Theatre

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

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

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

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The lights come up to reveal walls covered in graffiti and plastered with faux posters advertising an outdated rock concert. Costumes consist of outdated wardrobes that can only be described as grungy suggesting severe poverty.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

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

May 27th, 2015

Kate Aarness and Kit Asfeldt in

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

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

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

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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Silver Follies, golden oldies

May 13th, 2015

Photo by Jack Dura

‘Yee Haw For Hee Haw’ unfolds days of old

Age is just a number, and the Silver Follies know this better than any area performers.

This weekend the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre’s Silver Follies troupe, organized by performers ages 50 and over, performs its 11th annual show “Yee Haw For Hee Haw.” The blast from the past to Roy Clark’s beloved country variety show includes golden oldie favorites, a bit of dancing and a plain, old good time.

“They’re so cheerful and bring…

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​Magic in the air: ​NDSU Opera unfolds ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

May 6th, 2015

Photo by Kim Hill

Summer is not even here yet, but NDSU Opera is already taking us there.

The university opera company has “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” lined up for the stage, combining Shakespeare, opera and an enormous ensemble for one of NDSU Performing Arts’ last productions of 2014-2015. Cutting the story back a bit for this operatic telling, one aspect of this art form sticks out most of all to the director.

“The music is very difficult,” director Tara Faircloth said, “very vocally and…

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