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Savannah Sipping Society, The Bridges of Madison County, and more theatre productions to check out

Nikki Scheel

The ladies of “The Savannah Sipping Society” find a little booze helps them balance in striking their yoga Warrior II poses. They are (from left) Randa (Mary O'Sullivan), Marlafaye (Marquetta Senters), Dot (Kay Francis) and Jinx (Carrie SaLoutos). They're joining forces onstage today (5/31) through June 24 at the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana.
Nikki Scheel The ladies of “The Savannah Sipping Society” find a little booze helps them balance in striking their yoga Warrior II poses. They are (from left) Randa (Mary O'Sullivan), Marlafaye (Marquetta Senters), Dot (Kay Francis) and Jinx (Carrie SaLoutos). They're joining forces onstage today (5/31) through June 24 at the Old Creamery Theatre in Amana.

OPENING

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

Today (5/31) to Sunday (6/3) @ Revival Theatre Company

Based on the best-selling novel, this musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland in this tale of “what if”. Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this Iowa romance is about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross. Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Dows Fine Arts Center, Coe College, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $40 general admission, Paramount Box Office, (319) 366-8203 or Artsiowa.com; $20 student tickets through box office only. Details: Revivaltheatrecompany.com/the-bridges-of-madison-county/

FUDDY MEERS

Friday (6/1) to June 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. It’s a roller-coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. 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

Today (5/31) 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

THE SECRET GARDEN

June 8 to July 1 @ Giving Tree Theater, Marion

Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son, Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing story’s tale of forgiveness and renewal. Musical. Times: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. Tickets: $26, box office, (319) 213-7956 or Givingtreetheater.com

ONGOING

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

To Sunday (6/3) @ 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, universal themes and catchy music in a variety of genres. 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

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

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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 

THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST: June 22 to July 1, Starlighters II, 200 E. Main St., Anamosa; $15 to $16, Starlighters.org/missfirecracker 

MARK TWAIN: 1:30 p.m. June 24, Dubuque Museum of Art, 701 Locust St., Dubuque. The popular “Famous Dead Artist” series returns with actor Doug Donald playing the role of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. The event will explore his long and colorful life, which was filled with spectacular triumphs and heartbreaking tragedies. Based on “Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton,” the program will be moderated by Kevin Firnstahl. Admission: free, first-come, first-served seating, doors open at 12:45 p.m.

HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL: June 29 to July 15, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE; 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; $28 to $36, TCR Box Office, (319) 366-8591 or Theatrecr.org

THE 39 STEPS: June 29 to July 22, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City; 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; $30, (319) 338-7672 or Riversidetheatre.org/buytickets/ 

DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR.: Young Footliters, June 29 to July 1, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St., Coralville; 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; $13 to $19, venue box office, (319) 248-9370 or Coralvillearts.org

PICNIC: Classics At Brucemore: 7:30 p.m. July 12 to 14 and 19 to 21, Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater, Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids; bring seating and picnics, gates open 6:30 p.m.; $15 to $25, Brucemore.org/events/annual-events/calendar

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE: Brucemore Outdoor Children’s Theater: 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 to 4, Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater, Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids; bring seating, snacks; $5 ages 1 and up, at the gate; Brucemore.org

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