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The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is onstage at The Underground ... and it all goes to show that 122 years after its debut in London, it's still making audiences laugh.

We speak with Kate Horvath, the Children's Theater & Education Program Director of the Duluth Playhouse, about how bringing children to the theater can educate while it entertains.

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La Cage aux Folles (The Birdcage) raised a few eyebrows when it premiered on Broadway back in the '80s.  At that time, two men singing a love song to one another was unheard of on stage. 

Now, in the Northland?  Audiences are embracing this singable, danceable love story that asks, can I be myself and still be loveable?

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Singer-dancer-actor Ryan Haff on the physical training for acting, handling a crowd who has your show memorized perhaps better than you, why acting is better than soccer and more on Radio Theatre.

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Director Julie Ahasay talks about The Pavilion, her current show for Renegade Theater Company.

It's a story about do-overs: the ones you want, the ones you think you want ... and the ones you actually get.

When 2013 College of St. Scholastica grad Shane May was tapped to direct a play for his alma mater, he only knew a few things: it had to be Greek or Roman in origin, he wanted a tragedy, and he still wasn't sure what to make of the whole "Greek chorus" thing.

A chance viewing of the Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland's The Man Who Planted Trees five years ago  resulted in a performance of the show at UWS ... plus community partnerships to give tickets to the show and copies of the book to area schoolchildren.  

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If you're hoping to get in to see the Duluth Playhouse's production of Disney's The Lion King JR., well, Duluth has sold out shows just like the Big Cities ... and rush lines (or lists), too.

Laboring away quietly in the basement of the Duluth Depot, the Underground is busy making theater.  In recent weeks,  we've featured productions like Green Day's American Idiot and Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore.  Now the 12th Annual Short Shorts Film Festival returns with another crop of entries: all five minutes long or less and all family-friendly.  But this is not a quaint little local event; the festival features submissions from Asia, Europe, Israel and South America, not to mention states all over the US.

The UMD School of Fine Arts Dean Bill Payne talks with us about the Theatre Department's current production of teh Scott McPherson play Marvin's Room, a comedy of family connections.  Payne, the show's director, shares with us that the way it deals with the theme of caring for a bedridden parent are very relatable to a wide audience, as dealing with illness and loss are universally experience

The 24-Hour Plays

Mar 9, 2017

The formula: 6 playwrights, 6 directors, 24 actors, and 1 musical guest create six new short plays in the course of a single day — and perform them in front of a live audience that night. The result: The 24 Hour Plays.

The Underground

Director Jeff Maddison on Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore: the fans, the music, and why a little judicious editing never hurt anyone.

Andy Miller

Folks who shock easily might want to steer clear of Renegade Theater Company's regional premier of Hand to God.

But those who don't mind questionable and quirky could find the show right up their alley.  And it includes a role the director says is being singled out as one of the newest and most difficult for an actor to play.

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Don't be surprised if there's a rush line crowd outside the Depot this weekend, trying to get into the last performances of Green Day's American Idiot.

The Underground's artistic director, Robert Lee, says a deep connection to the music on 2009's concept album - and the stage show that followed - has people who wanted to be in, work on and now see the show coming out in droves.

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Tony Tracy says, if you want to be considered an expert in something, you have to know it at least "three questions deep."

Jessica Michna, an actress from Wisconsin acclaimed  for her portrayals of historic women, returns to the Douglas County Historical Society for two performances as Mary Todd Lincoln this weekend. 

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