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  • <i>Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House</i> explores the unreal

    Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House explores the unreal

    published Mar 27, 2014

    Nearly a week after seeing Carlyle Brown's exploration of race, power, and "doing the right thing," I'm still not sure what I think of the show.Brown offers up a though-provoking piece that gives a pa... More >>

  • The Sun Serpent

    published February 26, 2014

    March will be a busy month at Mixed Blood, as a string of regional premieres will make it to the stage via one full production and a festival of... More >>

  • Rapture

    published March 5, 2014

    Image a dark world where most of the population has disappeared, and the likes of Thomas Kinkade haunt the Earth. Savage Umbrella has explored the... More >>

  • Beauty and heartbreak live side by side in <i>The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess</i>

    Beauty and heartbreak live side by side in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

    published Mar 26, 2014

    Put aside the complex history, the questions of racial stereotypes, and the altered nature of the piece for a moment, and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is a gorgeous night of music.Audiences familiar ... More >>

  • The dark delights of The Scarecrow and His Servant

    published March 26, 2014

    As a sentient scarecrow with an attitude right out of Candide, Dean Holt has found the perfect showcase for his talents in the latest... More >>

  • <i>Cyrano</i>: The nose knows

    Cyrano: The nose knows

    published Mar 25, 2014

    Edmond Rostand's comic and tragic tale of inner versus outer beauty has endured for centuries on the back of its intriguing, funny, and flawed main character. J.C. Cutler inhabits all of those qualiti... More >>

  • Charlie Bethel brings one-man <i>The Odyssey</i> home

    Charlie Bethel brings one-man The Odyssey home

    published Mar 24, 2014

    The Odyssey is a story as old as the hills. Actually, some hills may be younger than Homer's epic adventure about a man's 10-year-long quest to get home.It has endured because it is an exciting and fu... More >>

  • <i>Othello</i>: Giants wage war on Guthrie stage

    Othello: Giants wage war on Guthrie stage

    published Mar 20, 2014

    The Guthrie Theater's new production of Othello features an embarrassment of riches. It's a production where extremely talented, leading actors like Raye Birk, Nat Fuller, and Sun Mee Chomet can be us... More >>

  • <i>The Scarecrow and His Servant</i>: Old vegetable head to the rescue

    The Scarecrow and His Servant: Old vegetable head to the rescue

    published Mar 18, 2014

    Author Philip Pullman may be thought of as "that atheist children's book writer," but his stories are full of vivid characters, intriguing action, and a desire to explore the deep mysteries of life.Th... More >>

  • Community of performers excel in Our Town

    published March 19, 2014

    It's easy to be cynical about Our Town, Thornton Wilder's look at the rhythms of small-town life in turn-of-the-20th-century New... More >>

  • Joseph Scrimshaw: I will miss the beautiful cities overflowing with happy, glowing ex-cons.

    Joseph Scrimshaw: "I will miss the beautiful cities overflowing with happy, glowing ex-cons."

    published Mar 17, 2014

    We knew something was up when Joseph and Sara Scrimshaw announced an open house for their south Minneapolis home. The confirmation came a few days later: The couple was on their way out of town and of... More >>

  • <i>The Big Show</i>: What's behind the final curtain?

    The Big Show: What's behind the final curtain?

    published Mar 14, 2014

    On a game show seemingly drawn from the mists of time (or at least from the 1970s), a man is about to die.No, The Big Show isn't about some trite "to the death" competition. This is a more personal en... More >>

  • The Music Man

    published February 12, 2014

    For Ten Thousand Things, staging a musical offers plenty more challenges than getting the rights and finding the correct cast. The company... More >>

  • <i>Peter and the Starcatcher</i>: Being a boy, forever

    Peter and the Starcatcher: Being a boy, forever

    published Mar 13, 2014

    While the performers represented in the show's title are certainly fine, they aren't the main attraction of Peter and the Starcatcher, the touted Broadway hit playing on tour this week at the Orpheum ... More >>

  • Wendy Lehr takes on the Stage Manger in Latte Da's <i>Our Town</i>

    Wendy Lehr takes on the Stage Manger in Latte Da's Our Town

    published Mar 12, 2014

    Wendy Lehr first encountered Thornton Wilder's Our Town as a teenager. "It was a watershed moment for me. We read it in English class. When my teacher got to Emily's speech, she was weeping in class. ... More >>

  • Rapture: Where did all the artists go?

    published March 12, 2014

    Long the province of conservative Christians, the idea of the Rapture — an event in which part of the world's population is taken away... More >>

  • <i>The Play About the Coach</i> gets to the heart of basketball

    The Play About the Coach gets to the heart of basketball

    published Mar 11, 2014

    Last year, Thomas Ward made a splash with International Falls, a show he wrote and starred in about a standup comedian at the end of the world. Directed by the Jungle's Bain Boehlke, the show was an i... More >>


    Jeffrey Hatcher adapts Philip Pullman for CTC

    published Mar 10, 2014

    There is a balance in writing shows for a young audience. Local playwright Jeffrey Hatcher knows it well."It's always daunting when you are dealing with the kid audience. You don't want to get to the ... More >>

  • The Ballad of Emmett Till

    published February 5, 2014

    After season cancellations, extensive fundraising, and the announcement of an upcoming change in leadership, Penumbra Theatre is ready to get back... More >>

  • 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 >>

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