Author: John Olive

Review | Park & Lake: a hoot and a half

Ten Thousand Things; various venues (check the TTT website), through March 11

What gives with all these outré comedies currently gracing stages in the twins? Two Mile Hollow. 21 Extremely Bad Breakups. Noises Off. And now the latest offering from Ten Thousand Things: Park & Lake. Are the sanctimonious clowns in Washington…

Review | Two Mile Hollow: over-the-top, and thoroughly enjoyable

A co-production between Mu Performing Arts and Mixed Blood Theatre; at Mixed Blood through March 4

Camp: when the process(es) of the performers supercede(s) the needs of the story being told. By this definition, Two Mile Hollow – a co-production between Mixed Blood Theater and Mu Performing Arts (an arrangement one wishes more theaters would make),…

Review | Assassins: overlong maybe, but fab

Theater Latté Da, through March 18

Ever wonder why the dapper Johnny Wilkes Booth murdered Abraham Lincoln? Laid awake at night sorting out the reasons why the cheerfully insane Charles Guiteau put a bullet in President Garfield’s back? Tried to figure out why the effervescently cute…

Review | The Maids: pure energy

Dark & Stormy Productions, 77 13th Ave NE, though Feb 17

Like all of Dark & Stormy Productions plays, Jean Genet‘s The Maids is done in a small, empty office space in the old Grain Belt Brewery (77 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, through Feb 17). The space is intimate. The actors…

Review | Black Nativity: pure delight

Penumbra Theatre, through Dec 24

Great balls of Gospel fire! Toe tapping tuneage! Satan-busting religiosity! Take me now, Lord! If Black Nativity (Penumbra Theatre, through, appropriately, Dec 24) doesn’t utterly transport you into an exquisite world of Gospel-fueled Christmas passion, well then, you have deep…