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Grounded by Frank Theatre, performing at the Playwrights Center

Grounded by Frank Theatre, performing at the Playwrights Center

“You are the blue,” the Pilot in Grounded (Frank Theatre performing at the Playwrights Center, through Nov 23) intones and we really feel it. Shooting and swooping and soaring through the sky, the freedom, the power of it. To be a mile high, turning and twisting. The beauty of the weapons (to cadge a...
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33 Variations at Park Square Theatre

33 Variations at Park Square Theatre

Moisés Kaufman‘s 33 Variations (at Park Square Theatre through Nov 2) is a pool-of-light play. Played on a jumble of interlocking platforms, the play’s action takes place in apartments, offices, hospital waiting rooms, lecture halls, in New York, in Germany. Which is not to mention the huge segment of the play set in 1820s Vienna....
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A Steady Rain in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

A Steady Rain in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

In the case of A Steady Rain (in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio through Nov 2), I must declare a prejudice: I dislike past tense material. Plays that depend on long set speeches about occurrences in the past violate, imho, ye olde creative writing saw, of “Show, Don’t Tell.” A Steady Rain tells. In it,...
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Colossal at Mixed Blood Theatre

Colossal at Mixed Blood Theatre

What a gutsy title: Colossal (Mixed Blood, through Nov 9). Think what it implies: size, power, endurance, maleness, calculated violence, theatricality. A heady celebration of the game of football – and it is; football is truly one of the greatest games ever devised by human beings. Physicality, sweat and pure bristling exuberance. Mixed Blood’s...
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Seedfolks by the Children’s Theatre Company

Seedfolks by the Children’s Theatre Company

In the affecting Seedfolks (Childrens Theatre Company, through Nov 16), the central metaphor is established early, and the play (adapted from a novel by Paul Fleischman; by whom the program provides no clue) never deviates from it: the garden. Planted initially by a young girl who puts a few bean seeds into the ground...
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Radio Man at Great American History Theatre

Radio Man at Great American History Theatre

Are you a fan of A Prairie Home Companion? If so, you’ll adore Garrison Keillor‘s Radio Man (at the Great American History Theatre, through Oct 26). It’s all there: Guy Noir, The Lives of the Cowboys, The Hopeful Gospel Quartet, The News From Lake Wobegon, performed with infectious zest by what GAHT calls the...
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Busytown, The Musical at the Children’s Theatre Company

Busytown, The Musical at the Children’s Theatre Company

You will be no doubt unsurprised to learn that Busytown, The Musical (Childrens Theatre Co., through Oct 26) is busy. Based on the popular series of books by Richard Scarry, and niftily adapted by Kevin Kling, Busytown takes place in CTC-Land where everything is eye-blastingly colorful, scenery-chewingly over-sized, shriekingly shrill and, as long as...
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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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