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The Jungle Theater brings back "The Mystery of Irma Vep," with Steven Epp (at left) and Bradley Greenwald, as part of its 2014 season. Star Tribune photo by Tom Sweeney.
Wendy Lehr, currently wonderful in "Driving Miss Daisy" at the Jungle, will be back a year from now when the Minneaplis theater presents her in "On Golden Pond." Bain Boehlke directs and costars in that show about a couple celebrating 48 years of marriage at a lake cabin. (Nov. 7-Dec. 21, 2014).
Also in the 2014 Jungle season:
"Shakespeare's Will," by Vern Thiessen. Boehlke directs Cathy Fuller in the one-woman play about Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway. (Feb. 7)
"Detroit," the play by Lisa D'Amour, won an Obie and was a Pulitzer finalist. Joel Sass directs. (April 11-May 25)
"The Heiress," a Tony-winning play by Ruth Goetz & Augustus Goetz based on Henry James' novel "Washington Square," will be directed by Boehlke. (June 20-Aug. 10)
"The Mystery of Irma Vep," by Charles Ludlam. The high-speed Victorian comedic melodrama won good reviews in 2010, and returns, again directed by Sass, with Steven Epp and Bradley Greenwald. (Nov. 7-Dec. 21)
Season tickets are now on sale. 612-822-7063, www.jungletheater.com.
Casting is crucial to any feature film’s success. When you’re seeking newcomers to hold their own against a two-time Oscar-winner the stakes are higher still. So it was a coup when four novice actors from Minneapolis’s Somali community were cast to play the pirates holding Tom Hanks captive in “Captain Phillips.”
Three Hanks’ costars and the casting agents who discovered them will tell the unlikely story at a red carpet screening and panel discussion of “Captain Phillips” Tuesday.
Faysal Ahmed, who plays the gun-waving loose cannon Najee, Barkhad Abdiriham, the baby-faced reluctant kidnapper Bilal, and Mahmet M. Ali, the tense navigator Elmi, will join the film’s Search Casting Director Debbi DeLisi and her associates Lynn Younglove and Kati Batchelder. The event is hosted by Minnesota Women in Film & Television.
WHAT: “Captain Phillips” screening and panel discussion
WHERE: Grandview Theatre, 1830 Grand Av., St. Paul, (651) 698-3344
WHEN: 6:30 (arrivals and seating), 7:30 screening Tuesday
TICKETS: $20.00 advance; $25.00 at the door. Order at http://mnwift.org/?p=1159 or https://mnwiftcaptainphillips.eventbrite.com/
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Kelsey Cramer (left) and Kelsey Cramer (right), in "Good Woman of Setzuan" at Theatre Pro Rata. Photo by Charlie Gorrill.
Two small theaters have recently announced plays they will present in the fall and winter seasons.
Theatre Pro Rata will open Bertolt Brecht's "Good Woman of Setzuan" at Intermedia Arts on October 26. Directed by Carin Bratlie and starring Kelsey Cramer, thee production runs through Nov. 10.
Walking Shadow Theatre reported a four-play season that opens Nov. 22 at the Theater Garage in Minneapolis with "The Sexual Life of Savages," a new play by Ian MacAllister-McDonald to be directed by Amy Rummenie.
Also coming from Walking Shadow is "Schiller's Mary Stuart," an adaptation by Peter Oswald of a drama about Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth (opens Feb. 7, 2014 at Red Eye); "The Odyssey," adapted and performed by Charlie Bethel (opens March 21, 2014 at Open Eye);and a new adaptation by John Heimbuch of the Dumas novel "The Three Musketeers," directed by Rummenie (opens May 9)
I just got some costumed production photos from the Guthrie, for those of you curious about how Vincent Kartheiser of "Mad Men" fame looks in muttonchops and period costume as Mr. Darcy in "Pride and Prejudice."
The play based on the Jane Austen novel opens Friday night at the Minneapolis playhouse, directed by Joe Dowling.
Kristin Tillotson recently profiled Kartheiser, who grew up in Apple Valley and performed as a child at Children's Theatre Company and the Guthrie.
Will Kartheiser's fiancee, actor Alixis Bledel, seen below at a recent Guthrie gala, make it to the opening? Stay tuned.
Star Tribune photo by Anna Reed
Matthew McConaughey has demonstrated a jaw-dropping acting range in last few films, from a hot-dogging D.A in “Bernie” to an amoral hitman in “Killer Joe,” a good old boy into masochistic S&M in “The Paperboy” and a wigged-out strip club owner/star in “Magic Mike.” He’s shown himself capable of challenges no one would have imagined two years ago.
Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise, then, that he’ll star in the one of the biggest projects Hollywood has to offer, Christopher Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi epic “Interstellar.” McConaughey said the much-talked-about deal is done in a phone interview this morning from New Orleans, where he is currently filming the upcoming HBO crime series “True Detective” with Woody Harrelson.
Nolan’s projects are notoriously secretive, and McConaughey revealed no details other than to say “I’m confirming” that he had accepted the role.
There’s no other casting news about the project. The script, by Nolan’s brother and regular collaborator Jonathan, is said to involve “time travel and alternate dimensions and sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole.” Sounds like a companion piece to Nolan’s mind-bending “Inception,” “Memento,” and “The Prestige.”
McConaughey’s shape-shifting post-romantic-comedy career continues with the soon-to-be-released “Mud,” where he plays a romantically obsessed drifter, and “The Dallas Buyers Club,” due out later this year. The film tells the true story of Ron Woodroof, a homophobic Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and given six months to live before extending his lifespan through alternative treatments. McConaughey literally shape-shifted for that film, shedding 40 pounds to play the emaciated Woodruff.