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    TOP PICK - Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts) Nothing beats blasting Darth Maul to a pile of colorful, small plastic bricks. And now that this terrific video-game series (with brand-new levels and characters) has gone next-gen, it's ev...

    by Michael Gallucci on November 21, 2007
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    TOP PICK - This Is England (Genius Products) Dread hangs heavily over this grim portrait of a young boy coming of age in early-'80s Britain (now out on DVD). After his father dies in the Falkland Wars, 12-year-old Shaun makes friends with an amia...

    by Michael Gallucci on November 14, 2007
  • The Ghosts Within - The repressed characters of Shining City are haunted in more ways than one

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    The Ghosts Within - The repressed characters of Shining City are haunted in more ways than one

    SHINING CITY at the Jungle Theater through December 23 612.822.7063 Anyone who delves into the lore of the supernatural--whether it's poltergeists bedeviling adolescents or ghosts lamenting the missed opportunities of their corporal lives--quickly ...

    by Quinton Skinner on November 14, 2007
  • Pen - at the Guthrie Theater Dowling Studio through November 25612.377.2224

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    Pen - at the Guthrie Theater Dowling Studio through November 25612.377.2224

    It's 1969, but instead of making the groovy scene, high school senior Matt (Marc Halsey) spends much of his time cooped up at home with cranky, paraplegic, divorced mother Helen (Michelle Barber). Matt himself is no prince; he's seeing a shrink afte...

    by Quinton Skinner on November 14, 2007
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    TOP PICK -- Immagine in Cornice (Monkeywrench/Rhino) Pearl Jam visited Italy last year and played five concerts. This intimate DVD documents the shows and goes behind-the-scenes for acoustic performances and backstage musings. While several tunes...

    by Michael Gallucci on November 7, 2007
  • The Mother of Frankenstein - Theatre Unbound stages a thought-provoking play about Mary Shelley and her famous creation

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    The Mother of Frankenstein - Theatre Unbound stages a thought-provoking play about Mary Shelley and her famous creation

    More than a century before Boris Karloff glued those funny-looking bolts to the side of his head, 19-year-old Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus, a Gothic horror teeming with undercurrents of medical terror, unearthly technol...

    by Quinton Skinner on November 7, 2007
  • War with the Newts

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    War with the Newts

    Sandbox Theatre's hauntingly original, ensemble-created piece adapts Karel Capek's 1936 novel, in which an enterprising sea captain comes across a race of semi-intelligent amphibians who prove adept first at harvesting pearls, then at producing arma...

    by Quinton Skinner on November 7, 2007
  • A Gift for Planet BX63

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    A Gift for Planet BX63

    It's lonely out in space, as Bernie Taupin once noted, and in the intergalactic fairy tale A Gift for Planet BX63, a young girl (Jennifer Ilse) pines for some sense of fulfillment on her lonely planet. The scene is set by the Universe (Elena Gianett...

    by Quinton Skinner on October 31, 2007
  • A Closer Look at Evil - A new production of 'Richard III' paints an intimate portrait of Shakespeare's famous villain

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    A Closer Look at Evil - A new production of 'Richard III' paints an intimate portrait of Shakespeare's famous villain

    In his autobiography, Johnny Rotten cited an unlikely inspiration for his gnarly Sex Pistols persona--Laurence Olivier's performance in the title role of his 1955 film Richard III. Yet on closer examination, the linkage seems much less preposterous:...

    by Quinton Skinner on October 31, 2007
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    TOP PICK -- Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron (LucasArts) One of our all-time favorite video-game series returns with a Han Solo-led, galaxy-spanning adventure for the PSP. A gang of space cowboys takes on the Empire in eye-popping locales...

    by Michael Gallucci on October 31, 2007
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    A video game icon tops this week's pop culture picks. TOP PICK -- DK Jungle Climber (Nintendo) Gamedom's star monkey is still going strong after more than a quarter-century. Donkey Kong's latest adventure (for the DS) plays pretty much like...

    by Michael Gallucci on October 24, 2007
  • The Clean House - Spotlight

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    The Clean House - Spotlight

