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Seducing porn stars. Falling for straight girls. Saying no to a bride price of cattle. So much experience, and so little to show for it... except the stories.

A comic mix of memoir, music and jaded fairy tales.



"An energetic performance that brought out Glover's sarcasm, wit and knack for storytelling."
- St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Thought-provoking, funny and tender."
- Fresno Beehive

"The woman knows what she's doing."
-Matthew Everett

The cast

Katherine Glover
Role: writer/performer
Katherine Glover
Katherine Glover is a writer, journalist, performer and storyteller from the Twin Cities. She's performed for In the Loop, the Monday Night Comedy Show, Women Stand Up! and Cheap Theatre, and her first show, "No Stranger Than Home," traveled to four different Fringe festivals.

On her other career paths, she's worked for the Associated Press in Buenos Aires, taught English in Nicaragua, and written about the politics of gay hobbit marriage online for Salon.com. Her website is katherineglover.net.

Rachel Teagle
Role: director
Rachel Teagle
Rachel Teagle, director, playwright, and comedian, grew up in the Silicon Valley and graduated from Carleton College in 2008 with a degree in Theater. She threw herself into the Minneapolis theater scene with "Orange: a farce (about terrorism)" in last year's Fringe and has since been working with such swell folks as the Workhaus Collective, Theater Unbound's 24 Hour Play Project, Women Stand-Up!, Bedlam Theatre, and interning in the Literary Department of the Guthrie.

She met Ms. Glover when they were trapped in an elevator in the IDS building. Forced to eat the frightened executives around them, they formed an unbreakable bond, and set to work on this Fringe show. The best part about directing a one-woman show, according to Ms. Teagle, is making Katherine do all the work and raking in all the credit. All of it.

The weekend before Fringe, check out Ms. Teagle in Panda Sandwich sketch comedy, running at Bedlam Theatre July 22-25th as part of "Pre-Fringe Appetizers."

Scott Keever
Role: original music
Scott Keever
Scott Keever is a multi-instrumentalist/composer who has been working within the Twin Cities area for over a decade. He has been a music director for Brave New Workshop and, for eight years, was composer/arranger and sound designer for local comedy sketch troupe Idiot Box. For four years, Scott performed with Celtic/folk band Lojo Russo & Funks Grove, with whom he co-produced three albums. He has also been involved with numerous live performances and studio sessions, with genres ranging from Top 40 to Jazz to Musical Theatre to Experimental Electronica. He has composed and produced the theme song for the KFAI news (Twin Cities - 90.3FM) as well as the soundtracks for a number of independent film makers. Scott is currently a student at the U of MN - School of Music, working on his B.A. He is also currently a new member of Orkestar Bez Ime, a group specializing in Eastern European music. This is Scott's first time working with Katherine and it's been awesome so far. Enjoy the show!

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Katherine Glover

A Cynic Tells Love Stories

Fri., Jul. 31 @ 10:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 1 @ 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 2 @ 8:30 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 6 @ 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 7:00 p.m.

Warning! Adult language

Venue Augsburg Mainstage
For ages 16+
Written by Katherine Glover
Web site http://katherineglover.net/
genres Solo, Spoken word, Comedy
subjects Relationships, Queer/GLBT
features World premiere, Regional premiere (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Original script/choreography, Original music

Overall rating

User reviews

I want to visit Nicaragua
by Susan Roberts Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Very entertaining and honest show. Self disclosure is good for the soul - right? Makes everyone feel like what they are going through is not as unique as they thought and brings people together. Katherine brought the audience into her world with ease and we felt her pain and joy. Hallmarks of great writing. Thank you for sharing a piece of your world.

GLBT Anonymous?
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
While the writer/performer had some nice delivery and techniques, the autobiographical material was not interesting. Rather than using life experience as a springboard to create a good story, life experience is the story. Autobiographies are interesting when they are by really famous people. Self disclosure stories of struggles with sexual identities and relationships are really great in support groups, but not on stage.

Well done
by Lindsey McDonald Dorsey Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Playful and clever, but never at the expense of truth. A well-crafted, entertaining show.

Surprise!
by Brian Walton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I thought that this show was awesome, hilarious and endearing at the same time.
Also, Katherine, you honestly look like you're in your early 20's, rather than being 30.

Lily was right. Thank goodness.
by Paula Nancarrow Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up. Lily Tomlin.

“What is more important, passion or compatibility?” Katherine Glover asks in “A Cynic Tells Love Stories.” I hear the question, coming from a woman whose parents divorced when she was three, and wonder if my own daughter, whose parents divorced when she was seventeen, asks herself the same question. Or if, like me, she sees this as a false dichotomy.

