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

  • <i>Cartooon</i>: Sugar crash
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    Cartooon: Sugar crash

    published Jan 23, 2014

    Walking into In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre Sunday evening, I was greeted with a great, great cacophony.In one corner a string quartet played. At other spots around the lobby, there... More >>

  • <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</i>: Some gentle quiet amid the madness
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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Some gentle quiet amid the madness

    published Jan 22, 2014

    In between the excesses of last week's Out There performance at the Walker Art Center and the sugar-influenced madness of Cartooon at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, I stopped over ... More >>

  • Cabaret peppered with stunning moments

    published January 22, 2014

    The Theatre Latte Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust co-production of Cabaret has a stunning opening and a striking closing — it's what... More >>

  • <I>The School for Lies</i>: Twits on parade
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    The School for Lies: Twits on parade

    published Jan 21, 2014

    At times bawdy, insightful, and romantic, Park Square Theatre's The School for Lies is a perfect antidote to the unending and dull blanket of white snow and frozen air that dominates the Minnesota win... More >>

  • Out There 2014 <i>The Room Nobody Knows</i>: Sometimes the flute is a phallus
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    Out There 2014 The Room Nobody Knows: Sometimes the flute is a phallus

    published Jan 17, 2014

    Like an extended look into someone's raw psyche, The Room Nobody Knows is destined to make the viewer a tad uncomfortable.Crafted by Japan's Niwa Gekidan Penino and presented as part of the Walker Art... More >>

  • <i>School for Lies</i> brings modern edge to Moliere
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    School for Lies brings modern edge to Moliere

    published Jan 16, 2014

    Doing Moliere -- even a modernized Moliere -- isn't an easy task for a cast of actors."It's almost like a circus act. It's hard and dangerous but a lot of fun to watch," says director Amy Rummenie, wh... More >>

  • <i>Cartooon</i> brings rubbery animated physics to the stage
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    Cartooon brings rubbery animated physics to the stage

    published Jan 15, 2014

    The traditions of classic cartoons -- such as Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, and any number of Tex Avery creations -- have been codified through the years. Gravity only works if you look down. Massive amo... More >>

  • Theatre Latte Da recreates the Kit Kat Klub for <i>Cabaret</i>
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    Theatre Latte Da recreates the Kit Kat Klub for Cabaret

    published Jan 15, 2014

    John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret is a study in contradictions: a musical loaded with jaunty tunes that do not hide the show's dark heart.Peter Rothstein has wanted to tackle the show "forever." The ... More >>

  • Fuddy Meers shows the comedy of tragedy

    published January 15, 2014

    It's typical for a farce to end its first act on a moment of absolute lunacy, leaving the second half of the play to ratchet up the intensity... More >>

  • Sarah Bellamy to step into her father's shoes at Penumbra
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    Sarah Bellamy to step into her father's shoes at Penumbra

    published Jan 14, 2014

    Sarah Bellamy had a simple message Monday evening at Penumbra Theater. "My mission is not to put butts in seats," she says. Instead, the goal of the theater should be to provide strong, challenging, a... More >>

  • <i>Orpheus Descending</i>: Lost in a small-town underworld
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    Orpheus Descending: Lost in a small-town underworld

    published Jan 13, 2014

    When it debuted in 1957, Tennessee Williams's Orpheus Descending only played for a few scant weeks on Broadway. Revivals since then haven't been much more successful. After watching Six Elements Theat... More >>

  • The Crackatook

    published January 1, 2014

    Barbara Field was there at the beginning of the Playwrights' Center, and her latest work will be the first piece in 2014 featured in the Ruth... More >>

  • Out There 2014: <i>Hospital</i>: Telling, not showing, throughout
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    Out There 2014: Hospital: Telling, not showing, throughout

    published Jan 10, 2014

    Untangling the mess of American health care could make for great theater. However, that doesn't happen with Hospital, the premiere show in the Walker Art Center's Out There 2014 festival.The collabora... More >>

  • <i>Fuddy Meers</i>: It's challenging having an argument with your hand.
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    Fuddy Meers: "It's challenging having an argument with your hand."

    published Jan 09, 2014

    Fuddy Meers has been a long time coming for the Loudmouth Collective. "Because the mission of Loudmouth is really trying to pair actors with scripts, we announce seasons with actors attached. The... More >>

  • Six Elements explores trapped characters in <i>Orpheus Descending</i>
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    Six Elements explores trapped characters in Orpheus Descending

    published Jan 08, 2014

    When it came to find a place to stage Six Elements Theatre Company's production of Tennessee Williams's Orpheus Descending, director Jenna Papke searched for the right place to host the show.She found... More >>

  • Walker Art Center is ready to go Out There again

    published January 8, 2014

    After celebrating 25 years of the Out There theater festival in 2013, Walker Art Center's senior curator of performing arts Philip Bither was... More >>

  • <i>The Crackatook</i> explores the dark side of <i>The Nutcracker</i>
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    The Crackatook explores the dark side of The Nutcracker

    published Jan 06, 2014

    Barbara Field's latest work has come a long way from its original incarnation as a holiday children's show that wasn't A Christmas Carol.Field enjoyed the irony ("I've lived off A Christmas Carol for ... More >>

  • Theater year in review, part two: More ups and downs from 2013
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    Theater year in review, part two: More ups and downs from 2013

    published Jan 03, 2014

    A few more thoughts about the year in theater:Related content:Best theater of 2013Theater year in review, part one While it may not have the biggest impact on city theatergoers, the change in ownersh... More >>

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    Theater year in review, part one: Plenty of great shows from 2013

    published Jan 02, 2014

    As I took in close to 140 shows this year, there were plenty more than the 10 best shows I highlighted in this week's paper. Today, I'm going to look back at a number of other high-quality productions... More >>

  • The Year 2013 in theater

    published January 1, 2014

    Here's a look back at our favorite moments in theater over the past 12 months. 10. Displaced Hindu Gods, Mixed... More >>

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