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American Heartland Theatre: Tuesdays With Morrie
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Reviewed on 2005-05-27
(Runs through June 26, 2005) As we stood in the lobby of the American Heartland Theater, my wife, my daughter, her fiance, and I wondered if we really wanted to go in and see the show. Just minutes before we had learned of the passing of our friend and my long time colleague Vince Koehler.

Did we really want to see a play about a man who visits his favorite college professor as his ALS stricken mentor lives out his last few months? Finally we decided to go into the theater. I am very glad we did.

Mitch Albom recounts the life lessons taught him by his real life mentor Morrie Schwartz. In the years after graduating Mitch has become very successful as a journalist in various sports media. His pursuit of success has almost eliminated his personal life. As his weekly journeys to visit Morrie begin, he also begins to realize what he has been missing in his own life.

Richard Alan Nichols and Craig Benton, as Morrie and Mitch brought the two character play alive for us. Heavy as our hearts were we laughed in the right places, for the play is often quite funny. We listened as Morrie taught Mitch to live every day as if it was your last. We knew Vince had done the same. He visited with family and friends. He wrote pieces for the Gazette. "Tuesdays With Morrie" actually helped us deal with our own lose.

The show runs through June 26th. I'm told that a national touring company is being formed for the play. That means that the run at the American Heartland Theater may be your last chance to see "Tuesdays With Morrie" for quite some time. Highly recommended. More info at the website

By Erwin K. Roberts

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