Peggy Sue Dunigan

Peggy Sue Dunigan Peggy Sue Dunigan earned a BA in Fine Art, a MA in English and then finished with a Masters of Fine Art in Creative Fiction from Pine Manor College, Massachusetts. Currently she independently writes for multiple publications on the culinary, performance and visual arts or works on her own writing projects while also teaching college English and Research Writing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her other creative energy emerges by baking cakes and provincial sweets from vintage recipes so when in the kitchen, at her desk, either drawing or writing, or enjoying evenings at any and all theaters, she strives to provide satisfying memories for the body and soul.


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BWW Reviews: Minnesota Opera's Pulitzer Prize SILENT NIGHT Profoundly Speaks to Peace on EarthBWW Reviews: Minnesota Opera's Pulitzer Prize SILENT NIGHT Profoundly Speaks to Peace on Earth
Posted: Nov. 13, 2018


BWW Review: Fanciful PRANCER at Lyric Arts Warms Hearts Through Magical BeliefBWW Review: Fanciful PRANCER at Lyric Arts Warms Hearts Through Magical Belief
Posted: Dec. 9, 2018


BWW Review: Marvelous Memories Arrive with CTC's HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMASBWW Review: Marvelous Memories Arrive with CTC's HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Posted: Nov. 14, 2018


BWW Review: Lyric Arts Presents Wonderette Cup of Irresistible
CheerBWW Review: Lyric Arts Presents Wonderette Cup of Irresistible Cheer
Posted: Dec. 9, 2018


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BWW Review: After Sixty Years, Guthrie's WEST SIDE STORY Still Sparks Cultural ControversyBWW Review: After Sixty Years, Guthrie's WEST SIDE STORY Still Sparks Cultural Controversy
Posted: Jun. 29, 2018


BWW Reviews: Minnesota Opera's Pulitzer Prize SILENT NIGHT Profoundly Speaks to Peace on EarthBWW Reviews: Minnesota Opera's Pulitzer Prize SILENT NIGHT Profoundly Speaks to Peace on Earth
Posted: Nov. 13, 2018


BWW Review: Lyric Arts Empowers Romance in Endearing GUYS AND DOLLSBWW Review: Lyric Arts Empowers Romance in Endearing GUYS AND DOLLS
Posted: Jul. 23, 2018


BWW Review: LYRIC Arts Explores Parallel Lives In Phenomenal Musical IF/THENBWW Review: LYRIC Arts Explores Parallel Lives In Phenomenal Musical IF/THEN
Posted: Sep. 14, 2018


BWW Review: Fanciful PRANCER at Lyric Arts Warms Hearts Through Magical BeliefBWW Review: Fanciful PRANCER at Lyric Arts Warms Hearts Through Magical Belief
Posted: Dec. 9, 2018


BWW Review: Guthrie Theater Premieres Laughter and Mayhem in Rousing NOISES OFFBWW Review: Guthrie Theater Premieres Laughter and Mayhem in Rousing NOISES OFF
Posted: Nov. 7, 2018


BWW Review: CTC'S I COME FROM ARIZONA Cuts to the Heart of Contemporary Immigration ConcernsBWW Review: CTC'S I COME FROM ARIZONA Cuts to the Heart of Contemporary Immigration Concerns
Posted: Oct. 17, 2018


BWW Review: Fanciful PRANCER at Lyric Arts Warms Hearts Through Magical BeliefBWW Review: Fanciful PRANCER at Lyric Arts Warms Hearts Through Magical Belief
December 9, 2018

Who believes in flying reindeer-Dasher, Dancer and Prancer? One of the seasonal productions on stage at Anoka's Lyric Arts Main Street Stage titled "Prancer'had its beginnings in a 1989 Canadian American film written by Greg Taylor. Eventually, Seattle Children's Theatre and Children's Theatre Company Minneapolis commissioned the film for aplay in 2016--Thdramatic and charming holiday selection speaks to what does a person, or those in the audience, believe int? Do they believe in magic, even the unseen that requires faith to believe in?

BWW Review: Lyric Arts Presents Wonderette Cup of Irresistible
CheerBWW Review: Lyric Arts Presents Wonderette Cup of Irresistible Cheer
December 9, 2018

Bright colors and jingle bell music magically appearon the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage while the time of year leaps back into December, 1968. Harper's Hardware holds their end of year Holiday Happening, or the company's seasonal party, and everyone in the audience attends!Lyric Arts presents both the inviting entertainment for the company's happening in sync with their own December production throughthischarming, kitschy in the best way, girl group musical revue: 'Winter Wonderettes.' Written and created by Roger Bean in 2003, with lyrics and arrangements by Brian Baker, this 'juke box musical' features catchy tunes to hum or rock out to while smiling 'all the way' through the evening, and then 'all the way home.'

