Issue #192 Dec. 8, 2011

The Underpants

UW-Stout to stage Steve Martin-penned play

Just in time for the holidays, a comedic farce to get your belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly. Underpants is an adapted play written in 2002 by infamous funnyman Steve Martin. This play set in early 20th century Germany, focuses on the Maskes...

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Issue #192 Dec. 8, 2011

A Christmas Present

original holiday play headed for Heyde Center

Emily Anderson

With all of the incredible events that took place in biblical times, one has to wonder how the Christmas story would have played out today. Local playwrights James and Jane Jeffries have written a script that answers just such a question.

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Issue #190, Nov. 10, 2011

Bound for Broadway

Colfax-based comic juggling duo to appear at Carolines

Heidi Kraemer

Some pretty remarkable talent cartwheels out from behind the red curtain of the Chippewa Valley. The spotlight now shines on local juggling troupe, In Capable Hands. Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw are a dynamic, comedy-juggling husband and wife duo...

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Issue # 176 Apr. 28th, 2011

Improv-ing Themselves

Memorial High’s Improv Team heads to Chicago

Matthew Mabis, photos by Andrea Paulseth

From the first laugh of the show to the last, team members spontaneously slip in and out of awkward, maniacal, and loveable characters that cross the proverbial line and raise the bar.

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Issue # 176 Apr. 28th, 2011

Producing Laughs

CVTG stages Mel Brooks’ classic The Producers

Emily Anderson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The music, sets, costumes, and stories of Broadway are a magical tradition any musical theater lover can respect and appreciate. And Mel Brooks is out to ruin all of it.

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Issue # 176 Apr. 28th, 2011

Fair and Unbalanced

Second City Touring Company returns to State Theatre

Matt Ledger

So here’s what you need to know about The Second City: they’re based out of Chicago and they’re in the business of being funny. They’ve been in that business for 50 years now, and in that time the sketch comedy group has counted people with names ...

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Issue #175 April 14th, 2011

The Prairie B*tch is Back

Little House’s pigtailed brat has a one-woman comedy show

Lisa de Felice

Whether you laughed when she was pushed down a hill in a wheelchair or thought it was unjust that she got a fist full of mud to the face, there’s no debate that Alison Arngrim is back with a vengeance.

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Issue #171 Feb. 17th, 2011

Hunter Gatherers

BareBones goes primal with dinner party play

Sarah Dobs

The improv ensemble that has been making a ruckus with its comedy shows, BareBones Ensemble Theatre, is once again taking the stage and this time with Ben Richgruber in the director’s seat.

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Issue #158 August 12th, 2010

Married to the Project

Eight Foot Squid now shooting romantic comedy

Bailey Berg, photos by Andrea Paulseth

“They have this drunken scheme that they want to get married. But they don’t have their own wedding; they try to infiltrate somebody else’s wedding by jumping onstage just as they’re saying ‘I do.’ ”

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Issue #149 April 8th, 2010


Menomonie Theater Guild stages über farce

Matt Ledger, photos by Leah Dunbar

Here’s your chance to literally get backstage as MTG’s set designer has created a stage that rotates 180 degrees in order to put the audience more fully in the mayhem.

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