Theatre

​Tartuffe or not Tartuffe?

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 14th, 2018

Tartuffe - photograph by Justin Eiler, NDSU photographerBy Nathan Roy
bardsdream@gmail.com

You are absolutely right. The title is not “To be or not to be” from the famous Shakespeare soliloquy in "Hamlet." I won’t be talking about Shakespeare particularly. I will expound the relevance of this silly wordplay, if I may.

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, the man known by his stage name, Molière, was born six years after Shakespeare’s death. He wrote plays such as "The Misanthrope," "The Miser," and "The Doctor in Spite of Himself," but his…

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​A different bison story

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 31st, 2018

A white buffaloBy Nathan Roy
bardsdream@gmail.com

The play you are going to read about is based on actual events. I bet you can’t wait to know about them, so I asked director Miles Barnum what can be expected. He replied, “It is a very intriguing script and a joy to work on.” Let us explore this comment in a peculiar manner.

First, A bit of geography and history. Many people from around here probably do not realize that the Upper Midwest region, spanning from the Dakotas all the way to Wisconsin,…

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​Rock, roll and comedy star in Theatre B play

by Paige Johnson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 20th, 2017

Johnson theatre-photograph by Kensie WallnerSmoke starts to seep from the sides of the stage and a rocker’s voice echoes over the crowd: “Are you ready to rock?!”

You might think that you’re at a rock concert, if you weren’t seated in a black box theatre.

For the second show in their 15th season, Theatre B is producing “I Will Not Go Gently,” a riotous but reflective one-woman show centered around fictional 80s rock star Sierra Mist.

Moving forward from Sierra Mist’s comeback tour, “I Will Not Go Gently” moves…

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Win tickets for “I Will Not Go Gently” now playing at Theater B

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 15th, 2017

Theater B is now opening its second show of the season with a play entitled "I Will Not Go Gently" by Jennifer Childs. "This clever one-woman show plays with our sense of nostalgia and shines a light on our quest for self actualization and new beginnings." 

Performances are scheduled for weekends now through December 30th. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees December 17th and 24th at 2 p.m. Find additional ticket information at

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​Remembering Chris Jacobs (1954-2017)

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 18th, 2017

Ted Larson introduced me to Chris Jacobs one evening at Weld Hall in the late 1980s. I was in high school then, but Chris recognized fellow film fanatics, and we would chat a little bit each week. I learned quickly that he loved movies as much as anybody, and had a special fondness for the obscure and little-seen “gems” from the silent and early sound eras.

Over the next decade, I came to respect Chris’s dedication and devotion; he lived in Grand Forks and yet, every Monday during…

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‘Dial M for Murder’: the unraveling of a perfect crime

by Hee Han | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 11th, 2017

The F-M Community Theatre summarized the story: “Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know to strangle her for a fee of one hundred thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself.“

Unfortunately, the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. This plot-twisting play was written by Frederick Knott and was premiered on stage in…

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​Dear diary: my teen angst now has a musical

by Paige Johnson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 9th, 2017

‘Heathers’ hits the Empire stage in Grand Forks

Before the pink-clad Plastics or Cher’s group of popular beauties in “Clueless,” the shoulder pad-wearing, croquet mallet-wielding Heathers ruled the halls of Westerberg High in the 1989 cult classic “Heathers.”

Now, this group of mean girls are seeing a resurrection on the Empire stage in the contemporary musical that features all the same themes from the 80’s film: teen angst, popularity and murder.

“Heathers” follows…

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​‘Our Boy’ the Struggle on Sex Crimes.

by Hee Han | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 2nd, 2017

“It was the first insightful theatre I’ve seen in years. I wasn’t expecting anything but it blew me away.”

“Your intimate space makes us feel like we’re in the play and for those of us who don’t act, that’s a real gift.”

“A wonderful performance that made me laugh and cry while giving me goose bumps.”

“You do such good work and you are an asset to the community.”

The comments and applause are testimony of the amazing shows that Theatre B has chosen.

Theatre B…

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​‘Grease’ to be performed at Sheyenne High

by Paige Johnson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 19th, 2017

Summer Arts Intensive performs main stage musical

Under the summer sun, something’s begun, taking over those summer nights. The 1978 movie and musical hit Grease is taking stage as part of the Summer Arts Intensive in West Fargo.

In 2010, Adam Pankow started the program to bring arts to students during the summer months. The program is open to students in middle school, high school and college. Last month, the middle school program performed Willy Wonka Jr., with the high school…

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​North Dakota history comes to life in new musical

by Paige Johnson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 21st, 2017

Author, professor, historian and now playwright: Dr. Charlie Barber has taken his love of history to the stage with his new musical, “No Backseat Driver.”

Barber’s play is the story of two North Dakota heroes: “Wild Bill” Langer and his wife, Lydia Cady Langer.

“I’ve been researching Bill Langer since 1983,” said Barber. “He was wild in personality, but he cared about the underdogs. I’m not interested in writing about characters who aren’t progressive. They must be…

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