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Three Penny Opera by Frank Theatre, performing at the Southern

April 13, 2014
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Three Penny Opera by Frank Theatre, performing at the Southern

Three Penny Opera (Frank Theatre, performing at the Southern, through May 4) was written in 1928 by playwright Bertolt Brecht with music by composer Kurt Weill. I point this out because the program for the Frank production makes no mention of these two great artists; they are unnamed, un-bioed, unacknowledged in any way. Nor...
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Detroit at the Jungle Theater

April 13, 2014
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Detroit at the Jungle Theater

A friendly backyard barbeque with the neighbors builds to the frayed edges of an absurd but frighteningly believable premise in the Jungle Theater’s production of “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour....
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Romeo and Juliet by Collide Theatrical Dance Company at the Lab Theater

April 12, 2014
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Romeo and Juliet by Collide Theatrical Dance Company at the Lab Theater

Collide Theatrical Dance Company came flying out on the stage last night with an exuberant, fresh interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Have you not imagined Juliet tap dancing...
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Once by Hennepin Theatre Trust, at the Orpheum Theatre

April 1, 2014
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Once by Hennepin Theatre Trust, at the Orpheum Theatre

Compare the focused intimacy of Once (at the Orpheum, through April 6) with the over-the-top, big-bang-for-your-buck musicals recently produced in the same venue.  Phantom Of The Opera, Evita, The...
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The Mountaintop by Penumbra Theatre performing at the Guthrie

March 30, 2014
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The Mountaintop by Penumbra Theatre performing at the Guthrie

We see it when we walk into the McGuire: the Lorraine Motel sign, visible through the window of Room 306, stark against the black Memphis sky, crashes of lightning...
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Porgy and Bess at the Ordway

March 27, 2014
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Porgy and Bess at the Ordway

Soaring melodies! Big orchestrations and choruses of voices big enough to take it on! Diva voices larger than life! Oh, this is gorgeous! Thank you, Ordway, for bringing us...
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Cyrano at Park Square Theatre

March 23, 2014
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Cyrano at Park Square Theatre

Park Square Theatre is now presenting the regional premiere of Cyrano, the Michael Hollinger translation of Edmond Rostand’s classic play. Hollinger also adapted with Aaron Posner, who directed its...
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The Odyssey by Walking Shadow Theatre Company, performing at Open Eye Figure Theatre

March 21, 2014
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The Odyssey by Walking Shadow Theatre Company, performing at Open Eye Figure Theatre

The rosy red fingers of dawn steal over the wine dark Aegean Sea.  The rising (and eternal) Grecian sun shines down on wandering Odysseus, as he leads his battered...
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The Scarecrow And His Servant at Children’s Theatre Company

March 16, 2014
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The Scarecrow And His Servant at Children’s Theatre Company

“Bigger!” the wonderful Doc Whiting used to shout at us in the olden days.  “Make it bigger!”  One step backward wasn’t enough; Doc wanted two step reactions.  Leaps of...
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Othello at the Guthrie Theater

March 14, 2014
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Othello at the Guthrie Theater

In the dark and affecting Othello (at the Guthrie, through April 20) director Marion McClinton and costumer Esosa dress the Moor (played thrillingly by Peter Macon) in thick leather...
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