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    Shrek: Ugly, crude, and proud of it

    published Apr 29, 2014

    The musical version of Shrek has always been a "meh" proposition for me. Sure, there are laughs, a few good songs, and a solid message about being true to yourself. Then again, you can find those in t... More >>

  • <i>Homegrown</i> looks at life of working-class artists

    Homegrown looks at life of working-class artists

    published Apr 25, 2014

    Jeannine Coulombe knows how unusual it is for a "working class kid to become a playwright," and ideas about access to the arts swirl through her new play, Homegrown.The latest work by the Internationa... More >>

  • Othello

    published March 12, 2014

    The Guthrie Theater heats up March with Shakespeare's epic tragedy of suspicion, jealousy, and murder under the careful eye of one of the Twin... More >>

  • Character at heart of health-care crisis play, <i>Mercy Killers</i>

    Character at heart of health-care crisis play, Mercy Killers

    published Apr 24, 2014

    All of the detailed charts and policy discussions in the world can't have the same emotional impact of a well-told story. Playwright and performer Michael Milligan proves that thoroughly in his one-ma... More >>

  • The Mountaintop

    published March 26, 2014

    Penumbra Theatre Company continues its season with the latest production presented at the Guthrie Theater. The Mountaintop envisions Martin... More >>

  • Yellow Tree's <i>Fair Game</i> is largely foul play

    Yellow Tree's Fair Game is largely foul play

    published Apr 23, 2014

    It's been 20 years since The Real World ushered in the American reality television explosion. Watching the first act of Fair Game at Yellow Tree Theatre, it doesn't appear that playwright Jeremiah Gam... More >>

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    The fierce Threepenny Opera hits the Southern Theater

    published April 23, 2014

    For Frank Theatre, performing at the Southern is a bit like coming home. The theater company spent most of its early years there, and... More >>


    The History of Invulnerability explores the sad tale of a legendary creator

    published Apr 22, 2014

    Over the eight decades since he was introduced in the pages of Action Comics #1, Superman has seen his powers expanded and retracted, his world defined, redefined, and rebuilt. He has survived a lame... More >>


    Minnesota Jewish Theatre explores Superman and creators in History of Invulnerability

    published Apr 18, 2014

    David Bar Katz shines a light on not only one of the greatest fictional heroes of the 20th century, but also the mild-mannered man who helped to create him in The History of Invulnerability. The play,... More >>

  • <i>Detroit</i>: Motor city is burning

    Detroit: Motor city is burning

    published Apr 17, 2014

    Making fun of the American dream is like shooting fish in a barrel. The fading hopes, banal reality, and seedy underside of the suburbs have been fodder for writers for generations. That doesn't mean ... More >>

  • Naked Darrow

    published April 2, 2014

    Three years ago, actor Gary Anderson brought an earlier version of Naked Darrow to Park Square Theatre for a short run during performances... More >>

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    Nacirema: Stories of Color explores race

    published April 16, 2014

    While the Twin Cities' stages still tend to be lily-white, more creators of color are finding spaces for their work. After facing well-deserved... More >>

  • Frank Theatre revisits <i>The Threepenny Opera</i>

    Frank Theatre revisits The Threepenny Opera

    published Apr 14, 2014

    Four years after his stunning turn as the Emcee in Frank Theatre's Cabaret, Bradley Greenwald brings "Mack the Knife" to glorious life in Frank Theatre's mad and invigorating production of The Threepe... More >>

  • <i>Nacirema</i> explores race in America; <i>Peer Gynt</i> heads outdoors

    Nacirema explores race in America; Peer Gynt heads outdoors

    published Apr 11, 2014

    Plays exploring America's complex relationship with race have increased in number on Twin Cities stages in recent years, and that's a welcome change to the area's lily-white reputation. Nimbus Th... More >>

  • Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House

    published March 19, 2014

    Playwright and director Carlyle Brown presents an intriguing thought experiment in Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House as the two... More >>


    Jungle visits Detroit state of mind

    published Apr 10, 2014

    For director Joel Sass and the company of Detroit, Lisa D'Amour's deconstruction of the fading middle class offered plenty of challenges in terms of tone, character, and message.It has also offered un... More >>

  • Rights snafu leads to show swap between Park Square and Guthrie

    Rights snafu leads to show swap between Park Square and Guthrie

    published Apr 09, 2014

    When Park Square Theatre announced the first season at its new Boss Thrust Stage, they had hoped to open up with a bang: Anne Washburn's hot new work, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Show.The problem? The ... More >>

  • Ferrari McSpeedy invites you to the <i>Merry Spider Cafe</i>

    Ferrari McSpeedy invites you to the Merry Spider Cafe

    published Apr 08, 2014

    Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic of Ferrari McSpeedy have worked together for years, sharing the stage at the Brave New Workshop and forging a popular presence at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.They're deep on... More >>

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    The Mountaintop shows a different side of Martin Luther King Jr.

    published April 9, 2014

    In a dingy hotel room on his last night on Earth, Martin Luther King Jr. is about to have a singular, metaphysical experience in The... More >>


    A Chaste Maid in Cheapside: Definitely sex please, we're British

    published Apr 04, 2014

    On what was likely the shittiest April evening in many decades in the Twin Cities, a hearty crowd gathered at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage Thursday evening for a funny and bawdy A Chaste Maid in Che... More >>

  • Characters find solace under the Dublin sky in <i>Once</i>

    Characters find solace under the Dublin sky in Once

    published Apr 02, 2014

    The rock musical has a troubled history, mainly because the two forms don't play well together. Recent years have witnessed stronger pieces, as songwriters and theater artists have found common ground... More >>

  • Gary Anderson gets under famous attorney's skin in <i>Naked Darrow</i>

    Gary Anderson gets under famous attorney's skin in Naked Darrow

    published Apr 01, 2014

    Three years after presenting Naked Darrow, his one-man examination of Clarence Darrow's life and legacy, Gary Anderson is back in the Twin Cities with a revamped and revised edition of the play.This t... More >>

  • A one-man Odyssey

    published April 2, 2014

    [Editor's note: Due to illness, the remaining performances have been canceled.] Charlie Bethel hasn't spent 10 years adrift on... More >>

  • Penumbra presents intriguing, uneven <i>The Mountaintop</i>

    Penumbra presents intriguing, uneven The Mountaintop

    published Mar 31, 2014

    Katori Hall's The Mountaintop is a strange creature that tries to do much, but never merges together into a satisfying whole.The concept is intriguing, as we sit in with Martin Luther King Jr. on his ... More >>

  • Gidion's Knot

    published February 19, 2014

    Over the past decade, playwright Johnna Adams has built a reputation as an intriguing author not afraid to tackle thorny issues. That's on display... More >>

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