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Gertrude Stein And A Companion at the Jungle Theater

Gertrude Stein And A Companion at the Jungle Theater

How could Claudia Wilkens and Barbara Kingsley have played these roles in 1992, when the two actors were 14 and 12 years old, respectively? The characters Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas demand substance, solidity combined with lightness of touch, maturity, quiet self-assured power and now, in 2015, Wilkens and Kingsley have the above...
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The Hothouse by Dark & Stormy Productions, performing at the Grain Belt Brewery

The Hothouse by Dark & Stormy Productions, performing at the Grain Belt Brewery

  Dark & Stormy Productions performs Harold Pinter‘s giddily nonsensical The Hothouse in ye olde Grain Belt Brewery’s Atrium (79 13th Ave. NE, through Jan 4). D&S excels at utilizing “found” venues for their plays – empty offices, warehouse spaces, etc. This lends the work a unique quality, seemingly half-improvised yet crafted and perfect....
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4000 Miles by Park Square Theatre

4000 Miles by Park Square Theatre

It’s those tell-tale hugs. Sweet, warm and tender, tension dissipating. Complete with comforting pats on the back: there, there. I think you’re just swell. I’m so glad you are who you are. Gosh. The hugs will clue you in: there’s no real danger in this play, little drama. It’s all about wordless healing, the...
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The Whale by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Mixed Blood

The Whale by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Mixed Blood

The Whale, by Samuel D. Hunter (Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Mixed Blood Theatre, through Dec 20), is a grim little play. In it, we watch Charlie, the eponymous whale, committing suicide by gluttony. In the years since his boyfriend’s death (pneumonia complicated by anorexia), Charlie’s weight has ballooned. “It’s been a long...
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Grounded by Frank Theatre, performing at the Playwrights Center

Grounded by Frank Theatre, performing at the Playwrights Center

“You are the blue,” the Pilot in Grounded (Frank Theatre performing at the Playwrights Center, through Nov 23) intones and we really feel it. Shooting and swooping and soaring through the sky, the freedom, the power of it. To be a mile high, turning and twisting. The beauty of the weapons (to cadge a...
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33 Variations at Park Square Theatre

33 Variations at Park Square Theatre

Moisés Kaufman‘s 33 Variations (at Park Square Theatre through Nov 2) is a pool-of-light play. Played on a jumble of interlocking platforms, the play’s action takes place in apartments, offices, hospital waiting rooms, lecture halls, in New York, in Germany. Which is not to mention the huge segment of the play set in 1820s Vienna....
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A Steady Rain in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

A Steady Rain in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

In the case of A Steady Rain (in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio through Nov 2), I must declare a prejudice: I dislike past tense material. Plays that depend on long set speeches about occurrences in the past violate, imho, ye olde creative writing saw, of “Show, Don’t Tell.” A Steady Rain tells. In it,...
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Colossal at Mixed Blood Theatre

Colossal at Mixed Blood Theatre

What a gutsy title: Colossal (Mixed Blood, through Nov 9). Think what it implies: size, power, endurance, maleness, calculated violence, theatricality. A heady celebration of the game of football – and it is; football is truly one of the greatest games ever devised by human beings. Physicality, sweat and pure bristling exuberance. Mixed Blood’s...
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Seedfolks by the Children’s Theatre Company

Seedfolks by the Children’s Theatre Company

In the affecting Seedfolks (Childrens Theatre Company, through Nov 16), the central metaphor is established early, and the play (adapted from a novel by Paul Fleischman; by whom the program provides no clue) never deviates from it: the garden. Planted initially by a young girl who puts a few bean seeds into the ground...
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Radio Man at Great American History Theatre

Radio Man at Great American History Theatre

Are you a fan of A Prairie Home Companion? If so, you’ll adore Garrison Keillor‘s Radio Man (at the Great American History Theatre, through Oct 26). It’s all there: Guy Noir, The Lives of the Cowboys, The Hopeful Gospel Quartet, The News From Lake Wobegon, performed with infectious zest by what GAHT calls the...
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