Author: John Olive

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…

Liberty Falls 54321: a camp classic

The Moving Company, performing at the Lab Theater, through Feb 5

What is theatrical camp? I pondered thith pithy question as I made my way down frozen Portland Avenue after the opening of The Moving Company‘s goofily effective Liberty Falls 54321 (a remount of a play originally done in 2015). I concluded:…

Orange at Mixed Blood Theatre

In Aditi Brennan Kapil‘s Orange (Mixed Blood, through Dec 4) Leela (the wonderful Annelyse Ahmad) is having an “adventure.” Her well-meaning albeit scattered and goofily irresponsible cousin (played by the even wonderfuller Lipica Shah) has taken her off into the…

The Oldest Boy at the Jungle Theater

In Sarah Ruhl‘s The Oldest Boy (at the Jungle, through Dec 18) culture and religion trump (Lord forgive me for using the t-word) the unselfishness, the pure life-focus, the power of parenthood. In the play, two friendly but very serious-minded…