Twin Cities Theater Chat

Twin Cities Theater Chat

Welcome to Twin Cities Theater Chat! This podcast is created by members of the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers to share our love of theater, promote theatergoing, and support our theater community. This podcast consists of short "Twin Cities Theater Chat Recommends" episodes, where our bloggers share the shows they've seen and recommend as well as shows they're looking forward to catching. We also have "Mainstage" episodes where we talk with one of the amazing theater artists in the Twin Cities (or MN) area or take a deep dive into shows, theater companies, trends, and news.

Episodes

February 10, 2024 47 mins

In this episode, Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon and Mary Aalgaard of Play Off the Page are chatting with director, composer, and arranger Jason Hansen, who is composing music for and music directing Theater Latte Da's Stones in His Pockets (Jan 24 - Feb 25, 2024) .

In this year's Twin Cities Theater Blogger awards, Jason received the Favorite Music Director award for Falsettos, Next to Normal, and Christmas at...

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We've got a lightning round of 2024 recommendations!  Rob Dunkelberger of The Stages of MN, Julie Jackson of Minnesota Theater Love, Mary Aalgaard of Play Off the Page, Keith Russell of Life in Revue, and Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon discuss the shows they recommend and are anticipating.

Shows discussed include:
Ironbound by Frank Theatre at the Gremlin - 1/19/24 to 2/11/24
The Last Five Years at Lyric Art...

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January 18, 2024 38 mins

In this episode, Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon sits down with Richard Hitchler, Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre 55 and Prudence Johnson, jazz and folk singer extraordinaire. 

They discuss Theater 55, their new production of Cabaret, and Prudence Johnson's return to acting as Sally Bowles.  Performed by a cast of actors 55 and up, this Cabaret continues Theatre 55’s work of reinterpreting musical works through the le...

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January 9, 2024 41 mins
We are excited to announce the winners of the 9th Annual Twin Cities Theater Bloggers Awards! This is our first full set of nominations since before the pandemic (in the intervening years we've just announced a few limited awards). The bloggers have voted for their favorites, the votes have been tallied and we are announcing the winners here on this podcast!

Bloggers Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon, Rob Dunkelbe...
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We're well into holiday show season and we sat down with some of our bloggers to get their recommendations for the shows they're loving and looking forward to.  Keep in mind that theater tickets are a wonderful holiday gift for anyone on your list OR a donation to a theater in someone's name!

On this episode of Twin Cities Theater Chat Recommends, we are joined by Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon, Keith Russ...

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December 7, 2023 50 mins

In this episode, Rob Dunkelberger interviews the members of the Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society (MORLS) podcast and theater group: Tim Uren, Joshua English Scrimshaw, Shanan Custer, and Eric Webster. They chat about their love for old-time theater, performing live on stage, and what's coming up next for them.

Tune in to hear the answers to these burning questions and more:

Who IS Jimmy Montague, Antiq...

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*SPECIAL MESSAGE* We're giving away two tickets to I Am Betty at History Theatre. Enter by filling out this form! Contest ends 12/3/23, so enter today!

It's beginning to look a lot like holiday show time. As our theater bloggers share the shows they're enjoying and looking forward to, remember that theater tickets are a wonderful holiday gift for anyone on your list!

On this episode of Twin Cities T...

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On this episode, Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon is chatting with Eric Morris and Laura Rudolph Morris, Twin Cities theater artists and the proud new owners of the Hive Collaborative, a new artistic space in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul.

 You can check out the Hive Collaborative space at their upcoming show, All About Jane, the Eras of Austen, which runs December 1st through 4th. Get $5.00 off your ticket if you us...

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November 13, 2023 30 mins

Haul out the holly, cause we need a little holiday fun. Luckily, our Twin Cities theater community is ready to share some wonderful shows with you and your loved ones. Pro tip! Buy tickets for a show for gifts! Support your local theater!

This episode features bloggers Rob Dunkelberger of The Stages of MN, Erica Skarohlid of Lettered in Theatre, Jill Shafer of Cherry and Spoon, and Julie and Carol Jackson of Minnesota Theater Love.

F...

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On this episode, Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon and Kendra Plant of Artfully Engaging are joined by Emma Stratton, who is playing Jenny in the first national tour of the revised and gender-flipped Company. 

