Iowa Stage

  • Fun Home

    Fun Home artworkIowa Stage kicks off their second season next week with a production of Fun Home. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, it is a surprising show of emotional depth and richness of character. Told as a memory play, it is the true story of author/artist Alison Bechdel and her years growing up. We see her at three different ages, examining her own coming of age and her relationship with her family.

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  • Romeo & Juliet

    23b1d4f5 c0c3 47f7 bcaf 8d9407bdbdf8One of the highlights of the summer theatre season is the annual Shakespeare on the Lawn presentation from Iowa Stage at the Salisbury House and Gardens. This year’s production (running June 13 - 17) is the classic love story of Romeo and Juliet. Such iconic characters in such a classic venue means much work and dedication from those two lovers, and Taylor Millar and Benjamin Sheridan can’t wait for their opportunity at these roles.

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  • Moving the Line

    801458d3 d6e3 4745 92f5 dd51e46cc66dIn Rapture, Blister, Burn (being presented by Iowa Stage at the Kum & Go Theatre starting May 10), friends confront their choices in life, each wondering what might have happened if they’d followed another path. But some paths are chosen, and others are decided upon because of outside influences. Director Kristin Larson and her cast dramatize those journeys, and wonder how you get from here to there when the world keeps moving the finish line.

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  • Shaking the Foundations

    A64693fe f9bb 47ae 889b 3792e423aa0bNext weekend sees the opening of The Christians. Iowa Stage is presenting this modern drama at the Kum & Go Theatre, looking at faith and belief systems and how they relate to human interaction in our current times. The Christians isn’t about debunking faith, or reaffirming a religion centuries old. It’s about what we believe about ourselves and each other, and how we fit those ideas into a world that’s changing at an amazing rate.

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  • The Spring Dozen for 2018

    0f4aa9b6 1b1a 4015 833a 91914c0942d8Warmer weather heralds a new list of productions on the horizon. Typically I feature ten upcoming shows for the season, but there are so many great shows in the next few months that I expanded the list to twelve (and still ended up combining a few!) The hard part is finding time to see them all! Here’s a list of some of the terrific theatre coming your way very soon here in Central Iowa!!

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  • Behind the Curtain

    Bce684c2 ecd5 44c2 a271 e5d9afb14bd9Lots of things going on in the local theatre scene lately, but many of them may not be apparent to the typical patron in the fifth row seat. Most of what is happening is behind the scenes, but it affects what kind of shows you’ll be seeing and where they will happen. So here’s a bunch of different news items that you might want to be aware of.

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  • The Winter 10

    Img 0360It’s about to turn chilly again here in Iowa, which is one more excuse to find a nice comfy theatre and go see a show! Here at the Gentle Guide, we’ve scanned the next three wintery months to find some of the performances you just might want to start making plans to see. There’s a large variety, from musicals and parodies, to dramas both classic and new. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s something you’ll love coming up in central Iowa.

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  • Ghosts of Christmas Carols Past

    333c615e d542 4bc0 b3a1 3d723aa6ccfaA tradition of the holiday season is A Christmas Carol. While no less than 5 different area groups are doing variations of the classic tale of Scrooge and his late night visitors this season, the real legacy version is being presented by Iowa Stage. Carrying on the tradition of years past from Repertory Theatre of Iowa, A Christmas Carol has more than its share of continuity and history.

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  • Still Lives in Motion

    86c93abb 2428 48eb b24f 565cec3b5639Although you don’t think about it when you are watching a movie, a strip of film is just a bunch of still pictures projected in series, and the apparent “motion” is what our brain sees when these slightly different snapshots are shown at speed. Life is like that too, as a series of discrete moments connected by our experiences into a (hopefully) cohesive whole.

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  • The Fall 10

    Img 0879As the leaves start to turn and the weather changes, local stages start to heat up. Lots of theatre companies love to kick off their new seasons in the fall, meaning lots of terrific offerings to grab your attention. Here are some of the spotlight productions this fall you'll want to see!

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  • Company Time

    Company stairsThe brand new Iowa Stage Theatre Company makes its debut with a stellar production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, opening September 22 at the Kum & Go Theatre. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into a show like this, and even more when it’s the opening show for a brand new organization. Iowa Stage is making sure their first steps are the right ones.

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