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"I Love Lucy" Live on Stage!

Camryn Schake

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage

With never having seen the show, I was happy to watch two whole episodes live in the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the 20th of January, a Tuesday evening. Of course, the original cast was not fit for the part, but their younger theatrical counterparts were sure up for the job! The show starts off with the host, Maury…

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Added by Camryn Schake on January 24, 2015 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Oh, Lucy

As someone who has not seen much “I Love Lucy”, I did not know exactly what to expect. I knew there would be cute clothes and dorky humor, but the rest was a mystery. The show opened with a welcome from the “TV Host”, presenting to us a “live filming” of shows we would see on our TV's very soon. There were large characters, commercials, and 'camera men' that filmed the show. There was even a “camera magic” explanation of an arm double standing in for Lucy. The show was charming, though not…

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Added by Oriana Freeman on January 24, 2015 at 3:13pm — No Comments

I Liked Lucy

Olivia Skjervold

I Love Lucy Live on Stage

 

I Liked Lucy

 

Being a millennial, with no exposure to one of the most iconic sitcoms in history, I was lost for expectations of a show titled “I Love Lucy: Live on Stage”. So, being a millennial, I turned to the almighty Internet for answers and, being a millennial, the car ride to the State Theatre consisted of me…

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Added by Olivia Skjervold on January 24, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

I Lost Interest in Lucy

I wasn't sure what to expect when I sat down to watch the touring production of I Love Lucy: Live on Stage this Tuesday, which is performing at the State Theatre through January 25th. The stage adaptation of the show wasn't terrible, but it didn't keep me very entertained. I often found myself having to try really hard to focus on the plot; it did not reel me in automatically. The show included two original episodes titled "The Benefit" and "Lucy Has Her…

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Added by Fiona Hannan on January 24, 2015 at 1:34am — No Comments

If Someone Really Loves Lucy They’ll Cancel This Show

    Awkwardly personal yet completely alienating, is a sum of the parts of “I Love Lucy”, Live on Stage. It begins with the breaking of the fourth wall, as a man, Maury Jasper ( Mark Christopher Tracy) thanks the audience for being the live studio audience for the filming of two I Love Lucy episodes. This popular 50‘s TV show was represented on stage by “The Benefit” and “Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined”, intermingled with…

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Added by Emma Carlson on January 23, 2015 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Let Lucy Loose!

             

              I Love Lucy
, the beloved story of a boisterous woman and her crazy adventures has been an American classic ever since its first air in 1951. The staged version of the show came to Minneapolis this past Tuesday and left eager audience members disappointed. Hoping to see a quality reenactment of their favorite childhood show, the direction taken in the staged version didn’t live up to the quality of the original show and expectations of…

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Added by Contessa Boorman on January 23, 2015 at 10:45pm — No Comments

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage

George Mulder

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage

Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred are stronger than ever

The Ricardos are back. I Love Lucy: Live on Stage is touring the nation and capturing hearts as it goes. It is being performed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis until January 25. The audience is transformed into the studio audience of a filming of two episodes of the classic television show I Love Lucy. The original show was fantastically…

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Added by George Mulder on January 23, 2015 at 9:23pm — No Comments

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage

Of all of America’s classic television programs perhaps the most revolutionary at the time was I Love Lucy. From an interracial couple to challenge the conventional roles of women's this show was truly ahead of the curve. It's stage adaptation, I Love Lucy: Live on Stage, being performed at the State Theatre, is not. Despite its overly love run time for a one-act production and a bad case of extreme padding in a failed attempt to immerse the audience, the show feels oddly empty. The show… Continue

Added by Julian Spencer on January 23, 2015 at 7:14pm — No Comments

I Wouldn't Say I Loved Her

   Growing up in an I love Lucy watching family, I was very excited to be offered the opportunity to see it live on stage at the State Theater in Minneapolis. Thousands of questions ran through my head. Questions such as “Will Lucy still be funny? Will Ricardo’s accent be done properly? How are they doing this on stage?” and “Wait, it’s a musical?” all ran through my head.

   I entered the theater and took my seat. I kept my excitement inside ready for the show…

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Added by Ryan Lenard on January 23, 2015 at 6:59pm — No Comments

No Love Left For Lucy

The television screen does not always transfer well to the stage. I Love Lucy was proof of this. The stage adaptation of I Love Lucy at the State Theatre in Minneapolis was less than memorable. This adaptation followed the production and filming of the cast of I Love Lucy through two episodes, "The Benefit” and “Lucy Gets Her Eyes Examined at the Desilu Playhouse in California. In between filming, there was a lot of nonsense. This nonsense included an overly excited host and a large amount of… Continue

Added by Martha Broadnax on January 23, 2015 at 10:17am — No Comments

JUST A DAB'LL DO YA

Whether you like it or not, by entering the State Theatre you have transported yourself to Hollywood California. Everyone becomes part of the live Desilu Playhouse studio audience in “I Love Lucy” Live on Stage. This is an adaptation from the classic 1950’s American television sitcom I Love Lucy starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Everyone really did love the redheaded comedic icon. Even as a child of the 90’s and early 2000’s, I Love Lucy was a show I found myself watching and…

