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August 9, 2012
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Upcoming shows in August

By Jared Curtis

Flam Chen will headline the upcoming “Fireball” event at Simon Estes Amphitheater on Aug. 16-17 Special to Cityview

‘Rent’ presented by The Des Moines Playhouse

Des Moines Playhouse, 831 42nd St.

July 15-Aug. 5

“Rent” is one of the most beloved Broadway shows thanks to a story that fans of all ages enjoy. The story, which takes place in New York City’s East Village, follows a group of friends finding their place in this world as they discover love, life and how they must live for today. Tickets are $35.

Third Annual Iowa Improv Festival

Civic Center’s Stoner Theatre

Aug. 3-4

The third annual Iowa Improv Festival (IIF) returns for more laughs with four different regional improv troupes showcasing their improvisational comedic chops. Each troupe will perform a 25-minute set, followed by a free-form, laugh-filled group event. The troupes will create scenes, short skits and complete plays in front of the audience based on suggestions from the crowd, making each show a completely unique experience. The troupes include 88improv, from Omaha, Neb.; Comics in Action or CIA, from Cedar Rapids; Half-Masted, from Cedar Falls; and Des Moines’ own Comedy XPeriment. At the end of each night, all four groups will join forces for a chaotic and comedic improv showcasing their wide ranges of talent. Tickets are $15 or $25 for both nights and tickets are available at the Civic Center box office or through Ticketmaster.

‘Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll’ presented by The Veez

Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St.

Aug. 4

For one night only, theatre fans will witness a theatrical experience like no other with “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll.” Mixing live music and theatre, “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll” will showcase some of the best talent in town. Art will be on display, and cocktails will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. with live music starting at 7:30 p.m. and the show kicking off at 8 p.m. Admission is $13.

‘Fireball’ presented by Principal Financial Group and Community Choice Credit Union

Simon Estes Amphitheater

Aug. 16-17

“Fireball” will feature an unforgettable production filled with acrobatic feats of fire with special performances by Flam Chen, merging daredevil acrobatics and pyrotechnics to create a fiery spectacle like no other, and Pyrotechniq, the Midwest’s premier fire dancers featuring more than 40 years experience of creating fire as art, plus other special guests. Admission is $25 (kids 12 and under are free) or $50 for VIP, which includes VIP seating, drink ticket and a meet and greet, available at Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Seventh Annual Iowa Playwrights Workshop presented by Tallgrass Theatre Company

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

Calling all playwrights. The Tallgrass Theatre Company is currently accepting original scripts from Iowa-connected playwrights for the Seventh Annual Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Full-length or one-act plays from any genre can be submitted for the workshop, which features workshop sessions, a public-staged reading and a three-week production run. Anyone interested can submit scripts to before Sept. 1, with the winner being announced on Oct. 1. For more information, email,  or call (866) 745-4535. CV

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