Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery: garbled fun

Mu Performing Arts, performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio, through May 28

Eric Sharp totally carries Lloyd Suh‘s gloriously messy Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (whew). His stern comic timing is balanced by passion and perfect anger/love (see the play; you’ll understand what I mean). Sharp’s sharp energy makes…

Intimate Apparel: a revealing, deeply rewarding experience

Ten Thousand Things Theater, various venues (check the website), though June 4

For a show that ruminates on the complexities of loneliness, Ten Thousand Things Theater’s Intimate Apparel (running at various locations throughout the metro through June 4th) brims with warmth. It celebrates humanity through honest, sometimes ugly insights rather than simplistic or…

Red Velvet: rich and passionate

Walking Shadow Theatre, performing at the Southern Theatre

In the first scene of Red Velvet (Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at the Southern Theatre, through May 28), actor JuCoby Johnson as Ira Aldridge says there is “Something about velvet – a deep promise of what’s to come, the sweat…