Author: John Olive

A Year With Frog And Toad: delightful

At Childrens Theatre Company, through June 18

Two words describe the A Year With Frog And Toad (at CTC, through June 18). First: sweet. Anyone who can watch this delightful show without a constant smile needs professional help. Toad (played by Reed Sigmund, the reincarnation of Fatty…

The Testament Of Mary: a unique take on the Jesus story

Loudmouth Collective performing at Open Eye Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Minneapolis, through April 30

Intense emotion recollected in the tranquility of old age. That’s the vibe of the affecting The Testament Of Mary, a solo piece adapted by the accomplished Irish writer Colm Tóibin from his novel of the same title (Loudmouth Collective). In…

Vietgone: a frantic clutch-popper

Mixed Blood Theatre, through April 30

Mixed Blood Theatre, in its PR material, calls Qui Nguyen‘s breathless Vietgone (running at MB thru April 30) a “mash-up,” and that it most certainly is, a delirious (if mash-ups are your cup of tea) and graceless (if not) combo…

West Side Story: thrilling and inspiring

At the Ordway through April 16. A co-production with Teatro Del Pueblo

2007 was the fiftieth anniversary of West Side Story. The NPR report I listened to at the time indicated that there had been – ten years ago – 50,000 productions of the show. What this means is that, as you…

Six Degrees Of Separation: highly recommended

Theater Latté Da, through April 9

First things first: Six Degrees Of Separation (Theater Latté Da performing at the newly purchased Ritz, through April 9) looks terrific. Yeoperson work has been by the crackerjack design team – Kate Sutton-Johnson (sets); Alice Frederickson (costumes); Barry Browning (lights).…

Marie Antoinette: featuring the sparkly Jane Froiland

Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Red Eye Theatre, 15 West 14th Street, Minneapolis, through March 4

Marie Antoinette never said, “They don’t have enough bread? Then let them eat cake.” This libel was perpetrated by the people of France who despised MA for her youth, her penchant for expensive jewelry, for dressing up as a shepherdess…

The Royal Family: fizzy, frothy — and long

At the Guthrie Theatre, through March 19

When it was first produced, 90 long years ago, George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber‘s The Royal Family had a different sort of meaning than now. Audiences back then were knowledgeable about, and were devotees of, theatrical dynasties – the…

Gremlin’s New Performing Space: Finally, Some Good Theater News

550 Vandalia Street, in St. Paul, close to 94, the Green Line, a taproom, food trucks… Yes!

Been wondering about the Gremlin Theatre? Wonder no more. They’ve been busy, creating a much-needed new twin cities performance venue, in St. Paul’s Vandalia Tower. This spunky purveyor of edgy contemporary theater finally has a home of its own, after some years…