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The Amish Project, in the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio

The Amish Project, in the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio

The Amish Project (in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio, through Feb 14) recounts disturbing events that occurred in Nickel Mines PA, on Oct 2, 2006: a troubled – make that insane – man, Ed Stuckey, entered an Amish school, released a teacher and the boys, forced the girls to line up in front of a...
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Pericles at the Guthrie Theater

Pericles at the Guthrie Theater

Who wrote Pericles? Scholars argue. Some claim that William Shakespeare wrote it all. Or that he wrote none of it. Or that he wrote half of it (the last half). Or that he collaborated on the play with the well-known pimp George Wilkins (Wilkins’s “inn” was a brothel). The Guthrie (where Pericles runs on...
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Great Expectations at Park Square Theatre

Great Expectations at Park Square Theatre

Ah. Great Expectations. The most, arguably, beloved story by our most, arguably, beloved author, Charles Dickens. You know the plot (and if you don’t, well, go, quickly, to Park Square Theatre – the play runs through Feb 7 – and be informed): the heroically unselfish Pip aids the escaped convict; befriends the insane (the...
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Dear World by Ten Thousand Things

Dear World by Ten Thousand Things

Dear World (at Ten Thousand Things through Feb 7; various venues; please visit the TTT website for specific info) is decidedly un-glitzy. This despite a book (based on Jean Giraudoux’s The Madwoman Of Chaillot) by big-stage sentimentalists Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee and music by the ageing king of Broadway Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, La...
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Sunshine by Dark & Stormy Productions, performing in the old Grain Belt Brewery

Sunshine by Dark & Stormy Productions, performing in the old Grain Belt Brewery

Sunshine is having a terrible, no-good, very bad day. First, she works a long shift at the (sex) Club Paradise, dancing desultorily (and behind a dirty window) for pathetically lonely men, men who masturbate openly onto the concrete (one hopes) floor. Then, chased down a late-nite street by her abusive husband, Sunshine barges into...
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A Midwinter Night’s Revel by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Red Eye Theater

A Midwinter Night’s Revel by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Red Eye Theater

‘Tis the season. We at HowWasTheShow.com have avoided the holiday repeats and the treacly: A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, The Sound Of Mucous, The Wizard Of Oz, et al. But the Berglunds did visit Penumbra’s Black Nativity (they liked it). Although not a Xmas show per se, Mari Wittenbreer reviewed the feel-good Sister Act...
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The Cocoanuts at the Guthrie Theater

The Cocoanuts at the Guthrie Theater

Palimpsest theater. A palimpsest (as you undoubtedly know) is a manuscript in which the original text has been erased and new text written over it. Ah, but the original text is still visible. The Guthrie‘s hyperly wonderful The Cocoanuts is the theatrical version of this. The 2015 play zips right along, ah, but in...
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Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, Hennepin Theatre Trust performing at the Orpheum

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, Hennepin Theatre Trust performing at the Orpheum

Sh. The dyspeptic Critic is here, but I think he’s asleep. Let’s not wake him. He has a distressing tendency to belch out his poisonous opinions with room-clearing fervor. Let’s talk softly. Carole King‘s 70s album Tapestries was the soundtrack of my lovely play-going companion’s life. They meant a lot her (and rather less...
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The Magic Flute by Minnesota Opera, performing at the Ordway

The Magic Flute by Minnesota Opera, performing at the Ordway

Minnesota Opera‘s production (at the Ordway through Nov 22 – a short run; don’t mess about; getcher tickets) of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s glittering The Magic Flute boasts the most extensive and detailed use of projections I have ever seen. Did I just make The Magic Flute sound dry and dull? It’s not; in fact...
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Feast Of Wolves, Workhaus Collective performing at the Southern Theater

Feast Of Wolves, Workhaus Collective performing at the Southern Theater

Feast Of Wolves, a fierce and powerful drama by Alan M. Berks, is an adaptation of Aeschylus‘s Orestia Trilogy (Workhaus Collective performing, this time, at the Southern, thru Nov 15). You know, the delightful play that details the death of Agamemnon and the aftermath of the Trojan War. But don’t think you need to...
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