May 24 to 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,” and won the prestigious Steinberg Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Outer Critics Circle Award. Times: 7:30 p.m. May 24 to 26; CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $15, CSPS Box Office, (319) 364-1580 or legionarts.org/events/upcoming/red-speedo/
To May 20 @ Old Creamery Theatre, Amana
This new re-imagining of the Lerner and Loewe musical features the same legendary characters and enchanting music, but on a more intimate scale that focuses on the relationships between King Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday; Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana. Tickets: $31.50 adults, $19.50 students, Old Creamery Box Office, (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com. Mother’s Day Special: Moms get in free with another paid admission May 13.
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, 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
THE WOODS OF OLD BOHEMIA
Sunday (5/20) @ National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids
Playtime Poppy is partnering with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library to present a world premiere script “The Woods of Old Bohemia” written by Cavan Hallman and directed by Darrin Crow. This free summer camp experience allows young actors ages 7 to 14 to explore theater, culture and community. Auditions: Sunday (5/20), 1 to 4 p.m., National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids. Cast rehearsals: 9 a.m. to noon June 11 to 15. Free workshops open to anyone ages 7 to 14, 1 to 4 p.m. June 11 to 15. Performance: 10 a.m. June 16.