BWW Review: Marvelous Memories Arrive with CTC's HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMASBWW Review: Marvelous Memories Arrive with CTC's HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
November 14, 2018

Where will a holiday memory be made this season? Somewhere near Whoville staged at Children's Theatre Company (CTC)? The illustrious CTC opened their musical extravaganza' 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' penned by the iconic Dr. Seuss beginning in 1994, and reprises the production from last season. While Theo Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, created the story in 1957, CTC envisioned a production to touch any young heart despite the actual chronological age. The production's book and lyrics by Timothy Mason together with music by Mel Marvin continue to delight audiences these past 20 years since the musical's inception--and all the memories the production has created in that span of time through the years.

BWW Reviews: Minnesota Opera's Pulitzer Prize SILENT NIGHT Profoundly Speaks to Peace on EarthBWW Reviews: Minnesota Opera's Pulitzer Prize SILENT NIGHT Profoundly Speaks to Peace on Earth
November 13, 2018

On opening night for the Minnesota Opera (MNOP), the audience in attendance became curiously quieter and quieter, silent, when the curtain rose at the Ordway Center on the company's contemporary award winning opera 'Silent Night.' Commissioned by MNOP in 2011, the music by Kevin Putts combined with a libretto by Mark Campbell transported the opera house to Christmas, 1914, the beginning of World War I, Based on ChristianCarlson's screenplay for the film 'Joyeux Noel,' the opera travels to a small, bloodied war zone in a tiny Belgium village along the French boarder, which centers the attention whileprofoundly affectingthose in the audience.

BWW Review: Support Cultural Improvisation at Interact's Sensational HOT FUNKY BUTT JAZZBWW Review: Support Cultural Improvisation at Interact's Sensational HOT FUNKY BUTT JAZZ
November 8, 2018

In a spectacular evening celebrating the performing arts and jazz, Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts premiered their annual musical "Hot Funky Butt Jazz" in the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio Theno intermission production carries three wishes for cultural improvisation on the magic of the show's narrator, a voodoo mama, Marie LaVeau. In the process of performing,Interact fulfilled their mission to present the capabilities of artists with disabilities, mental and physical challenges, to participate in every art form, including theater. This mission impactsthe 50 plus cast members included in "Hot Funky Butt Jazz," a tribute to the dance hall where jazz originated in the mercurial city of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century.

BWW Review: Guthrie Theater Premieres Laughter and Mayhem in Rousing NOISES OFFBWW Review: Guthrie Theater Premieres Laughter and Mayhem in Rousing NOISES OFF
November 7, 2018

For the Guthrie Theater'sfinal hurrah on the McGuire Proscenium Stage in 2019, the companypresents a hilarious tribute to plates of sardines and humorin the farcical 'Noises Off.' English playwright' Michael Frayn's award winning 1982 play presents an alternative perspective to the theatrical process and everyone who participates in a production'ssuccess. Produced forthe first time at the Guthrie,the farcefeatures multiple doors, opening and closing, swinging axes, hurdling downsteps and fancifullove triangles along with the iconic plate of sardines throughthis play within a play format.

BWW Review: Lyrics Arts Produces Compelling and Contemporary GOD OF CARNAGEBWW Review: Lyrics Arts Produces Compelling and Contemporary GOD OF CARNAGE
October 17, 2018

The Tony Award Wining 2009 'God of Carnage,' opened at Lyric Arts this weekend. The intimate theateroffers a splendid production of Yasmina Reza's comic tragedy with sophistication. The 90 minute, no intermission evening presents a plethora of philosophical issues to contemplate, especially in regard to contemporary society. This fascinating evening willuncoverthe darkest humor alongside frightening realities present in society.

BWW Review: CTC'S I COME FROM ARIZONA Cuts to the Heart of Contemporary Immigration ConcernsBWW Review: CTC'S I COME FROM ARIZONA Cuts to the Heart of Contemporary Immigration Concerns
October 17, 2018

In a New York Times article dated October 14, 2018, 'A Mexican Man's Fatal Journey to Reclaim HIs Life,' the newspaper retells the story of Adrin Luna, a man from a small town in Idaho. His life scenario reads eerily familiar to the themes in the World Premiere Play at Children's Theatre Company (CTC) titled 'I Come From Arizona.' In another play titled,'Augusta and Noble,' playwright Carlos Murillo depicts a related story for these character, while in 'Arizona, he relivesthe story of a 14 year old girl Gabi, who must negotiate attending a new college prep high school in tony North Chicago. She also needs to care for her younger brother, Jesus, while worrying if her father will remain safe while he visits his dying father in Mexico. Both stories, in the newspaper and at the theater retell the plight of immigrants in America, both documented and undocumented, and certainly other than illegal.

