Author: Mary Aalgaard

Review of The Lorax at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN

Quote of the Day: UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. The words of the Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. Stage adaptation by David Grieg, Music and Lyrics by Charlie Fink, directed by Max Webster. U.S. premiere on stage at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN through June 10, 2018. Great timing on the production of The Lorax at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN as we celebrate Earthday and Arbor Day this month. Dr. Seuss, Ted Geisel, wrote this beloved tale of trees, greed, and our need to take...

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12th Night at Stage North in Brainerd Sparkles

Quote of the Day: Some are born great. Some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare, in his mistaken identity comedy Twelfth Night. I sneaked into a dress rehearsal of Twelfth Night this week to see what this show is all about. I was not familiar with this particular (peculiar) Shakespeare play. While the plot is completely predictable, and the mistaken identity ridiculously impossible, the fun that plays out on Stage North during their rendition of Twelfth Night is entertaining and engaging. Don’t let “Shakespeare” scare you away. The actors do a great job of speaking the...

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Review of Something Rotten on tour at the Orpheum in Minneapolis

Quote of the Day: God, I hate Shakespeare. One of the funniest songs in the very new musical Something Rotten by the Kirkpatrick brothers about the Bottom brothers who are trying to come up with their own theatrical hit. Could it be the birth of the Musical? (watch the trailer) Something Rotten is a musical about writing a musical, poking fun at itself and it predecessors, and of course, the Bard, Will Shakespeare. (I’m still giggling.) The story is clever. The Bottom brothers are trying to write the next theatrical hit, but all the while they’re overshadowed by the “over-rated” (says...

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IWSG April 2018

Question of the Day: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?  It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. You can also visit the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh for more info and links. Great question for this month’s posting. Instead of rain, however, we...

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Review of Dance ‘Til You Drop at the History Theatre in St. Paul, MN

Quote of the Day: Was the Marathon Dance Craze the first step that led us to our current moment of Reality TV, watching the struggles of others as entertainment? Carson Kreitzer, playwright for Dance ‘Til You Drop, on stage at the History Theatre in St. Paul, MN through April 15, 2018.  Dancing continuously for 3,780 hours sounds unfathomable. How could they even do it? That’s over five and a half months of dancing in the same contest, pressed close to your partner, with 15 minute breaks every hour, or so, and by the end, no breaks at all. You took care...

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