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March 22, 2004 // UPDATED 10:19 am - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

'Tanglewood'

"Tanglewood" is the harrowing account of the too-short life of rural girl, "Leah." Her unfinished diary is the only fragment she's left behind after her sad death.

The bleak Minnesota setting is a metaphor for the circumstances surrounding Leah's death. Step into her home, just for an hour. You'll see her family grieve and suffer her loss -- but entangled by fear and deception, they deny the truth of what really happened. Answers come when the morning sheds light on the crevices and the shadows.

This "Tanglewood" performance is theater company Gaia Collective's tribute to Women's History Month. The late James Drey, a former local playwright and the father of founding Gaia Girl and the production's director, Jill James, wrote this poetic drama.

Thursday-Saturday, March 26-April 3, 8 p.m. Minnesota Opera Center 620 N. 1st St. $12. 210-6834.

'The Good Lot'

A British injection of wit and camaraderie, "The Good Lot," is premiering at local pubs across the country, including our very own Brit's Pub.

This Brit film, ironically shot on location in Portland, Ore., revolved around the successes and failures of athlete Owen Sparks. Stuck in the glorious quicksand of his previous achievements, Sparks gets a second chance to strive for Olympic valor when his coach returns to town. Beside his industry, however, what we mainly see unfold is the interaction between Sparks and his friends -- his rapport with pals Lewis, Russell and Carlos is loving and playful, but they also represent an excuse not to follow through. Sparks' love interest, in contrast, exemplifies a complicated and difficult journey, and ultimately a more honest relationship.

Eventually, all the characters prove to be a good lot.

Premieres Tuesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Free. 332-3908.