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2014 Stories by Brad Richason

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  • Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log

    published December 10, 2014

    Humorously ruminating over regional eccentricities of Minnesota Yuletides, acclaimed storyteller Kevin Kling's Tales from the Charred Underbelly... More >>

  • Irving Berlin's White Christmas

    published November 19, 2014

    Adapted from the revered 1954 film, Irving Berlin's White Christmas follows two ex-servicemen who have found success as Broadway performers. When... More >>

  • Reconciliation

    published November 12, 2014

    With science fiction, even adventures set in the farthest reaches of space tend to gravitate toward themes grounded in our lives here on Earth.... More >>

  • Witness for the Prosecution

    published November 12, 2014

    Over the last several seasons, fans of murder mysteries have lined up for Theatre in the Round Players' well-honed annual adaptations of Agatha... More >>

  • Killer Inside

    published November 5, 2014

    Like mournful ghosts, murder ballads recall horrific events, keeping the crimes within a disturbingly personal context. The evocative power of the... More >>

  • The House on Mango Street

    published October 29, 2014

    Sandra Cisneros's coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street has won acclaim for its evocative use of first-person vignettes to convey... More >>

  • Minnesota Opera: Hansel and Gretel

    published October 29, 2014

    Audiences can be forgiven for assuming they know what to expect from the Minnesota Opera's latest production, Hansel and Gretel. Of the fairytales... More >>

  • The Play's the Thing: Václav Havel, Art, and Politics

    published October 29, 2014

    "Revolution" is a term that tends to imply violent clashes. However, no battles occurred during the Velvet Revolution, the seismic event wherein... More >>

  • Victorian Ghost Stories

    published October 15, 2014

    In honor of the Halloween season, the Minnesota Historical Society is continuing its tradition of hosting Victorian Ghost Stories in the stately... More >>

  • Next to Normal

    published October 15, 2014

    Five years since its Broadway debut, Next to Normal, an original work by composer Tom Kitt and lyricist/writer Brian Yorkey, continues to... More >>

  • Romeo & Juliet

    published October 8, 2014

    Ten Thousand Things' decision to launch its latest season with Romeo & Juliet is worthy of excitement. For a group dedicated to introducing... More >>

  • 33 Variations

    published October 8, 2014

    TheaterAn encounter with mortality tends to prompt a speeding of the clock. Persons dealing with a degenerative illness, for example, might... More >>

  • Quelle Horreur: Essential French Frights

    published October 1, 2014

    As the “birthplace of cinema,” France has long been home to some of the most provocative filmmakers in the history of the medium,... More >>

  • Gabriel

    published September 24, 2014

    As a narrative device, amnesia tends to be a concept best suited for the knowingly hokey realm of daytime soap operas. That said, contemporary... More >>

  • Behind Mad Men: Corporate America in the Sixties

    published September 24, 2014

    Much has been written about why a television show like Mad Men, set in the advertising world of the 1960s, resonates so strongly with... More >>

  • Filmmakers in Conversation: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    published September 17, 2014

    For many Twin Cities movie enthusiasts, homegrown filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen represent a local connection to cinematic greatness, having long... More >>

  • The Ivey Awards

    published September 17, 2014

    Long lauded for being something of a Midwestern epicenter for performance arts, the Twin Cities offers an exceptionally varied slate of... More >>

  • Middle Brother

    published September 10, 2014

    Inspired by his own background as a Korean adoptee, veteran performer Eric Sharp ponders the elusive nature of identity with Middle... More >>

  • Alien Invasion! (Films From Another World)

    published September 10, 2014

    The question of whether life exists beyond our solar system has been answered in cinema by an array of alien visitors. Some are friendly, while... More >>

  • Fassbinder: Tireless Provocateur

    published September 3, 2014

    The films of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder seem to come from a universe where auteur autonomy reigns as a sacrosanct policy. Not only... More >>

  • Sexy Laundry

    published September 3, 2014

    This insightful comedy from Canadian playwright Michele Riml, receiving its area premiere courtesy of Park Square Theatre, humorously depicts the... More >>

  • Minneapolis Art Lending Library

    published August 27, 2014

    When a home starts to feel a bit drab, there's nothing like an original work of art to spruce up the space. Procuring pieces from the average... More >>

  • Golden Boys

    published August 20, 2014

    In 1948 President Truman signed Executive Order 9981, a landmark directive that signaled the end of segregation within the ranks of the United... More >>

  • Minnesota State Fair

    published August 20, 2014

    Before breaking out our autumn wardrobes, Minnesotans can celebrate the waning days of summer at the Minnesota State Fair. First held in 1859, the... More >>

  • 'night, Mother

    published August 13, 2014

    Human beings tend to share a defiant attitude toward death. As a reflection of our aversion to mortality, just look to theater where the threat of... More >>

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