Theatre

The Duluth Playhouse / Underground Theatre

What started as a few friends dancing for fun at home has become a production at the Underground Theatre of The Pursuit of Love, a familiar journey through life in the search for "true love."  With cabaret flair, the show is filled with dancing, singing and comedic skits, featuring the music of Etta James, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Christina Aquilera.  The show performs tonight and tomorrow night at the Underground.  

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Despite what social media tells us (on our screens, no less), the line "The people will not revolt. They will not look up from their screens long enough to notice what’s happening" did not come from George Orwell's 1949 novel 1984.

It did, however, come from the stage play based on the novel, an adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan that premiered in 2013.

Regardless, the book and the stage show have sparked plenty of discussion recently as they resonate with readers and audiences in ways Orwell never thought possible in 1949.

Fans of old movies know any kids who have a barn are excited to put on a show. Kids without barns, though, have been turning to Hillside Youth Theatre Summer Camps for over fifteen years now.

It's an immersive experience involving everything from acting to set-building to costume creation ... with a little skills-learning and confidence-building on the side.

Local radio theater drama "Take It With You," celebrates Halloween with murder!  From the end of last season we pick up the story where Cherry is found murdered.  Then what? Tune in to KUMD Saturday night at 10 for this one-hour griping tale from the (haunted according to some) tavern of Take it With You. 

The next live show will be performed and recorded on Tuesday October 18 at 7:30 pm at The Underground in Duluth.

Take it With You

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BOLD-choice Theatre's new production of Whodunit? is more than just a ... well, a whodunit.  It's a chance to get some conversation going ... some change going ... and for some kids, discover the magic of people who look like them up on stage.

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Spring Awakening blooms this week at UMD, a raunchy rock musical based on a German play from 1891.

KUMD News Team member Jeyca Maldonado-Medina attended a rehearsal for a being-the-scenes look.

More information - and the trailer! - can be found here:

Illustration by Romy Blumel for the Saturday Review

We take a look at the theatre curriculum at the College of St. Scholastica, and in the process, learn about the difference between drama and theatre (it may very well be the roots of the ancient argument, "Which was better: the book or the movie?") and what it takes to be a game show host.

The Guerrilla Gilrs

Do women have to be naked to get into the Met...Museum? That is the question raised by the Guerrilla Girls. This week the activist, feminist performance collective the Guerrilla Girls are in Duluth celebrating 30 years of agitation! There is a art/propaganda making workshop at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday evening kicking off a 3 day extravaganza in town.  A Friday gallery hop and a free show Saturday at 11 am at the UMD Weber Music Hall.  Listen for more about these interesting visitors.

Local Radio Theater production "Take It With You," celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday with a visit to the Mayor Don Ness'  house, local beer from Bent Paddle and the music of Charlie Parr and Sarah Kruger.  Tune in to 103.3 KUMD on the second Saturday of each month at 10 p.m. following Folk Migrations for more tunes and tales from the Northland.  

November's Take it With You on KUMD

KUMD has added Duluth's most popular live radio theater production, "Take it With You" to the airwaves, once a month, on Saturday night at 10pm.  This exciting new addition debuted on the air October 2015 with a Halloween specail featuring musical guest Count This Penny. "Take it With You" is recorded once a month at The Underground in downtown Duluth.  Created by Mary Fox and Blake Thomas, they have led a band of writers, actors, local hooligans and regional musicians into a tall tale set in a tavern on Lake Superior.   Catch the program on KUMD the second Saturday of each month

Emily Stevenson

What do you suppose is worse: writing a 20 page breakup letter ... or losing said letter only to have it turn up - in its entirety - as a theatrical performance?  And at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, no less?

Facebook couldn't have taken this story of love and loss and done any better by it - we meet the man behind the show "Everything You've Done That Hurt Me."

photo by Ellen Chicka

Art in the Park is old hat. Music in the Park is so yesterday.  These days, it's Something Superior in the park.  The Something Superior Improv troupe larks in Superior parks this summer, a group of veteran and fledgling improvisational comedy actors who can roll with whatever prompts the audience throws at them, even if it turns out the Kraken is who's coming for dinner!

Tony Tracy is the executive director of the Douglas County Historical Society - an organization unique in that they use theatre to explain, teach and engage people with history.  This winter's production is an adaptation of "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens.

Kate Horvath's cast and crew just opened "Shrek: The Musical" last night, and she talks about the essential ingredient of the audience in a successful show.

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