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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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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‘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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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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