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  • 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 >>

  • Out There 2014 <i>The Year I Was Born</i>: Sins of the fathers

    Out There 2014 The Year I Was Born: Sins of the fathers

    published Jan 31, 2014

    The Walker Art Center's Out There 2014 ends on a high note with Lola Arias's moving examination of the Chilean dictatorship that shaped the youths of each of the performers.The nine creators share sto... More >>

  • Transatlantic Love Affair and the Illusion team up again for <i>Ash Land</i>

    Transatlantic Love Affair and the Illusion team up again for Ash Land

    published Jan 29, 2014

    The innovative movement-based Transatlantic Love Affair returns for what seems to be the company's regular wintertime gig in Illusion Theater's Lights Up! Festival this weekend.As with previous works ... More >>

  • The School for Lies makes Moliere a delight

    published January 29, 2014

    David Ives is a playwright who isn't afraid of a challenge. He built his reputation on All in the Timing, which brought together six... More >>

  • <i> Stop Kiss</i>: Love lost in the black hole of violence

    Stop Kiss: Love lost in the black hole of violence

    published Jan 27, 2014

    Sometimes, it is the little things that explain a play's problems. With Fortune Fool Theatre's Stop Kiss, it is the scene shifting.It's not that the shifting takes an extremely long time, it is just t... More >>

  • Out There 2014 <i>Allege</i>: Why yes, that is a glass of water on my neck

    Out There 2014 Allege: Why yes, that is a glass of water on my neck

    published Jan 24, 2014

    I've seen plenty of death-defying acrobatic stunts over the years -- usually accompanied by awful, louder-than-bombs music thanks to Cirque du Soleil -- but Clement Layes's simple bit of balance (as p... More >>

  • Fuddy Meers

    published January 8, 2014

    Over the past few years, the Loudmouth Collective has carved out a niche by focusing on solo and small-ensemble shows. They increase the size of... More >>

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