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Opening this week in Eastern Iowa theaters: Bubble Guppies Live!, Cirque d'Or and more

Highflying aerialists will soar above the Paramount Theatre stage in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday night (3/28), when Cirque d'Or comes to town. (Courtesy photo: CIRQUE D'OR)
Highflying aerialists will soar above the Paramount Theatre stage in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday night (3/28), when Cirque d'Or comes to town. (Courtesy photo: CIRQUE D'OR)

BUBBLE GUPPIES LIVE!

March 29 @ Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids

The Bubble Guppies are getting ready to rock ’n’ roll with some totally fantastic tunes, but when a special band member goes missing, the show can’t go on. With a little help from Mr. Grouper and giggly little fish, Molly, Gil and the gang embark on an adventure as they search every corner of their underwater world for their missing friend. Time: 6 p.m. March 29, Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $20 to $65 Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Paramounttheatrecr.com

 

CIRQUE D’OR

Wednesday (3/28) @ Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids

This spectacle features 30 acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists from around the world, surrounded by beautiful costumes, dynamic sound and lighting. Time: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $33 to $53, Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or Paramounttheatrecr.com

 

FOOD WILL WIN THE WAR

Saturday (3/24) @ Hoover Museum, West Branch

Actor Brian “Fox” Ellis, an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller and historian, will portray Herbert Hoover in “Food Will Win the War.” Time: 2 p.m. Saturday (3/24), Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum and Library, 210 Parkside Dr., West Branch. Admission: Free with paid museum admission; Archives.gov/calendar/event/food-will-win-the-war-0

 

IMMIGRANT STEW AT THE CHAT ’N’ CHEW

Saturday (3/24) @ Eulenspiegel, West Liberty

Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre and Friends present this timely puppet show dealing with universal issues brought on by generations of immigration into the rural Midwest. Cathy Schmidt-McGillicutty, the proprietress of the local cafe, is upset because her daughter wants to marry a member of a Mexican immigrant family. She confronts her prejudice as she looks into her own family history, showing the audience a diverse group of ancestors starting with a Native American great-grandmother. Time: 10 a.m. Saturday (3/24), New Strand Theatre, 111 E. Third St., West Liberty. Admission: free; donations accepted.

 

MURDER AT THE DEADWOOD SALOON

Saturday (3/24) @ Linn County Fairgrounds, Central City

Get in on the action at this 4-H murder mystery dinner fundraiser. For weeks, people have been pouring into the small western town of Deadwood for the biggest poker tournament this side of the Mississippi. From outlaws to marshals to saloon girls, the vast array of visitors and residents of Deadwood have made this small western frontier town the place to be. Time: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday (3/24), Linn County Fairgrounds, 201 Central City Rd., Central City. Tickets: $20 youths, $30 adults, includes steak or chicken dinner; Extension.iastate.edu/linn/news/linn-county-4-h-youth-programs-murder-mystery

 

WINNIE-THE-POOH

Friday (2/23) and Saturday (3/24) @ Young Footliters Youth Theatre, Coralville

Travel to the Hundred Acre Wood with Christopher Robin, Kanga, Roo, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, and the Bear of Very Little Brain himself, Pooh, on their adventures involving bees, balloons, boats and birthdays. Times: 7 p.m. Friday (3/23), 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday (3/24), Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St., Coralville. Tickets: $10 to $15, (319) 248-9370 or Coralvillearts.org

 

ONGOING SHOWS:

ALICE IN WONDERLAND BALLET

Saturday (3/24) @ Adler Theatre, Davenport

Journey alongside wide-eyed and often-savvy Alice through a world of mystery, beauty and silliness. Lewis Carroll’s famous words inspire inventive choreography by Courtney Lyon of Ballet Quad Cities. Colorful characters, humor and energy dance their way through Tchaikovsky’s epic score, performed by Orchestra Iowa. From the minute Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole, audiences will experience an adventure of whimsical space and time, showcased by costuming and lighting effects in the world premiere of this most unusual tale. Times: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third St., Davenport. Tickets: $10 to $31, Adler Box Office, 1-(800) 745-3000 or Adlertheatre.com/events/

Previous story: Toeing the line in ‘Wonderland’ with Orchestra Iowa’s performance of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

 

BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY

To Saturday (3/24) @ Washington Community Center

Written by Ken Ludwig, this tale follows the Holmes and Watson they investigate a family curse that threatens the life of the newest heir to the Baskerville fortune. Profits will benefit the Washington County Domestic Violence Coalition. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; Washington Community Center, 2227 250th St., Washington, Iowa. Tickets: $6 to $12, Facebook.com/pg/HarpPlayers/events/ or Web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34535

 

BENT

To March 31 @ Theatre Cedar Rapids

This look at the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust also highlights love, redemption and self-acceptance. In the wake of Hitler’s bloody political purge known as the Night of the Long Knives, “Bent” follows the horrific and transformative experiences of Max Berber, a homosexual man living in 1934 Berlin. He and his lover, Rudy, are chased by the Gestapo from a prewar life of excess to the forests of Cologne, then Dachau, where Max finds forbidden intimacy with fellow prisoner Horst. Rated R for violence, sexuality and nudity. 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

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Previous story: Q&A: TCR’s ‘Bent’ explores other Nazi targets

 

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

To Sunday (3/25) @ Theatre Cedar Rapids

Anne Frank emerges from history in this impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, the play captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence — their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE. Tickets: $22 to $33, TCR Box Office, (319) 3660-8591 or Theatrecr.org

Previous story: TCR play gives voice to Anne Frank’s words

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