Des Moines Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: UNNECESSARY FARCE at Ankeny Community Theatre BWW Review: UNNECESSARY FARCE at Ankeny Community Theatre
by Nolan Boggess - August 06, 2017

What do you get when two undercover cops, a clueless mayor, his wife, a security guard, an accountant and the Scottish mob collide in two conjoining motel rooms set somewhere in the middle of America? The answer has to be a poorly thought out joke or the play Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith, w... (more...)
BWW Review: THE AMEN CORNER at Pyramid Theatre Company BWW Review: THE AMEN CORNER at Pyramid Theatre Company
by Nolan Boggess - July 31, 2017

Redemption is on the mind in Pyramid Theatre Company's The Amen Corner, the classic James Baldwin show that completes Pyramid's summer season. Baldwin's play often rests on questions concerning redemption, sacrifice, and spirituality making the show a fitting choice for Pyramid after two successful ... (more...)
BWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS at Urbandale Community Theatre BWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS at Urbandale Community Theatre
by Nolan Boggess - July 30, 2017

Although Urbandale Community Theatre's dedication to producing classic shows may be safer than putting on contemporary pieces, a classic must be done in a fresh way in order to convince the audience that the show must be seen. This production remains fresh enough to receive that seal of approval and... (more...)
BWW Review: MISSISSIPPI GODDAMN at Pyramid Theatre Company BWW Review: MISSISSIPPI GODDAMN at Pyramid Theatre Company
by Nolan Boggess - July 28, 2017

In times of great distress, fear can make people do terrible things. It can push wives to turn on husbands, mothers to turn on children, and neighbors to turn on neighbors. This idea surrounds Mississippi Goddamn, a new play by Jonathan Norton that received its first official staging at Pyramid Thea... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at The Des Moines Playhouse BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at The Des Moines Playhouse
by Nolan Boggess - July 15, 2017

This production of The Music Man will lift your spirits and remind you of a great staple of American musical theatre, even if it does need some modern rewrites.... (more...)
BWW Review: Theatre Cedar Rapids Brings Life to Vinegar Tom BWW Review: Theatre Cedar Rapids Brings Life to Vinegar Tom
by Shy White - June 26, 2017

TCR Presents Vinegar Tom in an insanely entertaining manner, audience was kept on the edge of their seats!... (more...)
BWW Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at The Des Moines Playhouse BWW Review: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at The Des Moines Playhouse
by Nolan Boggess - March 24, 2017

It is a known fact that any cold heart can be warmed by a seven foot mute monster in tap shoes singing Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz". If you happen to be a fan of Mel Brooks' film Young Frankenstein, you already know this. But, if you happen to be like me and have never seen the iconic film,... (more...)
BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY Entertains in Face of Controversy at The Des Moines Playhouse BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY Entertains in Face of Controversy at The Des Moines Playhouse
by Nolan Boggess - October 20, 2016

Amidst months of controversy and questioning, Des Moines Playhouse's West Side Story succeeds to be one of the best and emotionally charged shows Des Moines has seen in a while. That is, if one can get past the apparent lack of Latinx actors in the show. ... (more...)
BWW Review: HAND TO GOD Thrills at StageWest Theatre Company BWW Review: HAND TO GOD Thrills at StageWest Theatre Company
by Nolan Boggess - September 15, 2016

Hand to God is good. It is that type of good that makes you feel bad for loving it so much.... (more...)