Review of Illusions Theater’s My Antonia at the Lab in St. Paul, MN

When I received the invitation to attend opening/press night for this performance, I was sad because I knew I couldn’t get down to St. Paul at that time. The PR contact, Anne Ulseth, offered me another time, and I jumped on it. I had recently found a copy of the novel at a used book store and found myself mesmerized by the words of Willa Cather. Reading her descriptions of the prairie is like lying on the cool grass on a summer day, gazing up at the clouds, and imaging a bigger world, all the while holding hands with your best friend. (sigh) The Nebraska prairie is much like the farming community in Minnesota where I grew up. I wondered how the playwright would translate those sensual descriptions and thoughtful reflections to the stage. She did not disappoint.

Andrea San Miguel (Antonia) and Mary Aalgaard after the performance of “My Antonia” at the Lab theater in St. Paul, MN.

Andrea plays a sweet and charismatic Antonia in the stage adaptation of Willa Cather’s classic novel, My Antonia, adapted for the stage by Allison Moore, directed by Michael Robins, Music by Roberta Carlson. The music adds so much to the mood of this performance.

My Antonia is playing one more weekend at the Lab in the Lowry building in St. Paul, MN. Visit the Illusion Theater website for showtimes and ticket information.

To read more of my review, visit my website, Play off the Page.

Coming up in the Brainerd lakes area:

On Golden Pond at Beth Selinger’s new theatre, Cream of the Crop in Randall. (What a brilliant first play selection for a new theatre opening in the summer in the lakes country!) Let’s all go out there and support her efforts. July 17-20.
Mom’s Gift is playing at the High School in Pequot Lakes (community theater), GLAPA,  July 10, 11, 12 and 15, 16, 17.
Blythe Spirit will be at Central Lakes College Theater, July 9-12 and 16-19.
A new theater is starting up in Brainerd, MN. Stage North, founded by Kevin Yeager and Gary Hirsch will debut this December with a production of A Christmas Carol. The performances will take place on the stage at the Franklin Arts Center. Auditions are October 10 & 11, parts for all ages, including children. They have asked me to work with the kids and some music selections. Looking forward to it!

Go. Create. Inspire!


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About Mary Aalgaard

Mary Aalgaard is a freelance writer and blogger. Her words stretch across the globe through her blogs on, which include Play off the Page, inspiration and entertainment reviews; Ride off the Page, a travelog about riding adventures on a Harley-Davidson with The Biker Chef; and Dine off the Page, for chef’s tips, recipes, and restaurant reviews. Mary is also a playwright. Her original drama Coffee Shop Confessions was performed in coffee shops around the Brainerd, MN area in 2012. She works with both children and adults to create original dramas, and is offering theatre classes for kids where they write their own plays and create the set. Contact her at Go. Create. Inspire!

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