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Master Class produced by Theater Latte Da at McPhail Center for Music

Master Class produced by Theater Latte Da at McPhail Center for Music

Imagine sitting as an observer in a master class taught by Maria Callas, the enormously gifted and equally controversial singer who literally changed 20th century opera in her relatively short lifetime. This is the world we’re part of in Theater Latte Da’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class.” Sally Wingert as the famous diva...
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Class of 85 produced by Collide Theatrical Dance at the Southern Theater

Class of 85 produced by Collide Theatrical Dance at the Southern Theater

Collide Theatrical Dance has done it again. No, they have outdone themselves. Artistic Director Regina Peluso’s creation, “Class of ’85,” may be campy with an airy premise, but the quality of the dancing and singing is so good that the whole evening is just, well … like, totally tubular! A group of wildly different...
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Romeo and Juliet produced by Ten Thousand Things Theater Co.

Romeo and Juliet produced by Ten Thousand Things Theater Co.

What Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company (TTT) does consistently well is to dramatize what is timeless in a play. In this case, the play is “Romeo and Juliet,” one that’s been reimagined perhaps more than any other play. But under Peter Rothstein’s sensitive direction, I saw things I’d never seen before: the playful teenager...
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“Miss Julie” produced by Theatre Coup d’Etat at the American Swedish Institute

“Miss Julie” produced by Theatre Coup d’Etat at the American Swedish Institute

“You’re strange,” Jean says. “Everything is strange … life … people,” Miss Julie answers. So begins the interplay between the aristocratic young woman and her father’s valet in Theatre Coup d’Etat’s production of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie.” With the audience seated in comfortable, period-correct chairs, arranged around three sides of the upstairs ballroom of...
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Gabriel produced by Walking Shadow Theatre Co. at the Theater Garage

Gabriel produced by Walking Shadow Theatre Co. at the Theater Garage

It is 3+ years into World War II. The British island of Guernsey, situated perilously close to the European continent, is under German occupation. It’s a fairly cushy assignment for a German officer, and a tenuous balance of control and limited tolerance is maintained with the few local residents who have not fled to...
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The Iveys celebrate 10 years

The Iveys celebrate 10 years

  When will anyone ever see so many people dressed for An Occasion in downtown Minneapolis? Some (struggling artists that they may be) could be attired in vintage Goodwill, but the Iveys are clearly The Night to dress up, go downtown and enjoy the once-a-year camaraderie of the whole Twin Cities theater community. It’s...
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Lake Untersee, produced by the Workhaus Collective at Illusion Theater

Lake Untersee, produced by the Workhaus Collective at Illusion Theater

Workhaus Collective begins its season with “Lake Untersee,” a new play by Joe Waechter. Playwrights’ Center artistic director Jeremy Cohen must feel strongly about the talents of this young playwright and served as director. He’s on the right track; the writing is smart, the story judiciously paced, and the acting is superb. The story...
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Ghost: the Musical presented by the Hennepin Theater Trust at the Orpheum Theater

Ghost: the Musical presented by the Hennepin Theater Trust at the Orpheum Theater

The Hennepin Theater Trust brings a new Broadway production of a successful and acclaimed film, reincarnated for live theater as “Ghost: the Musical.” If you’d love to see just what technical marvels are possible on the live stage, this is your show. If you love musicals for a well-crafted story, uplifting music and clever...
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Don Pasquale, produced by Lyric Opera of the North (LOON) in Duluth

Don Pasquale, produced by Lyric Opera of the North (LOON) in Duluth

Twin Citieans are regular visitors to Duluth, escaping to the shores of Lake Superior, cooled by the big lake, maybe in search of a semi-wilderness experience “up the shore,” accompanied by fresh fish and fine local brews. I can give you another great reason to get outa town: Lyric Opera of the North, aka...
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The Cat in the Hat at the Children’s Theatre Company

The Cat in the Hat at the Children’s Theatre Company

Children’s Theatre Company has just opened a show for the little ones with the Katie Mitchell adaptation of the definitive book by Dr. Seuss, “The Cat in the Hat.” For the two or three people who may not know the story, a boy (Douglas Neithercott) and a girl, Sally (Elise Langer) are stuck inside...
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