DM Register Review: “Marjorie Prime” challenges audiences to think about aging, humanity

Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison

Don McLeese, Special for the Des Moines Register, January 16, 2017 Photo by Adam Bartelt, Special for the Des Moines Register.   In the near future, companionship for the elderly will be outsourced to humanoid automatons, who idealize the memories of those in their care. They know only what has…

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Buchacker Exits StageWest

Producing Artistic Director departure part of company restructuring effort.   Todd Buchacker will be leaving his role as Producing Artistic Director at StageWest Theatre Company following the production of Jordan Harrison's “Marjorie Prime” in January 2017. His departure is part of an overall restructuring process that StageWest is undertaking to…

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DM Register Review: ‘Ugly Lies the Bone’

Ugly Lies The Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino

Published November 14, 2016 in the Des Moines Register by Don McLeese. Can you piece a shattered life back together? Such is the challenge facing Jess, as she sits in a darkened room, fumbling with virtual-reality goggles. A disembodied female voice over a speaker provides her only lifeline, as it…

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Brilliantly Staged: Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally

Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally produced by StageWest Theatre Co. A Theatre Review by an Avid Theatregoer in Des Moines IA How do we ever resolve our guilt about past actions that may not have been appropriate? Do we find a potentially guilty party so we can identify the…

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Review: ‘Mothers and Sons’ tackles big, tough issues

Don McLeese, Special to the Des Moines Register, June 13, 2016 Photo by Adam Bartelt, Special to the Des Moines Register “What is human nature?” asks the insatiably inquisitive six-year-old Bud (an irresistible Jacob Forney), the only one without secrets and demons in “Mothers and Sons.” The rest of Terrence McNally’s provocative…

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