The author of It Runs in the Family, Ray Cooney, has been referred to as the British Neil Simon. Cooney also acts, produces, and directs in London’s West End. He is famous for his fast-paced farces filled with plenty of slapstick action like the Playhouse’s season opener, Cooney’s own It Runs in the Family.
Big 80s tunes, big hair, and big egos will all rock the house in Rock of Ages, the Playhouse’s outrageous and raucous summer jukebox musical. Audiences will be dancing in the aisles to such memorable songs as “Waiting For a Girl Like You,” “We’re Not Gonna’ Take It,” “Harden My Heart,” and “Don’t Stop Believin”” For Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, and Europe fans, this show is a slice of rock and roll heaven.
Why did the Duluth Playhouse put Annapurna on their schedule? Quite simply it was to have a pair of performers like John Pokrzywinski and Christine Winkler Johnson sink their acting chops into the play’s final scene, which runs about an hour, and mesmerizes the audience into a breathless silence.
Anna-what? Anna-who? Seriously…what is this show?! It’s an unrecognizable title, but don’t let that hang you up!
In this new play by Sharr White, our main man Ulysses writes an epic poem about his ex-wife Emma in which he uses climbing the mountain Annapurna as an analogy for their long, complicated, fractured relationship. The revelation of the poem comes at the end of 90 minutes of taut, natural, funny, heart-breaking, real, beautiful dialogue between these two layered and well-defined characters. And you couldn’t ask for two better actors than Christine Winkler Johnson and John Pokrzywinski n to play Emma and Ulysses. (Fun fact: Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world, named after the Hindu Goddess of nourishment.)
Hard to believe, but we’ve reached the final week of 42nd Street performances. (Time flies when you’re having a tappin’ good time!). Still performing on the Depot main stage this week (May 4-8), don’t miss the show viewers are calling “spectacular” and “one of the best productions by the Playhouse.” See other awesome patron comments and reviews on our Facebook page!
Enjoy this mini photo gallery, then book your tickets to the show by clicking here or calling 218.733.7555.
(And just so you know…there are *great* seats still available this entire week of performances, and we’re talking center of the row seats everyone always, always, always wants. Don’t wait to snag’em if you see’em.)
Yes, it’s official. We are announcing the cast of It Runs in the Family, which will be the first show of our 2016-2017 season. This comedic farce is sure to tickle funny bones and delight audiences, especially with a cast of this talent.
Read on to see who will be entertaining you this fall to kick off the new season!