Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Theater Blogging

Richard Tiegs wrote a nice piece on ICCT's "She Loves Me" for the Press-Citizen. A quote:
The story is based on a Czech play called "Parfumerie" and was made into several films: "The Shop around the Corner," "In the Good Old Summertime" and "You've Got Mail." Secret pen pal lovers are argumentative co-workers. Sounds simple enough. Things are seldom as they seem.

The musical is not widely known by the general public, but it is highly regarded in the theatrical world. It was one of the first musicals to develop a cult following; already a year after it closed in 1964, actors in subsequent productions were writing Harnick and Bock expressing their shock that the musical still was not running on Broadway. Those who have done the show have championed its cause for many years. The licensing company generally lists about 40 places nationwide where the play is being produced at any given time.

Here's the info from the ICCT website (Which seems to be losing more functionality as time goes on - what happened to the show info from past seasons? Audition pages? Pictures? Links?? C'mon, guys.):

Book by Joe Masteroff
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Music by Jerry Bock Directed by Josh Sazon
February 1-10, 2008
Fri- Sat7:30pm (Sundays @ 2pm)

Tickets are available at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, at the corner of Gilbert and Burlington Sts. in Iowa City, or you may call (319) 338-0443 to make reservations. Ticket prices are: $15 (general admission), $13 (students and seniors), and $10 (children).

The ICKY Awards are also going on tonight at TCR. The Gazette has the scoop on that:
The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance's Innovative Excellence Awards, called the Ickys, will be handed out Jan. 22 at Theatre Cedar Rapids in front of a crowd primarily composed of the alliance's 128 member organizations.

Nominees in 11 categories were announced in December, and include everything from major events like Hancher Auditorium's "The Joffrey Ballet Dancing River to River" and Theatre Cedar Rapids' "West Side Story" to smaller events like Mount Vernon/Lisbon Community Theatre's "Slices of Life" and Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Co.'s "Stories and Cuentos."

Meanwhile, do NOT miss Rage Theatrics' Hero Stories. It's playing at the Old Creamery in Amana, and worth the drive, particularly Matt's completely hilarious "Pop Tart Hero." ROFLMAO. Seriously. From the site:
This evening of swordplay and stage combat features original plays and new adaptations of classic work. From Dracula to D’Artagnan, this wild and humorous collection offers something for everyone. Tickets are only $12, and can be purchased online now at http://www.oldcreamery.com/ticketWin.php, or by calling the Old Creamery Box Office at 1-800-35AMANA after January 7th. This production is sponsored by Zephyr Copies.

Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3:00 PM
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3:00 PM

I have it on good authority from the reviewer that a review should be coming soon at the Iowa City Theater Blog.

On a side note: D's totally busy teaching sound design and building the set for Little Shop, so he had to work all last weekend. I, OTOH, had gotten basically caught up with work for the first time in . . . well, it seems like forever. So I went with friends to see Hero Stories. We ran into Rachel, and both Vicki and I ended up coming home committed to reading for More Fun than Bowling. There's a moral in that story somewhere. . . .

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