The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 15, 2011

Closeup: Theatre Physics to kick off Bethany's theater season

The Free Press

— Despite the overwhelming popularity of the annual Theatre Physics theatrical event at Bethany Lutheran College, “What is it?” is still a question asked frequently when it comes up in public discourse.

The quick and dirty explanation: a Vaudeville-esque skit-based theater performance written by theater professor Pete Bloedel, his colleagues and his students within the first couple of weeks of school.

Various shorter skits lead up to a longer piece at the end, usually something crafted by Bloedel. In the past there has been stilt-walking, a couch that swallowed people, prop comedy, unicycles and “Romeo & Juliet” pared down, sped up and told in Dr. Seuss language, among a bazillion other things.

Bottom line: You just won’t know until you get there.

This year’s Theatre Physics events are Friday through Sunday at Bethany. The free tickets always go fast.

If you go:

What: Theater Physics

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday


 Theater of the Fine Arts Center, Bethany Lutheran College

Admission: Free, but tickets must be reserved due to the popularity of the event.