Author: Janet Preus

REVIEW | Marisol challenges us all

Produced by Theatre Coup d’Etat at SpringHouse Ministry Center through May 19

Theatre Coup d’Etat has made a brave move with José Rivera’s play “Marisol.” The premise is provocative, the action disturbing and the characters flawed and intriguing. In Rivera’s apocalyptic urban fantasy world, God is old, senile and dying, and violence…

Review | The Humans: realism returns

Presented by the Hennepin Theatre Trust at the Orpheum, Minneapolis

It is Thanksgiving Day. A family gathers in the Manhattan Chinatown apartment that one of the daughters shares with her boyfriend. Grandmother, in a wheelchair, only somewhat “with it.” Sister, dealing with recent breakup. Mom, mother hen-ing, and Dad, doing…

Review | The Unscripted Minnesota Holiday: improvised fun

Bryant-Lake Bowl through December 8

Looking for a little alternative holiday entertainment? Something that doesn’t require dressing up or pondering the financial commitment for the tickets? Well, here it is: Dangerboat Productions “The Unscripted Minnesota Holiday” at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater – and it’s family-friendly…

Hamlet: timeless and brand new

Park Square Theatre through Nov. 11

If there is one word in theater that’s recognized globally, it must be “Hamlet;” to take on this play is a somber responsibility. Park Square Theatre, under the guiding hand of director and scenic designer Joel Sass, has opened a…

The Red Shoes mind-bends a classic

Open Eye Figure Theatre collaborates with the new Oddfellows Collective

  Open Eye Figure Theatre and Oddfellows Collective, a new theater entity formed of well-known local artists, most notably the play’s writer/director/designer Joel Sass and writer/performer Kimberly Richardson, have opened “The Red Shoes.” Although inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen…

Anna In The Tropics: a missed opportunity

At the Jungle Theater through March 12

The Jungle Theater has opened its 2017 season with a play by Nilo Cruz, “Anna in the Tropics,” a Pulitzer Price winner for the playwright in 2003. The piece starts with the jewel most writers treasure: a little known slice-of-life,…