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Get in the Christmas spirit with UNW Theatre's 8th Annual Bathrobe Drama Christmas Festival, an evening of three original 10-minute plays topped off with Dickens' magical holiday tradition "A Christmas Carol". This family-friendly production captures all the warmth and goodwill of the holiday season!
What do kids (baby goats) and kids (not-so-baby people) have in common? World-renowned choreographer and performance artist Ann Carlson will dance her way to the answer with the help of some curious goats and their animal buddies in this brand-new piece developed specifically with preschoolers in mind. It's a story of the similarities we share with our animal friends in the quest for self-expression and ultimately, understanding. So stomp your hooves, clap your paws and expect the unexpected.
An edgy hit comedy about millennials' struggles with family, faith, and legacy.
Tracing the career of Carole King, and endorsed by the beloved Grammy winner herself, Beautiful is the feel good hit of 2014, scoring two 2014 Tony Awards. Described by The New York Times as 'A complex, revitalizing portrait of the real, conflicted person within the reluctant star', we learn about King's inspiring, but rocky road to the icon she is today. Broadway star Abby Mueller will star as Carole, taking over the role from her sister Jessie who won a Tony for her performance on Broadway!
Featuring songs from her back catalogue, as a solo artist and co-writer, Beautiful revisits 'Uptown,' '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' and 'You've Got a Friend', amongst many more, with touching grace, proving it's much more than just another jukebox musical.
Mother knows best. Twenty years ago, Pato Dooley thought of Maureen Folan as the beauty queen of Leenane. He never quite stopped thinking so. In reality, Maureen is a bitter spinster, stuck caring for a spiteful mother in a house they have made into a prison for each other. When Pato returns to Leenane, Maureen sees a twinkle of hope for a life with more love in it. But one thing remains in her way, pulls her down, and sits in a rocking chair plaguing her heart out. In his first published work, master tragedian Martin McDonagh proves that when cruelty is met with cruelty, all promises of civility are forfeit.
Penumbra's treasured holiday tradition returns with a focus on compassion, connection, and community. Civil Rights leader and theologian Dr. Howard Thurman suggested that "the work of Christmas" begins after we return to our everyday lives. This work is "to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among brothers, to make music in the heart." What makes your heart sing? How will you dedicate your energies during the New Year? This Christmas, the most radical expression of love is justice. Be the light.
Blue Man Group thrills with its high-octane theatrical experience. Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music and technology. If you've never seen Blue Man Group, it's a must-see. If you're already a fan, don't miss it.
Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards®, The Book of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar®-winning composer of Disney's Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.
The Bridges of Madison County, one of the most romantic stories ever written, is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It's an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award®-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the sweeping, expressive balladry of classic Broadway. The Daily News hails it as "one of Broadway's best scores in the last decade."
Buyer & Cellar is the outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs. The New York Post praised the show as "fantastically funny" when it premiered off-Broadway in April 2013.
Desperate for work, struggling Los Angeles actor Alex More takes on a most unlikely and unenviable gig - running the basement mall in legendary star Barbra Streisand's Malibu home. With Buyer & Cellar, hilarity ensues in this comedic tale of the implausible friendship between Alex and Hollywood's legendary Funny Girl. Playwright Jonathan Tolins playfully scrutinizes the zany implications of Streisand's underground shopping center in this uproarious and unprecedented one-man show.
A charming and festive holiday tale for the whole family. Age 3+
As a boy, Pip meets an escaped convict, a reclusive widow, and a feisty orphan, and the encounters will change his life in ways he can't imagine. When he comes into unexpected riches, Pip begins the gentleman's life he's always dreamed about but soon realizes the price of his aspirations. Following his 2011 hit Oliver Twist, Joel Sass brings his dynamic, visionary style to the bright and dark sides of ambition, class, and love.
The perennial favorite that received a new adaptation by Crispin Whittell in 2010 continues our holiday tradition for the 41st year. Joe Chvala will direct the production for a fourth consecutive year.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the holiday season with its newest holiday stage show. From the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a "delicious confection of charm, spark and talent by the sleigh load," raves the New York Daily News.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with more than 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity-defying feats. Experience gingerbread men flipping in midair, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief.