False dichotomies make wonderful jumping off points, however. By the end of the hour, Glover’s stories have addressed, in one way or another, all the necessary conditions for love: Attraction. Desire. Trust. Mutuality. Respect. Acceptance. Commitment. And a strong enough sense of self in each partner that both intimacy and autonomy are possible. She does this in a way that is both smart and funny, without being sardonic. Neither insight nor imagination is sacrificed to the god of Irony.

For the full text of my reflection on this performance - I don't dare call it a review - go to http://ordinarytime.livejournal.com/19048.html.

Loved It!
by Dean Hatton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Very well written, directed and masterfully played.

A soul bared...
by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Katherine Glover captures a universal tale through the specificity of her own experiences.

And she tells it very, very well.

A Cynic Tells Love Stories is funny and sad and heartwarming and touching and clever and honest and...

Well, it's a lot of things. Glover delivers on a lot of levels and in many different ways.

I can't think of a better way I could have spent this hour of my life.

Funny, Warm, and Thoughtful
by bill siegel Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Insightful and fun, especially for an autobiographical solo show.

An hour well spent
by Robert Sidman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Katherine creates several scenes with minimal sets through her skilled movements and well-chosen words. This show is humorous, sensual, true to life, and sweet. A delightful hour.

Touching.... I recognized myself in her
by Eric Meininger Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Her stories were told from the heart - and well done. I saw myself in some of the stories, and was captivated till the end. You'll enjoy these stories of love, longing and relationships.

It was like watching my younger self
by M. L. Hedgmon Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
On the subject matter: It's funny how the same mistakes of love and loving and the ups and downs of exploration and revelations when it comes to matters of the heart, never seem to change. Glover captured the essence if not the details of the many common pitfalls individuals experience when falling in and out of love. I laughed and misted over as her poignant style brought me into her story even as my own stories surfaced.

I saw this show on the second day and though there were rough spots I thought the hesitations and stumbles made it more genuine. I would highly recommend this show with two major considerations:

1) Don't go see this with the person you thought you were over being in love with, even though it's been months and you both are trying to be friends. You might find the bitter taste in your mouth overwhelms your ability to make pleasant conversation afterwards.

2)Don't call or text your ex and suggest they see the show, because any ulterior motives become blatantly obvious within the first 20 minutes.

TMI—NOT!
by Damon Rudman Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Glover gives a strong and endearing performance. It was a great opportunity for an old Boomer to get a Millennial’s perspective on our continuing Sexual Revolution!

FUNNY, TENDER, NUANCED, WISE
by Nancy Donoval Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
In the interest of full disclosure, I have had a close up view of the development of individual stories in this show over the last few months. Finally seeing them all together makes me admire Katherine's work even more. She negotiates the thorny pathways of the human heart with the clear-eyed compassion and wit of a mature artist. With a deceptively simple structure, these stories build complex layers of emotion and insight – surprising, delighting and deeply moving. The image of a glass pushed far into the shadows of a high shelf will stay with me a very long time. Highly recommended.

Real and Funny
by Aiden Hodges Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I hate to admit it, but I was dragged to this show by my girlfriend, but I genuinly enjoyed it! It wasn't at all what I expected. Well written and performed. Not only was it funny, but it was... dare I say it... touching.

Moving, yet wryly amusing
by Hazen Markoe Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Katherine Glover definitely invites us into her confidence in this charming show that encapsulates her romantic experiences. She successfully bounces from the comic to the bittersweet as she takes us through the various "roles" that a woman could be romantically subjected to. It takes a lot of courage to be as honest as she is, but her ability to be engaging kept the audience's attention. Definitely worth your time.

Clever and Witty
by Rob Callahan Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Pokes frustrated fun at the many ways in which the heart can break. Glover shares some universal dating phases with an appropriately-matched disposition and a personal story from her own past, summing up the ways in which the heart misleads the mind and body with such astuteness as, “My emotions have such bad taste!”

Touching
by Jim Belich Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Katherine weaves a touching tale of her own experiences and relationships. More than simply a series of monologues, the piece flowed nicely. The writing was excellent, as was the performance itself, both poignant and humorous. My favorite part was the final segment, a tragic story told so genuinely. Kudos to Katherine was being able to present such personal stories in such an engaging way.

Not my type of show
by Anita von Geldern Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
and yet I was mesmerized. Love, sex, college life, drinking, it all could have been the sad story of immature me, but ended up being an amusing tale of growing and growing up, well told, engrossing, touching and not at all whiny. She stops just short of cheap and tawdry, opens and closes the curtains just in time, letting us in and keeping us out. Well done! (And good luck!)
I could've done without the real life personal outreach at the very end--to keep it more as framed art--but it still was fun.

Reflective & Witty
by Richard Heise Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
We've all gone through relationship issues and can relate to the the humourous antedotes played out by Katherine Glover in this enjoyable little show.

