Theatre

​Shakespeare’s coming to town

by Taylor Blumer | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 4th, 2016

Month-long ShakespeareFest celebrates the Bard

In 1916 the people of Fargo-Moorhead devoted an entire week to all things Shakespeare. With the U.S. on the brink of entering global turmoil, the F-M community entered a bubble of sorts, harkening back several centuries to celebrate the English playwright’s works, which became the cornerstones of English literature, influencing the language itself as well as culture around the world. The 1916 festival included many events, including a…

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​Here, there, everywhere

by Taylor Blumer | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 3rd, 2016

Monika Browne’s self-penned, one-person show, “EnTRANSed: The Making of a Transnational Woman,” will debut at Valley City State University’s Theater 320 on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The show is based on Browne’s transplantation from her home in Warsaw, Poland, to the U.S. and her experiences navigating a new life here in the Midwest.

“EnTRANSed” is a play on words, says Browne, an homage to the semi-autobiographical novel “Trans-Atlantyk,” written in 1953 by…

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NDSU: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 9th, 2015

photo by Kensie Wallner

Jess Jung feels little to no pressure to live up to the classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

The 1958 film starring Elizabeth Taylor sees its stage adaption take shape at North Dakota State’s Walsh Studio this weekend, the second half of its two-week run. Starring six students in the round with 80 seats per show, this “super intimate” telling is set in this new era, its director said.

“I think the movie is in the style of American realism of that time, kind of high emotion and…

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A legacy of dance

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 22nd, 2015

The life and work of choreographer, director and dancer Eddie Gasper (1929-2015) will be honored on Saturday, Nov. 7, at a reception followed by a tribute dance performance at NDSU’s Festival Concert Hall.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception from 5-7 p.m. The reception will feature food, wine and Bacardi cokes (Eddie’s signature drink), along with special talks by Jack Lee, Eddie’s accompanist during his Broadway career; Chrissy Fournier, veteran dancer and…

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Things you shouldn’t be laughing at Punk rock musical puts new spin on (forgotten) history

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 21st, 2015

“Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” is more than a history lesson.

The punk rock musical opens Theatre NDSU’s 2015-16 season, reopening history books to the pages often left unexamined. In a show bursting with lights and music, the story offers an opening to look at the genocides, bloodshed and heartbreak of indigenous people in the U.S.

And for director Chelsea Pace, the theater is prime for that.

“Bloody, Bloody” is a show, she said, that brings the opportunity to “be…

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Pretty and gritty MTFM ushers in season 11 with Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret”

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 15th, 2015


With its latest production, Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead steps forward into its next 10 years.

The local musical theater group brings Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret” to The Stage at Island Park the next two weekends, offering a few new looks into the old favorite starting the company’s 11th season.

For starters, MTFM ensemble member Craig Ellingson said this stage version is not too much like its 1960s predecessor, but it is based more on the 1998 Broadway revival.

“The ’66…

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The fun of horror Concordia College Theatre sets out to scare with “Dracula”

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 14th, 2015


When a straight play has more light and sound cues than a musical, you know it must be something unique.

Concordia College Theatre debuts its 2015-16 season this weekend with “Dracula,” a stage version of the Victorian horror novel by Bram Stoker.

The fun of horror Concordia College Theatre sets out to scare with “Dracula”

This production is “a new adaptation of an old adaptation,” director David Wintersteen said, and with that has its challenges.

“The special effects and…

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Keeping it local

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 16th, 2015

photo by Sally Story

Thirteen is no unlucky number for Theatre B.

The downtown theater company opens its 13th season Thursday night with “The Art of Bad Man,” a longtime work-in-progress of playwright Vincent Delaney that premiers in Fargo and Seattle this month. A cast of six tells the tale of German prisoners of war in the Midwest, tying into local history found right across the river in Moorhead.

Over 12 years of research and preparation brought Delaney to this debut. The show is one that Theatre B…

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Shakin’ up Shakespeare

by Taylor Blumer | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 10th, 2015

Devon Glover has played many parts in his time. But this Friday, Sept. 11, the New York-based educator/performer/artist will come to the Rourke Art Museum as The Sonnet Man, introducing the F-M community to a whole new way of thinking about Shakespeare.

As The Sonnet Man, Glover engages people through hip hop and spoken word to renew excitement and interest in Shakespeare and literature. Glover takes the 400-year-old early modern English verse and repackages it for the modern age with…

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Out of the comfort zone, into the garage Two-man show in “different” production

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 9th, 2015

For Tim Larson, the Theater Lab is all about uniqueness.

The new theater company gets off the ground in the next two weeks with its first production, offering a show with different staging, a small cast and a stretch of the imagination. “The Zoo Story,” the Theater Lab’s premiere show, takes its viewers outside the average concepts of theater, its director said.

Of course, any show staged in a garage will take most audience members outside their impressions of theater. And maybe…

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