Author: Mari Wittenbreer

Circus 1903: Step right up!

The Ordway, through June 30

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls Circus 1903 is in town. And what a fine circus it is. Couched in the conceit of an old fashioned big top entertainment from the turn of the last century Circus 1903: The Golden…

Refugia: Serrand & Co. do gorgeous work

The Moving Company at the Guthrie, through June 17

Lately there’s been a multitude of shows in Twin Cities theatres about refugees and immigrants. They’ve run the course from last year’s pandering production of Flower Drum Song at Park Square to the spare but beautiful production of Promise Land…

Red Velvet: rich and passionate

Walking Shadow Theatre, performing at the Southern Theatre

In the first scene of Red Velvet (Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at the Southern Theatre, through May 28), actor JuCoby Johnson as Ira Aldridge says there is “Something about velvet – a deep promise of what’s to come, the sweat…

To Begin With: Full Throttle Bombast

Hennepin Theatre Trust performing in the Wesley Church

Every ten years or so someone decides to put some part of the bible on stage. The latest attempt is To Begin With by local playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Hennepin Theatre Trust, performing in the old Wesley Church). Hatcher has taken…

Grease: slick and entertaining

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, through October 28

The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre‘s production of Grease is a funny, tightly performed show. Set in 1959, (book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey) Grease pairs a group of high school girls, more interested in boys and parties…