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New plays announced for fall

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: August 22, 2013 - 2:55 PM


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)


Charlie Bethel.

Vincent Kartheiser as Mr. Darcy at the Guthrie

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: July 12, 2013 - 4:00 PM


Photo by Michael Brosilow, provided by Guthrie Theater

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 confirms he'll star in Christopher Nolan movie ‘Interstellar’

Posted by: Colin Covert Updated: April 1, 2013 - 11:42 AM


Rocket Man: McConaughey will star in Nolan's film of an epic voyage across time and space. Photo: AP

Rocket Man: McConaughey will star in Nolan's film of an epic voyage across time and space. Photo: AP

 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.

Casting news at Guthrie, Minnesota Opera

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: March 26, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The hotly anticipated "Clybourne Park" will be running most of the summer at the Guthrie, with a cast of well-known local actors, most of whom are called on to play dual roles. The stinging satire on race and gentrification opens June 7 and ends August 4. This review appeared when the play opened in Chicago at Steppenwolf in 2011.

As directed by Lisa Peterson, the cast for the Bruce Norris play includes Ansa Akyea (Guthrie: The Burial at Thebes, The Winter’s Tale) as Albert/Kevin, Shá Cage as Francine/Lena, Emily Gunyou Halaas (Guthrie: Much Ado About Nothing, The Master Butchers Singing Club) as Betsy/Lindsey, Peter Christian Hansen (Guthrie: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dollhouse) as Jim/Tom, Steven Lee Johnson (Twin Cities: Park Square Theatre, Theater Latté Da) as Kenneth, Jim Lichtscheidl (Guthrie: Arms and the Man, The 39 Steps) as Karl/Steve, Bill McCallum (Guthrie: Tales from Hollywood, Time Stands Still) as Russ/Dan and Kathryn Meisle (Guthrie: The Real Thing, Three Sisters; Broadway: Tartuffe, A Touch of the Poet) as Bev/Kathy.


Russian soprano Irina Rindzuner will make her Minnesota Opera debut as Turandot in "Turandot." She alternates in the role with Helen Todd.  

In the nearer future is Minnesota Opera's "Turandot," opening April 13 at the Ordway Center in St. Paul. Alternating in the title role of the Puccini opera will be Russian soprano Irina Rindzuner, pictured, making her Minnestoa Opera debut, and  American soprano Helen Todd ("Nixon in China"). Also singing in this final production of the opera's 50th season are tenors Scott Piper and Adam Laurence Herskowitz, alternating as Calaf,  Kelly Kaduce, Christie Hageman, Vern Sutton, Richard Ollarsaba, Matthew Opitz, John Robert Lindsey and Brad Benoit.

How to be a TV star AND get a new bathroom

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: November 29, 2012 - 3:09 PM

Want to be featured on a TV show and get a new bathroom?

Prepare to grovel.

Licensed contractor Matt Muenster of DIY's "Bath Crashers" will be at the Mall of America Tuesday, Dec. 4 to hear pitches from homeowners who are desperate to have the show's theme do a makeover.

Level one east doors will open at 5:30 a.m. for the first 300 homeowners who will get a chance to plead their cases at the Mall's Rotunda. Be sure to bring photos of your rotten bathrooms to share with the crew. The "winner" will be featured in an upcoming program.

The show airs at 9:30 p.m. Mondays.


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