Center stage

Upcoming shows in April


presented by The Des Moines Playhouse
The Des Moines Playhouses
Through May 2

The Des Moines Playhouse is proud to present the Iowa Community Theatre premiere of the 2007 Tony Award nominee, “Curtains.” A number of problems arise backstage at the Boston tryout of a new, Broadway-bound musical. When the show’s leading lady drops dead taking her curtain call, Lt. Frank Cioffi is called to the scene and finds himself in the middle of egos, eccentricities and an unexpected romance. Will he be able to solve the case and save the show? Tickets are $20-$35, available at the Playhouse box office, 277-6261.


Enjoy Dinner With the Director
On April 22, patrons can enjoy a three-course meal at Le Jardin with Playhouse executive director John Viars at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. performance of “Curtains.” Dinner and show tickets are $50 per person; dinner only tickets are $30 per person. Purchase dinner tickets by calling The Playhouse ticket office, 277-6261.


‘Girls Night: The Musical’
presented by the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Civic Center’s Temple Theater
Through April 18

Get ready ladies for a night you’ll never forget. “Girls Night: The Musical” is a touching and hilarious tell-it-like-it-is look at the lives of a group of female friends. The show will have audiences laughing, crying and dancing in the aisles. Not only is “Girls Night: The Musical” bursting with energy, it is packed with every female anthem you can think of including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “I Will Survive” and “Say a Little Prayer.” Tickets are $34.50 - $38.50, available at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and at


The 2010 DMACC Spring Festival of Plays
Huff Theatre, DMACC Ankeny Campus, building 6
April 15-16

DMACC’s annual spring festival features the original works of five local writers (Andy Hartley, Rosenna Bakari, Lacy Williams, Tom Deiker and Ben Anderson). Admission is $1.


‘Death and the Maiden’
presented by Tallgrass Theatre Company
Rex Mathes Auditorium, 1401 Vine St., West Des Moines
April 16-May 1

“Death and the Maiden” is a complex psychological battle of wills between Paulina Salas, her husband, Gerardo, and Dr. Miranda, a seemingly friendly stranger who provided Gerardo with a ride home after a car breakdown. Trouble begins when Paulina claims to recognize Miranda’s voice and accuses him of torturing her during her days as a prisoner of her country’s former government. The confrontation and shifts in power between the three inevitably raises issues of justice and revenge. Tickets are $12 and available through or the night of the performance (if available).


‘Romeo & Juliet: A Love Story’
presented by the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Civic Center
April 17-18

Love is in the air when the Des Moines Symphony celebrates the Bard in Words & Music, with professional actors from the renowned Guthrie Theatre. Hear some of the most evocative and soaring themes ever composed, inspired by Shakespeare’s immortal romantic story. Tickets are $15 - $54, available at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and at


‘The Dutchman/Manhattan Beatitude’
presented by the Des Moines Social Club
Des Moines Social Club
April 22-25

The Des Moines Social club presents two plays presented in tandem. “Dutchman” is a short play by poet and playwright Amiri Baraka. It explores passion, hatred, fear and racism on the subways of beat-era New York City. “Manhattan Beatitude” takes place the day of Allen Ginsberg’s death. A group of fans flock to Washington Square Park to commiserate and find meaning in a world without their beloved poet. The show is free and starts at 8 p.m. (2 p.m. matinee). CV

Round Kick Gym

Best of Des Moines 2011

Fall Relish

Coupon Guide