By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

Get into the ‘Spirits’ …

In Renegade Theater Company’s production of “Lone Star Spirits,” Marley has come home to her almost-ghost town to introduce her father — own of the titular liquor store — to her big city hipster fiance. She ends up stranded in the store with her ex-boyfriend, one of those aged football stars and his girlfriend, a single mom.

“Lone Star Spirits,” by Josh Tobiessen, played last year at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis and Pioneer Press reviewer Dominic P. Papatola likened it to suds: “If ‘Lone Star Spirits’ were one of those beers, it wouldn’t be a snooty, hand-crafted, high-end microbrew served in an artisan stein. It’s more like a cold one fresh off some amiably anonymous keg: smooth, uncomplicated, easy to drink.”

Renegade Theater Company’s production of “Lone Star Spirits” is 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays April 12-28 and 2 p.m. April 22 at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. Tickets: $20 at

Then ‘Into the Woods’

The University of Minnesota Duluth’s theater department considers the case of a young woman in a red hood, the mistreated stepsister who catches a prince’s eye, a childless couple, and a young man with a cow for sale.

“Into the Woods,” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, is a musical with colliding fairy tale characters set deep, deep in the dark woods. This take on the Tony Award-winning musical is directed by Ann Bergeron and Andy Kust.

UMD’s recommendation: For ages 12 and older.

University of Minnesota Duluth’s production of “Into the Woods” is at 7:30 p.m. April 12-14 and April 18-21, 2 p.m. April 15 at the Marshall Performing Arts Center’s Mainstage Theatre. Tickets: $21 adults, $16 seniors and UMD faculty/staff/veterans, $10 students, $8 UMD students at or by calling (218) 726-8561.

Rachel Williams (right) is Little Red and Reese Britts is Wolf in UMD’s production of “Into the Woods.” Photo by Brett Groehler, UMD.

Into the trenches

“Journey’s End” is a story from the trenches of World War I, where British officers are awaiting attack. In the meantime, they’ve been ordered to capture a German soldier and gain intelligence about it. The College of St. Scholastica’s production, directed by Kelly Mullen of the Communication, Theatre and Art department, opens Friday.

The play, by R.C. Sheriff, is billed as being about the claustrophobia, anxiety, physical, emotional and spiritual toll of war.

The College of St. Scholastica’s production of “Journey’s End” is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 22 at the St. Scholastica Theatre at CSS. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors at the Spotlight box office or (218) 723-7000.

Flashback to September

The 16th annual One Week Live compilation has The Latelys’ bluesy growls, the smooth lounge vibes of Tender Ness, and rock ‘n’ rollers The True Malarkey.

The mix was made from pieces of shows by musicians who played Beaner’s Central in September 2017 — including Daniel Champagne, a singer-songwriter, percussionist from Australia. This weekend’s two-day CD release will include sets by some of the featured artists.

One Week Live Vol. 16 CD Release is 6 p.m. April 13, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 14 at Beaner’s Central, 324 N. Central Ave.



$7 plus free CD

6 p.m.: Nude Colors, The Latelys, Blake Thomas, Jacob Mahon


11 a.m.: Gavin St. Clair, Lesser Planets (free)

6 p.m.: Woodblind, Jen West, Dan Dresser, Average Mammals, $7 plus free CD

MercyMe returns

MercyMe, which has begun making regular stops here, returns for a concert following the release of a movie based on its hit song.

The MercyMe and Tenth Avenue North tour plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at the DECC Arena. The movie, “I Can Only Imagine,” was released in mid-March and stars Dennis Quaid. Lead singer Bart Millard has also released a memoir with the same name.

The bands are both contempo Christian bands. MercyMe has headlined City On the Hill, a local two-day music festival.

Mercy Me and Tenth Avenue North play at 7 p.m. April 14 at the DECC Arena. Tickets: Start at $27, available at Ticketmaster outlets including and the DECC box office.

In bloom

“Killers Liars Flowers” is an exhibition of new paintings by Adeline Wright and focuses on hair: the styles favored by televangelists, mass shooters, serial killers. There are also pieces that consider poisonous flowers.

According to a news release: “Through portraiture and still life paintings, (Wright) grapples with the reality of hatred, bigotry, televangelism, fascism and deadly blossoms.”

Music by Rick McLean.

“Killers Liars and Flowers” by Adeline Wright opens at 7 p.m. April 14 at Blush, 18 No. First Ave. W.