A column by Matthew Brewbaker
March is going to be excellent for a lot of reasons this year. While I am also a big college basketball fan, in this case, I’m talking about the fantastic opportunities to get out of the house and start enjoying live events all over the state and corridor. With the Mission Creek Festival approaching in Iowa City at the beginning of April, you can begin to flexing those audience member muscles early.
Early in March, one of my favorite people brings one of my favorite musicals to the Iowa City Community Theatre stage. Steven Sondheim’s “Company,” directed by Rachel Howell, opens March 6th and runs through the 15th. Rachel is a fantastic director. I had the pleasure of working with her a few years ago and hoped to work with her again. However, I don’t have the voice for a musical so alas. Rich LeMay, who was in my production of Blood Wedding last year, helps run the RUN of the Mill Theatre in Iowa City, plays Bobby, who is turning 35 and starting to look around at all his married friends and search for his balance of being alive and content. I am so looking forward to seeing this show.
At Theatre Cedar Rapids, Artistic Director Angie Toomsen directs “The Humans” by Stephen Karam. This 2016 finalist for the Pulitzer and Tony award-winner features a bunch of familiar and talented actors to theatergoers in the area. Rip Russel, Noel VanDenBoesch, and Chris Schubert are among this talented cast and actors I know and have enjoyed watching. This production opens March 20th and runs through April 5th. Go to www.theatrecr.org for tickets and information.
“26 Pebbles” by Eric Ulloa, a play constructed from interviews of the community of Newtown after the Sandyhook school shooting. This is an incredibly powerful play that will run from March 6th to 22nd at Giving Tree Theater. For tickets and more information visit to www.givingtreetheater.com.
Another musical telling the story of an artist through their own songs will be at the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana when “Buddy Holly: The Musical” by Alan Janes opens March 12th through April 5th. Check out www.oldcreamery.com for ticket information.
While considering your plans for early April, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” will be coming to Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa on April 3rd and 4th. This show features the legendary songs of Carole King while telling the story of her life and success. Get tickets now for this one-night event at www.hancher.uiowa.edu.
Matthew Brewbaker is Artistic Director of Dreamwell Theatre and has worked with many of the theatres in the corridor. Email events or suggestions for future articles to Dreamwellad@mchsi.com. GGhttps://www.dreamwell.com/