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2011 Stories by Brad Richason

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  • The Maids

    published June 15, 2011

    A summary description of French playwright Jean Genet's The Maids would no doubt focus on the seething class resentment that drives the... More >>

  • The Lighter Side...of Homicide

    published June 8, 2011

    Rational people tend to agree that murder is no laughing matter. Such accepted moral wisdom, however, places no restrictions on cinematic... More >>

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    published June 8, 2011

    From a conceptual standpoint, musical adaptations of popular movies have grown far too ubiquitous to impress by novelty value. Every so often,... More >>

  • Pirates! Pirates! Pirates!

    published June 1, 2011

    Arr! Avast ye addled speech, me mateys, and damn the scallywags of the Caribbean as landlubbers all. Accursed CGI hornswagglin' be fit cause... More >>

  • Steerage Song

    published June 1, 2011

    Nationalistic rhetoric notwithstanding, the United States has always possessed a conflicted view of immigration, advertising a land of... More >>

  • The Debate over Courtney O'Connell of Columbus, Nebraska

    published May 18, 2011

    As anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of a let's-just-be-friends speech knows far too well, the only thing worse than being dumped is... More >>

  • TheScrewtape Letters

    published May 11, 2011

    With its thematic inspiration steeped in Christian orthodoxy, a staged adaption of The Screwtape Letters might be greeted with... More >>

  • Toru Takemitsu: The Music of Anxiety

    published May 4, 2011

    Concluding an overarching series of notable film composers, the cinephiles at Take-Up Productions are presenting arguably their most daring choice... More >>

  • Next To Normal

    published May 4, 2011

    Surveying the prevailing state of Broadway musicals, one could get the impression that originality is in short supply. Faced with rising costs in... More >>

  • Western Classics

    published April 20, 2011

    Is any cinematic genre as associated with American mythos as the Western? From 1903's The Great Train Robbery onward, movies have... More >>

  • Three Viewings

    published April 13, 2011

    Generally speaking, death seldom makes for hotly anticipated homecomings. Nevertheless, enthusiasm is a perfectly suitable reaction to the... More >>

  • MN Opera: Wuthering Heights

    published April 13, 2011

    Don't be alarmed if the Twin Cities feels a little sinister of late; Bernard Herrmann is in town. Although the composer died in 1975, his iconic... More >>

  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    published April 6, 2011

    Though the Guthrie's 2010-11 season has already featured an abundance of comedic works, none of those previous productions can boast of the... More >>

  • H.M.S. Pacific Princess Boat

    published April 6, 2011

    In the pop culture-savvy year of 2011, deriving ironic laughs from the stale clichés of decades-old television series is about as... More >>

  • River of Passion: The Saga Continues

    published March 30, 2011

    Life in our Twin Cities can be plenty loopy, but even the ongoing saga of Denny Hecker seems nearly staid compared to the sexual imbroglios,... More >>

  • Uncle Vanya

    published March 30, 2011

    At first glance the Twin Cities of 2011 has little in common with provincial Russia of 1899. Despite the vast spans of geography and time,... More >>

  • Stomp

    published March 23, 2011

    For many people, music provides a passive diversion from mundane everyday tasks. Others, however, have learned to use the tools of such seemingly... More >>

  • Arms and the Man

    published March 16, 2011

    With thoughts of spring occupying the mind of many a Minnesotan, the Guthrie Theater's latest production of George Bernard Shaw's romantic comedy... More >>

  • Little Shop of Horrors

    published March 16, 2011

    Producers of stage musicals often demonstrate a curious tendency to mine the campiest of sources for inspiration. While the results can be... More >>

  • Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)

    published March 9, 2011

    In these tumultuous times, as the national economy falters and the world copes with widespread instability, where can we turn for reassurance if... More >>

  • Red State

    published March 9, 2011

    Since his 1994 indie debut, Clerks, filmmaker Kevin Smith has refined his cinematic signature of irreverent vulgarity mixed with... More >>

  • Heroes

    published March 2, 2011

    As portrayed in popular entertainment, heroes tend to be defined by perilous adventures in which the fate of nothing less than the entire universe... More >>

  • Hair

    published February 23, 2011

    As a symbol of social rebellion, hair length carries precious little weight these days. Vastly changed mores, one might presume, have reduced a... More >>

  • Snow Bound!

    published February 16, 2011

    At some point every Minnesotan must face the question, typically posed by baffled folks from warmer climes, of why we tolerate our notoriously... More >>

  • Agnes Under the Big Top

    published February 16, 2011

    As much as the United States trumpets our country's multiethnic makeup, even a cursory glance through history shows that each era has singled out... More >>

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