April 1, 2012 | No comments

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group CEDAR RAPIDS — Sweet music filled the halls, atrium and cooking lab in the Hotel at Kirkwood Center on Saturday night (3/31/12), in a delectable  evening of divas and desserts with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. Stir in  some delicious dish from Lynne Rossetto ...

Author: Diana Nollen | March 31, 2012 | No comments

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group IOWA CITY -- "A Steady Rain" is theater at its most powerful. No fancy scenery, no bells and whistles. Just two chairs, two brilliant actors, deft direction and a script that takes your breath away. A rapt audience gasped, squirmed and exploded with ...

REVIEW: Magnetic Fields draws in listeners with intoxicating brew
Author: Diana Nollen | March 29, 2012 | No comments

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group IOWA CITY — Seeing The Magnetic Fields in concert is a very different experience than hearing The Magnetic Fields on a CD. The audience attraction is strong from both experiences, even if they're polar opposites. The retro-poppy electronic soundscapes from the studio are all ...

REVIEW: Orchestra Iowa, guests, deliver magnificent ‘St. John Passion’
Author: Diana Nollen | March 25, 2012 | No comments

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group CEDAR RAPIDS — Witnessing Bach's "St. John Passion" is a religious experience, whether or not you know or believe the text on which it is based. The music, the story, the artistry transcend time, and in the hands of Orchestra Iowa, Luther ...

REVIEW: Younger Farley finds own voice in family funny business
Author: Diana Nollen | March 17, 2012 | No comments

  By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group CEDAR RAPIDS — Kevin Farley may admittedly be a D-List actor, but he's at least a C-List comedian, even nudging toward a B. Of course it helps to have an older sibling pave the way to Hollywood, tossing bit parts your way, but Farley, a year ...

Author: Diana Nollen | March 10, 2012 | No comments

By Diana Nollen/ SourceMedia Group CEDAR RAPIDS -- "The Wedding Singer" is no "Romeo and Juliet," nor does it try to be. Shakespeare's tragedy has been done and redone, just like the hairdos onstage now through March 31, 2012, at Theatre Cedar Rapids. No, the only tragedies in ...

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