We learned about Emma's love of all things Stephen Sondheim, dug into her Minnesota connections, and learned what it's really like touring in a major Broadway show.

Company will be playing at the ...

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On this episode, Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon and Kendra Plant of Artfully Engaging are joined by Butch Roy, Executive Director of HUGE Theater. They spend some time seriously geeking out about all of the ins and outs of HUGEs journey to theater ownership.

The grand opening of Huge Theater's new space at 2728 Lyndale Ave in Minneapolis will be held on Friday, November 4th. Check out their calendar to see all the a...

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There's so much spooky theater goodness in the Twin Cities this year that Rob Dunkelberger of The Stages of MN and Carol Jackson of Minnesota Theater Love had to put together a Super Spooky Special Edition of Twin Cities Theater Chat Recommends.

We talk about the Twin Cities Horror Festival, comedy shows, cabarets and concerts, why this is clearly the year of the puppet, and strategize plans for staying up for late ni...

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On this episode of Twin Cities Theater Chat, Rob Dunkelberger of The Stages of MN and Carol Jackson of Minnesota Theater Love will be chatting with two of the people behind our favorite Halloween tradition: Duck Washington, Executive Director, and Nissa Nordland Morgan, Artistic Director of the Twin Cities Horror Festival.

The Twin Cities Horror Festival is celebrating its 12th year, and Duck and Nissa are here to tell us...

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In this episode of Twin Cities Theater Chat Recommends, we are joined by Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon,  Rob Dunkelberger of The Stages of MN,  Erica Skarohlid of Lettered in Theatre, and Julie Jackson of Minnesota Theater Love who will recommend a few shows currently running in the Twin Cities.

Shows discussed include:
Falsettos at Theater Latte Da
Passage by Pillsbury House + Theatre and Exposed Brick Theatre<...

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On this episode, Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon and Carol Jackson and Julie Jackson of Minnesota Theater Love are joined by Suzy Messerole, the Co-Artistic Director of Exposed Brick Theatre and Signe V. Harriday, the Artistic Producing Director of Pillsbury House + Theatre.

We had a great time chatting about Passage, an upcoming co-production between Exposed Brick Theatre and Pillsbury House + Theatre of which Suzy Mess...

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In this episode of Twin Cities Theater Chat Recommends, we are joined by Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon,  Rob Dunkelberger of The Stages of MN, and  Mary Aalgaard of Play Off The Page to recommend a few shows currently running in the Twin Cities.

Shows discussed include: The Chinese Lady at Open Eye Theatre, A Chorus Line at Lyric Arts, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Dark & Stormy (at the Gremlin), and American Pla...

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September 5, 2023 51 mins

We're kicking off Season TWO of Twin Cities Theater Chat with a theater season preview! You'll hear from Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon, Rob Dunkelberger of The Stages of MN, Erica Skarohlid of Lettered in Theatre, Mary Aalgaard of Play Off the Page,  and Carol and Julie Jackson of Minnesota Theater Love as we chat about the upcoming theater season and why you should consider subscribing.

We discuss the upcomi...

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August 14, 2023 67 mins

The understudy is the actor whom, if everything goes perfectly, will never be seen by an audience. They are the unsung heroes of the theater world, swooping in to save the day when tragedy or more frequently these days, covid strikes. They are the living embodiment of the old saying: “The show must go on”

 On today's episode, Rob Dunkelberger (The Stages of MN) explores the topic of the Understudy with three guests.  Paul de Co...

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It's halfway through the Minnesota Fringe Festival (running August 3-13 at various locations in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and beyond. Our bloggers are taking time out of their crazy Fringe schedules to share a few of the shows they are loving at the Festival this year.

We are joined by Kendra Plant (of Artfully Engaging), who recommends: Ha Ha Da Vinci, DOLLY WHO?, and Boy Crazy. Rob Dunkelberger (of The Stages...

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 It's another Minnesota Fringe-tacular episode for you! We’re getting recs from the Voices of Minnesota Fringe. What’s a Voice of Fringe? These are the lovely people who record the show announcements you’ll hear at the Fringe. 

The Voices of Fringe you'll hear today are Maria Ghasssemlou, Leah Cooper, Natalie Rae Wass, and Josh Carson. They'll discuss their show recommendations and their hot Fringe tips.

BTW...

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