Central High School presents 'Leaving Iowa'
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[April 27, 2009]
MASON CITY -- "Leaving Iowa" is
a hilarious, sentimental comedy about family and family vacations.
It is guaranteed to have you laughing and remembering the childhood
vacations you tried to forget. Illini Central High School presents
this poignant and touchingly funny play at the Arlee Theater in
Mason City on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
"Leaving Iowa" has been critically acclaimed by the Chicago Tribune,
Chicago Sun-Times and WGN. It was nominated for best new play in the
country by the Detroit Free Press. The show is totally suitable for
Don Browning, a middle-aged writer on a quest to
honor his father's final request, is played by a newcomer to the
stage, Tucker Biesenthal. Tony Snyder debuts as Don's father, a
history teacher from the greatest generation, who is oblivious to
the effects of his quirky Midwestern paternalism on his children.
The ensemble cast is rounded out by Lia Blankenship, who plays Mom,
the family peacemaker and Sophia Briseno as Don's challenging
Along the way Don's flashbacks depict family encounters with
Amish flea markets and side trips to Ghost Caverns, while in the
"present" he endures a talkative waitress in a diner, played by
Jamic Peterson, and a John Wayne-impersonating mechanic, played by
Relying on a minimalist set, the cast invites the audience to
take this road trip down memory lane. Director Gwen Royce is
convinced you will enjoy the ride.
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