Theatre

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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​“The Oil Project” taps into “Bakken Boom!” exhibition

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 5th, 2015

Local artists are now joining the oil rush in western North Dakota. In a way.

Theatre B is collaborating with the Plains Art Museum to present “The Oil Project,” an original performance piece drawing inspiration from the lives and landscape of North Dakota’s Bakken region. This event is coordinated with “Bakken Boom!,” the museum’s six-month exhibition of artworks reacting to North Dakota’s oil rush.

Drilling in

Four shows in two days will highlight the various viewpoints…

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“Rent” offers message of hope

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 5th, 2015

Photo by Meg Spielman Peldo

By Nate Gilbraith

The lights come up to reveal walls covered in graffiti and plastered with faux posters advertising an outdated rock concert. Costumes consist of outdated wardrobes that can only be described as grungy suggesting severe poverty. At one point an actor comes onstage holding a cumbersome Zack Morris cell phone. Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in 2015 anymore. In fact audiences are being transported back to 1989 New York City.

Photo by Meg Spielman Peldo

Written by Jonathan Larson in the early…

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​Uncovering Marilyn Monroe through modern music

by Diane Miller | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 1st, 2015

A local theater troupe will pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe, one of the most iconic hollywood stars to ever live, though modern music starting July 7 at The Stage at Island Park.

The production, “Heartthrob,” is being presented by Experience Blur, the same troupe that put on the edgy, imaginative summer productions of “Grease” and “The Great Gatsby.” We interviewed creative director Ryan Domres to get an idea of his vision for this upcoming production.

HPR: Is “Heartthrob”…

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​Time and talent Straw Hat Players plot another summer of eclectic offerings

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 27th, 2015

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Time and talent Straw Hat Players plot another summer of eclectic offerings

Craig Ellingson knows this summer will be a great one.

The Minnesota State University Moorhead theater director has his hands full with the Straw Hat Players this May and June, and despite several changes that are in the air, he asserts the summer theater students won’t miss a beat.

“It’s going to be a challenging summer for some of our shows,” Ellingson said. “We have a bunch of new people, which is…

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​Hello, comrade! Actress Aimee Klein presents sketch comedy, night of characters at Theatre B

by Jack Dura | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 27th, 2015

Hello, comrade! Actress Aimee Klein presents sketch comedy, night of characters at Theatre B

Last week Wednesday, under a beaming, mid-morning sun, Aimee Klein wore a heavy fur hat and leopard print dress while walking downtown. “Hello, comrade!” she greeted passersby, laughing that she must suffer for her art under the bright sun. Soviet Union flag in hand, the only thing missing was Klein’s accordion, and the picture of Natasha Vodkavitch would have been complete.

Klein brings her…

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Meet Mr. Lahey… Meet John Dunsworth

by Phil Hunt | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 27th, 2015

Villain characters from ‘Trailer Park Boys’ to perform The Aquarium

“Julian is a jerk. He's a money-hungry, narcissistic rum-swilling jerk. Ricky is dumb as a post. Bubbles is an idiot savant, a lovable character I suppose. Lucy has no morality whatsoever. Corey and Trevor are idiots!”

That quote comes from John Dunsworth, the man who plays Jim Lahey, the primary villain—or the guy who “stirs the shitpot,” to borrow one of his terms—on the TV series Trailer Park Boys.

“Lahey…

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Dave Chappelle to perform at the Fargo Civic Center on June 23

by Jana Tronier | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 19th, 2015

Star comedian Dave Chappelle will perform at the Fargo Civic Auditorium on June 23. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, May 20 and will be available for purchase at ticketmaster.com, Venue Box Office or charge by phone 800-745-3000.

Chappelle is known for his roles in films like "Half Baked," "Robin Hood: Men In Tights," "You've Got Mail" and "Blue Streak," among others. Though it was his sketch comedy show, "Chapelle's Show," that brought him international fame and adoration. Since the…

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