Archive for April, 2011

The Year of Magical Thinking, a nimbus theatre Production

The Year of Magical Thinking, a nimbus theatre Production

Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. – Joan Didion   “It will happen to you,” author Joan Didion (played by Barbara Berlovitz) says in the opening scene of Didion’s own adaptation of her 2004 novel The Year of Magical Thinking (at nimbus theatre,...
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Sexy Librarian: File Under Rock Musical by Joking Envelope at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

Sexy Librarian: File Under Rock Musical by Joking Envelope at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

The play stars Anna Sundberg, and that’s all you really need to know. In Sexy Librarian: File Under Rock Musical (Joking Envelope at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage through May 21) Sundberg plays Constance Black, ultra-frumpy librarian, frizzy-haired, near-sighted, bent under the weight of books, wearer of a long and formless woolen skirt.  Constance finds...
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I Wish You Love at Penumbra Theatre Company

I Wish You Love at Penumbra Theatre Company

I approached the production of Dominic Taylor‘s powerful I Wish You Love (Penumbra Theatre, through May 22) with some trepidation.  Dennis W. Spears is lavishly talented, tall and charismatic, with a presence as big as the grand outdoors.  We recently saw him do a truly brilliant rendition of the 60s hit “Spooky”: it was...
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Three Viewings at Illusion Theater

Three Viewings at Illusion Theater

The Illusion Theater has returned to Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings, a play that received its first performance in Illusion’s Fresh Ink series and has since gone on to hundreds of performances all over the world. Set in a funeral home, three characters tell their stories and reveal their relationship to the deceased in each...
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Annie at the Children’s Theatre Company

Annie at the Children’s Theatre Company

Jumpin’ Jehosaphat, but those orphans are cute.  Led by the inimitable Annie, belting out the uptempo “Maybe”, a niftily drawn 1930s NYC skyline looming in the background, the girls dance and mug winningly and by golly they steal our hearts.  “Awwwwwwww”s and “Oooooooooh”s swept through the Children’s Theater auditorium on opening night.  Never mind...
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“Next Fall” at the Jungle Theater

“Next Fall” at the Jungle Theater

The Jungle Theater’s spring offering deals with one of those issues that lurks on the fringes of our consciousness – except for those who live every day with the question, “What does it mean to be gay and Christian?” Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts tackles this worthy subject via a series of flashbacks that...
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