Why We're Here

Short Version:  I love theatre.  Everyone else should too.  But you shouldn't have to kill somebody to find a show to see.  That's why we're here....

Long version:  Theatre can be murder.  Especially if you can't find all the right shows....

Within the span of a few weeks early in 2016, I went to see the Broadway touring production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at the Des Moines Civic Center, followed shortly thereafter by Murder Ballad at Noce Jazz/Cabaret. Two very different scale productions, both wonderfully presented with amazing talent and energy. I'd almost missed Murder Ballad, only hearing about it a day or two before it closed. I had such fun that I got to wondering what other shows might be out there, and I didn't want to miss out on any other hidden gems.

That's when I discovered that I'd practically kill myself trying to find all those shows....

Yes, that's an exaggeration. But as I starting trying to find as many shows as I could in the area, I also realized that there was no easy way to do so. While I discovered TONS of great theatre here in Central Iowa, I was all over the place (in real life, and on the Internet) trying to find out what was happening. Maybe murder would be a small price to pay if I could get just one easy place with all the information about what shows were performing, when, and where....

(Yes, another exaggeration.  But still....)


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And so, this website was born.  Instead of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, we have A Gentle Guide to Des Moines Theatre.

I have embarked on gathering information about as many theatre productions and organizations as I could find, with an arbitrary limit of shows and companies in a roughly 30 minute radius of Des Moines. You'll find the results of those efforts here, with no murder necessary.  Hopefully, you will easily discover whatever theatre you're looking for, and perhaps some information about future shows as well. Then this will truly be A Gentle Guide.


While compiling this information, I've discovered the existence of a number of groups I never even knew were here, and met a great number of people onstage, backstage, and amongst the audience with the same kind of passion that I have for theatre. And I want more people to share in these experiences, hence this website.


I hope you find A Gentle Guide to Des Moines Theatre useful. I hope you find your new favorite play here, and go out searching for things you weren't aware of previously. Perhaps you can enjoy time with an memorable revival, or see what some of the fantastic local theatre talents have to surprise you with next.  Most of all, I hope you find and share with others the passion I find in plays, and that the information here at A Gentle Guide helps you in that discovery.  Live theatre is a treasure, and we have untold riches right here in Central Iowa.  I hope to share some of them with you.

And that's my own Murder Ballad.


--Timothy Rose


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