The service stinks but the gags are four-star in this Marx Brothers romp, a jazz-age musical with songs by Irving Berlin. Groucho owns a bum hotel in Florida and peddles dubious real estate to gullible Northerners seeking a place in the sun. He's after a rich society dame, who's after an eligible match for her daughter, who's in love with the hotel's head clerk. Trouble rolls in when the other Marx Brothers arrive and mama's eligible match turns out to be anything but. This deliciously silly musical is perfect holiday entertainment.
Experience a rollicking madcap night of life in the theater with two one-act comedies directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Kahn. From local comic mastermind/adaptor Jeffrey Hatcher (The Government Inspector) comes The Critic, a whirlwind comedy about bad theater, worse playwrights and – worst of all – critics. Over-the-top antics continue with Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound, an ingenious play-within-a-play in which two critics find themselves as unsuspecting suspects while watching a classic whodunit.
Greg Heffley is in survival mode. All. The. Time. From bullies to his big brother to his height-challenged stature, he's the wimpy kid we can all relate to. The beloved series hits the stage in a brand-new musical with Rowley, Manny, and of course, Rodrick joining in the mayhem. A ridiculous amount of fun for anyone who has survived, is surviving, or hopes to survive middle school, inspired by the award-winning and bestselling book series.
The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the United States. Our immensely popular shows are set in the present day. This means, unlike other murder mystery dinner shows, here you will find no cheesy costumes, no campy dialogue and no hokey song and dance. Our performers are dressed just like everyone else, leaving all of the guests to suspect who is a part of the show and who is not. At the end of the night, prizes are awarded to the Top Sleuth who solves the crime with the most accurate detailed information. Each ticket to our fully interactive murder mystery show includes an interrogation reception along with a four course meal including appetizers, mixed green salad, choice of entrée and dessert.
Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, is happy, in love and about to land the biggest promotion of his life. But ethnicity collides with ambition when Amir and his wife, Emily, host a dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment. Friendly conversation soon turns confrontational and Amir makes a costly decision. A 2015 Tony Award nominee for Best Play and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, this 90-minute one-act has been described as a "blistering social drama about racial prejudices" (Variety) and a "combustible powder keg of identity politics" (Bloomberg). Don't miss this conversation-starter from one of the most promising playwrights in theater today.
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney's The Lion King, and now you can, too, when Minneapolis' best-loved musical returns to the Orpheum Theatre. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features some of Broadway's most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. There is simply nothing else like Disney's The Lion King.
Two groundbreaking plays, one stage. In one night we present some of the finest work from the man dubbed "the father of the Black Arts Movement" and the woman ostracized as she took up nonlinear forms that challenged tradition. While one playwright reveals the absurdity of structural racism by evoking a nautical ghost story, the other uses absurdism to explore internalized racism. Both bravely traverse the ominous corridors of American history
Stand up comedy with headliners, Ellie Hino and Casey Nelson. Hosted by Andrew Wegleitner.
Frankie (a waitress) and Johnny (a short-order cook who works in the same restaurant) are in bed after just their first encounter, after having met several weeks ago on the job, and Frankie is hopeful that Johnny will now put on his clothes and depart, so she can return to her usual routine of watching TV and eating ice cream. But Johnny, a compulsive talker (and romantic), has other ideas. He is convinced that he loves Frankie, a notion that she, at first, considers to be ridiculous. She has had more disappointments than delights in life, and he is the veteran of one broken marriage already. And neither of them is in the bloom of youth. Yet out of their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious interplay the promise of a relationship beyond a "one-night stand" does begin to emerge.
