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From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Excruciating, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Confusing

About the show

A new musical about a mother and her teenage daughter uprooting their lives and moving to Iowa. More…

Mom found her soul-mate on Facebook, and he lives in Iowa. So Becca says goodbye to her beloved math teacher, bulimic best friend, neighborhood pony and her mildly deficient teenage life, and she follows her wayward mother to a new, uncharted beginning. But in this fanciful, absurdist, and intoxicating musical play from the imagination of Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond nothing can prepare them for what they’ll find.

Member Reviews (8)


Excruciating, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Confusing
Avg Score

Incoherent, Excrutiating, Indulgent, Insipid, Quirky

See it if you have no choice. This was one of the worst productions I've seen in my life...and that includes school plays. I found it truly awful.

Don't see it if you can avoid it. I have to say it again: truly awful.

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Excruciating, Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal

See it if you're a masochist.

Don't see it if you have any taste. Nothing worked here. From the writing to the singing.

Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you want to leave right away.

Don't see it if you want to save some $.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if Uh.. bad.

Don't see it if Left at intermission.

Confusing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if don't

Don't see it if you value your time

Quirky, Original, Indulgent

See it if you like really, really experimental musicals.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for absurdity or zaniness.

Excruciating, No intermission to avoid stampede, Banal, Cliched

See it if You have nothing to do, to read, to think about, have no TV, no friends.

Don't see it if You want want to be entertained or engaged

Confusing, Ambitious, Quirky, Original, Slow

See it if you like eccentric, nonsensical meditations on how technology has transformed modern society.

Don't see it if you like clear-cut, straightforward, logical theatre.

April 13th, 2015
"Aiming for the endearingly zany, the new musical 'Iowa' overshoots the runway, landing somewhere in the vicinity of complete inanity. This oppressively antic show plays like a series of songs, scenes and sketches with little connecting tissue...this show is so besotted with its self-conscious ab...
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April 13th, 2015
"Iowa’s satirical cartoonishness is captured splendidly in Ken Rus Schmoll’s staging, and the cast of eight sustains a remarkable tone of committed absurdism. Smart, off-angle pop art songs add to the abundance of pleasures. 'Heaven and earth do not touch one another,' sings a new mother in a lul...
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April 14th, 2015
"'I thought I had something to say, but I don’t,' says a character in “Iowa.” The same could be said of Jenny Schwartz’s new play with music, which strains so hard for whimsy, it practically gives itself a hernia.. The game cast goes through their wacky paces with admirable conviction. Even so, a...
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April 13th, 2015
"'Iowa' is like spaghetti. Throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks seems to be the approach in this abstract play with music. Unfortunately, little sticks...One hundred minutes later, 'Iowa' just seems weird for weirdness’ sake."
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