BWW Review:  The Artistry Soars with Fantastic MARY POPPINSBWW Review: The Artistry Soars with Fantastic MARY POPPINS
October 17, 2018

The incomparable 'Mary Poppins' returns to Bloomington's The Artistry Theater on the winds of her iconic character's umbrella. Penned as a collection of eight stories beginning in the 1934, Walt Disney wrangled the rights from author PL Travers for their 1964 film. One of the studios crowning glories in its film history, the movie garneredeight academy awards. The Broadway adaptation, on view at Artistry, differs from the film featuring music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman from a play created by Julian Fellows. Director Joel Sass and Music Director Anita Ruth along with Choreographer Joe Chavala produced a Broadway worthy musical at the Bloomington Arts Center, which the lyrics will aptly:'Stretch your mind into the fantastic, dreams are made of strong elastic.'

BWW Review: CTC'S Delightful LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET Encourages More 'Dancing in Life.'BWW Review: CTC'S Delightful LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET Encourages More 'Dancing in Life.'
September 27, 2018

Dancing and energizing music imbue life with joy in the Midwest premiere of Children's Theater Company's Last Stop on Market Street this September. Produced as a co-commission with Chicago Children's Theatre and based on the Newbery Award Winning book written by Matt de la Pea, Last Stop on Market Street charms and delights audiences. Directed by HenryGodinez,this exuberant production recreates the adventuresa seven year old boy encounterswhen he visits his Nana for the weekend. Nana lives in a neighborhood teeming with a wide variety of personalities and new experiences CJ isunfamiliar with and often wary of--Includingthe reggae music and 'laying some sugar on his Nana,'which Nana then explains means to kiss her.

BWW Review: Theater Latté Da's ONCE  Appears to 'Walk on Moonbeams'
September 27, 2018

To open their 2018-2019 season, Theater Latte Da presents the multi Tony Award winning musical ONCE at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. Adapted by Edna Walsh with worlds and lyrics written or composed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, ONCE recalls the story of a guy and girl who meet through fate for six days in Dublin, Ireland. The Girl, a Czech immigrant ready to begin a new life, intersects at a train station with an Irishmen who repairs Hoovers while pondering on abandoning his musical career. Together, in an old Dublin shop where pianos are sold, Girl plays her accompaniment to Guy's lyrics. The two indeed "make beautiful music together," while Latte Da's production keeps the musical drama and their audiencenes, as a song from the musical quotes, "walking on moonbeams."

BWW Review: LYRIC Arts Explores Parallel Lives In Phenomenal Musical IF/THENBWW Review: LYRIC Arts Explores Parallel Lives In Phenomenal Musical IF/THEN
September 14, 2018

On September 7, Anoka's Lyric Arts opened a Drama League Award Winning musical 'If/Then.' In this edgy, provocatives production, Tom Kitt's music complimented with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey creates a musical force as they did in their Pulitzer Prize winning 'Next to Normal.' Their 2014 'IF/THEN' production opened at New York's Richard Rodgers Theater and details the life of 38 year old Elizabeth. Throughout the play of her parallel lives, she ruminates about day to day choices she makes: the what if to where a person deciders to be, including what cities to live in, which career opportunities to pursue, and which people to hold in her heart, at any given moment that creates a memorable journey for audiences. The entertaining and intriguing musical poses some philosophical questions for Elizabeth, who earns her living as a PhD in Urban Planning, and hence, the audience, too. As this musical sings, 'the next turn at the corner may change your life forever.

BWW Preview: CTC Summertime Production Leads to September Empowerment of Audiences through Four World PremieresBWW Preview: CTC Summertime Production Leads to September Empowerment of Audiences through Four World Premieres
September 13, 2018

Summertime leads into September and the upcoming Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company's (CTC) fall 2018-2019 season. The company's first world premiere, which played this July and August, titled 'The Best Summer Ever' featured nationally renowned playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling. In this first CTC World Premiere production, Kling remembers life changing moments from his boyhood in Minnesota, which he narrates, and completely charms the audience.

BWW Review: Artistry's LEGALLY BLONDE Proposes Illegal, Incomparable Delight in PinkBWW Review: Artistry's LEGALLY BLONDE Proposes Illegal, Incomparable Delight in Pink
August 15, 2018

Woods comma Elle descended upon the cultural scene wrapped up as Reese Witherspoon in the 2001 film "Legally Blonde." "Legally Blonde 2" followed shortly after. Bloomington's Artistry Theater at the Bloomington Center for the Arts opened the Broadway version of the film based on the musical's New York 2007 debut, after whichthe musical was christened with a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The music and lyricsby composed by Neil Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe, Heather Hach delivereda clever book for the production.In the film and the musical, Elle Woods wins the audiences' hearts with her unabashed love of anything pink and plucky confidence that overflows throughout the story.

