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Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet by Pillsbury House Theatre and the Mount Curve Company, performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet by Pillsbury House Theatre and the Mount Curve Company, performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Marcus dreams. He prowls the streets of San Pere, Louisiana where his dreams and his passions – for family, sexuality (which Marcus feels with striking intensity), for his father, for blood, the moon, rain – galvanize everyone. They don’t fully understand why this young man rouses them but, Lord, he does he ever, and...
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The White Snake at the Guthrie Theater

The White Snake at the Guthrie Theater

The most remarkable, imo, aspect of Mary Zimmerman‘s lush and lavish The White Snake (at the Guthrie, through October 19): its restraint. I doubt you’ll see a more design-y play this season. Every moment of this piece is lovingly crafted and perfected. Yet there no gee-whiz-look-at-me self-consciousness, no inflated ain’t-we-gifted pomposity, no tastelessness whatsoever....
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Middle Brother by Mu Performing Arts, performing at the Southern Theater

Middle Brother by Mu Performing Arts, performing at the Southern Theater

  Mu Performing Arts continues its ongoing exploration of adoption (and specifically Korean adoption) with an production of Eric Sharp‘s entertaining Middle Brother (at the Southern, through September 28). The play is witty, creative and incisively intelligent, all at the same time. And it’s also a birth family search and this has very nearly...
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Minnesota Fringe 2014

Minnesota Fringe 2014

It’s that magic time of year again, when local theater folk drain their cowboy coffees and step forward (and when national artists working the extensive Fringe circuit bring themselves and their talent to our fair city) and, green-lighting themselves, throw the biggest theater party around: the Minnesota Fringe Festival. 168 shows and many hundreds...
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A Little Night Music by Mu Performing Arts, performing at Park Square Theatre

A Little Night Music by Mu Performing Arts, performing at Park Square Theatre

In Stephen Sondheim‘s marvelous A Little Night Music (Mu Performing Arts performing at Park Square Theatre, through Aug 10) little surprise or tension lies in the playing-out of the characters’ predictable arcs. Frederik is married, sexlessly, to Anne. Famous matinee idol Desiree Armfeldt reappears. She and Frederik make love, to the consternation of her...
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The Heiress at the Jungle Theater

The Heiress at the Jungle Theater

Money. It corrupts, perverts and, ultimately, kills. Can love survive money? The Heiress (at the Jungle Theater, through August 10) rather disturbingly concludes that it cannot. Thank God I don’t have any. But The Heiress (written 1947 by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, based on a Henry James novella) isn’t simply a shrill (and dismisable)...
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Berlin To Broadway With Kurt Weill by Skylark Opera

Berlin To Broadway With Kurt Weill by Skylark Opera

Among the pleasures – there are many – of Skylark Opera‘s lovely Berlin To Broadway With Kurt Weill (at Concordia’s E.M. Pearson Theatre through June 21) is the nifty comparison it provides between Weill’s gritty and soaring European music with his elegant American output. A genuine musical chameleon was Weill; it astonishes that so...
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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Minneapolis Musical Theatre, performing at the New Century Theatre

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Minneapolis Musical Theatre, performing at the New Century Theatre

Andrew Jackson, our seventh President, was a nasty piece of work. A westerner (from the frontier state of Tennessee), Jackson owned slaves, gleefully massacred native Americans, slew men in duels, bigamously married his wife, battled his way to the Presidency, destroyed hundreds of banks and, most infamously, engineered the “Indian Removal Act” of 1830,...
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Rocket To The Moon by the Gremlin Theatre, performing at the New Century Theatre

Rocket To The Moon by the Gremlin Theatre, performing at the New Century Theatre

Once a much bally-hoo’d darling of the New York theater – the Group Theatre made its reputation (or at least its money) producing his work in the 1930s – playwright Clifford Odets‘s work seldom finds its way onto contemporary stages. Perhaps this is because his plays are cast heavy and dated (being too much...
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The Three Musketeers by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

The Three Musketeers by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Want to enjoy Walking Shadow Theatre Co.‘s giddy, swashbuckling, sword-happy The Three Musketeers (at the Guthrie‘s Dowling Studio, through May 25)? Here’s my firm advice: go with the sprawl. Lay aside whatever need you might have for coherent narrative, for sensible multiple casting, for developed non-cinematic structure and let playwright John Heimbuch‘s clutch-popper wash...
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