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Extremities by Dark And Stormy Productions

Extremities by Dark And Stormy Productions

  * * * SPOILER ALERT * * * It is impossible to write about William Mastrosimone‘s crudely effective Extremities (Dark & Stormy Productions, performing in the Grain Belt Warehouse, through Sept 19) without revealing crucial plot details. So if you’ve already made your rezzies or if you firmly plan to see this show...
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The Pirates Of Penzance at the Ordway

The Pirates Of Penzance at the Ordway

The first thing to say about the Ordway’s rollicking production of the William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan classic The Pirates Of Penzance (in the cavernous Ordway, through August 16): it’s good. Excellent, in fact. Especially the music. Everyone sings the wonderful music with laudable authority. Everybody. Especially (as a reviewer, I’m obigated to single...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 5, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 5, 2015

  THE FAMOUS HAYDELL SISTERS COMEBACK TOUR – Nomad World Pub Th 8/6 5:30; F 8/7 5:30; Sa 8/8 5:30; Su 8/9 5:30 What privilege to be able to see the Haydell Sisters, Maybelle and Mattie. The last time they were in town they played at the Target Center, a well-known music venue. This...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 2, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 2, 2015

A mere two today:   SIREN SONG – Rarig Experimental T 8/4 8:30; W 8/5 10:00; Sa 8/8 4:00 I wandered into Siren Song with no idea of what it would be: there was no line and, significantly, no program. Would Siren Song be a solo performance? A musical? A dance piece? A rollicking...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 1, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 1, 2015

Reviewed in this batch: A WOMAN IN BERLIN, HEARTLESS and FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE   A WOMAN IN BERLIN – Nimbus M 8/3 8:30; Th 8/6 7:00; Sa 8/8 4:00 “Now is the time for our revenge!” crowed a Red Army commander in 1945 as the Soviet army viciously ravaged Germany. A Woman In...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 30, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 30, 2015

It’s the sweet summertime. Roll out those lazy hazy crazy days. Iced tea and crisp white wine. Summer dresses. Ah, yes. And the Minnesota Fringe. The Fringe is billed as “Minnesota’s Theater Invasion” and this is not an overstatement. In venues across the city intrepid theater artists are trying out new plays, new styles,...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 31, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 31, 2015

Three shows today:   BY MOONLIGHT – Rarig Arena Su 8/2 1:00, M 8/3 8:30, F 8/7 8:30, Su 8/9 5:30 By Moonlight – written and directed by theater artist extraordinaire (he writes, acts, directs) Ben Kreilkamp – makes no straightforward sense. By Moonlight lacks an easily summarizable plot. Which it makes it perfect...
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Kinky Boots at the Orpheum

Kinky Boots at the Orpheum

Va-Va-Voom! Kinky Boots (at the Orpheum only through Aug 2; see it while it’s still here) comes alive when sexy Lola – she of the svelte bod, the muscular thighs, the sly come-hither smile, the wigs – sashays and struts across the stage. Kyle Taylor Parker, in matchless drag, plays Lola with zestful gusto....
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Choir Boy at the Guthrie Theater

Choir Boy at the Guthrie Theater

Easily the best aspect of the Guthrie‘s incisive production of Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s Choir Boy (in the Dowling Studio, through July 5) is John-Michael Lyles‘ performance as the lead, Pharus. Lyles is overtly fey, gesticulating wildly, with a rich tenor voice. He compels. Lyles has that natural performer quality, that mysterious thing makes you want...
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You Can’t Take It With You at the Jungle Theater

You Can’t Take It With You at the Jungle Theater

Were I a finger-wagging, dyspeptic, world-weary and jaundiced Critic, I might take George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart, authors of You Can’t Take It With You (at the Jungle, through August 9) to task for blatantly predictable manipulation. Why can’t our hero Alice Sycamore say to her moneyed gentleman caller, Tony Kirby, “This is...
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