TONYA and NANCY: the Opera

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February 15, 2010 // UPDATED 4:23 pm - February 19, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott

Just in time for the Olympics, Bedlam Theater this Tuesday is mounting a production of “TONYA and NANCY: the Opera,” a campy send-up of the 1994 knee-clubbing incident that gave us all a reason to pay attention to figure skating, however briefly.

Originally produced at Tufts University in 2006, the chamber opera has found traction in art circles, emitting a reverberating popularity that weirdly mimics the media frenzy triggered by the initial attack. The Twin Cities production—a second performance is planned for Thursday at St. Paul’s Camp Bar—comes courtesy of Mixed Precipitation, a “performance initiative” helmed by Scotty Reynolds.

 Reynolds, who we’ve come to know as a one-man package of spring-loaded panache, is no stranger to elevating gimmick. He shone as the original play-by-play man for the Minnesota Roller Girls. And he’s got an Ivey Award to boot. So maybe don’t diss this one until you’ve seen it. A public showing of ladies’ figure skating events from Vancouver, and figure skating  trivia and demonstrations accompany the show. (Feb. 23. $5 to $10 suggested donation, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., the Fireside Lounge at Bedlam Theater, 1501 S. 6th St. Mpls. 612-341-1038)