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    What defines The New Electric Ballroom, the opening show for Frank Theatre's latest season, in the mind of director Wendy Knox? "It's a total puzzle," Knox says about the work by Irish...
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    City Pages contributor Chris Strouth creates interdisciplinary art and music under the handle Paris1919. His latest performance piece, titled "Safe As Houses," is an ambitious gathering of...
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    When it launched in 2005, Urban Samurai quickly became known for producing off-the-beaten-path shows that would have otherwise fallen through the cracks of the local theater scene. Then...
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    Human beings tend to share a defiant attitude toward death. As a reflection of our aversion to mortality, just look to theater where the threat of death lurks as the ubiquitous source of...
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    Though often obscured by the Twin Cities theater scene, the Fargo-Moorhead region has arisen as an unlikely incubator of emerging performance artists thanks in large part to the residency of...
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    In his notes for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Minneapolis Musical Theatre artistic director Steven Meerdink mentions the play's tongue-in-cheek style and emo-rocker approach to the divisive...
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    Historic appraisals of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, have continued to be contentious. To supporters, Jackson was a fierce proponent of limited government and...
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    Clifford Odets didn't rush anything in Rocket to the Moon, his examination of desperate lives in the late 1930s. The play moves at the languid pace of a hot New York City summer.It's worth...
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    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"...
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    Taken as a commentary on Minnesota culture, A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is about as astute as an Ole and Lena joke. Like the self-deprecating humor at the heart of Ole and Lena groaners,...
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    In Ken Mandelbaum's indespensible Not Since Carrie: 40 Years of Broadway Musical Flops, he describes the scene at the first preview of the infamous musical's New York City run, noting...
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    When Carrie: The Musical opened on Broadway in 1988 it quickly became a sensation, but for all the wrong reasons. The adaptation of Stephen King's debut had a disastrous short run that...
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    If the first rule of musical theater is to be on key, than Minneapolis Musical Theatre failed in its job opening night.Bum notes, mainly coming from the brass section, but also occasionally...
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    The 1950 film Sunset Boulevard remains a masterful example of using noir conventions to heighten a sense of creeping anxiety and existential dread. Such praise, however, has not been as...
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    Minneapolis Musical Theatre has often tackled "big" shows with an eye for making them more intimate. From Tommy to Kiss of the Spider-Woman, the company has found that even the biggest show...
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    With relaxed marijuana laws being considered (and in some cases passed) across the country, the predictable political debating has been reignited around the long outlawed plant. Reform...
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    The story of 2 Sugars, Room for Cream is one of perseverance. After successful runs at the 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival and a year later at Illusion Theatre's Fresh Ink series, creators...
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    If you've ever wanted a personal look into a musician's process and job, New Century Theatre's new Acoustic Century series is offering that opportunity. The series launches with Gabe Douglas...

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