From musical stage dreams to becoming an elf, these favorites are worth another look
Collection of short plays works best when it's personal, not political
Hairspray, Doubt, On the Spectrum, and more
Since David Sedaris first read The Santaland Diaries on National Public Radio in 1992, the piece has become a part of many holiday traditions. With that in mind, it was inevitable that it would show up as a bit of counter-holiday programming in theaters (in an adaptation by Joe Mantello) as well. ... More >>
A year in review
Knox has a reputation for being honest and intense
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Bathroom humor: "Sh!tlisted" at the BLBYes, some healthy mourning for the end of summer might well be in order, but the bitter pill is at least sweetened by a distinct sense that the theater season is picking up again. This weekend I'll be at Pillsbury House for Vigil and the Jungle for The Glass ... More >>
John Catron by Tony NelsonWhen I reach Frank Theatre artistic director Wendy Knox on the phone this week, it's to discuss the adaptation of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis opening this Friday at Open Eye Figure Theatre. Turns out, this day at least, Knox is tackling more than her directorial wor ... More >>
Frank Theatre production focuses on both victims and perpetrators
The play about 17th-century repression has a modern-day message
But the Ordway's 'Sound of Music,' not so much
'The Pillowman' Is a Pitch-Black Comedy About the Desperate Stories We All Tell Ourselves
Let's bring back the year's best (and worst) performances for one more round of applause (and jeers)
Bertolt Brecht: War is a motherlover
Venus Hottentot and the anatomy of racism
Shepherd's political drama conjures a cheesehead dystopia
All the dirt (and blood and music) on Frank's Euripides hybrid
They laughed. They cried. They used the "F" word. They wore funny wigs... and we were there
An intense area premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks's 'Fucking A'
Five hours of sicilian fables and two tons of recycled tires: Are you interested yet?
Plans for the Sears building loom large (again)
Frank revives a labor cry, 'The Cradle Will Rock'; 'Urinetown' whizzes through town
Eye of the Storm adopts an oddball; Frank Theatre kills
The Directors Theater stages substantial one-acts to a flimsy audience; Idiot Box presents the comedy troupe's favorite reruns
How to win over critics and lose money, sleep, and ambition: A life in local theater
Frank Theatre follows two friends to the odd side of Ontario; Dean J. Seal sorts through the scraps of his past
The best and worst of 150 nights spent in a dark room. Plus: Dramatic hypotheses, and thespians speak out.
The author of the Adventures of Herculina may have stumbled upon her career, but the results are anything but awkward
Two plays use high moral oratory as a vehicle for drama
The Jungle heaves, Frank Theatre shudders, Outward Spiral recoils
The Guthrie Lab's Lysistrata withholds the loving that launched a thousand ships; Hidden Theatre's The Dying Gaul wields sex as a weapon
Twin Cities artists draw the line
Arts funding and the cost of free money
A makeshift "project" by Frank Theatre tries to catch the wry in Chekhov's short stories; a Mixed Blood comedy shows the stereotype in the TV sitcom--and the damage done.
The Bad Seed
Kevin Kling goes against his grain in The Education of Walter Kaufmann.