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Oct. 12 to 14 @ Uptown Bill’s, Iowa City

The true story of Sadako Sasaki, who was 2 years old on Aug. 6, 1945, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, where she lived. A decade later, she is discovered to have “radiation sickness,” or leukemia. A friend reminds Sadako of the old story about the crane: if a sick person folds 1,000 origami cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Sadako’s efforts inspired her friends to dream of building a monument to her and all the children who were killed by the atomic bomb. In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane in outstretched arms was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Park. And each year on Aug. 6, the anniversary of the bombing, thousands of people bring paper cranes to adorn the statue. Times: 7 p.m. Oct. 12 to 14); Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Tickets: $8, (319) 339-0804. 

Oct. 12 to 14 @ Playtime Poppy, Cedar Rapids

This well-known Middle Eastern folk tale is filled with an evil vizier, magical characters and the pursuit of love. Times: 5 p.m. Oct. 12; 5 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 14; Jefferson High School, 1243 20th St. SW, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $4, door. Sneak peek: 10 a.m. Saturday (10/7), Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, with show vignette, theater craft; free.  

Friday (10/13) to Sunday (10/15) @ Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

University of Iowa School of Music presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s supernatural opera experience. Set in Pittsburgh in the 1950s, Madame Flora is holding seances in her parlor, conning grieving parents into believing they are communicating with the spirits of their dead children. Her daughter Monica and Toby, the young man they have taken into their home, assist her until suddenly the line between make- believe and reality begins to blur, and this realization sends Flora down a hauntingly perilous path. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St. Tickets: $5 to $20, Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160, 1-(800) HANCHER or

Today (10/12) to Nov. 12, Old Creamery Theatre, Amana

This latest addition to the Church Basement Ladies musical comedy series introduces the men of the church, right alongside the ladies from the basement. As these hardworking farmers discuss “man stuff,” they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen. But that’s what happens when you let the rooster in the hen house. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, with added matinees Oct. 21 and 28; SOLD-OUT shows today (10/12), Oct. 18, Nov. 1, 8, 9; Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana. Tickets: $19.50 to $31, $12 student rush, Old Creamery Box Office, (319) 622-6262 or


Friday (10/6) to Oct. 22 @ Iowa Theatre Artists Company, Homestead

This play by Richard Strand, who attended the Iowa Playwrights Workshop in the 1990s, was inspired by a true event in the opening months of the Civil War. When an escaped slave seeks sanctuary at Union-held Fort Monroe in Virginia, Gen. Benjamin Butler finds the laws of the land unrelenting. With tongue-in-cheek humor, Butler takes the audience on a journey through legal loopholes to find the true meaning of freedom. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Die Heimat’s Next Door Event Center, 4430 V St., Homestead. Tickets: $10 to $25, reservations at (319) 622-3222 or email; details at

Friday (10/6) to Oct. 14, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Arthur Miller’s searing play chronicles the Salem Witch Trials in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In the midst of a community torn apart by accusations and mistrust, John Proctor confronts his own flawed humanity as he strives to live as an honest man. Relationships between parents and children, husbands and wives, leaders and citizens are tested as the community seeks to find truth in an ambiguous world. Times: 8 p.m. Oct. 6 to 7 and 12 to 14, 2 p.m. Oct. 8; E.C. Mabie Theatre, 200 N. Riverside Dr., Iowa City. Tickets: $5 to $20, Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160, 1-(800) HANCHER or


To Oct. 14 @ Theatre Cedar Rapids

Due to high demand, three performances have been added, Oct. 12 to 14. Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new good girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to rekindle their summer romance as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through a lively musical score. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 12 to 14; 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE. Tickets: $31 to $40, TCR Box Office, (319) 366-8591 or

To Saturday (10/14) @ Hancher, Iowa City

Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works. Among the iconic songs are “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Times: 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday; Hancher Auditorium, 141 E. Park Rd., Iowa City. Tickets: $50 to $95, Hancher Box Office, (319) 335-1160, 1-(800) HANCHER or

Friday (10/6) to Oct. 22 @ Giving Tree Theater, Marion

Perpetually hungry and down on his luck, Francis Henshall finds himself working for two criminals at the same time. One is a small-time gangster, the other is an upper-class twit. Both are in hiding in the seaside holiday town of Brighton, and Francis must do all he can to keep them apart. Unbeknown to Francis, his two “guvnors” are linked together in a plot involving romance, conspiracy and misfits. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. Tickets: $15 to $30, (319) 213-7956 or

To Sunday (10/15), Des Moines Civic Center

Set in the ’90s — the 1590s — Broadway’s smash hit tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (2015 Tony-nominee Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare (Tony-nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Times: 7:30 p.m. today, Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets: $35 to $135, (515) 246-2300 or