Archive for September, 2010

Minor Kingdom at the Aster Café

Minor Kingdom at the Aster Café

The music of Minor Kingdom sneaks up on you like a season change. Kristian Melom’s haunting guitar seems to be tuned to his voice. As soft and solemn as Melom can be, his songs vibrate with a controlled energy. The evocative spirit that is characteristic to Minor Kingdom was captured entirely by the group’s...
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A Few Good Men at The Sabes Jewish Community Center

A Few Good Men at The Sabes Jewish Community Center

Aaron Sorkin‘s A Few Good Men (Urban Samurai Productions, performing at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd., Minneapolis, through Oct 10), despite its age (it’s very nearly 20) still packs a punch.  It deals with a genuine and lasting quandary: the U.S. wants a battle-ready Marine Corps.  Are we then, as...
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A Cool Drink A Water at Mixed Blood Theatre

A Cool Drink A Water at Mixed Blood Theatre

In 1959, a young writer, Lorraine Hansberry, premiered, on Broadway, A Raisin In The Sun.  The play tapped a vein of intense yearning and became an instant classic.  It features one of the great American heroes: an old-fashioned yet powerful African-American woman, Mama Younger, who struggles to hold her family together in the face...
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The Master Butchers Singing Club at the Guthrie Theatre

The Master Butchers Singing Club at the Guthrie Theatre

The Guthrie Theatre presented the world premier of The Master Butchers Singing Club Sunday evening, a dramatization of Minnesota writer, Louise Erdrich’s, novel. Marsha Norman’s adaptation, developed and directed by Francesca Zambello, took a rich and wonderful book, dense with characters and subplots, and fashioned a hybrid of direct address narrative and dramatic work....
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Eclipsed, a Frank Theatre Production at the Playwrights’ Center

Eclipsed, a Frank Theatre Production at the Playwrights’ Center

Eclipsed, the 2009 play by Obie Award-winning playwright Danai Gurira tells the story of an unlikely sisterhood of five women in civil war-torn Liberia. Frank Theatre’s regional premier of the work opened Friday at the Playwrights’ Center (2301 East Franklin Ave.) in Minneapolis. In Frank Artistic Director Wendy Knox’s hands, the production is intense,...
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The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins at The Children’s Theatre Company

The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins at The Children’s Theatre Company

Theater-goers, young and old!  Go see Bradley Greenwald, currently holding forth in The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins (Childrens Theatre Co., 2400 Third Ave., Minneapolis, through Oct 30, childrensheatre.org) before an evil Broadway producer swoops down and snatches him away from us.  This guy is seriously good.  His gorgeous singing voice is combined with...
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Sleep Deprivation Chamber at Penumbra Theatre

Sleep Deprivation Chamber at Penumbra Theatre

The incident detailed in Adrienne and Adam P. Kennedy‘s harrowing and autobiographical Sleep Deprivation Chamber (at Penumbra, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, penumbratheatre.org) is, unfortunately, as common as rain: a policeman commits a vicious assault and then concocts a lie in order to cover up his malfeasance.  That an innocent man might go...
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Marina and the Diamonds at the Triple Rock Social Club

Marina and the Diamonds at the Triple Rock Social Club

“Oh, Minneapolis, I am so happy to be here right now! I have to say, I thought it would be like three or four people,” said an enchanting of Marina and the Diamonds on Friday night at the packed Triple Rock Social Club. Admittedly not a common name on the airwaves this side of...
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Theatre Pro Rata’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Gremlin Theater

Theatre Pro Rata’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Gremlin Theater

Theatre Pro Rata kicked off their 2010-2011 season with a classic and a comedy – a combination that veers from the norm for the established company, but suits their approach for the coming months. Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, though set in contemporary times, stays true to the spirit of the original period...
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