The Free Press, Mankato, MN


December 5, 2013

Briefs: Cabaret Le Ruse dinner theatre performance, NUACT holiday show, GAC professor's documentary premier

Comedy dinner theatre at City Center Hotel

MANKATO — The comedy "Christmas Misfits" will have a special dinner theatre performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the City Center Hotel.

Produced by Cabaret Le Ruse, the show features the music of Ben Marti and String Theory along with a five-member troupe performing skits such as "Poetry Boxing" where fighters only do as well as the poetry they are given, "The Painfully Obvious Murder Mystery," the radio play "The Magical Fruitcake" and more.

Tickets for $28 are available at the City Center Hotel or online at

Santa Claus mystery at New Ulm Country Club

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Country Club is hosting a dinner theatre performance of “Who Kidnapped Santa Claus?” on Saturday.

The piece is an original dinner/theatre production written by New Ulm Actors Community Theatre's Paul Warshauer. Reserved tables of 8 are available with advance ticket purchase. Funds raised support community and youth activities with the Rotary Club of New Ulm.

Tickets are $30. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m. The show is rated PG-13 and recommended for adults.

Gustavus professor documentary premier

A new documentary film produced by Gustavus art professor Kirsten Lowe will premier at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theatre.

The film "Painting the Places Between" is a two-year project by professor Lowe and features the work of four contemporary Minnesota artists: Betsy Byers, Jill Evans, Holly Swift and Andrew Wykes. Byers is a member of the art and art history faculty at Gustavus. Gustavus graduate Ryan Taylor served on the production crew.

According to the film's Facebook page: "Confronting unpredictable weather, time constraints and internal doubts, the audience sees in semi-abstract and often emotional works evidence of the role the painter plays in how we view and interpret one subject we all have in common, our land."

Before the premier, a reception at 6:45 p.m. will allow members of the audience to meet the four artists featured in the documentary.

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