‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’
presented by Stage West
The Civic Center’s Stoner Theatre, 221 Walnut
Sept. 29 – Oct. 9
StageWest keeps the music going with another
show based around the music of iconic singer
Billie Holiday. “Last 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
Rex Mathis Auditorium, 1401 Vine St., West
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.
Abigail Feldman as Anne Shirley
and Cate Miller as Marilla Cutherbert
in “Anne of Green Gables,” Sept. 30 -
Oct. 16 at The Des Moines Playhouse.
‘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 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.
‘La Cage Aux Folles’ presented by The
Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
221 Walnut St.
The touring production of “La Cage Aux Folles”
takes over the Civic Center for a limited number
of performances. The story follows Georges,
the owner of a glitzy nightclub in Saint-Tropez
and his partner, Albin, who moonlights as the
glamorous chanteuse, Zaza. When Georges’ son
brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home
to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family
are put to the test. Tickets are $20-$47.50.
“Men of Steel” presented by Locust
Kirkwood Building, 400 Walnut St.
Get ready for some superhero action with “Men
of Steel.” The story follows Captain Justice,
a superhero created by the military that protects
the innocent from evildoers. But after killing
two murderers in revenge, Captain Justice is
thrown in jail. But don’t fret, Captain Justice
isn’t the only superhero. Other characters include
Maelstrom, a wealthy playboy with a collection
of gadgets; Bryant, a drag queen who doesn’t
feel pain; and Liberty Lady, Captian Justice’s
sidekick. Tickets are $9-$12.
‘The 39 Steps’ presented by The Des
831 42nd St.
Oct. 21 – Nov. 6
Based on the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, “The
39 Steps” tells the story of Richard Hannay,
whose night of fun turns into anything but after
he is involved in an attempt to smuggle top
secret information out of the country. Accused
of murder by Scotland Yard and carrying a secret
that could save King and country, Hannay must
solve the mystery of The 39 Steps in order to
acquit himself and stop a war. Bringing the
show to life is a cast of four actors who play
more than 140 characters throughout this comedic
thriller. Tickets are $20-$29. CV