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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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The Working Boys Band at The History Theatre

The Working Boys Band at The History Theatre

The History Theatre has premiered a new musical that uses a relatively obscure bit of history to illuminate a corner of the dynamic environment of Minneapolis in 1917, just as America was entering W.W. I. The show’s composer, the late Hiram Titus, had discovered an old photograph of a boys’ band and found it...
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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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