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  • Love and Information

    published January 28, 2015

    Frank Theatre has visited the world of provocative British playwright Caryl Churchill several times over the past decades, starting with her... More >>

  • Rehearsing Failure

    published January 21, 2015

    It's no surprise that Bertolt Brecht was as fiery as his onstage work. The German's plays were confrontational and revolutionary in his homeland,... More >>

  • Children's Theatre Company Readies 50th Anniversary Season

    Children's Theatre Company Readies 50th Anniversary Season

    published Feb 26, 2015

    The Children's Theatre Company may be about to start its 50th anniversary season, but the venerable, award-winning venue isn't looking backward. "There are a lot of ways to do a retrospective, but we... More >>

  • Skin Deep Sea

    published February 11, 2015

    Playful playwright embraces an alternative 19th-century America full of airships, mermaids, and pirates in Skin Deep Sea, the latest work... More >>


    Open Eye Figure Theatre's Nothing Is Something Is Part Chaplin, Part Looney Tunes

    published Feb 25, 2015

    If you come into Nothing Is Something expecting a tight narrative with clear character arcs, you're going to disappointed. The show is best appreciated if you allow the physical and absurd humor to ta... More >>

  • <i>Stars of David</i> Largely Entertains with Songs of the American Jewish Experience

    Stars of David Largely Entertains with Songs of the American Jewish Experience

    published Feb 24, 2015

    Stars of David has a simple concept. It's a celebration of American Jewishness, presented through the recollections of entertainment, social, and political figures. These come out either as straightfo... More >>

  • <i>In the Age of Paint and Bone</i> Looks at the Mystery of Ancient Art

    In the Age of Paint and Bone Looks at the Mystery of Ancient Art

    published Feb 20, 2015

    This may seem like I'm damning the latest Nimbus Theater show with faint praise, but the set is most definitely the most impressive thing about In the Age of Paint and Bone. It's not that the show it... More >>

  • FOB

    published January 28, 2015

    Through the years, Mu Performing Arts has presented several plays by Asian-American playwright David Henry Hwang. The company goes back to the... More >>

  • <i>The Unsinkable Molly Brown</i> Is Still a Thriller for Ten Thousand Things

    The Unsinkable Molly Brown Is Still a Thriller for Ten Thousand Things

    published Feb 19, 2015

    The combination of musicals and Ten Thousand Things Theatre -- the innovative company that performs in front of audiences at prisons, homeless shelters, and other nontraditional audiences -- would see... More >>

  • 'Til Death

    published January 28, 2015

    After a decade and a half of touring performers, Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble are settling into St. Paul for their new venture, Bucket Brigade. The... More >>

  • These Old Shoes

    published January 28, 2015

    The strong relationship between the Illusion and Transatlantic Love Affair continues with this remount of the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival hit.... More >>


    Skin Deep Sea Is a Rollicking Steampunk Adventure from Workhaus Collective

    published Feb 18, 2015

    There's more to steampunk than brass fittings, aviator goggles, and airships. It's science fiction that looks to the past to speak of the present — and look cool while doing it. Stanton Wood kno... More >>

  • Guthrie's <i>Midsummer Night's Dream</i> Still Flies High

    Guthrie's Midsummer Night's Dream Still Flies High

    published Feb 17, 2015

    Three hours is a long time to sit and watch anything, but the time mainly flies by in the Guthrie Theater's latest version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This is a vast, three-ring circ... More >>

  • Theater Legend Don Stolz Passes Away

    Theater Legend Don Stolz Passes Away

    published Feb 16, 2015

    A few years back, I was at the Old Log Theatre to attend a new show. As always, longtime owner Don Stolz was there, greeting the evening's patrons as they filed in. He chatted with me and my guest for... More >>

  • <I>Midsummer Night's Dream</i> Opens at the Guthrie

    Midsummer Night's Dream Opens at the Guthrie

    published Feb 13, 2015

    When theater making is a family affair, it can make for difficult schedules. Couple Angie Timberman and Jay Albright have performed for decades around the Twin Cities, and are featured in the Guthrie... More >>

  • <i>God Girl</i> Explores Ugly Side of Seminary Life

    God Girl Explores Ugly Side of Seminary Life

    published Feb 12, 2015

    When Kristine Holmgren began studying in a master of divinity program on the East Coast in 1975, she found a school woefully unprepared for the influx of women that arrived with her. "It was an insti... More >>


    The Coward Is a Bloody Farce That's More Monty Python Than Sons of Anarchy

    published Feb 11, 2015

    Lucidus Culling, the man at the center of Nick Jones's bloody comedy The Coward, may seem like a minor character from Twilight, but he has bigger problems than sparkly vampires. He's a young gentleman... More >>

  • Freaks

    published January 28, 2015

    The latest Savage Umbrella piece promises a unique spin on a pair of current obsessions, teen love and zombie attacks, in this new short work.... More >>

  • <i>By the Way, Meet Vera Stark</i> Delves into Black Hollywood

    By the Way, Meet Vera Stark Delves into Black Hollywood

    published Feb 10, 2015

    Lynn Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is a play of two halves. In the first act, we have an almost-sitcom set in the 1930s, as a group of African-American women try to make their way in pre-code ... More >>

  • <i>Oliver!</i>: The Clanking Heart of Darkness

    Oliver!: The Clanking Heart of Darkness

    published Feb 09, 2015

    For the first half-hour or so of the Theatre Latte Da/Hennepin Theatre Trust's Oliver!, you have a perfectly fine production of Lionel Bart's Oliver! Then Bradley Greenwald enters the picture and ram... More >>

  • Yellow Tree Prepares for Frights of <i>The Woman in Black</i>

    Yellow Tree Prepares for Frights of The Woman in Black

    published Feb 06, 2015

    Over the past few years, Osseo's Yellow Tree Theatre has built a reputation as a place to see great talent. Their latest, The Woman in Black, finds two veteran Twin Cities actors making their debut wi... More >>

  • Theater Latte Da Crafts Steampunk <i>Oliver!</i>

    Theater Latte Da Crafts Steampunk Oliver!

    published Feb 05, 2015

    Peter Rothstein remembers being blown away when, as a teenager, he saw the expansive, 10-hour-plus stage adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby on television. "I had never seen anything like it. I still own ... More >>

  • Will There Be Blood in <i>The Coward</i>? Oh Yes.

    Will There Be Blood in The Coward? Oh Yes.

    published Feb 04, 2015

    The folks at Walking Shadow Theatre Company are trying to be coy about some of the content of their latest show, The Coward. Some of it is out in the open. The play centers on an 18th-century gentle ... More >>


    Death and the Maiden Offers an Absorbing Look at Torture, Revenge, and Justice

    published Feb 03, 2015

    Ariel Dorfman had his native Argentina in mind when he penned Death and the Maiden, but 15 years of the "war" on terror, Gitmo, and torture as policy keeps the play firmly in mind. Buoyed by three st... More >>

  • <i>Love and Information</i>: It's All Too Much

    Love and Information: It's All Too Much

    published Feb 02, 2015

    Even after a couple of days to decompress, I'm still not sure what to make of Frank Theatre's Love and Information. The Caryl Churchill play is such a dense, overwhelming creation. Five dozen scenes,... More >>

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