Archive for February, 2011

Song Of Extinction by Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage

Song Of Extinction by Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage

Normally Latté Da specializes in intelligent but feel-good music theater: All Is Calm, La Bohème, The Full Monty, etc.  But here they are, tackling E.M. Lewis‘s challenging straight play (such an odd term) Song Of Extinction (Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage, through March 20).  Song Of Extinction is a fierce...
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The Balcony by Jean Genet, a nimbus theatre production

The Balcony by Jean Genet, a nimbus theatre production

Kicking off its 10th season, nimbus has christened a new permanent theater space at 1517 Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis with a spicy adaptation of Jean Genet’s controversial The Balcony (nimbus theater, February 11th through March 6th). A sign posted at the entry to the house warns: “Please be aware this show contains cigar...
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Agnes Under The Big Top at Mixed Blood Theatre

Agnes Under The Big Top at Mixed Blood Theatre

Agnes Under The Big Top (Mixed Blood Theater, through March 6) is like the New York City subway on which much of it is set: dark, scary, echoey, pulsing, with sudden flashes of bright and harsh illumination. Playwright/director Aditi Kapil calls her piece “a tall tale” and that Agnes most certainly is, a fragmented...
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Doubt, A Parable at Ten Thousand Things Theater

Doubt, A Parable at Ten Thousand Things Theater

Does anyone doubt Father Flynn’s innocence? John Patrick Shanley‘s masterful Doubt, A Parable (Ten Thousand Things Theater, through March 6) is often portrayed as a mystery.  Did Flynn, as Sister Aloysius so stridently claims, really commit “an indiscretion” with the young and troubled altarboy Donald Muller?  Did he feed Muller holy wine, and then,...
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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a Penumbra Theatre production at the Guthrie Theater

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a Penumbra Theatre production at the Guthrie Theater

On rare occasions in theater, all the critical elements seem to converge in one glorious experience. The script is brilliant, the actors are perfectly suited to their roles, and the director, with great respect for both, seems to simply open up the story and let it live and breathe among us. This is the...
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Drakul at Walking Shadow Theatre Company

Drakul at Walking Shadow Theatre Company

Dracula burns with sexuality: the oily count, dressed in smooth leather and crisp shirts, his creepy yet compelling accent, so obsequiously polite.  And of course his gleamingly sharp teeth as he wraps the swooning maidens in his cape and drinks, ever so slowly, their sweet warm blood.  Ooh. This erotic charge is the main...
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Shirley Valentine at The Jungle Theater

Shirley Valentine at The Jungle Theater

Cheryl Willis is blessed with an easy-going, laid-back charisma.  She quickly takes and holds the stage in Willy Russell‘s solo show Shirley Valentine (at the Jungle Theater, through March 20).  Willis is tall, down to earth, wiry black hair, her frumpy wool shirt nicely counter-balanced by sparkling eyes and an impish grin.  A thick-as-oat-porridge...
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