Archive for October, 2012

Company by Theatre Latté Da performing in the Ordway McKnight Theatre

Company by Theatre Latté Da performing in the Ordway McKnight Theatre

Last night your indomitable HowWasTheShow.com reviewers, Janet Preus and John Olive, attended the Theater Latté Da opening of the masterwork Company (at the Ordway McKnight Theatre, through Nov 18).  After the show they repaired to the bar at Kincaid’s for beverages, fries and pithy conversation, excerpted herewith: Janet Preus:  I liked the show. John...
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King Lear at Park Square Theatre

King Lear at Park Square Theatre

On a dark set, only minimally embellished with Art Deco flair, men in tuxes and tails, and women in slinky gowns with trains sip from martini glasses while a jolly entertainer croons a jazz standard. So begins our experience as we find our seats and settle in for the dimming of the lights. This...
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Embers at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio

Embers at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio

The Guthrie Theater has opened the third in its series of plays by Christopher Hampton: the American premier of Embers, based on the novel by Sándor Márai as translated by Carol Brown Janeway and directed by Joe Dowling. Beautiful, sad and absorbing, this is a piece to be pondered and savored – a leisurely...
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Billy Elliot The Musical at the Ordway

Billy Elliot The Musical at the Ordway

Billy Elliot The Musical (at the Ordway through Oct 14) is an example of how plays, like photographs, can lose clarity and intensity the farther from the original they stray.  This Billy is a remount of a remount of a Broadway version of a West End knockout.  The show’s original director, Stephen Daldry, receives...
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Next To Normal at Mixed Blood Theatre

Next To Normal at Mixed Blood Theatre

Music theater purists may not find Next To Normal (Mixed Blood Theatre, through Nov 11) to their liking.  Production values are not high, the clunky bass drum stage at MBT does not lend itself to musicals and the sound system is, to put it charitably, cruddy.  As to the actors, well, they exude talent...
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Appomattox at the Guthrie Theater

Appomattox at the Guthrie Theater

The Civil War.  A crucible struggle.  An informed citizen must study the war and understand that it wasn’t the Good Guys vs. the Bad Guys, a war fought simply to end the vicious institution of slavery.  The questions raised – and fought over – remain pertinent.  What kind of country do we inhabit?  What...
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