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Central Square in Glenwood to present 'Don't Hug Me'

Contributed photo Cast members of "Don't Hug Me" include (not in order) Emily Trempe, Ross Young, Doug Anderson, Michael Lee and Bonni Allen. The production will be in Glenwood next weekend at Central Square.

From Los Angeles to Glenwood, the smash-hit musical comedy, Don't Hug Me, is coming to the Central Square Cultural and Civic Center for two performances.

The production, written by playwright Phil Olson, will take the stage Friday, April 24 and Sunday, April 26. Performance time on Friday is 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday it is 3 p.m. Olson has plans to be in Glenwood for the two performances.

Tickets are $15 per person or for groups of 10 or more, tickets are $12 per person.

To purchase tickets, call Central Square at (320) 634-0400 or toll-free at 1-866-497-0400.

Olson, who is a native of Minnesota, has written nine published plays, four of which are published by Samuel French. Those include Don't Hug Me, A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol, A Don't Hug Me County Fair and A Nice Family Gathering.

This summer, A Don't Hug Me County Fair - the third installment of the Don't Hug Me trilogy - will be playing at Theatre L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria starting on July 1.

About the play

It's the coldest day of the year in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson wants to sell the business and move to Florida.

Clara, his wife and former Winter Carnival Bunyan Queen, wants to stay.

Bernice Lundstrom, the pretty waitress, wants to pursue a singing career and her fiancé, Kanute Gunderson, wants her to stay home.

It's a battle of wills and when a fast-talking salesman, Aarvid Gisselsen, promises to bring romance into their lives through the "magic" of karaoke, all heck breaks loose.

The play will showcase 16 original songs, including I'm a Walleye Woman in a Crappie Town, My Smorgasbord of Love, I Wanna go to the Mall of America, The Bunyan Yodel and Upside Down in my Pickup Truck.

The Glenwood performance of Don't Hug Me will feature the original cast from Minneapolis, including Bonni Allen, Doug Anderson, Michael Lee, Emily Trempe and Ross Young.

For more information about the play, visit its Web site at