Archive for September, 2011

“A Wrinkle in Time” at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre

“A Wrinkle in Time” at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre

The Children’s Theatre Company’s fall offering for the grade-school set is a staging of the popular Madeleine L’Engle’s science fiction fantasy, A Wrinkle in Time. This production plays on a relatively simple unit set with well-placed levels, saving the wizardry for lights and sound and choosing instead to rely on good old-fashioned, well-executed creative...
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“Neighbors” at Mixed Blood Theatre

“Neighbors” at Mixed Blood Theatre

Mixed Blood has opened their season with an outrageous play and an equally outrageous concept, and I am equally impressed with both. The play is Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a biting satire of every Black stereotype you’ve ever heard of; the concept is Radical Hospitality, offering their shows free – no strings – “Revolutionizing...
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“Cat’s Paw” produced by Theatre Pro Rata at the Gremlin Theater

“Cat’s Paw” produced by Theatre Pro Rata at the Gremlin Theater

“Cat’s Paw” by William Mastrosimone, Theatre Pro Rata’s new offering showing at the Gremlin Theater, paints a “what if” world ignited by pressing ecological issues and fueled by the media’s obsession with ratings. Eco-terrorists—or “eco-warriors,” as the leader (Victor) of Earth Now! prefers—have detonated a car bomb in Washington D.C., killing several senators, producing...
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reasons to be pretty by Walking Shadow Theatre Company performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

reasons to be pretty by Walking Shadow Theatre Company performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Steph is angry.  Angry is to put it mildly.  Steph is furious, screaming, in a state of howling rage, throwing pillows, stomping around the bedroom, spewing the fuck word and various other obscenities with machine-gun-like abandon.  Her boyfriend Greg, the object of her wild fury, does his best to soothe and calm her –...
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“Much Ado about Nothing”

“Much Ado about Nothing”

The Guthrie Theater opened its 2011-2012 season last night with a new Joe Dowling production of Much Ado about Nothing. One of Shakespeare’s more serious comedies, it is rich in life lessons as the work of a seasoned playwright. The story begins as the soldiers of Don Pedro are welcomed home from a victorious...
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The Pride at the Pillsbury House Theatre

The Pride at the Pillsbury House Theatre

Ooh, a good one. Alexi Kaye Campbell‘s taut The Pride (Pillsbury House Theatre, through Oct 16) is a modestly scaled play on a huge subject: the nature of sexuality.  Campbell creates three main characters, Oliver, Phillip and Sylvia and then fashions two stories, one set in 1958 and the other 50 years later, using,...
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