Ben Whittaker is a try-hard. The type of guy who owns a rotating necktie display in his closet, sets two alarms on his old-school alarm clocks and who at 70 years-old decides the retired life of senior cruises, yoga in the park and Rosetta Stone just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But luckily for try-hard Ben (Robert De Niro) the online fashion startup About The Fit is looking for interns – senior interns.
Teddy Todd’s life defines normalcy: he’s born, he grows up, falls in love, gets married, has kids, becomes increasingly older and one day he too takes his last breath – “the fourth wall of the solemn temple falling as quietly as feathers.”
The landscape is stark, shrouded in smoke and darkness as Chorus members glide onto the stage and take their places in the stony arena-like setting. This is the place where two brothers have fallen in battle, each at the other’s hand. This is the uneasy atmosphere into which a young girl is thrust, forced to make an impossible decision. And for five nights in Augustana’s Edith Mortenson Theatre this is Thebes – a transformative place stuck in ambiguity between now and then, perched on the edge of catastrophe.
Nestled innocuously between a shady motel and an even shadier consignment store sits a pinup girl perched on a doughnut. The woman-doughnut pair is part of the bubble gum pink exterior of Glam Doll Donuts – the 2605 Nicollet Ave. bakery in Minneapolis, MN’s Uptown that has become the destination for hipster pastry-connoisseurs of the upper Midwest.