By Jared Curtis firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming shows in July
‘Reasons to be Pretty’ presented by Stage West
The Civic Center’s Stoner Theatre, 221 Walnut St. July 7, 9
A love story about the impossibility of love, “Reasons to be Pretty” confronts America’s obsession with physical beauty head on. Tickets are $22-$25 or $60 for all three plays (any performance).
‘The Shape of Things’ presented by Stage West
The Civic Center’s Stoner Theatre, 221 Walnut St. July 9, 14, 16-17
“The Shape of Things” is an exploration of art, intimacy and people’s willingness to do things for love. Set in a small, Midwestern university town, the story centers on the lives of four young students who become emotionally and romantically entangled as they try to cram academics, jobs, love and meaning into hectic lives. Tickets are $22-$25 or $60 for all three plays (any performance).
‘Fat Pig’ presented by Stage West
The Civic Center’s Stoner Theatre, 221 Walnut St. July 8, 10, 13, 15-16
In “Fat Pig,” conventionally good-looking Tom falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy woman who happens to be plus-sized. Forced to explain his new relationship to his perplexed friends, Tom must come to terms with his own preconceived notions of love and attraction. Tickets are $22-$25 or $60 for all three plays (any performance).
Jonny Porkpie’s ‘Grab My Junk’ a bump and grind gameshow with special guest Phoenix L’Amour
Wednesday, July 13, 9:30 p.m.
Watch in awe as world-renowned burlesque performers bump, grind, tease, titillate, sway and strip. Then, get to know them even more intimately as you learn their deepest, darkest secrets while competing for the chance to win terrible prizes! Never fear; fabulous prizes also await, but only if you’re brave enough to... GRAB MY JUNK. Admission is $15.
‘Hairspray’ presented by The Des Moines Playhouse
831 42nd St. July 15- Aug. 7
Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, has a passion for dancing and wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.” Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program’s reigning princess, integrate the television show and find true love while singing and dancing all without messing up her hair? Tickets are $20-$35.
‘Bland Mary’ and ‘Daisy’ presented by the DMACC Huff Theatre
DMACC Ankeny Campus – July 15-16
Civic Center – July 22-23
The DMMAC Huff Theatre presents two plays — “Bland Mary,” a comedy which examines how the modern world and its relentless stimulation has dulled our senses; and “Daisy,” a short play about a child’s first social dilemma: choosing the perfect birthday gift for a friend. Performances on July 15 are at 1 and 7 p.m.; July 16 at 3 and 7 p.m.; July 22 at 8 p.m. and July 23 at 3 and 8 p.m. Admission is $1.
‘Shakespeare on the Lawn: As You Like It’ presented by the Repertory Theater of Iowa
Salisbury House & Gardens, 4025 Tonawanda Drive. July 21-24
Repertory Theater of Iowa returns to Salisbury House & Gardens for “Shakespeare on the Lawn.” This summer’s event will feature “As You Like It.” Guest artist, Karla Kash, will direct the show.
The Iowa Shakespeare Experience/Shakesperience Festival
Simon Estes Amphitheater. July 22-25, 29-31
Shakesperience Fest 2011 features two plays:
“Shakespeare-Under-The-Stars The Regina Monologues – the Royal Queens and Kings of Shakespeare” — Macbeth’s witches conjure Queen Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth right into our midst to share wit, wisdom and the war between the sexes in a fun-filled, romantic comedy with mysterious twists and turns.
“Classics-Along-The-Cityscape: Mark TWAINment Tonight!” — Enjoy a fresh twist on old favorites plus rare Twain romantic works. Stories for the intelligentsia and for families alike are portrayed by Twain plus his wife, daughters and a musical entourage.
For more information including time, line-ups and special events, visit http://www.IowaShakespeare.org. CV