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    Minnesota Fringe Festival 2010: 169 shows and even more ambition

    published August 4, 2010

    IT ISN'T AN easy thing to select just a handful of Fringe shows out of 169 on offer, but you have to start somewhere. Some of these are... More >>

  • Triumph of Love

    published August 4, 2010

    One of the more outright fun theatrical experiences of summer is walking the plank and boarding the Minnesota Centennial Showboat for the U of M's... More >>

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    published July 28, 2010

    The best and the worst thing about theater in the park is the inherently mixed nature of how things play out. It's daunting enough to perform a... More >>

  • Yard Sale the Play and Grand Ole Orgy

    published July 28, 2010

    The most appealing aspect of the urban yard sale (other than getting free of one's unwanted hoard in exchange for petty cash) is the event's... More >>

  • The Scottsboro Boys

    published July 28, 2010

    Yes, the Fringe is extending its synesthetic tentacles all over the region this weekend, but it's worth remembering that down by the river the... More >>

  • Off-Leash Area First Annual Garage Tour (Theater Spotlight)

    published July 21, 2010

    "We thought, what a perfect grassroots theater kind of thing to do," says Jennifer Ilse, co-artistic director of Off-Leash Area, when quizzed... More >>

  • Traveling Light holds court in real graveyard

    published July 21, 2010

    We tend to live, as we must, in a state of perpetual possibility, a willful ignorance of our finite nature and apparent insignificance (hence... More >>

  • Toyota! The Runaway Musical Hit!

    published July 21, 2010

    It's to this show's credit that, more than a month after seeing it, I recently found myself idly singing I can't stop this Prius anymore, I... More >>

  • A Streetcar Named Desire at the Guthrie

    published July 14, 2010

    There are plentiful ghosts in both the literal and imagined streets of New Orleans, from Brando and Leigh to the more recently drowned,... More >>

  • Get Mad at Sin!

    published July 14, 2010

    Jimmy Swaggart, cousin and boyhood chum to fireballin' rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, embodied the same white-hot passion and reckless abandon in his... More >>

  • River of Passion spoofs the overdramatic soap opera

    published July 7, 2010

    The beauty of the soap opera lies in its ruthless agenda of blowing life up to lurid dimensions, with sex and deceit and treachery writ in the... More >>

  • 2 Sugars, Room for Cream

    published July 7, 2010

    Carolyn Pool and Shanan Custer's two-woman comedy enjoyed a sold-out run at last summer's Minnesota Fringe, with one online commenter avowing that... More >>

  • Bye Bye Liver is a drunken good time

    published June 30, 2010

    Hirsute sage Kris Kristofferson once penned (presumably with shaky hands): I woke up Sunday morning, with no way to hold my head that... More >>

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    published June 30, 2010

    There are a handful of American writers whose ostensible comprehensibility to high school readers has often led their works to be associated with... More >>

  • Paul Herwig's Le Squat

    published June 23, 2010

    While it's the sour grapes of fogies to say that youth is wasted on the young, there's a germ of truth in that: The young are generally... More >>

  • Underneath the Lintel, Saved by the Bell

    published June 23, 2010

    If you're making last-minute plans tonight, it's your final chance to catch a couple of shows at the BLB that probably could not be further apart... More >>

  • Theater Spotlight: Toyota!

    published June 16, 2010

    The Brave New Workshop's summer show is a solid and consistently funny collection of sketches (very) loosely tied together by the theme of... More >>

  • Madame Majesta's Miracle Medicine Show

    published June 16, 2010

    This is the closing weekend for the Interact Center's latest production, which takes on the weird and wooly characters that populated the... More >>

  • Baltimore Waltz depicts deep loss

    published June 9, 2010

    The way we experience our emotional lives in times of extremity is doggedly difficult to portray—in other words, when shit gets crazy,... More >>

  • The Mystery of Irma Vep

    published June 9, 2010

    Advance notice for The Mystery of Irma Vep promises that the duo of Bradley Greenwald and Steven Epp will take on eight characters and 85... More >>

  • Dollhouse: Theater Spotlight

    published June 3, 2010

    The tone of Rebecca Gilman's update of Ibsen is set from the get-go, when Nora (Sarah Agnew) arrives home at her impeccable pad with an... More >>

  • Bye Bye Liver

    published June 3, 2010

    Actors Theater and the Hennepin Theatre trust team up for a show centered entirely on the concept of getting hammered, wall-eyed, and... More >>

  • Mulan Jr. at Children's Theater is just like the movie

    published May 26, 2010

    I should confess at the onset to harboring an inordinate fondness for the Disney animated film Mulan. It was partly a matter of... More >>

  • Persephone: Reign of Fire

    published May 26, 2010

    Now that heat has returned to thaw our veins and unleash our inner pagan, what better way to spend an evening than in the parking lot outside... More >>

  • The House Can't Stand

    published May 19, 2010

    The House Can't Stand begins at a sort of terminus: An unnamed older woman (Steve Epp, performing solo throughout the evening) arrives... More >>

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