‘The Full Monty’ Closes Paul Bunyan Playhouse Season Tonight

The cast of "The Full Monty" at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse: From left, Paul R. Coate, Paul Reyburn, Dan Lundin, Ryan Parker Knox, Shaun Hamilton and Zach Curtis. (Photo: Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer)

There’s only one night left of delightful romp at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji. Tonight at 8, these guys will dance and drop their drawers for one last time in “The Full Monty,” which will also be the end of the Playhouse season and the final performance for Artistic Director Zach Curtis.

This is a beautiful ensemble production, and it was cool to see the Playhouse spice it up. Mary Knox Johnson’s pre-play chat with the audience was even part of the fun!

I noticed lots of women in the audience, some even more “seasoned” than I am. Many of these women, I imagine, would choose not to go to a stripper bar to watch the bump and grind, but this is different. It’s more playful than raunchy, and as far as I know, we’re seeing actors who don’t normally take all (or most) of their clothes off on stage.

I just noticed that tickets are sold out for the finale, but if you’re one of the lucky ones, keep your eyes open. You won’t want to miss the fun at the end. More clever than I had even expected.

On the way out Thursday night, I heard one woman tell a friend that maybe they should come back Friday to get a better look. I wonder if they did! :)

I love that this played in Bemidji to such happy, healthy crowds.

Now can we do “Rent”? That would be awesome in the beautiful Chief Theatre.

Thank you, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, for giving me a full season of delightful theater that culminated in such a stunning production.  I LOVE YOU!!! :)