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2011 Stories by Ed Huyck

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  • 'Avenue Q' returns to its roots at Mixed Blood

    published Mar 23, 2011

    ​Jack Reuler has kept his eye on Avenue Q for a long, long time.The Mixed Blood Theatre founder has known Avenue Q producer Jason Moore since the 1990s (he had his first professio... More >>

  • Avenue Q

    published March 23, 2011

    After runs on Broadway, numerous tours, and even a stint in Las Vegas (the producers don't like to talk about that one), Avenue Q is... More >>

  • The Age of Wordsworth at Southern Theater

    published March 23, 2011

    It's not every show where the last thing you hear as the house lights go to black is the tearing of paper as the audience opens their packets... More >>

  • 'Woyzeck' gives old tale fresh spin

    published Mar 22, 2011

    ​In 1821, German wigmaker and soldier Johann Christian Woyzeck murdered the woman he had been living with in a fit of jealousy, and was later beheaded for his crime. This murder has resonated... More >>

  • Open Eye hosts five weeks of 'Women's Work'

    published Mar 21, 2011

    ​Open Eye Figure Theatre turns its stage and lobby in south Minneapolis to women artists for a five-week series starting this weekend. It's Women's Work includes different pairings for each... More >>

  • 'Broke-ology': Trying to fix what can't be fixed

    published Mar 18, 2011

    ​It's a cliché, but life never ends up the way you think it, or want it, to be. Dreams get interrupted by jobs, relationships fail for the silliest of reasons, and tragedy can strike at an... More >>

  • 'Oedipus' and 'Symphony': Locals theaters get their Greek on

    published Mar 17, 2011

    ​This is how you update the classics. Last week two shows, Oedipus El Ray and The 7-Shot Symphony, opened locally, taking ancient stories and twisting them for a fresh context. In the case ... More >>

  • The Age of Wordsworth

    published March 16, 2011

    The classics simply rock. Percy Bysshe Shelley lived fast and died young generations before James Dean made it a viable career move. Mary... More >>

  • 'Toy Theatre After Dark' delights with inventiveness

    published Mar 15, 2011

    ​The opening moments of Program 2 at the fifth annual Toy Theatre After Dark festival featured a performer seemingly trapped inside of a television set. Silently, she found a way out, as she ... More >>

  • Oedipus El Rey and The 7-Shot Symphony

    published March 16, 2011

    "We're old-school," Creon tells Oedipus midway through Oedipus El Rey, describing the community's adherence to the... More >>

  • A Tale of Twin Cities

    published March 16, 2011

    Kevin Kling's ability to spin slightly skewed stories about everyday life is the main appeal of his latest show, now playing at the History... More >>

  • Paul Johnson celebrates Paul Sills in 'Back to Borneo'

    published Mar 11, 2011

    ​Paul "Sparky" Johnson felt two seemingly contradictory emotions while working with mentor Paul Sills, the legendary co-founder of Second City, son of improvisation innovator Viola Spolin, an... More >>

  • Mario and Michael Bay: Like peanut butter and exploding chocolate

    Mario and Michael Bay: Like peanut butter and exploding chocolate

    published Mar 10, 2011

    ​Mario, the mustached maverick who has bested gorillas, turtles, and all manner of mushroom-based foes, meets his greatest challenge this weekend at the Bryant-Lake Bowl: Filmmaker Michael Bay. T... More >>

  • Brave New Workshop revisits recent past

    published Mar 09, 2011

    ​When you produce several all-new comedy shows every year, there's nothing wrong with occasionally taking a breather. Brave New Workshop's Sarah Palin's Minnesota, or Hindsight is 2011, blends... More >>

  • Michael Bay's Super Mario Armageddon

    published March 9, 2011

    Michael Bay: director of massive, incomprehensible (to the point of dada) movies like Transformers and Bad Boys II. Mario:... More >>

  • Cabaret at Harriet Island

    published March 9, 2011

    Christopher Isherwood's memoirs of life in Weimar Germany just before the takeover by Hitler and the Nazis long ago took on a life of their... More >>

  • Spotlight: Dido, Queen of Carthage

    published March 9, 2011

    Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare's who was killed after completing only half a dozen plays, spins a story (drawn from... More >>

  • Melissa Hart readies her return to 'Cabaret'

    published Mar 04, 2011

    ​To learn the ins of outs of Sally Bowles in Frank Theatre's new production of Cabaret, Sara Richardson had an expert in the cast she could turn to for advice. Melissa Hart, who plays Frau ... More >>

  • Jimmy Theros of Rudolph's inducted in restaurant hall of fame

    published Mar 04, 2011

    ​Alas, budding restaurateurs, Jimmy Theros doesn't have any magic, easy advice on how to succeed in the business. "You have to be willing to do the hard work," Theros says after the Frida... More >>

  • New Solera chef overhauls menu

    published Mar 04, 2011

    New Solera chef Jorge Guzman is ready to put his own stamp on the restaurant. Starting late last month, a new menu with 95 percent new items was put into use. "What J.P. (Samuelson, the former exec wh... More >>

  • 'Hair' has body, and even a bit of soul

    published Mar 02, 2011

    ​It's pretty easy to be cynical about Hair, the vintage rock musical playing this week at the Orpheum Theatre. After all, the show is a relic from the peace and love generation, a generation that tu... More >>

  • Cabaret

    published March 2, 2011

    Frank Theatre and Cabaret may not seem to mix, but there's a lot more beneath the surface of Kander and Ebb's musical adaptation of... More >>

  • Song of Extinction at the Dowling Studio

    published March 2, 2011

    Young teenager Max Forrestal is a mess. He shows up to school day after day in the same dirty clothes. He is rake thin, as if he hasn't eaten... More >>

  • 'Barrio Grrrl!' playwright relishes chance to write for children

    published Mar 01, 2011

    ​Playwright Quiara Alegria-Hudes (In the Heights) brings her latest work, Barrio Grrrl! to the Children's Theatre Company for a month-long run starting this week. (The production is part of a to... More >>

  • Brave New Workshop moves closer to buying new building downtown

    published Feb 28, 2011

    ​The Minneapolis City Council's 12-0 vote Friday to approve Brave New Workshop's purchase of the Hennepin Stages space moves the longstanding local comedy troupe one step closer to opening a ... More >>

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