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Continued: 'Our Country's Good' brings play-within-a-play to Guthrie

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 27, 2014 - 11:11 AM

If you don’t immediately recall Stafford-Clark’s name, you might recall his staging of “Macbeth,” which Out of Joint performed at the old Guthrie Lab 10 years ago. In promenade style and reset in a West African republic, the production raised the hair on the back of your neck.

“The Guthrie is the emblem of Minneapolis,” he said. “I have slept in Tyrone Guthrie’s bed in his home at Annaghmakerrig [which is now an artists’ center].”

Stafford-Clark’s production of “Our Country’s Good” will go to Toronto in the fall, a city with its own Guthrie history at the nearby Stratford Festival.

“You’re just occasionally blessed by the theater gods,” Stafford-Clark said. “When you put on a play you expect history to be changed, but the event often doesn’t live up to the expectation. ‘Our Country’s Good’ is one of those rare occasions when it does.”

Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299

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  • Kathryn O’Reilly and Richard Neale in “Our Country’s Good.”


    What: By Timberlake Wertenbaker. Directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

    When: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and Tue.-Thu., 7 p.m. Sun. Ends June 29.

    Where: Guthrie Theater, proscenium, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls.

    Tickets: $29-$64, 612-377-2224 or

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