When a king sends his three sons to find their brides, two return with fair ladies but the youngest returns with…A FROG?! Acclaimed storyteller David Gonzalez masterfully weaves this classic Russian folk tale with a rich, multimedia experience using video projections, live musicians and an original jazz-funk score. The Frog Bride has everything you need for a rousing tale – a royal ball, a curse, a broken heart and the search for true love – performed with an energetic and skillful modern twist in what The New York Times calls "absorbing, funny and suspenseful, it is, in the great tradition of storytelling, enchanting."
Gentleman's Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by - you guessed it - eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance...and be done in time for tea.
Strippers! Showstoppers! Stage Mothers! Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust return for the fourth year of Broadway Re-Imagined with the great American musical Gypsy. Nationally acclaimed director Peter Rothstein stages this iconic, Tony Award-winning musical in an all-new production at the historic Pantages Theatre. Gypsy features music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and includes the legendary songs "Everything's Coming up Roses," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "Small World," "Some People," "Let Me Entertain You," and, of course, "Rose's Turn."
Elwood P. Dowd is charming, lovable and kind with just one catch: his best friend is a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. When Elwood's sister Veta hosts a social gathering to launch her daughter into society, Elwood's idiosyncrasies threaten to upset the family's reputation. Veta tries to have him committed to the sanatorium, but a whirlwind of confusion and chaos ensues as the town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Harvey is a delightfully eccentric comedy for the whole family.
Evolution and emotion crash in The How and the Why, the thought-provoking and sharp new play about science, family and survival of the fittest. Written by esteemed playwright Sarah Treem, this production is the local debut of a play The New York Times calls "a smart, densely textured work about men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny."
The How and the Why is an intimate and keenly perceptive play where two female scientists explore the difficult choices women of every generation face. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the biology world. Their question - why do women menstruate, when most mammals do not? While the elder scientist centers her research on the grandmother hypothesis, the younger presents radical new ideas aimed at explaining the minutiae of female biology. Along the way, the characters dig deeper into the why of Mother Nature, revealing drama that reveals the secrets of human anatomy.
If/Then is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today - and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this "fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical" (New York Post) simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.
Four Humors, known for its honest, hilarious and critical takes on celebrated texts such as Candide and Lolita, brings you The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.
Enter a world ruled by fevered delusions and far-flung imagination, where a windmill transforms into a giant and a filthy innkeeper is a king. Theater gives audience and actor alike the power to collectively create an entire world of illusion. Join us for the story of a man who can no longer leave that beautifully imagined world, even after the curtain has come crashing down.
Park Square's holiday tradition comes to the Thrust! In this wry riff on Dickens's immortal tale. Ebenezer Scrooge's old business partner Jacob Marley travels from the Jaws of Death to the Gates of Hell in hopes of saving himself. Accompanied by a pesky little demon, he embarks on a surprising and touching journey for salvation. Irreverent and funny, this sweet little fable of redemption is a gentle moment in the December bustle worth sharing.
Vocalist Connie Evingson returns to Jazz at the Jungle select Sundays following opening night.
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son.
Mowgli is rambunctious and curious, scrappy and silly. Sound like a kid you know? This new adaptation of the beloved Rudyard Kipling story finds a child lost in the Indian jungle, where he is adopted by Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther, and all the beasts who call the mysterious wilderness home. Our fast-paced retelling keeps you perched on the edge of your seat as young Mowgli comes face-to-face with sneaky monkeys, noisy vultures and his mortal enemy: the tiger, Shere Khan.
The "Reverend" Jonas Nightingale, an electrifying performer and con artist, is traveling with his ministry when his bus breaks down in a small Kansas town. The part-time reverend, and full-time crook, pitches a tent and invites the locals to a revival. That's when the sheriff, a woman named Marla McGowan, tries to stop Jonas from separating the townspeople from their hard-earned money. Jonas' real challenge arises when he finds unexpected love, forcing this ultimate cynic to take a real leap of faith.
Free is a deaf woman in a long-term relationship with Maggie, a professor of poetry. Ram is a Sanskrit scholar starting a relationship with Free's sister Vic, a two-time loser at love. But love is hard and things get complicated when Free and Ram accidentally strike up a nocturnal email conversation. Four people struggle to communicate, connect, and find love, in this bilingual (ASL and English) romance that will take you on a journey inside your own heart.
