The Black Box Theatre: Expect An Intimate Encounter

In June my friends and I attended a production at The Black Box Theatre. The theatre, which opened in 2016, is located in downtown Moline, Illinois. It is within walking distance to many locally owned restaurants, drinking establishments, and hotels. This makes for a good mix of dinner and theatre for both residents and visitors to the Quad Cities.

The theatre is owned by two talented theatrical artists, Lora Adams and David Miller. Their creative and dynamic partnership is evident in the strong attention to detail. I found The Black Box to be a delightful addition to the Quad Cities theatre scene. The moment that I entered I was fascinated by the intimacy of the space. From the lobby, to the seating (only 60 seats) to the stage and live musical accompaniment, I felt that I was a part of the venue and the production.

The June 2018 production was a musical comedy, Baby: A New Musical, written by Sybille Pearson with music and lyrics by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. and directed by theatre co-owner, David M. Miller. I thought that the two act production was both humorous and touching as it led the audience through various couples experiences and their emotional reactions to expectant parenthood.

The musicians that accompanied the production were outstanding. What a treat to have live music!  I will be returning to see the other productions this year at The Black Box Theatre. I encourage people to support this fine local theatre company.

Other  2018 productions of the Black Box Theatre includes:

Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt

Winner of three Tony Awards

A 2008 rock musical that explores one suburban household coping with crisis and mental illness

August 9th – August 18th

Thursday – Saturday 7:30PM

Sunday 2:30PM


All You Care To Eat

a comedy thingy podcast

Saturday, August 25th



Guys In Ties

an elite national improv touring company

August 31st

September 21st

October 21st

November 16th



Watch for future productions, as well.


The Black Box Theate is a not-for-profit company.

The Black Box Theatre

1623 5th Avenue

Moline, Illinois 61265

(563) 284-2350



About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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