Written by: Chrissi
Welcome to fall in Minnesota. You know what this means, Pumpkin Spiced beverages, scarves, boots, and new theater seasons! Recently, I was able to catch Steerage Song, a phenomenal new work written by Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard. The production was performed by Theater Latte Da at the Lab Theater in the North Loop warehouse district. It’s hard to know what to expect when it comes to new works, but this production blew my expectations out of the water.
The play took you through the journey of emigrating to America around the turn of the century. Described as a docu-musical, you were brought on the journey from home country to America through a series of songs sung in their native language. It was ridiculously well done. The story was emotionally charged by the reality that, as an American, our ancestors went through this process at some point. The cast was small at nine actors accompanied by four musicians. Each performer was absolutely exceptional. I have little else to say except that this production was one of the most engaging, impactful plays I’ve seen in quite some time. Fortunate for Theater Latte Da, but unfortunately for you, it closes this weekend and they are close to selling out from what I can tell. Definitely give the theater a call though and try to secure tickets if you can! The show is beautiful. I am excited for what is to come for the rest of the Theater Latte Da season.