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BWW Review: LOVE LETTERS at Des Moines Playhouse: A Welcome Journey Photo BWW Review: LOVE LETTERS at Des Moines Playhouse: A Welcome Journey
by DC Felton - Jun 12, 2020

Recently, the term intermission has taken on a new meaning in the theatre community.  While we usually use it as a term to signify a break in a show, we have recently modified it to a break in theatre productions due to COVID19. While we may not be able to gather as a theatre community to sit in a theatre for a show, some theatres are getting creative in how they present shows this summer.  One of them is Des Moines Playhouse.  I attended a dress rehearsal of their socially distanced production of 'Love Letters,' which opens on June 12.

The Des Moines Community Playhouse Adds 15 Live Theatre Drive-In Performances Photo The Des Moines Community Playhouse Adds 15 Live Theatre Drive-In Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2020

The Des Moines Community Playhouse has added 15 Live Theatre Drive-In performances. Originally announced performances sold out in five days. Tickets for the added performances are available online at dmplayhouse.com or by calling The Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

DM Playhouse Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Photo DM Playhouse Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Nov. 2-25, 2018. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is sponsored by Nationwide.

DM Playhouse Announces 2018 Dionysos Awards Recipients Photo DM Playhouse Announces 2018 Dionysos Awards Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

The Des Moines Community Playhouse held the 2018 Dionysos Awards on Sunday, Oct. 14. The theatre honored 18 backstage, front-of-house, and education volunteers, and announced 10 acting award winners. The evening with a number from Billy Elliot The Musical, on stage now through Oct. 28.

Des Moines Community Playhouse Celebrates With The Dionysos Awards Photo Des Moines Community Playhouse Celebrates With The Dionysos Awards
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

Join the Des Moines Community Playhouse for the 2018-19 Dionysos Awards on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. The Dionysos Awards celebrates the contributions of more than 750 individuals, giving 55,000 hours annually as actors, backstage crews, and guest services volunteers.  

2018 Cloris Leachman Awards Nominees Announced Photo 2018 Cloris Leachman Awards Nominees Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2018

Founded in 2015, the Cloris Awards celebrate excellence in theatre in Greater Des Moines. The annual awards program brings together the theatre community and the public to celebrate their work and enhance the visibility of locally-produced theatre. The 2017-2018 season featured 43 productions by 12 participating companies.

BWW Review: RAGTIME at The Des Moines Playhouse Photo BWW Review: RAGTIME at The Des Moines Playhouse
by Nolan Boggess - Apr 8, 2018

From Harry Houdini, to baseball, to Booker T. Washington, to the American Dream, Des Moines Playhouse's production of Ragtime covers a lot of ground - ten years to be exact. In presenting an encyclopedic glance of these ten years from 1902 - 1912, the musical, with book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty, slowly becomes a big ball of dense nostalgia with glimpses of heart every now and then. But that seems to be a bigger problem with the intent of the show to nicely wrap up ten years of history in under three hours rather than The Des Moines Playhouse's production. Yes, The Des Moines Playhouse's production (directed by John W. Viars)  is grand, beautiful, heartfelt and absolutely delicious to listen to, which makes it an excellent season closer for the company as they head into their 100th season and a renovated theatre.

Des Moines Playhouse's Announces 99th Season Finale: RAGTIME Photo Des Moines Playhouse's Announces 99th Season Finale: RAGTIME
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2018

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents 'Ragtime,' Apr. 6-29, 2018. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. 'Ragtime' is sponsored by Des Moines Radio Group.

The Des Moines Community Playhouse Celebrates 100 Years In Song Photo The Des Moines Community Playhouse Celebrates 100 Years In Song
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2018

The Des Moines Community Playhouse is approaching its 100th anniversary, and has already begun the celebration with a special performances each year leading up to the big day. On Feb. 16-17, the Playhouse will continue the trip down memory lane with 'Countdown to 100: Musicals of the 2000s.' The program celebrates Playhouse and Broadway musical theatre history. 'Countdown to 100' is presented by Hubbell Realty Company with support from Workiva.

BWW Review: GUYS & DOLLS at Urbandale Community Theatre
by Nolan Boggess - Jul 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 entertains in spite of certain scenes that slow down the action. I will say that I wish Urbandale Community Theatre would sometimes be riskier in its selection of show, but Guys & Dolls convinces me enough that classics are here to stay.

BWW Previews: GUYS AND DOLLS at Urbandale Community Theatre
by Nolan Boggess - Jul 21, 2017

For the past two decades, Urbandale Community Theatre has been entertaining the local community with an annual summer musical theatre production. This tradition continues this year with a new production of Guys and Dolls running July 21 - 30, 2017. Guys and Dolls, the 1950 Frank Loesser production that has been a staple of American musical theatre since its debut, also continues Urbandale Community Theatre's tradition of utilizing a volunteer cast, crew, and orchestra in combination with a professional production team to create a polished theatrical experience that reaches all areas of the Urbandale community.

DM Playhouse Counting Down to 100th Anniversary with Song
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

The Des Moines Community Playhouse is approaching its 100th anniversary, and is starting the celebration early with a special fundraising performance to be held each year leading up to the big day.

Des Moines Playhouse 2016 Dionysos Award Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

The Des Moines Community Playhouse held the 2016 Dionysos Awards on Sunday, July 24. The theatre honored 15 backstage, front-of-house, and education volunteers, and announced eight acting award winners. The evening was bookended by musical performances from the Performance Academy cast of 'Disney's Camp Rock,' with public performances Aug. 5-6, and the cast of 'Rock of Ages,' on stage now through Aug. 7.

Des Moines Playhouse Announces 2016 Dionysos Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Join the Des Moines Community Playhouse for the 2015-16 Dionysos Awards on Sunday, July 24. The Dionysos Awards celebrates the contributions of more than 1,700 individuals, giving 77,000 hours annually as actors and backstage and front-of-house volunteers.     The evening will begin with a social event at 5:30 PM.

DM Playhouse Counts Down to 100th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

The Des Moines Community Playhouse is approaching its 100th anniversary, and is starting the celebration early with a special performance to be held each year leading up to the big day. Today and tomorrow, Mar. 4-5, the Playhouse will begin the trip down memory lane with 'Countdown to 100: A Musical Revue of the '60s and '70s.'

DM Playhouse Counts Down to 100th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

The Des Moines Community Playhouse is approaching its 100th anniversary, and is starting the celebration early with a special performance to be held each year leading up to the big day. On Mar. 4-5, the Playhouse will begin the trip down memory lane with 'Countdown to 100: A Musical Revue of the '60s and '70s.'

Photo Flash: First Look at DM Playhouse's CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the Broadway musical, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Nov. 27-Dec. 20, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Photo Flash: First Look at DM Playhouse's CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the Broadway musical, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Nov. 27-Dec. 20, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

DM Playhouse Presents CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2015

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the Broadway musical, 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' Nov. 27-Dec. 20, 2015. Tickets may be purchased online atdmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer.

DM Playhouse Reveals 2015 Dionysos Award Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

The Des Moines Community Playhouse held the 2015 Dionysos Awards on Sunday, July 26. The theatre honored 18 backstage, front-of-house, and education volunteers, and announced six acting award winners.

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