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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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‘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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