Review of Gertrude Stein and a Companion at The Jungle Theater in Minneapolis

Quote of the Day:  from the play Gertrude Stein and a Companion by Win Wells: Alice: I need to be dependented. Gertrude: What was that word? Alice: Dependented. Gertrude: Where did you come up with that word? Alice: I said it. Is it a good word? Gertrude: It is a delicious word. From the press release from The Jungle Theater (it really is the best description). To celebrate 25 years of great theater, the Jungle remounts GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION, starring two of the Twin Cities most extraordinary actors, Claudia Wilkens and Barbara Kingsley. Directed by Bain Boehlke, this will be the Jungle’s eighth production of the imaginative play by Win Wells, opening the season on January 23. This rich and popular production will be on stage at the Jungle, 2951 Lyndale Av. S. in Minneapolis, through March 8, 2015. In Gertrude Stein and a Companion, Playwright Win Wells captures not only the veritable essence of this famous relationship, but also the magic years when a host of famous people including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Henri Matisse graced the writer’s salon. The compelling drama, spanning the decades between the early 1900s to the 1960s, poignantly portrays the genesis and development of Stein and Toklas’ 40-year bond. Using text from Stein’s writings, letters and interviews, Wells is able to gradually reveal the inner workings of their relationship. The...

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