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  • Park Square teams up with local companies to produce shows on new stage

    Park Square teams up with local companies to produce shows on new stage

    published Mar 06, 2014

    Patrons who visit Park Square Theatre's new Andy Boss Thrust Stage may actually find a show produced by one of a trio of signature small Minneapolis-based companies. Last week, Park Square announ... More >>

  • Strumply Peter recreates the madcap imagination of childhood

    published March 5, 2014

    Michael Sommers is a theatrical mad scientist. There is no other way to describe it. In his laboratory at Open Eye Figure Theatre, he... More >>

  • <i>The Sun Serpent</i>: An adventure at the end of time

    The Sun Serpent: An adventure at the end of time

    published Mar 04, 2014

    For all the adventure that happens in The Sun Serpent, there is a definite pall that spreads over the show. After all, it is about the end of native Central and South American cultures that fell in th... More >>

  • <i>Freud's Last Session</i>: Case closed

    Freud's Last Session: Case closed

    published Mar 03, 2014

    Stop me if you've heard this one before. A psychiatrist and a writer walk into an office and talk for about 70 minutes... without managing to say anything along the way.The Guthrie's production of Fre... More >>

  • Kids, eat all your peas or <i>Strumply Peter</i> will get you!

    Kids, eat all your peas or Strumply Peter will get you!

    published Feb 28, 2014

    Leave it to Open Eye Figure Theatre to take a series of 19th-century German cautionary tales for children ("Eat your soup or you'll wither and die!") and weave them into something grand and mad.Strump... More >>

  • Ash Land

    published January 29, 2014

    The clever and compelling work of Diogo Lopes and Transatlantic Love Affair has found a home at Illusion Theater's Lights Up! series. The company... More >>

  • Fringe 2014: Are you ready for the <i>Happy Vagina Puppet Show</i>?

    Fringe 2014: Are you ready for the Happy Vagina Puppet Show?

    published Feb 26, 2014

    In the midst of this winter straight out of Game of Thrones, it's good to think ahead a few months. In early August, theater fans will be lining up on the hot pavement outside of the Rarig or pressed ... More >>

  • A violent acts haunts the characters in Gidion's Knot

    published February 26, 2014

    The clues to untangling Gidion's Knot are there from the get-go. A fifth-grade classroom, packed with colorful posters of the students'... More >>


    The Doyle & Debbie Show: This twang goes to 11

    published Feb 25, 2014

    The Doyle & Debbie Show is a lot lIke a country-and-western This is Spinal Tap. The songs have the same kind of loving knowledge of the cliches of the chosen genre, instead of "Sex Farm" and "Ston... More >>

  • <i>Elephant's Graveyard</i>: Death to the pachyderm

    Elephant's Graveyard: Death to the pachyderm

    published Feb 21, 2014

    A game 13-actor cast takes on George Brant's devilishly difficult Elephant's Graveyard, a 75-minute exploration of a real-life case of an elephant lynching in Tennessee in 1916. At times, I wished all... More >>

  • <i>A Snowplow Named Desire</i>: I want to plow your side streets, if you know what I mean

    A Snowplow Named Desire: "I want to plow your side streets, if you know what I mean"

    published Feb 20, 2014

    Love is in the air, along with all of its sweaty residue, in the latest Brave New Workshop revue. Sporting a large cast and a fast-paced tone, A Snowplow Named Desire shines an ultraviolet light on al... More >>

  • <i>Tristan and Yseulet</i>: Love amid the scaffolding

    Tristan and Yseulet: Love amid the scaffolding

    published Feb 19, 2014

    I wasn't sure what to think of Tristan and Yseult during its frantic and frenetic first half. Britain's Kneehigh brought a palpable energy to the Guthrie stage, but I didn't feel completely in phase w... More >>

  • The Music Man like you've never seen him

    published February 19, 2014

    I've seen plenty of productions of Meredith Wilson's The Music Man over the years — one of the first shows I ever saw was a... More >>


    Prints: We've put a bag over his head

    published Feb 18, 2014

    John Middleton mixes reality with noir-based flights of fancy in Prints, an intriguing new work that despite some rough spots, shows plenty of promise.The play uses the real-life kidnapping of William... More >>

  • <i>The Last Five Years</i>: Love in reverse

    The Last Five Years: Love in reverse

    published Feb 14, 2014

    Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years uses a novel approach to showcase the complexities of young love. The musical features two characters. We follow Jamie forward in time, while Catherine moves b... More >>

  • Cabaret

    published January 15, 2014

    Following the success of last year's Aida, Theatre Latte Da and the Hennepin Theatre Trust return for the second Broadway Re-Imagined... More >>

  • Cast brings out the heartbreak in <i>The Pavilion</i>

    Cast brings out the heartbreak in The Pavilion

    published Feb 13, 2014

    Something is in the air at the Pine City High School class of 1977's 20th reunion. It isn't exactly romance, or even hope. Maybe it is just a realization that mistakes have been made.Yellow Tree Theat... More >>

  • Stop Kiss

    published January 22, 2014

    An act of love leads to violence at the beginning of Diana Son's Stop Kiss, which opens this week in a production by Fortune's Fool... More >>

  • <i>Shakespeare's Will</i>: Dull script shortchanges character

    Shakespeare's Will: Dull script shortchanges character

    published Feb 12, 2014

    There is only one performer on stage in Shakespeare's Will, and one character that looms over the show. It isn't the one Cathy Fuller plays.Vern Thiessen's play examines the life of Anne Hathaway, the... More >>

  • The Ballad of Emmett Till devastates and triumphs

    published February 12, 2014

    A sense of dread hangs over every moment of The Ballad of Emmett Till, even before the lights come up on Penumbra Theatre's triumphant... More >>

  • Walking Shadow fires up <i>Schiller's Mary Stuart</i>

    Walking Shadow fires up Schiller's Mary Stuart

    published Feb 11, 2014

    A battle of wills lies at the heart of Schiller's Mary Stuart, a modern-day adaptation by Peter Oswald of the early 19th-century play, bringing some intellectual heat to the depths of winter via Walki... More >>

  • Cathy Fuller brings Anne Hathaway to life at the Jungle

    Cathy Fuller brings Anne Hathaway to life at the Jungle

    published Feb 06, 2014

    For veteran actor Cathy Fuller, Shakespeare's Will at the Jungle Theater marks an important first. "I've known Bain [Boehlke, the Jungle's founder] for years. We've had a couple of near misses in the ... More >>

  • Veteran actor Terry Hempleman gets in director's chair for <i>Pavilion</i>

    Veteran actor Terry Hempleman gets in director's chair for Pavilion

    published Feb 05, 2014

    After acting in The Pavilion at the Jungle Theater, Terry Hempleman knew he wasn't done with the play. The opportunity to revisit comes now, as the veteran actor takes a turn in the director's chair f... More >>

  • Ash Land floats on dusty dreams of Cinderella

    published February 5, 2014

    All theater relies on the imagination of the audience to bring it to life. Even the most finely realized set creation leaves something... More >>

  • <i>The Incredible Season of Ronnie Rabinovitz</i>: Hitting below the Mendoza Line

    The Incredible Season of Ronnie Rabinovitz: Hitting below the Mendoza Line

    published Feb 04, 2014

    While watching a show that includes both Jackie Robinson and John F. Kennedy, and what you would think would be an interesting intersection of their lives in Sheboygan, I found myself glancing upward ... More >>

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