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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Straight, White and Berserk

Theatre Review By John Domini 12/16/2015/CityView Independent Newspaper The set keeps things plain, but not the pajamas. Designer Tim Wisgerhof restrained himself, deliberately, for the interiors of “Straight White Men.” He worked as if from Sears-&-Roebuck, using mostly brown and beige. He put up artwork by Andrew Wyeth, who celebrated…

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StageWest’s ‘Straight White Men’ pokes at liberal guilt

Des Moines Register Theatre Review Michael Morain, mmorain@dmreg.com2:30 p.m. CST December 14, 2015 When three brothers start screaming at each other about white privilege at the end of StageWest’s new play at the Des Moines Social Club, their dear old dad shakes his head in exasperation. “You keep saying this,”…

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is LOL funny

Theatre Review/Des Moines Register By Michael Morain, mmorain@dmreg.com May 11, 2015 In StageWest's bizarre show this week at the Des Moines Social Club, a pair of mopey, middle-aged siblings spend a lot of time watching wild turkeys from their sitting-room window. One morning their clairvoyant housekeeper shows up to shout…

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Cityview Theatre Review: The War Within

Center Stage: Cityview Theatre Review By John Domini 3/25/2015 For a minute halfway into “My Name is Asher Lev,” nothing matters so much as a shadow. The dark profile of the title character, a budding artist, falls across a blank canvas, while his mentor prods him to do better —…

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