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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Marjorie Prime By Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison's "Marjorie Prime" in Des Moines January 13 - 22, 2017

Marjorie Prime – January 13-22, 2017 Iowa Premiere By Jordan Harrison Generously sponsored by Iles Funeral Homes   It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back…

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Ugly Lies the Bone By Lindsey Ferrentino

Ugly Lies the Bone – November 11-20, 2016 Iowa Premiere By Lindsey Ferrentino  Ugly Lies the Bone is about a newly discharged soldier Jess has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of Afghanistan, but painful burns that have left her physically and emotionally scarred.…

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Hand to God By Robert Askins

Hand to God – September 9-18, 2016 Iowa Premiere By Robert Askins  After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the…

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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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