Located in what Angelino’s and New Yorker’s would simply dismiss as “fly over country” are many small towns in the North Woods of Minnesota and in one of those towns there is a radio station comfortably located within a super stereotypical north woods bar, complete with mounted fish and at least one deer head, plus plenty of beer banners. Gunner Johnson hosts his talk show “Crappie Talk” dedicated to talk about fishing, mainly for the well-known Crappie. But then again the show has no listeners because, well mainly because it really is a crappie show. With no listeners his one and only sponsor pulls out and the bar pretty much has no customers leaving Gunner and Clara at the brink of financial ruin.The tensions between Gunner and Clara are mounting when something totally unexpected or even imagined happens.
A man walks into the bar one fine day and announces that he is the new owner of radio station KOLD, but who is this man? He has a heavy Brooklyn accent and an appearance as if he had just walked off the set of a Godfather movie all something extremely rare in the land of 10,000 lakes. On the one hand his arrival is viewed as a very good thing assuring that KOLD shall remain on the air, but on the other hand he appoints a new General Manager which heightens even further the stress between Gunner and Clara.
But the overriding question remains, what the hell brings a hardcore New Yorker to a tiny town in Northern Minnesota? Well sorry but I am not going to tell you. To find out you will need to see the show and I am confident you will be glad that you did.
The set design is spectacular and each and every actor carries his or her role superbly. But adding even more to the theatrical mix this show is a musical with 14 original songs.
While each song is well performed and totally enjoyable I will say that The Bodyguard has nothing to fear. But then again The Bodyguard lacks the immense dose of hometown warmth reaching out from the stage in Don’t Hug Me, We’re Family.
This is a true theatrical gem well worth your time and modest cost. You may enjoy the show now through March 25th 2018 at T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo Street, North Hollywood, California 91602. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8: p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Reservations and ticketing are available at: donthugme.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 818-850-9254.
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Ron Irwin was born in Chicago, Illinois a long time ago. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, became a trial lawyer, TV and radio host, CEO of a public company and once held an Emmy. He never won an Emmy he just held one. Ron has written and published twelve books. His most important book to date is “Live, Die, Live Again” in which Ron tells of his early life and his unexpected and very temporary death in 2012. That experience dramatically refocused his life and within the pages of that book Ron reveals how he achieved a much healthier life, ridding himself of Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Failure. Now Ron enjoys writing about many things including health topics, travel [he has circled the globe several times], adventure, culinary experiences and the world of performing art. Ron’s motto is “Live better, live longer and live stronger because it feels great and annoys others.” Contact the author.