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  • 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 >>

  • Surreal Marvel: David Lynch

    published January 29, 2014

    Auteur David Lynch has founded his storytelling on fragmented plotlines, incongruent imagery, and unpredictable perspective shifts. Delving into... More >>

  • Ain't We Got Fun: Pre-Code Hollywood

    published January 29, 2014

    To outraged moralists of the early 1930s, cinema-going Americans were being led astray by the flaunted vices of Hollywood's debauched libertines.... More >>

  • Mu Performing Arts: New Eyes Festival

    published January 22, 2014

    Convincing prospective audiences to take a chance on unfamiliar work is a looming challenge for any performance company, especially one aspiring... More >>

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    published January 15, 2014

    Judging from the vast majority of his roles to date, it's highly unlikely Jerry Seinfeld will ever follow the path of other successful comedians... More >>

  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    published January 15, 2014

    When considering options for an evening on the town, adolescent spelling bees don't generally spring to mind. It's a shame that they're so... More >>

  • Six Degrees of Separation

    published January 8, 2014

    Most people are too stressed with their own troubles to deal with the issues of strangers. Would it be different, though, if there were a... More >>

  • The School for Lies

    published January 8, 2014

    At first glance, playwright David Ives's The School for Lies seems to be a faithful replication of a 17th century comedy of manners. Not... More >>

  • ESPN Friday Night Fights: Mendez vs. Barthelemy

    published January 1, 2014

    There's no doubt that professional boxing has seen a precarious drop in popularity since peaking in the late 1980s. Dismayed by lackluster bouts... More >>

  • Chris Marker: Citizen of Everywhere, Citizen of Nowhere

    published January 1, 2014

    Though the programming at Trylon Microcinema consistently features the work of some of cinema’s most influential auteurs, few subjects have... More >>

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