Two Des Moines theater companies, founded a century apart, join forces to stage August Wilson’s ‘The Piano Lesson’

When last year’s revival of August Wilson’s 1987 play The Piano Lesson closed on Broadway on Jan. 29, it was the highest grossing show that week. In fact, the production, which opened Oct. 13, became the highest grossing play revival […]

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Built in 1917, Varsity Cinema is getting a $5 million upgrade thanks to Des Moines film lovers

In the mid-1990s, Ben Godar started making the drive from Ames to Des Moines to go to the Varsity Cinema. “Back then, the Varsity was just one of those places that would get films that nobody else had,” he recalls. […]

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