Month: July 2017

BHS Brings it Home in Ibsen’s Doll’s House

Quote of the Day: While I was still at home I used to hear Father airing his opinions and they became my opinions; or if I didn’t happen to agree, I kept it to myself – he would have been displeased otherwise. He used to call me his doll-baby, and played with me as I played with my dolls. Then I came to live in your house -…I’ve lived by performing tricks for you, Torvald. But that’s the way you wanted it. You and Father have done me a great wrong. You’ve prevented me from becoming a real person. Nora, the...

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We Are the World Blogfest, July 2017

“We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world. To particpate, or find more bloggers spreading the Light, go to the WATWB website. Thanks! Apologies, I was unable to participate in this blogfest in May and June. I made a better effort this month to find a news story worth sharing, and schedule it! I googled “good news” and after a bit of...

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Review of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Ordway in St. Paul, MN

Quote of the Day: If His story doesn’t do it, the brilliant vocals in the Ordway’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar will bring you to your knees. My own words after experiencing this stunning theatrical production. James Rocco has outdone himself with his cast, crew, and staging of this iconic rock opera.  The two most powerful voices embody the the two most powerful characters in Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s terrific score, Jesus Christ Superstar. Randy Schmeling as Judas comes out strong, the rocker, questioning, rebelling, loving and despising, and finally betraying his friend. Jesse Nager is a beautiful Jesus,...

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Millie and Willie read 100 Miles to Nowhere

Quote of the Day: from Elisa Korenne’s book and song by the same title Hundred Miles to Nowhere It’s a hundred miles to nowhere I feel the fatigue of the road Sleep’s always a few miles further I can never lighten my load My Goodreads review: Elisa Korenne weaves an intimate tale of Big City Girl meets Rural Outdoorsy Boy. When Elisa gets accepted to an artist residency in New York Mills, MN, she welcomes the chance to leave her New York City apartment and experience the country atmosphere, hoping for inspiration. Wanting to have an authentic Minnesota experience, she books a...

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Review of Glensheen at the History Theatre in St. Paul, MN

Quote of the Day: I immediately said, “YES.” And then, just as immediately, I said, “REALLY?” Jeff assured me he was serious. The characters were out-sized and tragic, the setting iconic, the potential was downright Operatic! Well, maybe more Agatha Christie meets the Coen Brothers. Composer Chan Poling on his reaction to working with Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher on the musical Glensheen, about the murder mystery in the Glensheen mansion that happened on June 27, 1977, in Duluth, MN. It ran with huge success during July 2016, winning the Ivey award for overall excellence, and was back on stage at the History...

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