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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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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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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And the Cloris nominees are . . .

So here come the Clorises. The Des Moines Social Club has announced the nominees for the Greater Des Moines Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theater Arts Awards, which “celebrate the metro’s best talent both onstage and behind the scenes,” according to a press release on Monday. The winners will be announced…

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