CIRCA 21 DINNER PLAYHOUSE, Rock Island, IL. Circa21.com. Grumpy Old Men—The Musical. Two aging neighbors, Max and John, have been feuding for more than fifty years until the beautiful and charming Ariel moves in across the street —raising the rivalry to new heights. Through May 6.
RIVERSIDE THEATRE, 119 E. College St., Iowa City. RiversideTheatre.org. Fefu and Her Friends. This seminal play of the 20th century explores feminism and sexuality through the intimate lives of eight New England women in the 1930s. March 10–April 2.
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA THEATRE, Theatre Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Theatre.uiowa.edu. Ugly Lies the Bone. With the help of an experimental virtual reality therapy, Jess begins to heal her war wounds in this aching journey about recovery and being seen. April 21–29.
DES MOINES CIVIC CENTER, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. DesMoinesPerformingArts.org. Disney’s The Lion King. Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before in this Tony-winning Broadway musical. March 30–April 16. Second City Swipes Right: An Incomplete Guide to the Ultimate Date Night. This caliente cast of comedians (consensually) annihilates everything that turns us on—and off—about love, dating, and relationships. April 18–23.
IOWA STAGE THEATRE CO., Kum & Go Theater, Des Moines. IowaStage.org. Trouble in Mind. Wiletta Mayer is a black actor cast in another well-meaning “race play” of the time. She doesn’t mean trouble, but sometimes there’s only so much a person can take. March 31–April 9.
THEATRE CEDAR RAPIDS, 102 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. TheatreCR.org. The Play That Goes Wrong. On opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, things are going from bad to utterly disastrous. March 31–April 8. The SpongeBob Musical. With songs by Yolanda Adams, Flaming Lips, They Might Be Giants, John Legand, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, and more. May 5–28.
TALLGRASS THEATRE COMPANY, 2019 Grand Ave., West Des Moines. TallgrassTheatre.org. Wonder of the World. Nothing will prepare you for the dirty little secret Cass discovers in her husband’s sweater drawer—so shocking she must flee to the honeymoon capital of the world in a frantic search for the life she thinks she missed out on. April 21–May 7.
MIRRORBOX THEATRE, 1200 Ellis Blvd. NW, Cedar Rapids. MirrorboxTheatre.com. Eddy and Dave. This play by Amy Staats is a gender-bending romp about the infamous artistic partnership of David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen. April 13–30.
WATERLOO PLAYHOUSE, McElroy Theatre, 225 Commercial St., Waterloo. (319) 291-4494. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane. Through his miraculous journey of hardship, a self-centered toy rabbit learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again. April 28–May 6.
GIVING TREE THEATER, 752 10th St., Marion. GivingTreeTheater.com. Mitch Albom’s And the Winner Is tells the comic story of Tyler Johnes, a self-obsessed movie star who is finally nominated for an Oscar but dies the night before the awards. Determined to know if he wins, he bargains with a heavenly gatekeeper to return to earth for the big night. April 14–30.
DREAMWELL THEATRE, ArtiFactory, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Dreamwell.com. Angel Street. This play is a psychological thriller twist on the classic detective story known as Gaslit. April 14–22.
List of Eastern/Central Iowa Theaters
ADLER THEATRE, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. (563) 326-8500.
BRUCEMORE MANSION, Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater, Cedar Rapids. Brucemore.org. (319) 362-7375.
CEDAR FALLS COMMUNITY THEATER, Oster Regent, 103 Main St., Cedar Falls. (319) 277-5283.
CIRCA ’21 DINNER PLAYHOUSE, Rock Island, IL. Circa21.com.
CITY CIRCLE THEATRE COMPANY, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. (319) 248-9370. CoralvilleArts.org.
DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS, 221 Walnut St., DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.
DES MOINES CIVIC CENTER, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. DesMoinesPerformingArts.org.
DES MOINES METRO OPERA, Blank Performing Arts Center, 513 North D St., Indianola. DesMoinesMetroOpera.org.
DES MOINES PLAYHOUSE, 831 42nd St., Des Moines. DMPlayhouse.com. (515) 277-6261.
REVIVAL THEATRE COMPANY & CSPS, CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. RevivalTheatreCompany.com.
CORALVILLE CENTER for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th St., Coralville. (319) 248-9370.
DES MOINES CIVIC CENTER, 221 E. Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 246-2300.
DES MOINES YOUNG ARTISTS THEATRE, 4801 Franklin Ave., Des Moines. (515) 218-8016.
DES MOINES PLAYHOUSE, 831 42nd St., Des Moines. DMPlayhouse.com.
DREAMWELL THEATRE, Public Space One, 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Dreamwell.com.
FAIRFIELD AREA COMMUNITY THEATER, Walton Club, 2265 Walton Lake Road, Fairfield.
FILMSCENE at the Chauncey, 404 E. College St., Iowa City. ICFilmScene.org.
GIVING TREE THEATER, 752 10th St., Marion. GivingTreeTheater.com.
IOWA CITY COMMUNITY THEATRE, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd., Iowa City. IowaCityCommunityTheatre.org.
IOWA STAGE THEATER COMPANY, Salisbury House & Gardens, Shakespeare on the Lawn, Des Moines. SalisburyHouse.org.
IOWA STAGE THEATRE CO., Kum & Go Theater, Des Moines. IowaStage.org.
MIRRORBOX THEATRE, CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids. MirrorboxTheatre.com.
MOUNT VERNON-LISBON COMMUNITY THEATRE, 221 1st St. W NE, Mt Vernon. (319) 654-1016.
PYRAMID THEATRE, Prairie Meadows Riviera Amphitheater at Riverview Park, Des Moines, DMPlayhouse.com.
QUAD CITY MUSIC GUILD, Prospect Park Auditorium, Moline, IL. (309) 762-6610.
REVIVAL THEATRE COMPANY & Coe College, Dows Theatre, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. RevivalTheatreCompany.com.
RIVERSIDE THEATRE, 119 E. College St., Iowa City. RiversideTheatre.org.
TALLGRASS THEATRE COMPANY, 2019 Grand Ave., West Des Moines. TallgrassTheatre.org.
THEATRE CEDAR RAPIDS, 102 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids. TheatreCR.org.
THEATRE CEDAR RAPIDS @ Brucemore, Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. Brucemore.org. Theatre-CR.org.
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA THEATRE, Theatre Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Theatre.uiowa.edu.
WASHINGTON COMMUNITY THEATER, 2227 250th St., Washington. (319) 653-5175. WCTheater.com.
WATERLOO COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE, 224 Commercial St., Waterloo. (319) 235-0367.
WILLOW CREEK THEATRE COMPANY, 327 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City. Facebook.com.