The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe. The Cosmic Cube has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
In 1984, in a segregated township in South Africa, an idealistic teacher believes education— and poetry — can create a better future for his students. Amid anti-apartheid rioting, Mr. M hopes to offer reconciliation by forming a debate club between his black school and the local white school. But as neighborhood tensions escalate, students and teacher find themselves along the blurry line between revolution and terrorism. The shocking conclusion is a timely reminder that one person's tragedy and a community's deep sense of loss are inextricably linked.
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it "A musical worth singing about!" (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it's a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don't want to miss.
Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It's a rousing tale about fighting for what's right…and staying true to who you are.
Tommy is getting by, crashing in his uncle's ramshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy. Then one day Tommy defends a destitute woman from a violent attack and a fragile glimmer of hope appears.
"My skin is brown, my manner is tough…" Nina Simone's velvet voice was unafraid to sing lyrics that cut right to the truth. From the iconic "I Put a Spell on You" to "Feelin' Good" to the protest song "Four Women" of the title, her music was a personal and political exploration branded in the kiln of the Civil Rights Movement. Simone's lyrics weave a story of four women alienated from themselves and each other due to the color of their skin. But, through it all they remain triumphant — women proud "To Be Young, Gifted and Black."
Incoming Artistic Director Joseph Haj makes his directorial debut at the Guthrie with his celebrated take on Shakespeare's romance. Pericles, Prince of Tyre, sets out to woo a princess and sails headlong into harrowing adventure. Pursued by an evil king, Pericles is blown from port to exotic port. Along the way, he finds the love of his life, then loses her and their infant daughter in a storm-tossed sea. In true storybook fashion, miracles reunite the lost with those who love them, bringing joy and safe harbor at last.
You already know the story of these star-crossed lovers. Bring your date to find out why audiences have called our version "unbelievably energetic, engaging and heartfelt." Or bring your teen to discover why 10,000 students said things like " I felt like I was in the play. The sword fight scenes were almost too real. I couldn't take my eyes off it." Make it a night to come get lost in desperate duels, fleetingly snatched kisses, poetry and passion.
Direct from Broadway, Sister Act, is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash. Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar-winner, Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Newsies). Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her away in the last place anyone would expect: a convent! Set around the Christmas holidays, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she also rediscovers her own in a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.
From the author of Late Nite Catechism, it's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages - whatever happened to the Magi's gold? ("We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri - they were in a barn after all.") Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister's Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions.
The Maze, a Big Brother-type "reality" television show, begins another tedious day of shooting when the home is invaded by a mysterious, uninvited family—who insist that they aren't people at all but actual characters sprung to life from the imagination of an author. In front of the cameras and the live audience, the cast and crew struggle with what is real and what is true while the play-within-the-play careens toward a tragic conclusion. Twin Cities playwright and director Alan Berks brings this landmark of modern theatre into the 21st century world of social media, celebrity, and unscripted TV.
Kai and Gerda are summertime kids, but the Snow Queen brings a world of winter, piercing Kai's eyes and heart with ice shards. Gerda must brave soldiers, bandits, witches, and the Queen's arctic wrath to rescue her friend before they're iced out of the goodness within their own hearts forever. Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale receives a deliciously simple and elegant musical treatment that reminds us of what's beautiful in ourselves and in one another.
The wonder of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure: Ezra Jack Keats had a gift for capturing the rapturous joy in a child's day-to-day life. In this new staging of Keats' beloved works with puppet design by Italy's renowned Fabrizio Montecchi, director Peter C. Brosius brings the little boy in the red coat to enthralling life. Revisit Keats' treasured stories in this wholly original theatrical adaptation.
Joseph Douaihy isn't doing well. The marathon champion has chronic pain. His boss is overbearing. His father and uncle are ailing. His brother is a handful. And that's just a typical day. Stephen Karam's Pulitzer Prize finalist is a comic and poignant exploration of our secret needs, the surprising people that fulfill them, and the unspoken moments of renewal that can happen on any typical day.
