Artificial Intelligence

The strangely robotic wit of Caleb McEwen emerges in the Brave New Workshop's Minnesota Summer

Putting the art into Jarts: Brave New Workshop's Levi Weinhagen, Laura Zabel, Bryan Schmeling, Tim Uren, and George Keller
Putting the art into Jarts: Brave New Workshop's Levi Weinhagen, Laura Zabel, Bryan Schmeling, Tim Uren, and George Keller

So, too, they find some mean little comic bits hidden in these scenes, presumably under McEwen's guidance. In one instance, Levi Weinhagen plays former Twins second baseman Chuck Knoblauch. Having returned to the dome to play opposite the Twins, he waits on base for his opportunity to steal. He chats idly with other players, discussing how the team has changed in the past few years, and the scene would glow with the haze of hometeam nostalgia were it not for the fact that Twins fans repeatedly fling garbage at Knoblauch. A casual discussion of the World Series, for example, yields to Knoblauch being pelted with trash and doused with gasoline. "Hey, c'mon, jeez!" he protests. "What was that about?" So much for the Workshop's long habit of gently ribbing Minnesota Nice. This is a Minnesota that ain't nice at all.

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