Girls Only: The Secret Comedy Of Women is more about the atmosphere and camaraderie it creates than any sort of story that may be taking place on stage.
In Hennepin Theatre Trust’s production of the show, Melanie Werhrmacher and Jen Scott play the two girls. Using their real names in the show, they banter back and forth giving vaguely pre-composed anecdotes about “their own lives” and about society in general.
But first, let’s back up to the pre-show.
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Driving a car is a passage way into adulthood, a mode of independence and a way to feel like you have true power, something that isn’t very common in a teenager’s life. However, a driver’s license is not a guarantee of automotive safety. On my sweet, merrily independent and carefree drive to Holy Angels High School, my rosy-cheeked-all-American-driver mood was dashed when, trying to merge into the left lane, I struck another car. All…Continue
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Boy can these kiddos preform! Annie, playing at the Orpheum in Minneapolis is exploding with talent. The girls sassed the audience like only nine year olds can, loud and proud. Pig tails flying they owned the stage and no one, not even the adults in the production, could take it from them. The spunkiest of them all was Molly (Lilly Mae Stewart) who tumbled her way across the stage with ease, and impersonated her…Continue
The dog must have been on drugs. Dangling in the human’s arms as it was carried across the stage, although adorable in an innocent puppy kind of way, it looked like a deer with headlights being beamed into its face. It must have been an alien, for the dog was calm like no other dog I’ve ever seen. The dog, although seemingly dead with its stage appearance, did not reflect the Broadway Touring company’s cast of Annie at the Orpheum last Tuesday. Engaging in its…Continue
On March 4th Boeing Boeing closed at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage put on by the Torch Theatre was unbelievable! Boeing Boeing was written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti and adapted into english by Beverley Cross. It was recently playing from March 13th until April 4th at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. Boeing Boeing is a well written comedy farce that tells the story of a French named Bernard, who…Continue
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The orchestra brought the show to life from the start playing an overture full of well known musical patterns from this beloved classic. A spectacular set, a talented cast (both young and old), great lighting and backdrop work are a few of the things you will enjoy while watching Annie at the Orpheum Theater. Gasps escape audience member’s as the set shifts, to create a new setting for what feels like every scene. The set work coupled with the lighting and very realistic backdrops of…Continue
Annie came running down white and gold staircase looking like the poster, wearing the iconic red and white dress with an afro of curls, and the excitement of young theatre-goers almost matched the nostalgia felt by older patrons. Annie (Issie Swickle) and Daddy Warbucks (Gilgamesh Taggett) then performed a playful rendition of “I Don’t Need Anything But You”.
Annie is the story of a young orphan who ends up…Continue
While I would love to say that Annie at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis began with a bang, it would be a blatant lie. Not a bang, but a very drawn-out overture that neither excited nor amazed. The trumpets blared on through a medley of catchy tunes, though it does say something that my friend next to me said, “I can’t tell if I know this song or not.” My guess is that he did know it, but that it was muddled in the never-ending overture. What a way to start out…Continue
When Annie first came out on stage, the first emotion I felt was worry — not anxiety, but worry that Annie at the Orpheum wouldn't live up to my expectations. The reason for this worry now seems trivial: she didn’t have her trademark curls- instead, she donned her signature ginger hair, but in a straight bob instead. Soon, as I watched Annie fill the stage with hope as she escaped the horrible orphanage and found her way into billionaire Mr. Warbucks’ heart, I realized that…Continue
Here we are in Miss Hannigan’s Municipal Girls’ Orphanage in New York City. Seven girls are in various states of disarray in and around three metal bunk beds. Shadows crisscross the walls underneath cracked and dirty windows. Wooden doors appear crooked, hanging off to one side or the other. Anything cheerful about this place has been purposefully wiped out long ago, except for the spirit of the girls--who are caught awake by Miss Hannigan and told to “Clean this dump…Continue
Having been a life long fan of the production, Annie, showing at the Orpheum until April 5th, definitely did not disappoint. I was 6 years old the first time I saw the show and the excitement and giddiness I felt before it is extremely hard to match. However, the same feelings, paired with some nostalgia, came back to me as I left the theater on Tuesday. Annie is a classic, full of great actors with magnificent voices. The show follows a rambunctious and optimistic orphan…Continue
Annie Is Showing Signs of Aging
A hesitant trumpet squeezes out the melody of…Continue
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sat with his Cabinet despairing over the state of the United States. The Seal of the President of the United States loomed over the Cabinet, a constant reminder of their duty to their country. Millions of citizens were unemployed. Factories were shutting down left and right. Annie the loveable orphan, who was sitting in on the meeting could take it no more. She stood up and changed the mood with one of most well-known songs in Broadway history. The sun…Continue
As the curtains opens and the music dies down, you are met with the sad group of orphan girls who end up making quite a ruckus during the night’s thunderstorm. And who better to come and save the day but everyones favorite red haired orphan, Annie, who sets everything right. Elaborate with only her red hair, red jacket, and optimistic attitude during the Great Depression, she sticks out among the girls as a leader. And perhaps with this leader atmosphere and self assuredness…Continue
The classic tale of young orphan girl Annie and her quest to discover family makes its way to the Orpheum Theatre showing now through April 5th. Under the dreadful supervision of Miss Hannigan (Lynn Andrews), Annie (Issie Swickle) and her orphan companions are constantly plotting to escape their dreadful lives in the orphanage. Although Annie fails to be reunited with her true parents, she finds solace in the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Gilgamesh Taggett) upon his decision to adopt…Continue
In the midst of our nation’s worst depression struggling Americans unite in Hoovervilles scavenging for resources to survive. Political leaders searched similarly for solutions, but not in a similar setting. A broad-shouldered, bald man enters to face the president and his emotionally glum cabinet dressed in dull shades hand-in-hand with an eleven-year-old girl. Wearing a white dress showing bright blue accenting, this contrastingly cheery red head is able to completely transform a…Continue
I entered the Orpheum Theater without any prior knowledge to the show Annie other than that it has the iconic number “Tomorrow” and Annie’s red dress. I expected the show to be a family-friendly festival of cuteness. It was. The classic story follows an 11-year old orphan named Annie who lives in an orphanage with seven other children who all suffer under the evil Miss Hannigan. She is “adopted” by a rich billionaire for two weeks and goes to…Continue
From children moping around and mopping floors to Annie leading the FDR's office in optimistic song- inspiring the New Deal. Annie, playing at the Orpheum Theater until April 5th, does a great job of mixing in sarcastic throw backs to our countries history (specifically in politics) while still making it a fun show for kids. While some accents did not come across as effective and stage blocking was lacking in many scenes, it was an enjoyable rendition of a classic show that many…Continue
When you are preparing for a show, you are given blocking by your director. Blocking that may feel awkward, but you have to abide to either way. You learn to make it feel natural. The movements in this production of Annie were left raw and unpolished. Nothing about this production seemed natural to me. The orphan’s voices were painfully forced to the point where I’d blame my migraine on them. These sad attempts at making everyone…Continue
A grey scale of shanty houses and a bowl of stew heating over a garbage can, were shaddowed overhead by an impressive silhouette of the Brooklyn bridge, which seemed to reach out into the audience. A grey scale, overtaken by the optimism that belonged to a familiar little-red headed girl. Smart, sassy, and always dressed with a smile, Annie (played by Issie Swickle) could sing her way into any audience member’s heart. This image of a broken America was one of the fabulous…Continue