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Mercy Killers at Pillsbury House Theatre

Mercy Killers at Pillsbury House Theatre

The best theater kicks down walls, pulls off the gloves and starts swinging. Mercy Killers, written and performed by Michael Milligan and produced by Pillsbury House Theatre, is that kind of play – a piece that rages against America’s broken systems – banking and lending, for one, but that’s just part of a larger...
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Detroit at the Jungle Theater

Detroit at the Jungle Theater

A friendly backyard barbeque with the neighbors builds to the frayed edges of an absurd but frighteningly believable premise in the Jungle Theater’s production of “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour. You just won’t believe what happens and it’s not what you think. Suburbia is crumbling, with each house a little pressure cooker of circumstances that...
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Romeo and Juliet by Collide Theatrical Dance Company at the Lab Theater

Romeo and Juliet by Collide Theatrical Dance Company at the Lab Theater

Collide Theatrical Dance Company came flying out on the stage last night with an exuberant, fresh interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Have you not imagined Juliet tap dancing her despair over her banished Romeo, to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It?” It was stunning! What of the feuding Capulets and Montagues with more attitude than...
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Porgy and Bess at the Ordway

Porgy and Bess at the Ordway

Soaring melodies! Big orchestrations and choruses of voices big enough to take it on! Diva voices larger than life! Oh, this is gorgeous! Thank you, Ordway, for bringing us our beloved “Porgy and Bess” in a form that befits this classic by George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward. “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”...
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Cyrano at Park Square Theatre

Cyrano at Park Square Theatre

Park Square Theatre is now presenting the regional premiere of Cyrano, the Michael Hollinger translation of Edmond Rostand’s classic play. Hollinger also adapted with Aaron Posner, who directed its first production. I’ll talk about the adaptation, but first, this production: Joe Chvala directs a tight cast of local stars, in an exhilarating show, masterfully...
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Peter and the Starcatcher at the Orpheum Theatre

Peter and the Starcatcher at the Orpheum Theatre

Throw out your idea of what a Broadway show is supposed to be. Peter and the Starcatcher, now playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, has a new take: silly (but it’s clever-silly) goofy fun, fun, fun. If you like physical comedy lighted salted with clowning and classic cartoons sensibilities, this is your show....
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Freud’s Last Session produced by the Guthrie Theater at the Dowling Studio

Freud’s Last Session produced by the Guthrie Theater at the Dowling Studio

The Guthrie has borrowed from the current Off-Broadway theater for its new play, Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain. It’s cropping up from one coast to the other. Apparently there’s a hunger for a straightforward, intellectual, “talky” play – a meaty actor’s piece with no flash, no fantasy or women. Well, well! This...
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Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents Schiller’s Mary Stuart at Red Eye Theater

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents Schiller’s Mary Stuart at Red Eye Theater

Walking Shadow Theatre Company takes on a centuries-old mystery in a modernized version of Schiller’s Mary Stuart. On an art deco-suggestive unit set, courtiers in dark suits stride in and out with their urgent pleadings before the Queen. Elizabeth, played by Sherry Jo Ward, stands tall among them, resplendent in a long day dress...
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Push Button, Get Bacon produced by The Recovery Party at Bryant-Lake Bowl

Push Button, Get Bacon produced by The Recovery Party at Bryant-Lake Bowl

The Recovery Party returns to the Bryant-Lake Bowl with another serving of Push Button, Get Bacon. Sketches and satire, but no bacon. You’ll have to wait until the absolute last moment (no, not yet, not that moment… ok, now, this is the end. No, wait … ok, this is the end) to know what...
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar produced by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia at Children’s Theatre Company

Children’s Theatre Company is ready to brighten up a cold, dark winter evening – with black light. And what a dandy way it is to bring the stories of children’s book illustrator and writer, Eric Carle, to life on stage. The production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites by Mermaid...
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