BWW Review: Lyric Arts Empowers Romance in Endearing GUYS AND DOLLSBWW Review: Lyric Arts Empowers Romance in Endearing GUYS AND DOLLS
July 23, 2018

Guys and Dolls, a charming musical opening a half century ago on Broadway in1951, reminisces New York's hidden society-gamblers, exotic dancers and 'sinners'-along with the missionaries who tried to redeem them. A story based on a series of short stories by Damon Runyon, Jo Sweeney and Abe Burrows created the book together with Frank Loesser's mesmerizing melodies and lyrics that brings the tale of two determined young women, Adelaide and Sarah, to life. The musical was eventually denied a Pulitzer Prize because one of the producers was blacklisted, and this retells another fascinating story in itself.

BWW Review: After Sixty Years, Guthrie's WEST SIDE STORY Still Sparks Cultural ControversyBWW Review: After Sixty Years, Guthrie's WEST SIDE STORY Still Sparks Cultural Controversy
June 29, 2018

On stage the past weekend, Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater opened a production of of the iconic musical West Side Story in the Wurtlele Thrust Stage. The following Tuesday, June 26, the United States Supreme Courtupheld the country's travel ban for seven countries, mainly located in the Middle East, on strict rules governing their admittance to the U.S. On Thursday, another shooting happened near Annapolis, Maryland, killingfive people when a gunman opened fire through a glass door at a small newspaper office. Ina powerful scene during this opening ofWest Side Story, the character ofDoc addresses one of the two rival gangs named the Jets when they host a war council in his drug store: Why do you live like there's a war on? Why do you kill?'

BWW Review: Stages Theater Presents the Magic of Humanity in WHOEVER YOU AREBWW Review: Stages Theater Presents the Magic of Humanity in WHOEVER YOU ARE
May 21, 2018

Housed on Main Street in Hopkins, Minnesota, Stages Theatre Company (STC) persevered for almost 35 years by producing exceptional, professional theater for young audiences. Believing in the enchantment, imagesand power of theater, especially for youth, the company produces world premiere productions commissioned especially for their home stage.

BWW Review:  Lyric Arts' SHE LOVES ME Channels Tangled True LoveBWW Review: Lyric Arts' SHE LOVES ME Channels Tangled True Love
March 30, 2018

Spring's rebirth in March invites magical thoughts of budding romance. A beloved multi-award winning musical rom-com, She Loves Me, sings in the sunny emotions and weather at Anoka's Lyric Arts. The playful musical first ran on Broadway in 1963, and was translated from Miklos Laszlo's 1937 play "Parfumerie." Joe Masteroff's book partnered with music composed by Jerry Bock together with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, capture the perfect notes to a tangled romance between two store clerks, Amalia and Georg, in 1934 Budapest. The two clash on the small boutique's floor while unknowingly sending each other letters to 'Dear Friend (Yes, they used real snail mail).

BWW Review: Dignity and Humanity Deliciously Discovered in Lyric Arts' SUPERIOR DONUTSBWW Review: Dignity and Humanity Deliciously Discovered in Lyric Arts' SUPERIOR DONUTS
January 19, 2018

Once again, Anoka's Lyric Arts presents an area premiere for their audiences. This winter, Superior Donuts, a 2008 play written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, arrived for opening weekend. Letts, an ensemble actor at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre, has recently been in the news for his role in Greta Gertwig's film, 'Lady Bird,' with another Steppenwolf actor, Laurie Metcalf, and newcomer Saoirse Ronan. To learn a bit about Letts, his sense of humor, and his award winning theatrical career, viewing his comedy Superior Donuts provides one perfect place to begin.

BWW Review:  Have a Cool Yule  at Lyric Arts' Retro FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGSBWW Review: Have a Cool Yule at Lyric Arts' Retro FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS
December 13, 2017

For the 2017 season, enjoy the sights and sounds to Have a yule that's cool at Anoka's Lyric Arts. The retro greeting tag line recreates the theater's holiday show titled Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings. Stuart Ross wrote the clever, lighthearted book to this festive musical in 1989, along with numerous composers creating the music and lyrics. The seasonal show delights audiences this December under Director Sean W. Byrd through a kitschy ambiance. Musical Director Bradley Beahen together with Choreographer Lauri Kraft give this all male quartet excellent stage presence for two acts. The four 'lads' who call themselves Forever Plaid deliver the holiday goods while Beahen accompanies on the ivories with Shannon Van der Reck plucking strings on bass,



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