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Added by Sydney Larson on January 23, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

I Sort Of Love Lucy

As I settled into my seat at the State Theater on Tuesday night, January 20th for "I Love Lucy" Live on Stage, I got comfortable and prepared myself for a night filled with the kind of laughter that even makes you tear up a little. What I was delivered were a few chuckles and an overall subpar performance. The show brings the audience to the Desilu Playhouse in Hollywood, and follows the filming of two episodes of I Love Lucy, complete with a host explaining the process of…

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Added by Julia Jacobs on January 23, 2015 at 1:27am — 1 Comment

I Love Lucy... But not on Stage

I'll be the first one to admit that I love Lucy. I really do. I mean, don't we all? "I Love Lucy", starring groundbreaking comedienne Lucille Ball, was once an essential part of nearly every American's Monday nights and, frankly, calling the smash hit iconic would be an understatement. Lucille's unmatched spunk and charming chemistry with husband Desi Arnaz had Americans tuning in every week, and who could blame them? Even today, 40 million people still watch I Love Lucy reruns per year,…

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Added by Allie Hatch on January 23, 2015 at 1:04am — No Comments

I Did Not Love I Love Lucy

The classic 50's tv show, I Love Lucy, was brought to life on stage to put on two episodes from the tv show, "The Benefit" and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined." The show was set up to be a live filming of the show at the Desilu Playhouse in California and the audience was the live audience for the show. They had cameras, live commercials, an even an applause sign. However even with all the bells and whistles all I could keep thinking while sitting in my seat is when will it be over? And the sad… Continue

Added by Maddie on January 23, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

I'm Ambivalent To Lucy

"I Love Lucy' Live on Stage" is a very entertaining and lively show. While I didn't grow up with "I Love Lucy", I had watched a few reruns and was very curious to see how this classic television sitcom would be adapted into a stage production. This production is enjoyable for everyone, whether you're an avid Lucy fan or just a novice to "I Love Lucy".

"I Love Lucy" is about the married couple Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Ricky (Desi Arnaz) Ricardo. Ricky is in show business, and…

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Added by Hannah Paulsen on January 23, 2015 at 12:34am — No Comments

Ricky Loves Lucy, But I Sure Don't

I Love Lucy Live on Stage brings you back to 1952, to the Desilu Playhouse in Los Angeles, California for to be a member of the studio audience of a filming of two back to back episodes of I Love Lucy, the classic television show. I think this sounds like a very interesting concept for a stage show, and sounds like something that could have big potential. However, after experiencing it I completely changed my mind. While the show featured some excellent actors, the show as altogether rather…

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Added by Matthew Maxam on January 23, 2015 at 12:30am — No Comments

I Love Lucy Live

I’ve never really been a huge fan of the TV show “I Love Lucy”, so I wasn’t really looking forward to seeing it live on stage. In fact, I was rather dreading having to go see it. Especially when I learned that there would be live ads sprinkled throughout the show. The show was directed, co-adapted and musically staged by Rick Sparks. The performance dates are January 20-25 at 7:30 p.m. The show runs about 95 minutes with no…

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Added by Emma Dalen on January 23, 2015 at 12:07am — No Comments

It's Not That I Don't Love Lucy Live on Stage...

Maxwell Singer 

It's Not That I Don't Love Lucy Live On Stage...

Even for all the cynicism that I can muster, I must say that I never expected to see a sitcom adapted to the stage. Perhaps a webcomic, snapchat or hour long television drama (CSI: Dead on stage), would make it, but a sitcom? But more shocking than a sitcom adapting to stage is that my…

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Added by Maxwell Singer on January 22, 2015 at 11:28pm — No Comments

I Kind of Loved Lucy

Prepare to be pulled back in time to the eccentric and restless 1950's when you sit down to see I Love Lucy Live on Stage. We are transported to the Desilu Playhouse, and from the moment the show starts, we are greeted by an eager Mark Christopher Tracy (Desilu Playhouse Host) to tell us all about how the filming process in Hollywood works. That’s right folks, get ready to be a studio audience member watching one of the most beloved television shows…

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Added by Maya Richardson on January 22, 2015 at 11:08pm — 1 Comment

I Have Neutral Feelings About Lucy

On Tuesday night at the state theater, the stage was transformed into a television set straight out of the 1950’s. I Love Lucy Live on Stage takes you into the studio as the live studio audience, where I Love Lucy was filmed. The host (Mark Christopher Tracy) takes you through the filming, which features amusing sing-songy commercials and a trivia game between episodes. The episodes include “The Benefit” and “Lucy Gets Her Eyes Examined,” both of which were joyous and fun.

The set was…

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Added by Delia Grimes on January 22, 2015 at 10:58pm — No Comments

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