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2014 Stories by Brad Richason

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  • 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 >>

  • The Magic Flute

    published April 9, 2014

    Throughout our long and arduous winters, the Minnesota Opera has consistently provided a much needed respite from our barren landscapes via a... More >>

  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

    published April 2, 2014

    Looking over the enormous slate of selections at the 2014 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), even the most devoted of film... More >>

  • Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

    published April 2, 2014

    To preemptively address any potential misconceptions, there is no authoritative evidence to suggest that the savory cheese-based snack known as... More >>

  • Amy Schumer

    published March 26, 2014

    Amy Schumer has risen as an artist gifted not only with a sharp wit and charismatic personality, but with a confessional sensibility that has... More >>

  • Once

    published March 26, 2014

    Skepticism was understandable when it was announced that the musical drama Once was being adapted for the stage. The much loved independent... More >>

  • The Odyssey

    published March 19, 2014

    [Editor's note: The remainder of this show's performances has been canceled due to illness.] Blame it on a mindset forged by cinematic... More >>

  • Romeo and Juliet and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside

    published March 19, 2014

    Staged with a frequency to virtually assure everlasting life to the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet is a work that's easy to take for... More >>

  • A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur

    published March 12, 2014

    When Gremlin Theatre lost the lease on its University Avenue space last year, many expressed concern over the critically acclaimed company's... More >>

  • Our Town

    published March 12, 2014

    While there's no denying the seminal place Thornton Wilder's Our Town occupies in the evolution of American theater, modern audiences often... More >>

  • Cyrano

    published March 12, 2014

    When the Guthrie Theater produced the world premiere of Anthony Burgess's translation of French dramatist Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de... More >>

  • Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company: The Grand Duke

    published March 5, 2014

    A category of opera that can be equally enjoyed by aficionados and novices exists in the lighter comic works popularized in the Victorian era by... More >>

  • The Dream of Valentino

    published February 26, 2014

    For all the accolades showered upon the iconic figures of early cinema history, the movie industry consistently followed a coldly pragmatic... More >>

  • Kurosawa Sans Samurai

    published February 26, 2014

    There's an understandable tendency among movie fans to associate famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa with samurai films. After all, the... More >>

  • Simpatico

    published February 19, 2014

    As a storytelling maxim, "crime doesn't pay" remains a reliable standard. Just as audiences have always been fascinated by tales of felonious... More >>

  • Freud's Last Session

    published February 19, 2014

    Fixed ideology, especially of the religious variety, tends to be closely associated with a violent zealotry in our modern era thanks to strident... More >>

  • Elephant's Graveyard

    published February 12, 2014

    Few historic instances demonstrate our unnerving fixation on exacting punishment quite like the notorious 1916 lynching of an elephant in the town... More >>

  • Don't Dress for Dinner

    published February 12, 2014

    Popularized in an era when lascivious improprieties were more suggested than shown, sex farces tended to delight in slapstick imbroglios involving... More >>

  • Shakespeare's Will

    published February 5, 2014

    A speculative work of theater from playwright Vern Thiessen, Shakespeare's Will has been criticized in some quarters for taking liberties... More >>

  • A Snow Plow Named Desire

    published February 5, 2014

    Every winter, Minnesotans can expect to have their residential rationale challenged by incredulous out-of-state acquaintances. What could possibly... More >>

  • Minnesota Opera: Macbeth

    published January 29, 2014

    Adaptations of Shakespeare are always tricky. If you're overly respectful, the results can feel like an unimaginative copy. Change too much, and... More >>

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