One Girl, Two Cities

Review: Calvin Berger by Minneapolis Musical Theatre

calvin bergerAh, high school. Those were the days… Or were they? The cliques, the acne, the fashion, the insecurities.

The insecurities.

Hey, wait a minute. I’ve continued to deal with these things even in my thirties! (And of course my mother is always sweet enough to mention when the acne side of things rears its ugly head.) The characters in Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s Calvin Berger are all in high school but the theme is universal. This musical is loosely based on Cyrano de Bergerac and is reminiscent of Steve Martin’s Roxanne.

Calvin has a crush on Rosanna who has a crush on Matt, and Bret has a crush on Calvin who’s her best friend. Rosanna recruits Calvin to find out if Matt likes her, which he does, and Calvin tries to help Matt get Rosanna as a way to help himself get Rosanna and…. well, there’s no way this can end well, right? Meanwhile, poor, sweet Bret gets stuck at home on a Saturday night again and again.

The entire cast is adorable and endearing and you’ll enjoy the bromance between Calvin and Matt, the cheesy yet wonderful lines, and there’s even some risque innuendos and twerking.

The show as a whole serves as a reminder that we all have things we don’t like about ourselves, whether it be a physical feature or a personality quirk. Others may not see what you see, though, and you may as well embrace what you can’t change and focus on the positive.

Does it mean we’re not worthy of love? Absolutely not, and the show does a great job with exploring that.

In the end, Calvin Berger made me laugh throughout, sway along to the catchy songs and I’ll admit I may have teared up a time or two because I’m a little bit of a sucker for romantic comedies. It’s only showing through Feb. 15 so go before it’s gone!

Tickets cost $25-30 and can be purchased online here. Also, Goldstar may have discount tickets available. Artistic director Christian Unser joined me on the show Jan. 20 so if you’d like to hear more details about MMT, head to iTunes or stream it for free through Feb. 3.

calvin berger castCast

Calvin – Gregory Adam

Matt – Logan Greene

Bret – Kecia Rehkamp

Rosanna – Emily Madigan

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