Theater events opening and ongoing this week

OPENING

‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’
Nov. 16 to Dec. 17 @ Old Creamery Theare, Amana

This new adaptation of Dickens’s classic comes from the author of the Broadway and West End hit, “The 39 Steps.” An original retelling of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitors is brought to life by a small, imaginative cast. Witness Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long. Times: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana. Tickets: $31 adults, $19.50 college, $10 students ages 18 and under.


‘BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?’
Friday (11/10) and Saturday (11/11) @ SPT Theatre, Cedar Rapids

SPT Theatre is back with another installment of Tales from the Writers’ Room. Whether we built a railroad, built up our hopes, or thought we were built to last, at some point, we all need a little help from our friends. Maybe it’s just a shoulder to lean on, an emotional loaner that gets us through, or a generous tip that leads us in the right direction. Featured guests: Jason Alberty, Clare Dieter, Alex Schulte and guest musician Matt Brooks. Time: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door, (319) 364-1580 or Legionarts.org


‘DONKEY TALES’
Saturday (11/11) @ Eulenspiegel, West Liberty

Corcoran Puppets from Stevens Point, Wis., presents two stories about donkeys, featuring the honorable animals in “Bremen Town Musicians” and a warmhearted child in “That Donkey.” Pam Corcoran’s needle felted marionettes romp on a miniature marionette stage, complete with miniature lights. Times: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; Owl Glass Puppetry Center, 319 N. Calhoun, West Liberty. Tickets: $5, (319) 627-2487 or email monica@puppetspuppets.com 


'IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT AMERICA’
Wednesday (11/15) @ Coe College, Cedar Rapids

In this Marquis Series performance, historical and political artist Dread Scott will explore themes including American democracy’s roots in slavery and how that sets the stage for our present, the criminalization of Black and Latino youth, and the continuum connecting the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s to contemporary Black Lives Matter resistance. In the end, he imagines a world free of oppression and exploitation. Scott creates revolutionary art to propel history forward, working in a range of media including installation, photography, screen printing, video and performance. He first received national attention in 1989 when his art became the center of controversy over his use of the American flag, while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. President George H.W. Bush called his art “disgraceful” and the entire U.S. Senate denounced his work and outlawed it when they passed legislation to “protect the flag.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; Dows Theatre Coe College, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, Coe Box Office, (319) 399-8600 or Coe.edu/marquis


THE WOOD PROBLEM’
Thursday (11/9) @ Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

A staged reading of an original docudrama about Grant Wood, by Iowa Playwright Workshop’s Scott Bradley. The excerpt selected for presentation focuses on the tensions around Wood’s academic career at the University of Iowa; followed by a panel discussion. Attendees may view the museum’s exhibition, “Grant Wood: From Farm Boy to American Icon.” Time: 6 p.m. Thursday, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE; free. 


ONGOING

‘DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE’
To Nov. 11 @ Theatre Cedar Rapids

An incessantly ringing cellphone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man — with a lot of loose ends. So begins this new comedy by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. Enveloped in satire, the script provokes questions about connection and disconnection in the age of technology. Rated R. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 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


‘LEADER OF THE PACK’
To Saturday (11/11) @ Coe College, Cedar Rapids

This musical centers on the life and work of one of the most successful songwriters of the 1950s, Ellie Greenwich. A rare woman among the male-dominated world of Tin Pan Alley, Greenwich was responsible for such hits as “Chapel of Love,” “Hanky Panky” and, of course, “Leader of the Pack.” Times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; Dows Theatre, Coe College, 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $10 to $12, door or Coe Box Office, (319) 399-8600.


‘RISE UP, O MEN’
To Nov. 12, Old Creamery, Amana

This latest addition to the Church Basement Ladies series introduces the men of the church, who disrupt the order in the ladies’ kitchen domain. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, with added matinee Oct. 28; SOLD-OUT Oct. 26, 29, Nov. 5, 8, 9, 12; Old Creamery Theatre, 39 38th Ave., Amana. Tickets: $12 to $31, (319) 622-6262 or Oldcreamery.com


‘SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION’
To Sunday (11/12) @ Giving Tree Theater, Marion

Ouisa and Flan Kittredge, a wealthy New York couple, take in Paul, a young man who cons them into believing he’s a friend of their son at Harvard and the son of Sidney Poitier. After they discover his lies, Ouisa and Flan piece together his true identity and their connection to him, as well as the similar encounters their upper-class friends have had with Paul. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. Rated R for language and brief nudity. Tickets: $15 to $30, box office, (319) 213-7956 or Givingtreetheater.com