A night out for the whole family? Well, maybe not! The Guthrie Theater's presentation of The Canterbury Tales comes with this warning: "Caution: This production contains butt jokes, fart noises, strong language and adult situations. It is not recommended for children under 15." This new presentation of Chaucer's comic tales begins previews at the Guthrie on March 30 and runs through April 28. Featuring a new adaptation by Michael Bogdanov and additional material by Kevin Kling, the classic work will be directed by Mr. Bogdanov and star a host of regional and Broadway talent, including Evan Pappas (Parade, My Favorite Year), Richard S. Iglewski, Jim Lichtscheindl, Sarah Jane Nelson, Leenya Rideout, Matthew Saldivar, Brandon Williams and Sally Wingert.
In the original version of Canterbury Tales, Chaucer uses a storytelling competition among a group of people traveling from Southwark to Canterbury as a method for telling his ribald tales. In Bogdanov's adaptation, the framework of the telling of the tales has been revised, although the actual tales come directly from Chaucer's text.
The Guthrie Theater is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and tickets may be purchased by calling (877) 44 STAGE. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7 PM, and 1 PM matinees on selected Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
—By Andrew Gans