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Continued: 'The Geriatrical Theatrical' opens at Plymouth Playhouse with a well-known cast

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 19, 2013 - 9:53 AM

Theater remains largely a younger person’s game (except for audiences), but “Geriatrical Theatrical” plants another flag on the turf of senior artistic expression. In 2008, 84-year-old Charles Nolte headlined “Exit Strategy,” a play by Bill Semans and Roy Close about denizens of an old people’s home who plan a heist. Choreographer/director Michael Matthew Ferrell has a group of senior singers huffing and puffing in “Alive and Kickin,’ ” with regular musical revues. We likely will see more of this stuff as the baby-boom cohort edges into the 60s and 70s (and we aren’t talking about those radical decades).

Fenn said that he and Jansen want seniors to watch the show and shed the stigma that American society stamps on aging.

“So many old people internalize this feeling,” Fenn said. “We’re saying to the chronologically enriched that you’re not going downhill, you’re going uphill.”

That comment might not have come out quite like Fenn meant it to — indeed, life does start to feel like an uphill climb — but you can see his point.

Boehlke, who at 73 regularly directs and designs sets at the Jungle, suggested that physical limitations can be matched by experience and wisdom.

“Theater is an occupation that always renews itself,” he said. “Theater lives at the heart of community. It’s always young, always vital. Who could ask for anything more?”


Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299



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    What: By John Fenn and Drew Jansen. Directed by Bain Boehlke.

    When: 1 & 7:30 p.m. Fri., 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 1 p.m. Wed.-Thu. Ends July 28.

    Where: Plymouth Playhouse in the Best Western Kelly Inn, I-494 and Hwy. 55, Plymouth.

    Tickets: $30-$40. 763-553-1600, ext. 1, or

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