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2014 Stories by Ed Huyck

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  • Busytown: The Musical

    published September 17, 2014

    For generations, the adventures of the inhabitants in Richard Scarry's Busytown have entertained children of all stripes with their antics.... More >>

  • 1984

    published October 15, 2014

    The setting for George Orwell's novel is 30 years in our past, but his message about state control and constant surveillance is as important today... More >>

  • <i>House on Mango Street</i> Delves into Youth in the Barrio
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    House on Mango Street Delves into Youth in the Barrio

    published Oct 30, 2014

    The House on Mango Street offers an impressionistic interpretation of Sandra Cisneros's memoir of growing up in a Chicago barrio in the 1970s. It's a piece that is often engaging, but lacking in drive... More >>

  • Sha Cage Returns to Frank Theatre in <i>Grounded</i>
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    Sha Cage Returns to Frank Theatre in Grounded

    published Oct 30, 2014

    George Brant's Grounded is doing the theatrical version of blowing up. Over the last two years, more than a dozen productions have been produced of the one-woman show about a female fighter pilot stuc... More >>

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    Three Shows You Should See at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

    published Oct 29, 2014

    There's always talk this time of year of why people flock to scary movies and put Stephen King atop bestseller lists. The answer is simple: Being scared is fun, especially when we know that the threat... More >>

  • Twin Cities Horror Festival III Provides New Pack of Frights
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    Twin Cities Horror Festival III Provides New Pack of Frights

    published Oct 27, 2014

    The Third Twin Cities Horror Festival continues through Sunday at the Southern Theater. Over the first weekend, patrons were treated to nine distinct pieces of theater, while the lobby offered a mix o... More >>

  • <i>New Jerusalem</i> Offers Muddy History Lesson
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    New Jerusalem Offers Muddy History Lesson

    published Oct 24, 2014

    David Ives built his reputation on tight, short plays that weren't afraid to tackle deep and even obtuse subjects. Even more recent full-length pieces, like Venus in Fur, balanced the philosophy with ... More >>

  • The Mystery of Irma Vep

    published August 27, 2014

    The campy Mystery of Irma Vep is a chance for a pair of actors to really show what they are made of. These two must be ready to play a bevy... More >>

  • The White Snake

    published September 17, 2014

    Innovative director Mary Zimmerman brings her signature style to the Guthrie this fall with The White Snake. Zimmerman earned a Tony Award... More >>

  • Park Square Opens Boss Stage with <i>The House on Mango Street</i>
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    Park Square Opens Boss Stage with The House on Mango Street

    published Oct 23, 2014

    Last week, the finishing touches were being put on two premieres at Park Square Theatre: The House on Mango Street and the space it will occupy, the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage. So while the tech crew... More >>

  • Scares Abound at the Third Twin Cities Horror Festival
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    Scares Abound at the Third Twin Cities Horror Festival

    published Oct 22, 2014

    There will be blood... and guts, and tension, and frights aplenty over the 11 days of the Twin Cities Horror Festival. Nine different shows will be part of the third version of this event at the South... More >>

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    Theatre Pro Rata Captures the Spirit of 1984

    published Oct 22, 2014

    Since it was published 65 years ago, George Orwell's 1984 has been the model for oppressive, dystopian states in fiction.Through the decades, 1984 has stubbornly resisted strong translations into othe... More >>

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    The Secret Lives of Coats Offers Charming Absurdities at Red Eye

    published Oct 21, 2014

    The experimental Red Eye Theater and a tradition-bound musical wouldn't seem to go together, but The Secret Lives of Coats binds the two like peanut butter and, if not chocolate, then at least apple s... More >>

  • <i>33 Variations</i>: Mediocre From Beginning to End
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    33 Variations: Mediocre From Beginning to End

    published Oct 20, 2014

    A lot of the talk in 33 Variations (and there really is a lot of talk here) is about why the great composer Ludwig Van Beethoven spent so much time pulling apart a simple and mediocre-sounding waltz. ... More >>

  • Theatre Pro Rata Enters Nightmare of <i>1984</i>
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    Theatre Pro Rata Enters Nightmare of 1984

    published Oct 17, 2014

    You might think that, 30 years after the titular date, George Orwell's 1984 would be a quaint relic of a more paranoid past. You would be wrong. See also: Theatre Pro Rata takes "Twelfth Night" to t... More >>

  • Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company Celebrates 20 Years
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    Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company Celebrates 20 Years

    published Oct 16, 2014

    Twenty years ago, Barbara Brooks just wanted to put on a show exploring Jewish issues for a Twin Cities audience. Today, the Minnesota Jewish Theatre is still going strong and about to open the second... More >>

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    Mixed Blood's Colossal Offers a Smart and Moving Take on Football

    published Oct 15, 2014

    The closest I ever came to an on-field football experience was in the seventh grade, when the jock in the locker next to mine shoved his cup into my face. Despite that close encounter, I've followed t... More >>

  • Sally Wingert Shines as the Core of <i>Master Class</i>
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    Sally Wingert Shines as the Core of Master Class

    published Oct 14, 2014

    While talking about performing with Theatre Latte Da in Master Class last week, Sally Wingert said she would would do "Mary Had a Little Lamb" if director Peter Rothstein was in charge. It's safe to ... More >>

  • Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet

    published September 10, 2014

    Pillsbury House and Mount Curve's trilogy started in 2011 with the production of In the Red and Brown Water and continued in 2012 with... More >>

  • Sally Wingert Prepares for Challenges of <i>Master Class</i>
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    Sally Wingert Prepares for Challenges of Master Class

    published Oct 09, 2014

    Tackling Terrance McNally's Master Class -- his examination of the life, career, and soul of real-life opera diva Maria Callas -- is not something to be done lightly. Theatre Latte Da's Peter Rothstei... More >>

  • Sonja Parks Makes a Neighborhood Come Alive in <i>Seedfolks</i>
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    Sonja Parks Makes a Neighborhood Come Alive in Seedfolks

    published Oct 09, 2014

    When coming face to face with Seedfolks at the Children's Theatre Company, a cynic might say that the core message -- a community garden can help to solve a neighborhood's ills -- is far too simplisti... More >>

  • <i>Colossal</i> Takes on Football's Culture of Violence and Silence
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    Colossal Takes on Football's Culture of Violence and Silence

    published Oct 08, 2014

    As a youngster growing up in Madison, Andrew Hinderaker fell in love with football. "I went to my first game when I was four years old. I say it was the first theatrical experience I ever had." That ... More >>

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    The Man in Her Dreams Plays Like a Taut Thriller

    published Oct 08, 2014

    Megan Shepard is raped in a neighborhood park. Police focus their attention on Jabari Woods, a black man with a criminal history who happens to live nearby. Though he claims to have been home with his... More >>

  • The Man in Her Dreams plays like a taut thriller

    published October 8, 2014

    Megan Shepard is raped in a neighborhood park. Police focus their attention on Jabari Woods, a black man with a criminal history who happens to... More >>

  • <i>Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet</i>: The Play <i>Is</i> the Thing
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    Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet: The Play Is the Thing

    published Oct 07, 2014

    I managed to embarrass myself in the early minutes of Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet Friday evening at Illusion Theater. In the opening minutes of his one-man play, Hatcher asked if anyone in the audience ... More >>

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