Play and opera double bill: two families, same struggle

By Michael Morain, mmorain@dmreg.com 11:03 p.m. CST November 26, 2014 Before a San Francisco librarian named Carl Vogel died from AIDS complications in 1988, he sent some funeral instructions to his playwright sister. “I want a good show,” he wrote, “even though my role has been reduced involuntarily from player…

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New ‘Cloris’ award for local theaters

Des Moines Register - Michael Morain - mmorain@dmreg.com - November 19, 2014 New York has the Tonys. Chicago has the Jeffs. Denver has the Henrys. Several other good-sized cities hand out theater awards named for every Tom, Dick or Harry. But nobody has the Clorises — until now. A new…

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Zombies, Families, Light and Magic

Theatre Review by John Domini, City Veiw 11/12/2014 For the people who put together “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom,” the show must feel like going home. For those who watch it, home may never feel the same. “Neighborhood 3” at StageWest brings together the same crew that mounted the show…

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StageWest presents dystopian ‘Neighborhood 3’

Neighborhood 3 photo by Adam Bartelt

Theatre Review by Michael Morain / Des Moines Register  mmorain@dmreg.com So what happens when the teenagers playing their zombie-slashing video game get confused and start slashing up stuff in real life? That's the basic question in Jennifer Haley's dystopian "Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom," which StageWest rebooted this weekend at…

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‘Carrie’ – a most unlikely musical delivers

A Theatre Review by John Busbee October 9, 2014  StageWest Theater Company opens its 2014-2015 Season with its enthusiastic challenge: delve into a word of bold plays, be part of the adventurous audiences. Carrie the musical returns us to StageWest’s earlier season-opening signature of beginning with memorable musicals: Urinetown: The…

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StageWest opens season with ‘Carrie: The Musical’

(Photo: Andrea Markowski/Special to the Register ) Article by Michael Morain How bad was “Carrie: The Musical” when it opened on Broadway in 1988? So bad the New York Times compared it to the Hindenburg disaster. So bad it closed after three days and still lost $8 million. So bad somebody wrote…

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StageWest Ushers in New Season

By BELLE DU CHENE - DSM Weekly The 2014-15 season has brought changes to StageWest Theater Company, most notably the promotion of Todd Buchacker from associate artistic director to producing artistic director and the theater's move into its new home at the Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater.…

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Once a Month, often edgy, and always Intimate

At the end of a recent Stagewest “Scriptease,” there was a lovely moment. As the applause rose, the two leads, Mary Bricker and Rebecca Scholtec, beamed at each other and fell into an embrace. Though the applause made it difficult to hear, I could swear one of them squealed. A…

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StageWest relocates to Social Club’s theater

Michael Morain, mmorain@dmreg.com 7:37 p.m. CDT April 25, 2014 After at least seven months of behind-the-scenes shuffling, StageWest is ready for its next act. The local theater company announced Friday that it will leave its longtime home at the Des Moines Civic Center's Stoner Theater for new digs at the…

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