Jennifer Nostrala

  • A Doll’s House Parts 1 and 2

    857a1d8f a3ac 454d a600 86a38a1cfd4dWe’ve got a nice long article this week, because Iowa Stage is about to do something very special. The seminal play A Doll’s House was written in 1879, and is one of the most celebrated plays ever created. The sequel, A Doll’s House Part 2, was penned in 2017, earning a Tony award and 8 nominations. Iowa Stage is presenting both plays, in repertory, beginning Friday September 27 at the Stoner Studio Theatre inside the Civic Center.


    Iowa Stage is only the second theatre ever to present these shows this way. And honestly, they were the first one to announce they were doing so. Denver’s Center for Performing Arts then scheduled their performances for two weeks earlier, stealing a bit of Des Moines’ thunder! But that doesn’t diminish the impact of these productions, both the original show and the groundbreaking sequel.


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  • F-E-S-T-I-V-A-L

    227bcd50 3cd8 4641 866c e9851ebff6f9Next weekend, Simpson College will present their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. While the public will enjoy this offering on Friday through Sunday like other shows in their season, an additional performance of Spelling Bee will take place on Monday afternoon. This will form the centerpiece of Simpson’s 21st Annual High School Theatre Festival.

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  • Brush Up Your Shakespeare

    Comedy of Errors SimpsonFace it, Shakespeare is not always the most accessible work. Language and setting are sometimes a struggle, so placing a show in a new and different arena can often create a bridge to understanding. Simpson College is doing exactly that with their production of The Comedy of Errors, taking place this Friday through Monday (November 18-21) in Indianola.

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