Archive for August, 2012

Waiting For Godot at the Jungle Theater

Waiting For Godot at the Jungle Theater

Lord preserve Samuel Beckett (and Harold Pinter, and Eugene Ionesco and Edward Albee, et al) from the predations of literary theorists who have declared him “important,” a practitioner of something called, airily, “theater of the absurd,” a playwright with deep philosophical leanings.  This is nonsense.  Beckett was not in the “significance” business; he created...
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King Idomeneo, Mixed Precipitation’s Picnic Operetta

King Idomeneo, Mixed Precipitation’s Picnic Operetta

Mixed Precipitation returns for a fourth season with opera outdoors, paired with snacks and set in a community garden. It’s about music, theater, community, sustainable food production and eating locally—and simply delightful entertainment. The annual production is masterminded by one of the Twin Cities’ most inventive theater people, director Scotty Reynolds, with support from mater...
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Chicago at the Ordway

Chicago at the Ordway

The dominant creative force in Chicago (at the Ordway, through Aug 12) has been dead for 25 years: Bob Fosse.  Fosse directed and choreographed the original 1975 production (and co-wrote the book with Fred Ebb).  The present touring show takes great pains to “recreat” the original choreography and direction, “in the style of Bob...
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Fringe 2012

  It’s here! It’s here! If you haven’t “done the Fringe,” you are in for several days of theatrical surprises. Part of the fun is the comraderie, so get into!   Swede Home, Nebraska The name’s not made up. That’s where the creator of this memory piece, Carl Franzen, grew up. This is essentially...
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Fringe 2012

Fringe 2012

A wonderful festival: 160 plus performances in ten delightful days.  It’s hard to know which to see.  I’ll be averaging at least two shows a day.  Check here for reviews and keep checking back.  I will indicate at the top of the article which shows I’ve reviewed.  Note also that my HWTS colleague, Janet...
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