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  • The Nimbus Theater production offers an intriguing if uneven look at diversity

    While the Twin Cities' stages still tend to be lily-white, more creators of color are finding spaces for their work. After facing well-deserved... More >>

  • Director Lou Bellamy's newest show presents a flawed but intriguing look at the leader's last night

    In a dingy hotel room on his last night on Earth, Martin Luther King Jr. is about to have a singular, metaphysical experience in The Mountaintop,... More >>

  • Charlie Bethel's production of the classic story is invigorating

    [Editor's note: Due to illness, the remaining performances have been canceled.] Charlie Bethel hasn't spent 10 years adrift on the "wine-dark... More >>

  • Children's Theatre Company creates some dark magic

    As a sentient scarecrow with an attitude right out of Candide, Dean Holt has found the perfect showcase for his talents in the latest from the... More >>

  • The classic play proves to be subtle but stunning at the Lab Theater

    It's easy to be cynical about Our Town, Thornton Wilder's look at the rhythms of small-town life in turn-of-the-20th-century New England. Over... More >>

  • Savage Umbrella's show does judgment day for creatives

    Long the province of conservative Christians, the idea of the Rapture — an event in which part of the world's population is taken away... More >>

  • Open Eye Figure Theatre proves cautionary tales can be fun, too

    Michael Sommers is a theatrical mad scientist. There is no other way to describe it. In his laboratory at Open Eye Figure Theatre, he —... More >>

  • Pillsbury House Theatre's latest production takes on the tragedies of youth suicide

    The clues to untangling Gidion's Knot are there from the get-go. A fifth-grade classroom, packed with colorful posters of the students' current... More >>

  • Ten Thousand Things turns the classic production on its head -- and it's great

    I've seen plenty of productions of Meredith Wilson's The Music Man over the years — one of the first shows I ever saw was a community... More >>

  • Penumbra Theatre opens its 2014 season

    A sense of dread hangs over every moment of The Ballad of Emmett Till, even before the lights come up on Penumbra Theatre's triumphant... More >>

  • Transatlantic Love Affair's latest transforms Illusion Theater into a Dust Bowl town

    All theater relies on the imagination of the audience to bring it to life. Even the most finely realized set creation leaves something... More >>

  • The adapted tale at Park Square Theatre shines onstage

    David Ives is a playwright who isn't afraid of a challenge. He built his reputation on All in the Timing, which brought together six... More >>

  • Some strong performances and spectacle don't save this iconic musical

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

  • Nimbus Theatre explores memory loss in its latest production

    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 >>

  • A new generation of artists showcase their work in 2014's New World Visions

    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 >>

  • The strongest performances and productions of the year

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

  • Dark & Stormy goes experimental with a winning production

    If you are a fan of absorbing theater that isn't afraid to poke into dark corners, The Receptionist by Dark & Stormy Productions is just what... More >>

  • Nimbus Theatre's new show does the Great Depression, Russian-style

    Nimbus Theatre isn't going to give you A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life, or any other heartwarming treacle for the holiday season.... More >>

  • Theater Forever's new show explores reality versus imagination

    Recreating a chilly winter's night onstage at the Open Eye Figure Theatre wouldn't have been all that difficult last Friday, as the actual... More >>

  • Walking Shadow's latest is funny, frank, and a bit unsettling

    The characters in Ian MacAllister-McDonald's The Sexual Lives of Savages find out just how quickly honesty can spiral out of a person's control,... More >>

  • Brave New Workshop's newest holiday show is a delight

    One test of a good performer — especially a comic performer — is what he or she does when the material goes wrong. A sketch at the... More >>

  • The Children's Theatre Company's production is the perfect holiday treat

    During the first act of Cinderella at the Children's Theatre Company, the wicked — and extremely goofy — stepmother fires a pistol in... More >>

  • Talented performances and understated direction bring this Civil Rights-era drama to life

    You may find scripts that are more intriguing and insightful over the next couple of months, but you will be hard-pressed to find a production... More >>

  • Scares and laughs aplenty at the Southern Theater's horror showcase

    The Twin Cities Horror Festival serves as a kind of mid-year reminder that the beloved Minnesota Fringe Festival is never too far off. It gives... More >>

  • Theatre Pro Rata tackles this absurd, funny, and difficult play

    It may be absurd and often funny, but Good Woman of Setzuan isn't easy. Considering playwright Bertolt Brecht's reputation, that shouldn't come... More >>

  • The American Swedish Institute puts on a flawed but intense production of the Ibsen play

    While there are five characters in Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, a sixth man haunts the proceedings, his unseen presence felt in nearly moment of the... More >>

  • Ten Thousand Things finds the heart in the Shakespeare classic

    As I was exiting the performance space at Open Book last Thursday, I found myself dodging a discarded costume. It was the intermission of A... More >>

  • The trio of plays from Aditi Brennan Kapil shows modern myth-making

    Displaced Hindu Gods — three new, interconnected works by a single playwright presented in repertory — is an incredibly ambitious... More >>

  • Pillsbury House looks at the intersection of African and Native American culture

    Marcus Gardley's The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry unfurls with the intense sweep of a Shakespearean tragedy but is steeped in the distinct... More >>

  • Park Square's newest show makes for tense, funny theater

    "You're like someone on a TV show," down-on-her-luck Margie tells Mike at their first meeting in decades, early on in David Lindsay-Abaire's Good... More >>

  • Nimbus Theatre's descent into darkness is hampered by uneven acting and script

    Minneapolis's Nimbus Theatre isn't afraid of a challenge, and that's what the company has in its latest production, Lee Blessing's Perilous... More >>

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Nacirema: Stories of Color explores race

While the Twin Cities' stages still tend to be lily-white, more creators of color are finding spaces for their work. After facing well-deserved criticism for the monochromatic makeup of recent… More >>

The Mountaintop shows a different side of Martin Luther King Jr.

In a dingy hotel room on his last night on Earth, Martin Luther King Jr. is about to have a singular, metaphysical experience in The Mountaintop, Katori Hall's intriguing, if… More >>

A one-man <i>Odyssey</i> A one-man Odyssey

[Editor's note: Due to illness, the remaining performances have been canceled.] Charlie Bethel hasn't spent 10 years adrift on the "wine-dark sea," but the performer has been absent from local stages… More >>

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