One of the most celebrated and lauded musicals in American theater, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic contains a treasure trove of memorable songs from "Bali Hai" to "There is Nothin' Like a Dame" to "Some Enchanted Evening." Set in an island paradise during World War II, this sweeping romance tells the story of two couples – a U.S. Navy nurse and a French planter, and a Marine Corps lieutenant and a young local girl – and how their happiness is threatened by the dangers of war and prejudices of their times.
This world premiere production will feature Sō Percussion's Jason Treuting and musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A volatile combination of music, kaleidoscopic cinematic imagery and dance shape the narrative engine of Orpheus Unsung, an opera without words composed by Grammy-Award winning composer Steven Mackey in collaboration with percussionist/composer Jason Treuting. Mackey, known for his "explosive and ethereal imagination" (Gramophone), offers a fresh 21st century interpretation of the legend that has inspired so many artists and composers before him. Orpheus, portrayed by the electric guitar and performed by Mackey himself, is cast into chaos searching for sense and meaning in his own story. DeChiazza and Mackey's multimedia creation will be presented alongside two of Mackey's most engaging and personal string quartets, Physical Property and Ars Moriendi, performed by musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ashanti and Kenyatta met in the prime of their youth and at the pinnacle of their political consciousness. Beautiful, brave, and idealistic, they never imagined what would come of their Revolution: how it would be dismantled from the inside with drugs and conspiracy, how young intellectuals and activists would be brutalized in the streets, how the media would reduce them from caring community members to criminals. Three decades later, Kenyatta is searching for connection after being locked away in prison. During that time, the love of his life succumbed to a deadly combination of heartbreak and drugs. In the wake of so much loss and disappointment, one fire still burns – the light inside the child born of their passion – Nina. Will she be overcome by the ghosts of the past? Or, will she blaze a new trail, harnessing today's revolutionary spirit?
An uproarious Broadway comedy about midlife malaise starring Sally Wingert.
Continuing the conversation between Minnesota veterans, military families and the Minnesota community at large, The Telling Project returns with Telling: Minnesota 2016 – a new play with a new cast of local veterans and military family members, performing their own experiences. Telling: Minnesota 2016 will be an opportunity for area military veterans to speak, and their fellow citizens to listen. These free, live performances are a forum for necessary person-to-person conversations, deepening our community's connection to our military and military families, to each other, and through these ties, to and our nation, and our world.
Triple Espresso tells the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Hugh, Buzz and Bobby reunite for a hilarious evening of music, magic and mega-laughs in this rags-to-rags story that appeals to everyone from ages 6 to 106. Critics say, "It's truly Hilarious!". Friends say, "Let's see it again!"
It is 1957 in New York and rehearsals have begun for a racially integrated production, one the company hopes will be the next hit. But when prejudices and stereotypes emerge, African American actress Wiletta Mayer faces a difficult decision: should she swallow her pride and compromise her values to achieve her lifelong dream of playing a leading role on Broadway. This award-winning biting satire by the first African American female playwright to have a play optioned on Broadway has been called "one of the best plays about racism ever written" (The Washington Post).
And...we're off! The songs, the costumes, the wonder of it all – together again in a holiday extravaganza that nobody can resist. Our production pulls out all the stops to take the beloved L. Frank Baum story to dizzying heights, with a cast of munchkins, monkeys and four friends in the pursuit of courage, a brain, a heart and a home. Take the whole family on a fairytale musical trip over the rainbow – and yes, Toto too.
In the closed world of North Korea, Yuna's sister Minjee is desperately sick. To save her, Yuna pays a Smuggler to help them flee North Korea - but Minjee is too sick to make it across the border. Instructed by the Smuggler, Yuna races across time and space to New York, committed to returning for Minjee. Yet the free world is seductive and confounding: life suddenly offers Yuna a distracting bounty of choice, and time moves much faster than in North Korea.