    At first glance, Sarah Ruhl's comedic drama possesses an alarming potential for clich. There's the hard-charging, career-consumed doctor, Lane (Hollis Resnik); her doormat housewife sister, Virginia (Karen Landry); and, mediating the two, Brazilian...

    by Quinton Skinner on October 24, 2007
  • Love Sucks - Jeune Lune's 'The Deception' takes a cynical look at romance

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    Love Sucks - Jeune Lune's 'The Deception' takes a cynical look at romance

    There ought to be a vast library, someplace suitably severe and picturesque, where the infinite falsehoods of romance could be catalogued and filed away. There are the lies we tell to those we love, to capture and keep them, as well as the lies we t...

    by Quinton Skinner on October 24, 2007
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    TOP PICK - Bob Marley & the Wailers: Exodus (Island) The reggae icon's best album marks its 30th anniversary with a CD reissue that tags on a live DVD of a 1977 concert. Exodus--part political manifesto, part loverman come-on--features some of Mar...

    by Michael Gallucci on October 17, 2007
  • 3 Parts Dead

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    3 Parts Dead

    3 Parts Dead The Burning House Group; at Minneapolis Theater Garage through October 28 612.623.9396 Telling a good ghost story is a tricky task. The tale's internal logic has to be taut for the spooky bits to bite, and the characters have to b...

    by Quinton Skinner on October 17, 2007
  • Swing and a Miss - Twins Hero Kirby Puckett Had Many Flaws, and So Does a New Play About Him

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    Swing and a Miss - Twins Hero Kirby Puckett Had Many Flaws, and So Does a New Play About Him

    Kirby Puckett's descent into ill repute and his early demise were the stuff of deep tragedy. He rose from humble roots, performed acts of staggering baseball virtuosity, then was felled by fate (in the form of glaucoma) and subsequently brought low ...

    by Quinton Skinner on October 17, 2007
  • Sleazy Does It - 'Jerry Springer the Opera' Is Gleefully Profane

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    Sleazy Does It - 'Jerry Springer the Opera' Is Gleefully Profane

    The Jerry Springer hall-of-mirrors effect works something like this: First you're appalled by, let's say, the suburban husband who confesses to his wife that he's been turning tricks with men. Then you're nauseated by the crazed, rabid audience reac...

    by Quinton Skinner on October 10, 2007
  • Dead City

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    Dead City

    Playwright Sheila Callaghan uses Joyce's Ulysses as a springboard in Dead City, mixing things up by recasting it as the story of a woman and setting it in contemporary New York. Samantha (Miriam Must) is married to jazz singer Gabriel (Jon Cole), an...

    by Quinton Skinner on October 10, 2007
  • Grand Disillusions - Lives--and a Way of Life--Come Unraveled in the Guthrie's Tense, Complex American Premiere

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    Grand Disillusions - Lives--and a Way of Life--Come Unraveled in the Guthrie's Tense, Complex American Premiere

    Brian Friel's The Home Place begins and ends with the same arresting image: Margaret (Sarah Agnew), the head domestic on an Irish estate, stares, transported, into the distance. Over unseen pastures rises up a choir singing "Oft in the Stilly Night,...

    by Quinton Skinner on October 3, 2007
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    A Prelude to Faust - at Open Eye Figure Theatre through October 22612.874.6338

    Open Eye Figure Theatre offers its first full production in its new south Minneapolis performance space by reaching into its past, having staged variations on the Faust myth in 1998 and 2000. This year's model is a fine thing indeed, rife with symbo...

    by Quinton Skinner on October 3, 2007
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<i>The Book of Mormon</i> returns for another round of profane joy The Book of Mormon returns for another round of profane joy

It's not surprising that the duo of Trey Parker and Matt Stone came up with something as delightfully profane as The Book of Mormon. The South Park creators have made… More >>

Urban Samurai returns with the revelatory <i>'Night, Mother</i> Urban Samurai returns with the revelatory 'Night, Mother

When it launched in 2005, Urban Samurai quickly became known for producing off-the-beaten-path shows that would have otherwise fallen through the cracks of the local theater scene. Then suddenly, in… More >>

Best of the 2014 Fringe Festival Best of the 2014 Fringe Festival

The strong start to the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival continued through its second week, with plenty of shows that not only attracted strong audiences, but also showed why the event… More >>

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