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June 27, 2005 // UPDATED 1:55 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

'His Girl Friday'

The journalists in "His Girl Friday" are stereotypically determined to get the inside scoop as they await the conclusion to an exciting murder story. About the quest for the sensational, a pair of reporters finds themselves writing another story between the lines in this 1930s pressroom.

In this fast-paced drama, a previously estranged couple works together to gather the facts and be the first to claim the cover story. What ensues is a comedy of errors and a professional love that turns to romance. Former reporter Hildy Johnson just can't resist when her ex-husband (previously her editor) Walter Burns lures her with some of the suspect facts in a local but high-profile murder case.

Walter is under he impression that the trial is part of a larger conspiracy concocted to benefit the mayor's campaign. Of course, it would be hard to turn down that story after the murder suspect drops into your lap, literally, via the pressroom's skylight.

She must choose between a new life and an old one - that is, will she break things off with her fianc who waits for her in Albany to try things again with Walter? What about her fianc's missing mother? Will she take a break from work to recover her, and where did she go?

• Tu-Su July 2-31; Tu-F 7:30 p.m. (plus Wednesdays, July 20 & 27 1 p.m.), Sa 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Su 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (alternately). Guthrie Theater, 725 Vineland Pl. $20-$50, 347-2224,

That ain't no dame

In the musical spoof "Dames at Sea," these three women (who are, coincidentally, men) hatch a scheme to entertain.

There's no mistaking that these guys aren't quite what they seem, but that's part of the humor when it comes to the idea of entertaining sailors. They do get a lot of giggles with their cutesy costumes and ginger steps.

So like any other down-and-out troupe, the girls (who were bound for Broadway), logically take their show aboard a battleship deck. But what happens when one of the "girls" falls in love for a guy in uniform? How will it impact their act in this satirical jab at the path to Hollywood stardom and the red, white and blue?

• Th-Sa thru July 30, 7:30 p.m. Loring Playhouse, 1633 Hennepin Ave. S. $22. 486-5757 or 651-209-6799,

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