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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at the State Theatre

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at the State Theatre

You’ve been waiting for this one, right? A fresh new writing and production team, a ridiculous premise, the Tony Award for Best Musical … Well, I’m here to tell you, the wait for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” is worth it. It’s fast, it’s farcical and funny, funny, funny! This is intelligent,...
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Between the Worlds at Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Between the Worlds at Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre does theater like nobody else, making the familiar larger than life and turning the ordinary into magic. “Between the Worlds,” which opened Friday night, is a celebration of the wonders that only happen in the cold and darkness of winter. It’s a world populated...
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Open Window Theatre to present “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

Open Window Theatre to present “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

Open Window Theatre is not easy to find, even though it’s close to downtown and right off the freeway. But it’s a darn sweet space and worth haggling with Google’s voice-activated GPS to find it. (The Google voice had it right, by the way, but didn’t understand that the parking area and entrance are...
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C.L.U. produced by Collide Theatrical Dance at the Ritz Theater

C.L.U. produced by Collide Theatrical Dance at the Ritz Theater

Remember the old board game, “Clue?” Ever seen a dance version of it? In Collide Theatrical Dance Company’s “C.L.U.” the saucy maid may poison the victim in the kitchen, or the malevolent Ms. Snow strangle him in the bedroom (or was it the butler with the knife in the dining room?), but they all...
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The Night Alive at the Jungle Theater

The Night Alive at the Jungle Theater

What a rich and wonderful theater experience! The Jungle Theater’s new production, “The Night Alive” by Conor McPherson, will run through December 20, and what an alternative it is to the usual holiday lineup. It will pull you in even while you’re asking yourself, “Why do I care about these people?” Oh, but you...
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Murder for Two at Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage

Murder for Two at Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage

Park Square has opened a must-be-seen-as-live-theater kind of show, packed with laughs, silly surprises and feats of performance daring-do. “Murder for Two” is the perfect small show for the theater’s new, intimate Andy Boss Stage. You’ve heard of a triple threat (act, sing and dance)? Here’s a new one … an actor who can...
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An interview with John Olive about Tell Me a Story in the Dark

Janet Preus, interviewer You may be more likely to know John Olive primarily as a playwright or as a reviewer for www.howwastheshow.com, but he’s also written a book about storytelling. “Tell Me a Story in the Dark: A Guide to Creating Magical Bedtime Stories for Young Children” is not a book of stories for...
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The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater

The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater has picked what may be the world’s most perfectly constructed musical for its summer audiences. Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is just brilliant writing, and that’s all there is to it—a musical comedy lovers’ musical, and a classic for all time. This production, I’m so happy to say, has shown the...
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“Dido and Aeneas” and “Orpheus and Eurydice” by Garden of Song Opera at the Como Lakeside Pavilion

“Dido and Aeneas” and “Orpheus and Eurydice” by Garden of Song Opera at the Como Lakeside Pavilion

I was in Nashville recently and found myself bragging to musicians there about all the great legit singers, particularly women, in the Twin Cities. A new opera company, I learned last night, is out to give them more performance opportunities. That’s the mission of Garden of Song Opera. Founder and artistic director Carmelita Guse...
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Plotholes: A Fool’s Foibles Produced by Interact Theater at Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts

Plotholes: A Fool’s Foibles Produced by Interact Theater at Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts

A cardboard box on the edge of the stage shakes. A black-costumed “imp” emerges, and then several more imps appear, each with its own disfigurement. Farting. With this appropriate irreverence, Interact Theater celebrates the move to its new home with “Plotholes: A Fool’s Foibles,” the first in an ambitious, three-year series of works under...
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