Archive for February, 2012

While you’re in town, let’s record a single

While you’re in town, let’s record a single

Broadway touring shows can settle in and enjoy a long run in places like L.A. and Chicago, but in Minneapolis the routine is often “open on a Tuesday and close on Sunday.”  Just long enough to record a single. In the case of American Idiot at the Orpheum Theater, which I reviewed, my S.O....
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The Birds at the Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio Theater

The Birds at the Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio Theater

The Guthrie Theater has opened a tantalizing little show, familiar in name due to its famous film counterpart. “The Birds” by Conor McPherson is based on a post W.W. II novelette by Daphne du Maurier, and bears only a passing resemblance to the Alfred Hitchcock movie. In this show, huge flocks of birds are...
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Talley’s Folly at Workhouse Theatre Co.

Talley’s Folly at Workhouse Theatre Co.

Talley’s Folly (Workhouse Theatre Co., through March 11) is the late and greatly lamented (he died not quite a year ago) Lanford Wilson‘s most-performed play.  In part, the reason for this is practical: Talley’s Folly is a two-hander, featuring two easily castable characters.  A simple set, a falling-apart Victorian boathouse – the eponymous folly...
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Beautiful Thing produced by Theater Latte Da at The Lab Theater

Beautiful Thing produced by Theater Latte Da at The Lab Theater

Theater Latté Da has stepped to the edges of its musical milieu with the local premier of Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey, with Playwrights’ Center artistic director, Jeremy B. Cohen, making his local directing debut. It’s a wonderfully entertaining play with tangy characters, crackling dialogue and a heartfelt message. The story involves neighbors packed...
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American Idiot at the Orpheum Theater

American Idiot at the Orpheum Theater

Green Day’s “American Idiot” is one smashing great show. You’re going to have to like rock, but if you do, you will be moved by this refreshingly original musical. Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day front man, lyricist and co-bookwriter) is one smart songwriter – and he knows all about dramatic action. The stage version...
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Buzzer at Pillsbury House Theatre

Buzzer at Pillsbury House Theatre

The past is painfully present in Tracey Scott Wilson‘s evocative (and challenging) Buzzer (Pillsbury House Theatre, through March 18).  Jackson is the very model of a successful three piece suited attorney: perfect pedigree (Exeter/Harvard University/Harvard Law School), salary augmented by fat bonuses, the constantly buzzing cell phone (the past again).  Jackson has “made it”...
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As You Like It by Ten Thousand Things Theater performing at Open Book

As You Like It by Ten Thousand Things Theater performing at Open Book

If ever a play were to test the light-free, minimalist, performer-centric technique employed by the unique Ten Thousand Things Theater, it would be William Shakespeare‘s opulent As You like It (TTT performing at Open Book, through March 11).  The shift from the wintry court to the lush and luscious Forest of Arden would require,...
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HowWasTheShow turns 10 on February 14th

HowWasTheShow turns 10 on February 14th

10 years is a not such an insignificant chunk of time in the web world. Think of the web 10 years ago. No MySpace (founded 2003), no Facebook (founded 2004), no YouTube (founded 2005.) Imagine. But there was HowWasTheShow! HowWasTheShow’s very first review appeared on Valentine’s Day, 2002, a review of the Craig David...
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