Archive for July, 2011

“9 to 5: The Musical” at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

“9 to 5: The Musical” at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

The Ordway has picked a light, summertime treat with the national touring production of “9 to 5: The Musical.” Based rather faithfully on the 1980 movie, with over-the-top aw-shucks humor it tackles, somewhat literally, a very serious subject indeed: gender inequity and discrimination. But when the workplace is commandeered by a character like Frank...
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“West Side Story” at the Orpheum Theatre

“West Side Story” at the Orpheum Theatre

  There’s still time to make a performance of West Side Story brought to the Twin Cities by the Hennepin Theatre Trust – and you should! This recent revival keeps all the grace and beauty of the original Broadway production, adding a little contemporary raunch for enough punch to reach today’s audience. Inspired by...
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Waiting For Godot by Theatre Pro Rata at the Hollywood Theatre

Waiting For Godot by Theatre Pro Rata at the Hollywood Theatre

In a just world, the Hollywood Theater, that Depression-era temple to the art of cinema, would thrive.  A small but worthy arts group – like, oh, say, Theatre Pro Rata – would take over, quickly find the dough for lovely and efficient air conditioning, silent and  effective air circulation.  New plumbing would get laid...
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Street Scene by Girl Friday Productions at the Minneapolis Theater Garage

Street Scene by Girl Friday Productions at the Minneapolis Theater Garage

Elmer Rice‘s brilliant Street Scene (beautifully done by Girl Friday Productions, performing at the Minneapolis Theater Garage through July 30) burst onto the Broadway stage in 1929.  Groundbreaking, realistic but not grimly naturalistic, Street Scene explores the textures of life in a lower-class NYC neighborhood during one incident-rich 24 hour period.  Characters struggle with...
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