REVIEW: Playhouse’s ‘Music Man’ charms audience

Review written by Lawrence Bernabo for the Duluth News Tribune (7-13-2018) ——- The Music Man, the as American as apple pie musical, opened Thursday night (7/12) at the NorShor Theatre, a production totally committed to charming the audience from start to finish. Shad Olsen and Ali Littrell Finstrom team-up for the fourth time as the …


REVIEW: ‘Our Town’ a treasure trove of American moments

The Playhouse last staged Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in 2010. Thursday night (May 24), a new production of the classic American play opened at the NorShor Theatre, and I think American society must have advanced at least a quarter-century in those eight years.     Our Town requires a mostly bare stage and a minimum of props. Curtis Philip’s scenic design is elegantly …


Finance & Commerce announces Top Projects of 2017

Minnesota was bustling with construction activity in 2017, with significant projects completed from Duluth to Rochester and across the Twin Cities metro area. An independent panel selected 33 honorees for Finance & Commerce’s annual Top Projects. The projects include the Minnesota Capitol restoration in St. Paul, the Target Center renovation in Minneapolis and the revitalization of the …


Review: Comic misunderstandings reach operatic level in Playhouse farce

Tito Merelli, the world-famous tenor, has come to make his American debut at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. However, a series of unfortunate events, capped off by a drink that is both shaken and stirred, means a last-second replacement tenor is desperately required to avoid complete disaster on opening night. Lend Me a Tenor, which …


 

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