Author: John Olive

The Music Man: seeworthy

Artistry Theater, 1800 Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, through Nov 5

To begin on a mercantile note: Artistry Theater charges $41 for a ticket to The Music Man (Artistry, 1800 Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, through Nov 5). This is 1/4 of what they get at the Orpheum, 1/3 of what…

How To Use A Knife: sharp and entertaining

Mixed Blood Theatre, through October 15

Will Snider‘s raucous How To Use A Knife (Mixed Blood, through Oct 15) niftily captures the cascading chaos of a modern American restaurant kitchen. Chef George rides herd – well, tries to – on his crazed Guatamalan line chefs, Miguel…

Hoopla Train: goofy, beery fun

Sod House Theater. Various venues; go to sodhousetheater.org for info, through Oct 15

In order to enjoy the appealing Hoopla Train (Sod House Theater, various venues, through Oct 15; visit sodhousetheater.com for specific info), it helps to make a commitment: to beer. Avoid hard liquor. You don’t wanna get snaky drunk. You want…

[almo$t equal to]: fun and confusing

Pillsbuty House Theatre, through October 22

My computer is unable to make the double squiggly line mathematical symbol that goes in front of this play’s title. ~, only two, one atop the other. Also, I’m unsure about the dollar sign. But the program has one, so…

In The Heights: beautifully overdone

The Ordway, through September 24

In The Heights (at the Ordway through September 24) – despite its glitziness, its over-the-top-ness, its (extreme) loudness – beautifully invokes the heat, the funk, the grit of a New York City summer. Better than anything I can think of…

Fly By Night: Cute with a capital Q

At the Jungle Theater, through July 23

Pity the poor critic at the Jungle‘s zippy production of Fly By Night. Look at him, bent dyspeptically over his stained notebook, scrawling Scrooge-isms like, “convoluted,” “clichèd,” “cutesy.” Ish. I don’t wanna continue in this vein and you don’t want…