Rock Island’s Circa ’21 Begins ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ This Weekend


For the final production of the venue’s sensational 44th season, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse will proudly stage the debut of one of the funniest slapstick comedies of modern times: LA PIECE QUI VA MAL. Performing at the Rock Island Dinner Theater until March 12, this Tony Award-winning riot has been described by The New York Times as “a macabre farce” and is brought to life by a spectacular cast of professional talent.

LA PIECE QUI VA MAL will be presented Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:45 p.m., Sundays at 5:45 p.m. and from February 16, Wednesday mornings at 1:30 p.m. all performances. Ticket prices are $56.55 for evening productions and $49.73 for matinees.

Reservations are available through the Circa ’21 box office. For reservations, contact the theater at 1828 Third Ave., Rock Island or by calling 309-786-7733 ext. 2.

Written by Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis and Henry Shields, LA PIECE QUI VA MAL welcomes guests to the opening night of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s community theater troupe, whose latest production is the 1920s mystery at the Agatha Christie, The Murder at Haversham Manor. The events of the show – and the show behind the show – quickly go from bad to downright disastrous. The set, props, lighting and sound thwart the performers at every turn and eventually some of these semi-amateur comedians, demoralized by the disaster, go rogue. It’s a stage manager’s worst nightmare, but it’s a source of laughter for the audience!

With an unconscious lead actress, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors tripping over everything (including their lines), accident-prone participants fight against all odds to reach their final curtain in a hailed work. Los Angeles Times for “the hilarity of a troupe that infallibly transforms what is doable into what cannot be!”

Directing LA PIECE QUI VA MAL for Circa 21 is venue veteran Warner Crocker, whose other Rock Island productions include ‘The Savannah Sipping Society’, ‘Shear Madness’, ‘Mama Won’t Fly’ and the musical version of “The Bridges of Madison County. With cast members Elsa Besler, Martin Flowers and Ben Nickols making their Circa ’21 debuts, the rest of the ensemble consists of returning performers Bobby Becher” Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn”, Derrick Bertram “Newsies”, Savannah Strandin “Beehive: The ’60s Musical”, Tristan Tapscott “Kinky Boots” and TJ Besler “The Church Basement Ladies”.

Rock Island's Circa '21 Begins 'The Play That Goes Wrong' This Weekend

The crew of on and off stage technicians includes Emmett Boedeker, Sam Flipp and Khalil Hacker. The rest of the creative team includes stunt director DC Wright, set designer Susie Holgersson, costume designer Greg Hiatt, stage engineer Kris Eitrheim, production manager Jeremy Littlejohn, lighting designer Heather Hauskins, technical director Nick Divarco, sound designer Sam Ramont and stage manager Kendall. McKasson.

The entire Circa ’21 staff is thrilled to present this thunderous theatrical slapstick in its area debut and urges members of the public to make immediate reservations for this wonderful winter treat. Call the Circa ’21 box office at 309-786-7733 Ext. 2 for reservations and discover the joy, madness and (intentional) errors of LA JEU QUI VA MAL.

Rock Island's Circa '21 Begins 'The Play That Goes Wrong' This Weekend

Rock Island's Circa '21 Begins 'The Play That Goes Wrong' This Weekend

Sean Leary is a writer, director, artist, musician, producer, and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since he started at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. A graduate with honors from the master’s program at the University of Southern California, he has written more than 50 books, including the best-selling books The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.

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