Jim Post’s Mark Twain and the Laughing River May 1 at Memorial Hall

Jim Post’s (pictured) Mark Twain and the Laughing River will take the stage at Veterans Memorial Hall at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts welcomes back an old favorite, Jim Post, in his inimitable role as Mark Twain. This popular act, combining theater and music, will be presented at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1, at Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the concert begins at 3.

Mark Twain said that his childhood was “the wellspring of [his] clearest inspiration.” Jim Post took Twain at his word and wrote this delightful family show, joyously recalling Hannibal, a boy’s paradise with buckskin spirit of adventure. It’s one hour and 45 minutes of Twainian wit and wisdom, plus the brilliant, jubilant music you’ve come to expect from Post. In February 1997, the CD of Jim Post’s Mark Twain and the Laughing River was the recipient of The American Library Association Award for Notable Recordings.

After attending Jim Post’s performance of Mark Twain and the Laughing River, you will know how the Mississippi River fired up Twain’s “boiler” and put the devil in his temperament. You will know how Hannibal, with its buckskin spirit of adventure, was a boy’s paradise—fertile ground for Twain’s writer’s imagination. Come swim in the Mississippi River with the rapscallion boy, Mark Twain.

Just remember one thing: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”—Mark Twain. Critics have lauded this one-of-a-kind performance: “Post’s depiction of Mark Twain is nothing less than brilliant, and each sentence and song is a gem… nothing but kudos from our audience members of all ages… This is a show that should be on Broadway.”—Smithsonian Institution

The show is worth it for the music alone!”—Roy Leonard

Post focuses on Twain’s younger days, and he can cut up like the kid he ardently invokes in this perfect show.”—Chicago Tribune

His songs and monologues, whether serious or witty, fell as natural on the ears as everyday conversation. Rousing… an ideal family show.”—Chicago Sun-Times

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at: Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both Postal Shoppe locations: Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940 and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903; New Outlet: Nikki’s Café, 604 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis., (608) 207-3101; or by mail: send a check and SASE to 306 Theodore St., Loves Park, IL 61111. Indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at www.charlotteswebofrockford.org via PayPal. A $1 ticket processing fee is included. Print your receipt. Info: Call (815) 964-2238 or visit www.CharlottesWebofRockford.org.

From the April 27-May 3, 2011 issue

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