Archive for November, 2011

The Santaland Diaries at Frank Theatre

The Santaland Diaries at Frank Theatre

Go to the Ordway and experience the “timeless enchantment” of Cinderella ($113 per ticket).  Or try the Guthrie’s A Christmas Carol, after 35 years still “as powerful and uplifting as it ever was” ($73).  Or maybe CTC’s “beloved” The Wizard Of Oz ($70). All this overpriced holiday feel-good about to send you shrieking into...
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A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater

A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater

“A turkey?!” sputters the Cranky Critic, sufferer from permanent indigestion and squinty short-sightedness.  “There were no turkeys in 1840 England.  Ha.  This is nothing more than an excuse for the Guthrie prop department to manufacture an oversized bird, stick it on a bed of plastic crabapples and wheel it onstage on a—” Hush.  Go...
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Joy, a Holiday Cabaret, an Interact Theater

Joy, a Holiday Cabaret, an Interact Theater

Interact Theater’s mission is to create art that challenges perceptions of disabilities. After last night’s performance of their new holiday show, “Joy, a Holiday Cabaret” (at at The Lab Theater, 700 First St. North in the Minneapolis Warehouse District through December 17th), I’d say it challenges our perceptions of what is theater, too – not...
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The Wizard Of Oz at the Childrens Theatre Company

The Wizard Of Oz at the Childrens Theatre Company

  CTC’s The Wizard Of Oz (Childrens Theatre Company, through Jan. 8, 2012) imitates the 1939 MGM classic beat-by-beat: the structure is identical, the character conceits, the exquisite Arlen/Harburg songs.  Much of the play’s dialogue comes directly from the movie.  All the classic lines – “I’m not a witch at all!”  “Who’d’ve thought a...
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