REVIEW: ‘The Foreigner’ – a hysterical but well-tempered farce

It takes a while for the title character to buy into the premise, but The Foreigner certainly pays off big time in the end. A hysterical but well-tempered version of Larry Shue’s 1983 farce opened at the Duluth Playhouse on Thursday, September 27.

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BEST BETS: ‘The Foreigner’ opens at the Duluth Playhouse

A distressed guest at a Georgia lodge pretends to not know a lick of English in a farce by Larry Shue that premiered Off Broadway in the mid-1980s. Charlie becomes “The Foreigner,” the titular character of a play about what people will say when they don’t think anyone is listening — or can, at least, understand them.

Michael Pederson as Froggy LeSueur and Cory Anderson as Charlie Baker in the Duluth Playhouse production of 'The Foreigner,' a comedic farce by Larry Shue.

Michael Pederson as Froggy LeSueur and Cory Anderson as Charlie Baker in the Duluth Playhouse production of ‘The Foreigner,’ a comedic farce by Larry Shue.

Like, for instance: an heiress in turmoil, a dark preacher, a maternal lodge-keeper, a would-be heir and a cruel property inspector with an eye on the property.

Read the BEST BET in the Duluth News Tribune: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/ae/best-bets/3840534-best-bets-foreigner-opens-duluth-playhouse

REVIEW: “Superstar” cast makes the songs their own

Every single song in this show is being sung in a way you have never heard before. It starts when Evan Tyler Wilson as Judas launches into Heaven on Their Minds, and by the time Adam Sippola’s Jesus sings Poor Jerusalem, it becomes clear this approach is the rule and not the exception in this production. I would bet many an audience member was surprised at what song they were unexpectedly humming on their way home (for me it was Could We Start Again Please? because I was captivated by what Sara Wabrowetz’s Mary Magdalene was doing with the melody on the title phrase).

Photo by Andrew Benusa Photography

Photo by Andrew Benusa Photography

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Dorothy “Dottie” Danner is Back Directing the Rock n’ Roll Opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

[This is an excerpt from the original article ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ director boosts Duluth Playhouse production with impressive resume” written by Christa Lawler with the Duluth News Tribune.]

Fact: Jesus Christ Superstar was born as a concept album that toured as an arena show before the theatrical production opened in the early 1970s.

It’s the rock ’n’ roll story of the days leading to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, from the perspective of Judas (played locally by Evan Tyler Wilson). It’s a trickier production than Les Miserables because of its unconventional structure and its origin as an album, director Dorothy Danner said.

Director Dorothy Danner talks to actors during a recent rehearsal of the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (photo by Steve Kucera)

Director Dorothy Danner talks to actors during a recent rehearsal of the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (photo by Steve Kucera)

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The Cast of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Is…

Wow. It’s been difficult to wrap our minds around how many talented individuals this little big town holds. So many talented local artists came out for Jesus Christ Superstar auditions to show director Dorothy “Dottie” Danner what they could do. (Dottie directed this past summer’s production of Les Miserables at the DECC.)

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Thank you to everyone who came out and belted their stuff! Without further adieu, here’s the cast list for Jesus Christ Superstar:

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