Review: “Leaving Iowa”

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Review: “Leaving Iowa”

Madison Graves, Business Manager

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“Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and on the road between them. A comedy about family vacations in two Acts.” Leaving Iowa was a heartwarming story of family values and small adventures.

Don is a middle-aged writer from Boston who has finally decided it was time to take his deceased father’s ashes to his childhood home to spread around. Certain complications get in the way, resulting in Don taking an unexpected trip across the states looking for the right place to spread his father’s ashes. Along the way, he reminisces about his own childhood vacations with his father, adding humor and relatable family situations to the story. However, it also includes sincere moments when Don looks back at his regrets regarding his distance with his father. Overall, the play did a good job of portraying a relatable and comical story.

Except for occasional lags, pauses and errors, the acting was fair. From obnoxious back-seat kids, to perky diner waitresses, to drunken hotel guests, each part was played to its fullest. There was never a dull moment, and each minute was filled with wittiness or sincerity. It’s relatively basic and something to watch if you just feel the need for a quick laugh and nice story. If you’re into family fun and classical humor, you’ll enjoy this play.

Check out the play tonight or Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater.