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Sept 1 , 2011
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Upcoming shows in September

By Jared Curtis

‘The Producers' presented by The Des Moines Playhouse

831 42nd St.

Sept. 9 – Oct. 2

Get ready to laugh as the Playhouse unleashes the laugh-out-loud musical, "The Producers." The story follows timid accountant Leo Bloom and Broadway producer Max Bialystock, who team up for a get-rich-quick scheme — overselling shares in the world's worst musical. But complications arise for the two when the show unexpectedly turns out to be a hit. Tickets are $20 - $35.

‘Anne of Green Gables' presented by The Des Moines Playhouse

831 42nd St.

Sept. 30 – Oct. 16

A beloved children's tale makes its way to the Kate Goldman Children's Theatre with "Anne of Green Gables." When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert are looking for some help on their farm, they decide to adopt an orphan. But instead of a getting a boy, they get a red haired, freckled-face girl named Anne. The story follows the life of Anne on the farm and all of the trials and tribulations she faces, as she grows older. Tickets are $12 - $15.

‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch' presented by Stage West

The Civic Center's Stoner Theatre, 221 Walnut St.

Sept. 15 - 25

Returning for its 15th season, StageWest kicks things off with a band thanks to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." The story follows Hedwig Schmidt, an East German rock ‘n' roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation. This wild and outrageous tale is told through stories and live music as the hard rockers, The Angry Inch, back Hedwig. Tickets are $22-$25.

‘Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill' presented by Stage West

The Civic Center's Stoner Theatre, 221 Walnut St.

Sept. 29 – Oct. 9

StageWest keeps the music going with another show based around the music of iconic singer, Billie Holiday. "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" follows one of the last performances by Holiday, four months before her death. More than 12 songs are interlaced with memories and stories to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music. Tickets are $22-$25.

‘Lonely Planet' presented by Tallgrass Theatre

Rex Mathis Auditorium, 1401 Vine St., West Des Moines

Sept. 30 – Oct. 15

Tallgrass Theatre opens its season with "Lonely Planet," a tale about Jody and Carl, whose friendship evolves in the age of AIDS. Jody owns a shop, and Carl has been bringing chairs of dead friends into the store. When it's time to take an AIDS test, Carl tries to convince Jody that he must take responsibility for his life, or he will join the set of chairs that are gradually filling the store. Tickets are $15.

‘God of Carnage' presented by the Repertory Theater of Iowa

Kirkwood Building, 400 Walnut St.

Sept. 9 - 25

From Yasmina Reza, the author of "Art" and "Life X3" comes "God of Carnage," a funny tragedy about two sets of parents dealing with fighting children. When the two couples meet to discuss the problems, status and egos come into play and ultimately, the parents end up fighting more than the children. See this local, intimate performance before Roman Polanski's film starring Kate Winslet and John C. Reilly hits the big screen later this year. Tickets are $12-$22.

‘Bland Mary' and ‘Daisy' presented by the DMACC Huff Theatre

DMCC Campus, Building 6, 2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny

Sept. 15 – 16

The DMMAC Huff Theatre presents two plays — "Bland Mary," a comedy that 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. Tickets are $1. CV

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