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Humorist performs around area

Humorist and playwright Kevin Kling brings "Freezing Paradise," his one-man show, to area stages this month as the Guthrie Theatre's annual touring production swings through southeastern Minnesota.

Kling, a native of Minnesota, has used the Upper Midwest as the setting for his stories and plays, including "21A," "Fear and Loving in Minneapolis" and "The Ice Fishing Play." Kling is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

Kling will perform "Freezing Paradise" Tuesday in Austin, Wednesday in Rochester and Feb. 25 in Red Wing. The Guthrie tour will also take him through Michigan and the Dakotas through March.

"My favorite audience remains Midwesterners," Kling said. "This is where my stories were born and where they feel most at home."

The local schedule:

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7 p.m. Tuesday, Frank Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College, Austin. Tickets: $12, in advance at Coffee House on Main, Riverland bookstore and Riverland box office. (507) 433-0595.

1 p.m. Wednesday, Century High School, Rochester. Student matinee, but tickets for the general public will be available at the door for $8. 529-4561.

8 p.m. Feb. 25, Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing. Tickets: $18 adults, $11 students. 1-800-899-5759 or www.sheldontheatre.org.

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