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A Mooon for the Misbegotten


Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, September 24, 2001
A Moon for the Misbegotten was the last play that Nobel laureate and Americas preeminent 20th century playwright, Eugene ONeill wrote. It was not even performed in New York during his lifetime and when it finally did premiere there in 1957, the play was considered a dismal and depressing flop. Still, it has proven to have a unique sort of resilience and has been marched back onto Broadway several times since. In 1973, a critic writing in the New York Times went so far as to say that it was possibly the richest theatrical work that ONeill ever wrote. The play was again on Broadway for yet another run last year, causing Ben Brantley to write in the Times, "masterpieces, it seems, never stop growing,

Now, A Moon for the Misbegotten has found its way to the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro in a robust and earthy Commonweal Theatre production directed by Michael Simons. Its a triumphant return to Lanesboro for Simons, a Commonweal veteran actor and director, who has spent the past two years involved with theater work in Cleveland, Ohio.

The plays setting is a down at the heels New England pig farm, rendered on stage with stark and somber austerity by set designer Tom Berger. You can almost feel the dust in your throat. The year is 1923 and Phil Hogan, a crusty Irish tenant farmer played with an affecting orneriness by Michael Pocaro, is in fear of having the farm sold out from under him by its owner, James Tyrone, (Christopher Oden). Tyrone is a fading actor from a famous acting family, who has long since squandered his talent with alcohol and dissipation. Oden plays Tyrone with a stately swagger and charm even though hes a man on his last legs. The booze and a host of haunting guilts have just about finished him off.

Farmer Hogan and his daughter Josie (Carla Noack) concoct a plan in which to ensnare Tyrone into a shotgun wedding with Josie, so that they can hang onto their worthless farm. Noacks Josie is a hollering and coarse country gal who has obviously never traveled far from the nearby shack and rocky fields. But its clear that beneath the caustic veneer is another woman, one who is longing for love and companionship.

The bantering and verbal shenanigans of the two Hogans propel the play forward with a relentless and edgy humor. When the would-be buyer of the farm, who the Hogans refer to as Standard Oil Man (Scott Dixon), shows up in his gentlemans riding clothes, they so effect .....
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Twelfth Night

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, April 30, 2001



Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

This classic line is from William Shakespeares play Twelfth Night, now playing at the Commonweal Theatre through Octo ..... 
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Book Review: Recently released Minnesota books

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Last month I attended the annual convention of the Upper Midwest Bookseller Association in downtown St. Paul, a gathering of authors, publishers and independent booksellers.

I was impressed, as I was last year, by the number of fine books of ..... 
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Rushford Library looking at expansion

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, November 20

To build or to remodel? That is the question a Library Taskforce has been considering for the past couple months in the city of Rushford.

The existing public library in the Tew Building, located near Rushfords cent ..... 
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Gateway Towns

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Austin


Greetings from Austin, Minnesota! Located on I-90, visitors from the west will come through this major city located on the Cedar River.

Austin is the home of the Fortune 500 company -- Geo. A. Hormel & ..... 
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Northeastern Iowa

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Northeast Iowa shares much of the same topography of Historic Bluff Country. Limestone bluffs, meandering rivers, springs, and rolling hills in the east and softly rolling hills with rich prairie soil in the west. Minnesota and Iowa also share the sa ..... 
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Anytown, MN

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Nestled in a deep valley of the Root River is the unique city of Anytown. This quaint townsite of less than one thousand residents, located in the state hardwood forest reminds one of the many hillside villages in Norway.

Strolling down the ..... 
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Not in my backyard

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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Monday, June 26, 2000

In the usually quiet burg of Spring Valley, the hot topic of conversation has switched as of late. While recent flooding has left the community with much to contemplate, another issue is sizzling to the forefront. Whats ..... 
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Wykoff, MN

Fri, Oct 19th, 2001
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When you visit the heart of Bluff Country, take the drive on MN Hwy. 80 and you will find Wykoff, "The Gateway to Forestville."

Our limestone karst region is dotted with "sink holes" which indicate caverns below ground. You can visit one of t ..... 
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