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Red Speedo, Fuddy Meers, The Savannah Sipping Society and more shows to catch in Eastern Iowa theaters

Audience members are seated in repurposed sofas and chairs before a performance of Sense and Sensibility at Giving Tree Theater in Marion on Saturday, April 1, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Audience members are seated in repurposed sofas and chairs before a performance of Sense and Sensibility at Giving Tree Theater in Marion on Saturday, April 1, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

RED SPEEDO

Today (5/24) to Saturday (5/26) @ Mirrorbox Theatre, Cedar Rapids

On the cusp of the Olympic trials and a life-changing endorsement deal, an elite swimmer’s future is threatened by a doping scandal. The crisis reveals the true motives of his entourage: his brother-manager will cover it up as long as he can cover his own tracks; his coach wants to maintain moral superiority; and his ex-lover wants revenge. A deep-end exploration of seemingly shallow people, this 2016 Obie award winner for playwriting slowly reveals the toxic nature of an American culture built on winning at all costs. Playwright Lucas Hnath is the force behind Broadway’s recent hit, “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” Times: 7:30 p.m. today to Saturday; CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $15, CSPS Box Office, (319) 364-1580 or legionarts.org/events/upcoming/red-speedo/

FUDDY MEERS

June 1 to 17 @ Grandon Studio, Theatre Cedar Rapids

This poignant and wicked new comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Lindsay-Abaire traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters, including her chipper husband, her so-called-brother, a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet, and her perpetually stoned son. Rated: R. Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Grandon Studio, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE. Tickets: $19 to $24, TCR Box Office, (319) 366-8591 or Theatrecr.org

THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY

May 31 to June 24 @ Old Creamery Theatre, Amana

After a hot yoga class brings together four women “of a certain age,” they decide their sassy humor and Southern charms are better suited for solving life’s problems over cocktails. Rated PG. Times: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana. Tickets: $31.50 adults, $19.50 students, box office, (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com

ONGOING

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

To June 3 @ Theatre Cedar Rapids

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s re-imagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father, Jacob, 11 brothers and the “coat of many colors” that ignited jealousy and set off a series of epic events. The musical features a family-friendly storyline. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE. Tickets: $31 to $40, TCR Box Office, (319) 366-8591 or Theatrecr.org

UPCOMING

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THE SECRET GARDEN: June 8 to July 1, Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion; musical, 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; $26, box office, (319) 213-7956 or Givingtreetheater.com

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET: City Circle Acting Company, June 15 to 17, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St., Coralville. Annual teen show; jukebox musical based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and the 1956 science fiction film “Forbidden Planet;” $12 to $27, venue box office, (319) 248-9370 or Coralvillearts.org

BRIGADOON: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre: 7:30 p.m. June 14 to 17, Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater, Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids; bring seating, picnics; gate opens at 6:30 p.m.; $25 adults, $15 students and Brucemore members in advance, $30 day of show, Brucemore.org or (319) 362-7375; information Cr-opera.org/content/Tickets.aspx

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: Riverside Theatre in the Park, 7:30 p.m. June 15 to 24, Lower City Park, 200 Park Rd., Iowa City; free, Riversidetheatre.org/riverside-s-summer-2018

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