‘Every Five Minutes’ is powerfully disturbing

Don McLeese, Special to the Register 9:33 a.m. CDT May 16, 2016   Amid the shell-shocked silence as the crowd was shuffling out — after the “curtain call” (there was no curtain) signaled that “Every Five Minutes” had reached its abrupt end — a man murmured to his companion, “It was entertaining. Weirdly entertaining.” It was also a sensory assault that threatened to…

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Cityview writes about Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley

February 17, 2016 / John Domini / cityview “Outside Mullingar,” at StageWest, will try out a staging no one has seen before. Tim Wisgherof’s set, so rustic that it smells of hay, includes both protagonists’ homes and the Irish countryside between them. Director Todd Buchacker believes other versions use an…

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In ‘Outside Mullingar,’ love comes to those who wait

Michael Morain, Des Moines Register-Theatre Review, February 15, 2016 On a drizzly night in “Outside Mullingar,” at the Des Moines Social Club, a shy farmer named Tony Reilly wanders outside with a metal detector to search for something he lost in his neighbor’s yard. He doesn’t find it — at…

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Shanley’s Irish tale a richly rewarding experience

John Busbee: The Culture Buzz 2/14/16 Upon entering the Kum & Go Theater, one senses a very special theatrical experience is about the unfold. A powerful sense of place emanates from the scenic design crafted between the two sides of audience seating. An intimate, almost voyeuristic audience placement produces a…

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Straight White Men brilliantly delivers its convoluted family story

A theatre review by John Busbee/Culture Buzz December 12, 2015 In an undeniable display of visceral, spot-on reflection of life as art, Straight White Men follows the exploration of identity as three sons return home for Christmas with their dad. Straight White Men explodes onto stage at the Kum &…

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