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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, Pharus. Lyles is overtly fey, gesticulating wildly, with a rich tenor voice. He compels. Lyles has that natural performer quality, that mysterious thing makes you want...
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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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“Dido and Aeneas” and “Orpheus and Eurydice” by Garden of Song Opera at the Como Lakeside Pavilion

June 6, 2015
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“Dido and Aeneas” and “Orpheus and Eurydice” by Garden of Song Opera at the Como Lakeside Pavilion

I was in Nashville recently and found myself bragging to musicians there about all the great legit singers, particularly women, in the Twin Cities. A new opera company, I...
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Interview: Peter Christian Hansen and Ashley Montondo

June 4, 2015
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Interview: Peter Christian Hansen and Ashley Montondo

We stopped in at the Garage Theater to talk with Peter Christian Hansen, founder and artistic director of St. Paul’s Gremlin Theater, about his approach to his craft as...
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Juno And The Paycock at the Guthrie Theater

June 1, 2015
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Juno And The Paycock at the Guthrie Theater

You have to respect Joe Dowling for closing his long and celebrated tenure as the Guthrie Theater’s artistic director with Sean O’Casey‘s classic Juno and the Paycock, a show...
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Twelfth Night by Mu Performing Arts performing at Mixed Blood

May 30, 2015
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Twelfth Night by Mu Performing Arts performing at Mixed Blood

I’ve never seen the Mixed Blood stage looking so good. The space is arranged arena style, stage painted a nice warm color, with a few tastefully placed platforms, some...
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The Gospel Of Lovingkindness at Pillsbury House Theatre

May 29, 2015
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The Gospel Of Lovingkindness at Pillsbury House Theatre

As the father of an eighteen year old son, I readily understood, in Marcus Gardley‘s moving The Gospel Of Lovingkindness (at the Pillsbury House Theatre, through June 28), Mary...
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Camelot at the Ordway

May 13, 2015
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Camelot at the Ordway

Camelot (at the Ordway, through May 17) harkens back to a simpler age, when a sturdy chap like Lancelot could be an arrogant, egotistical, sword-twirling, overweening and preening [your...
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