Michal Daniel

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    May 30, 2012
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    November 21, 2011

    Zenon sets the stage at the Cowles

    ​For its 29th season, Zenon Dance Company's first evening of work at the Cowles Center went over with panache. The opening weekend included the premiere of two pieces by Daniel Charon and Mariusz Olszewski, as well as Morgan Thorson's fabulous "Deluxe Edition" from 2010 and Danny Buraczeski's fun ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    'The Master Butchers Club' ends early at the Guthrie

    Photo by Michal Daniel​Critical acclaim won't stop The Master Butchers Club from closing a week early, as the show is now slated to end its premiere run at the Guthrie on October 30. The production, an adaptation of Louise Erdrich's novel about life between the wars in rural North Dakota, ha ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    City Pages theater critic makes final send-off with trivia question, prize

    by Michal DanielThe trash-house splendor of "The Dazzle" at the Jungle in 2004​ Today marks the end of a six-year run as City Pages theater critic for me, and even though I've already said my goodbyes, a look back at an enormous stack of clippings revealed an interesting coincidence, and a trivia ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Ivey Awards 2010: worthy recipients, few surprises

    by Michal DanielYoung love, rustic-style: Sam Bardwell and Alayne Hopkins in "Mary's Wedding"​The 2010 Ivey Awards went down last night at the State Theatre. The show was a well-oiled machine from its inception six years ago, and Monday night's presentation did not stray from the blueprint: award ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Jungle Theater's "Glass Menagerie" is a zoo of quiet horrors

    by Michal DanielA flickering flame: Wendy Lehr and Alayne Hopkins in "The Glass Menagerie"​There are some works of art that tend to get thrown at us, if not too early, at least too early for us to understand their full resonance. You can read The Great Gatsby when you're 14, but you'll only grasp ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Karin Wolverton, opera star, sings for her supper

    Michal DanielKarin Wolverton as Musetta​Karin Wolverton's soaring soprano has worked both sides of the Twin Cities. With the St. Paul-based Minnesota Opera she's tackled Rusalka, Don Giovanni and La Bohème, while in Minneapolis she's shared the stage with the Minnesota Orchestra for Dvorak's ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Guthrie Theater's "Dollhouse": two weekends left

    Michal DanielThe fun never ends: the Guthrie's "Dollhouse"​Did someone happen to mention vacuous, caustic materialism? Well, now that you bring it up, this is the penultimate weekend for the Guthrie's production of Rebecca Gilman's Dollhouse (CP review here), the Ibsen update that brings marital s ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Jungle Theater's "Irma Vep": making a Ridiculous summer

    Michal DanielBradley Greenwald (with wolf) cops a feel; Steven Epp objects​ Our spotlight review of the Jungle's The Mystery of Irma Vep will appear in tomorrow's City Pages; in the meantime here are some first thoughts based on last Saturday's opening weekend performance.

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    June 18, 2010

    Twin Cities theater: weekend rundown June 18-20

    Michal DanielPutting our best men on it: Steven Epp and Bradley Greenwald in "Irma Vep"​​ The nirvana of the front-porch/back-deck, cool-drink-in-hand state of mind is certainly exerting its pull right now in these climes. But there's still plenty of time for culture (and you need something to t ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Pillsbury House's "Pa's Hat": A scary adventure, then something more

    Michal DanielMight not get out of this one alive: Regina Marie Williams in "Pa's Hat"​After speaking with playwright Cori Thomas a day before the opening of Pa's Hat: Liberian Legacy at Pillsbury House (see this earlier Dressing Room post), I thought I had a pretty good handle on the subject it ta ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Al & Tipper Gore: Life imitates art (dissolving marriages on local stages)

    Michal DanielAngela Timberman as Marty in "Circle Mirror Transformation": one of the people in that mirror might not be married to her much longer​The mysteries of why any couple stays together or splits apart are pretty much unfathomable, even to the people involved, though it was a surprise this ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Guthrie Theater "Dollhouse" opening night audience cheers mention of Target

    Michal Daniel"You spent how much at Target?": The happy couple in "Dollhouse"​Last Friday was opening night at the Guthrie for Rebecca Gilman's Ibsen adaptation Dollhouse. While I had some qualms with the show (review appearing online later today; print edition tomorrow), it remains a solid piece ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    Pillsbury House Theatre stages story of a father's harrowing return to Africa

    Michal DanielRegina Marie Williams, Bruce A. Young, and Namir Smallwood in "Pa's Hat"​When playwright Cori Thomas is asked about her personal connection to Pa's Hat: Liberian Legacy, opening at Pillsbury House Theatre tonight, she lets loose with a laugh. "It's very autobiographical," she says. "B ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Jungle Theater will make you afraid of "Virginia Woolf"

    Michal Daniel​ Tuesday night was the opening of the Jungle's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a stunning show in more than one sense of the word. Edward Albee's story of a middle-aged college professor and his acerbic wife was rendered with such force and precision that it is as much an experience ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Guthrie's Wingert going to Broadway, off-Broadway musical coming to Guthrie

    ​Michal DanielSally Wingert in "Happy Days" at the Guthrie​The Guthrie announced a shake-up in their season that means long-time fabulous Twin Cities performer Sally Wingert will be striding some very big stages indeed. She's heading off to appear in the upcoming London West End and Broadway pro ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009