True love truly suxx
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Katherine Glover tells it like it is, from making out to getting down and from flirting to marriage and back.

Amazing performer
by Igor Blokhintsev Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Kept auditorium in her hands. Performing, may be even better than writing. Really enlighted artist.

Amazingly Honest
by Steven Montenegro Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show was an incredible glimpse at the storyteller. She is totally awesome with her audience as well as with herself. It was so obvious that she truly felt, and still feels, much of the pain and joy described in these stories. While she shared some very personal anecdotes, she kept them accessible to her audience as well. Just a few loose ends in the stories to tie up and a little bit of presentation to clean up and this would have been over-the-top amazing. As it was, I wouldn't miss this show if you have the chance to see it.

Phenomenal!
by Katie Knutson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Wow! I have always enjoyed Katherine as a performer. (She always bounces on to stage, letting us all know how excited she is to be performing.) But I was blown away by this show!

It is easy to be swept away by Katherine's stories of love, like, sex, commitment, and so much more told in a genuine and vulnerable way. I spent a few moments wondering how all of these random stories tied together, and then she would start another story, and I would forget what I was thinking.

She did things that truly talented storytellers do - she brought us up and down, to the dark and light, and left us all in a good place. And when you're in a great story like that, you can't help but see the mirror to your own life.

Katherine has grown so much as a storyteller - this show is on-par with Nancy Donoval (who is arguably one of the best storytellers in the Twin Cities).

I cannot recommend this show enough! See it! See it! See it!

solid performance, engaging persona
by tin lizzy Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I straight up dig Katherine as a storyteller.

She doesn't bury the details and moral of the story in hijinks, hilarity, embellishments or hyperbole - her m.o. is simple unvarnished honest storytelling - and it totally works.

She doesn't take herself too seriously or build uber-profundity into her experiences - she's just a bi-girl clunking along clutzily like the rest of us.

A
by Jason Waye Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I found myself not really in the mood for love stories when I sat down for this show. Expecting my mood to make it difficult for me to fully enjoy the show. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly I was drawn in and how much I enjoyed the whole show. A show worth seeing, even if you are feeling a little cynical yourself.

it's worth it
by Khary Jackson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
It shouldn't have surprised me that the show is this funny. I also should have seen how sad this would be. I not only connected to her stories but was taken back to a few of my own...and what an emotional combo that was.

The only reason this got 4 kitties instead of 5 is because I felt she was 99% memorized instead of 100%. But by the time you see it, it will be 100%, and even when there was a line slip, it lasted an instant and we kept rolling. This show affected me. *sigh*

Incidentally, it's the only show I'll have time to see before flying to Florida tomorrow, but I'm more than satisfied that this is the one show I made time to see. See it.

Wonderful
by g f Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Katherine carries the hour with her stories. Even though some of the stories are sad and touch a nerve, she adds a sense of humor and irony to them. The hour flew by. Definately worth seeing.

Fabulous
by Deanna Larsen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The hour flew by, and I found myself wanting to hear more. This is a show worth seeing. I laughed out loud, but was also surprised by the sadness I felt in the last act. See it!

Wonderfully engaging
by Stan Peal Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Katherine's writing is intelligent and her performance direct and honest. She brings us to the heart of what solo performance can be at its best by creating a simple and powerful connection with the audience and taking us on a journey.

Engaging and Poignant
by Heather Baldwin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a fantastic show. It is a simple, no-frills production: just a woman on stage with a few props and some well-placed lighting and music cues. It doesn't need anything else; it just *works*. As Katherine tells anecdotes about her love life, she draws the audience in with her wit and her vulnerability. As an audience member, I felt like I was having a juicy heart-to-heart conversation with a close friend during "girls night out". Delightfully fun, yet touching at the same time. I highly recommend it.

Riveting
by Thomas Rohde Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was an amazing and revealing performance by a very talented performer. Ms. Glover is a gifted storyteller that wove together all of the randomness that a lifetime of relationships brings into a tight show about how that randomness can shape who we are and how we look at the world around us. My companion this evening has had her own ups and downs romantically and as we left she said, not only that she loved the show but also that she felt like she needed to see it. Separated into chapters and alternating between humor and tender recollection, this is a must see.

Intense and raw
by Sarah Cura Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It took a lot of courage for Katherine to reveal herself like she did tonight. She's an awesome writer - we all know that. I didn't realise that she's also a great performer. I was going to say actor, but she's not really acting here. It's more like showing... I understand her better now, whether she wants me to or not.

For those of you who don't know Katherine yet, you want to. Go see her show. You'll find part of your own struggle for truth in relationships, emotions and love in her "confessions" (that's a horrible word, but it's late and I don't want to say "show" again. I'll think of a better word as soon as I hit submit. Besides I'm not a writer - Katherine is. Give me a break!)

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