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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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Twelfth Night by Mu Performing Arts performing at Mixed Blood

Twelfth Night by Mu Performing Arts performing at Mixed Blood

I’ve never seen the Mixed Blood stage looking so good. The space is arranged arena style, stage painted a nice warm color, with a few tastefully placed platforms, some truly lovely Vietnamese lights, a few sit-upons. The set for Mu’s delightful Twelfth Night (Mu Performing Arts at Mixed Blood Theater, through June 14) is...
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The Gospel Of Lovingkindness at Pillsbury House Theatre

The Gospel Of Lovingkindness at Pillsbury House Theatre

As the father of an eighteen year old son, I readily understood, in Marcus Gardley‘s moving The Gospel Of Lovingkindness (at the Pillsbury House Theatre, through June 28), Mary Lee Black’s simple statement, “I put everything I had into that boy.” In Gospel, Mary’s son Emmanuel is murdered: For his shoes! So his dim...
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Camelot at the Ordway

Camelot at the Ordway

Camelot (at the Ordway, through May 17) harkens back to a simpler age, when a sturdy chap like Lancelot could be an arrogant, egotistical, sword-twirling, overweening and preening , and still get the girl. Nowadays a fellow must pay at least lip-service to sensitivity and depth, without which the Gueneveres...
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