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New Meetup: Theater night with Boomertyme group Theatre In The Round play Beyond Therapy

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Announcing a new Meetup for The Twin Cities Night Life Meetup Group!

What: Theater night with Boomertyme group Theatre In The Round play Beyond Therapy
When: Friday, June 24, 2011 7:00 PM

Where: Theatre In the Round Players
245 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

We have not been to The Theatre In The Round in a while and they have a VERY topical farce that might fit into most meet-up events. We are getting together an hour before the 8 PM performance at Sgt Prestons about a block away and then we'll walk down and get tickets together. Sgt Prestons has good tunes, food & drink... we are eating there before. After we can all party in the 7 corners area... for newbees 7 corners is the west bank of the U of M Mpls a block from 35W & Washington. Play tickets are $20 each.

Here is info about the play

~ Please note: includes adult themes and some offensive language.

~ We open the house 45 minutes before curtain. You may want to arrive a bit early to enjoy the exhibit in our art gallery with a cup of coffee and one of our popular big cookies.

Beyond Therapy

by Christopher Durang

They meet through the personals. Bruce likes to cry, express his emotions and confesses to Prudence that he's bisexual. Prudence doesn't think men should cry unless something falls on them. And things only get worse when they turn to their psychiatrists for help. This screwball farce is one of Durang's most popular and frequently performed comedies

Bruce and Prudence have just met through a personals ad, and things seem promising: they share a fondness for romantic old songs; attend regular therapy sessions; and possess a remarkable tolerance for restaurants with execrable service, just for starters. In fact, Bruce is already sure it's only a matter of time before the two of them move to Connecticut and live happily ever after. His lover, Bob, could live over the garage...

Coming on the heels of his smash Off-Broadway hit Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (1981), Beyond Therapy anchored Christopher Durang's reputation as the outrageous, absurdist stage satirist of the decade.

Beyond Therapy premiered Off-Broadway in 1981 with Sigourney Weaver as Prudence. On Broadway the following year, it featured John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, David Hyde Pierce as the waiter, and Peter Michael Goetz as the sleazy psychiatrist. (Director Craig Johnson spent time picking the brain of Guthrie alum Goetz for his insights into Durang's style and choices made in that production.)

Now, a generation later, the play still holds plenty of laughs, along with a certain nostalgia for those of us who lived through the era of excessive shoulder pads.

"I think we've finally caught up with Durang," says Johnson, who sees Durang's outrageous legacy in the random chaos of contemporary entertainment such as TV's 30 Rock.

Nevertheless, don't expect a quiet, meditative evening from the playwright whose work produced the longest sustained audience laugh in TRP history.* And
be warned: The show remains firmly grounded in the footloose early 1980's, with allusions to that all the era's cheap excess and gaudiness, including music,
iconography and fashion.

*in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, 1988.


Charlotte: Marcie Panian Berglund
Bruce: David Beukema
Prudence: Emma Gochberg
Stuart: Brian Huntington
Bob: Nathan Surprenant
Andrew: Jeremy Walton
Dancer: Chelsea K. Vance

Artistic & Production Staff

Director: Craig Johnson
Set Designer: Philip Hoks
Costume Designer: Mandi Johnson
Lighting Designer: Deborah C. Tallen
Prop Designer: Robert J. Smith
Sound Designer: Dietr Poppen
Stage Manager: Evan Hilsabeck

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