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MINNESOTA FRINGE 2015

July 31, 2015
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MINNESOTA FRINGE 2015

It’s the sweet summertime. Roll out those lazy hazy crazy days. Iced tea and crisp white wine. Summer dresses. Ah, yes. And the Minnesota Fringe. The Fringe is billed as “Minnesota’s Theater Invasion” and this is not an overstatement. In venues across the city intrepid theater artists are trying out new plays, new styles,...
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Stage Kiss at the Guthrie Theater

July 29, 2015
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Stage Kiss at the Guthrie Theater

The tone of the comically overwrought show within Sarah Ruhl’s splendidly-crafted backstage satire Stage Kiss (at the Guthrie, through Aug 30) is described, with no lack of consternation from its...
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Kinky Boots at the Orpheum

July 28, 2015
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Kinky Boots at the Orpheum

Va-Va-Voom! Kinky Boots (at the Orpheum only through Aug 2; see it while it’s still here) comes alive when sexy Lola – she of the svelte bod, the muscular...
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An interview with John Olive about Tell Me a Story in the Dark

July 2, 2015
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Janet Preus, interviewer You may be more likely to know John Olive primarily as a playwright or as a reviewer for www.howwastheshow.com, but he’s also written a book about...
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The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater

July 2, 2015
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The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater has picked what may be the world’s most perfectly constructed musical for its summer audiences. Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is just brilliant writing, and that’s...
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Choir Boy at the Guthrie Theater

June 21, 2015
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Choir Boy at the Guthrie Theater

Easily the best aspect of the Guthrie‘s incisive production of Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s Choir Boy (in the Dowling Studio, through July 5) is John-Michael Lyles‘ performance as the lead,...
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Damn Yankees at the Ordway

June 19, 2015
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Damn Yankees at the Ordway

Truth be told, Damn Yankees (the Ordway, through June 28) is not a great show. It has its charms and a handful of memorable tunes, but its plot is, well,...
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You Can’t Take It With You at the Jungle Theater

June 19, 2015
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You Can’t Take It With You at the Jungle Theater

Were I a finger-wagging, dyspeptic, world-weary and jaundiced Critic, I might take George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart, authors of You Can’t Take It With You (at the Jungle,...
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H2O by Gremlin Theatre, performing at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

June 6, 2015
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H2O by Gremlin Theatre, performing at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

Plan on going out for drinks following Gremlin Theater’s regional premier of Jane Martin’s new play H2O, because you will need them. Not only is the show a provocative conversation...
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