I Hate Myself, Will You Please Love Me? at The Southern Theater

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The rise and fall of ’70s pop stars the Carpenters comes to life in the darkly comic modern dance piece I Hate Myself, Will You Please Love Me? from Mathew Janczewski and ARENA DANCES. Paul McCartney said Karen Carpenter had “the best female voice in the world,” and together with her brother, Richard, the Carpenters racked up an impressive list of hits, including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Rainy Days and Mondays” and more. But their success wasn’t without its dark side, and Karen died young from an eating disorder. Now, for ARENA DANCES’ 20th anniversary, Janczewski brings back this ironic cautionary tale, which displays the troupe’s full range of skill, from the idiosyncratic to the beautiful, all set to the easy listening pop of the Carpenters, plus American Music Club, Johnette Napolitano and Marc Moreland, and Fourtet. Catch it at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis.


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