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2014 Stories by Brad Richason

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  • Bare: A Pop Opera

    published July 16, 2014

    Though often obscured by the Twin Cities theater scene, the Fargo-Moorhead region has arisen as an unlikely incubator of emerging performance... More >>

  • Highland Fest

    published July 16, 2014

    With its heavy concentration of family homes and attendant inclination to slumber at a sensible hour, the Highland neighborhood of St. Paul isn't... More >>

  • Dragon Festival 2014

    published July 9, 2014

    Here in the land of 10,000 lakes, boating ranks as one of the more ubiquitous summertime activities. Even considering the myriad types of vessels... More >>

  • Black Label Movement: Wreck

    published July 9, 2014

    As a narrative setup, few scenarios allow for an exploration of human nature quite like trapping a temperamental group of personalities in... More >>

  • Margaret Cho

    published June 25, 2014

    Though Margaret Cho is considered one of the most influential comics of the past 20 years, her career nearly derailed before it had even begun.... More >>

  • The Walking Dead Escape

    published June 18, 2014

    Reenacting scenes from a favorite television show may be a common expression in fandom, but it's generally advisable for fans of The Walking... More >>

  • Eddie Izzard

    published June 11, 2014

    While the unpredictable career arc of English comedian/actor/raconteur Eddie Izzard has long resembled a prolonged dare, his latest tour, dubbed... More >>

  • Gene Hackman in the '70s

    published June 4, 2014

    Though retired from acting since the early 2000s, Gene Hackman remains a marquee draw for cinema fans. While this staying power testifies to the... More >>

  • Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

    published June 4, 2014

    Historic appraisals of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, have continued to be contentious. To supporters, Jackson was a... More >>

  • The Beaux' Stratagem

    published May 28, 2014

    While all stage works take time to develop, a 67-year development cycle would test even the most lenient boundaries of a producer's patience. To... More >>

  • 1939: Hollywood's Zenith

    published May 28, 2014

    While any opinionated film fanatic will readily argue a position on the greatest year in Hollywood's history, there's an incontestable reason... More >>

  • Sister Act

    published May 21, 2014

    While it's true that few trends define contemporary Broadway like the proliferation of adaptations of popular movies, cynical charges of... More >>

  • Art-A-Whirl

    published May 14, 2014

    The resurgence of northeast Minneapolis as one of the most popular dining, recreation, and entertainment destinations in the Twin Cities is old... More >>

  • Aziz Ansari

    published May 14, 2014

    Unlike the many former standup comics who have relinquished the stage upon finding success as an actor, Aziz Ansari has used his high-profile... More >>

  • Bring It On: The Musical

    published May 7, 2014

    Viewed from the bleachers, the orchestrated movements of cheerleading squads strive to impress with an exuberant presentation of perfect... More >>

  • The Three Musketeers

    published May 7, 2014

    For those getting to know the landscape of local theater, here's a helpful hint: When playwright John Heimbuch, co-artistic director at Walking... More >>

  • Alec Guinness Centennial

    published April 30, 2014

    One of the most highly acclaimed actors of his generation, Alec Guinness often expressed dismay at having his storied career overshadowed by his... More >>

  • Crimes of the Heart

    published April 30, 2014

    Even the most astonishing of stage magic cannot match the sparks generated when unhinged yet charismatic characters square off under the... More >>

  • Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival: Suspicion

    published April 23, 2014

    Even in the sunshine of springtime, the Sixth Annual Hitchcock fest continues to celebrate the dark corners of the psyche. Leading the screenings... More >>

  • Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival: Young and Innocent

    published April 23, 2014

    Even in the sunshine of springtime, the Sixth Annual Hitchcock fest continues to celebrate the dark corners of the psyche. Leading the screenings... More >>

  • Passing Strange

    published April 23, 2014

    The rock musical Passing Strange proposes that recognizing the essence of one's self requires the rejection of culturally imposed labels.... More >>

  • Behind the Eye

    published April 23, 2014

    It's a little surprising that Elizabeth "Lee" Miller hasn't become a cultural icon. After all, we're talking about a woman who defied social... More >>

  • The History of Invulnerability

    published April 16, 2014

    Few fictional characters have become so ingrained in the popular culture that multiple generations can readily recite that figure's origin story.... More >>

  • Sixth Annual Minneapolis Hitchcock Festival

    published April 16, 2014

    Even in the sunshine of springtime, the Sixth Annual Hitchcock fest continues to celebrate the dark corners of the psyche. Leading the screenings... More >>

  • Romeo and Juliet

    published April 9, 2014

    As the defining tragedy of young love undone by impetuous actions, Romeo and Juliet is almost certainly the most familiar work in... More >>

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