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December 5, 2013


Dec. 05--It's the mid-1600s and England's theater world goes boom: For the first time, women will be allowed onstage to portray female characters in theatrical productions.

This is great news for the ladies; terrible news for Edward Kynaston, who is the go-to guy for all things girl.

"Compleat Female Stage Beauty" by Jeffrey Hatcher considers what this means for Kynaston's career -- and psyche -- as well as the debut of a new star, Margaret Hughes.

Minneapolis' Walking Shadow Theatre Company produced this show in 2012 and received good reviews, including this from City Pages:

"What we have is a play rich in the gaudy excesses of the age. Think of the DayGlo 1960s, when the shackles of the gray postwar years were released and people were allowed to go more than a little mad. Now magnify that by 100. The explosion in culture, art, fashion and more base pursuits all find their place ... reminding us that the Baby Boomers didn't discover sex, and theater is a constantly evolving game that remains the same at its heart."

"Compleat Female Stage Beauty" was adapted for the 1999 film "Stage Beauty," starring Claire Danes.

Go see it

What: University of Minnesota Duluth's production of "Compleat Female Stage Beauty" by Jeffrey Hatcher

When: Opens 7:30 p.m. today; runs 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Wednesday-Dec. 11; 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Mainstage Theatre, UMD

Tickets: $18 adults, $15 UMD faculty, staff, $13 seniors, $8 students, $6 UMD students


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