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Hir at Mixed Blood Theatre

Hir at Mixed Blood Theatre

“Let’s put the fun in dysfunctional!” exclaims playwright Taylor Mac and – for a while, anyhow – he succeeds. The Mixed Blood stage for Hir (at MB through Mar 22) swirls with a wild scatter of dirty laundry (“I don’t do laundry any more,” asserts Mistress Paige, played by the great Sally Wingert. “I’m...
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guthrie Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guthrie Theatre

The Guthrie‘s production of William Shakespeare‘s delightful A Midsummer Night’s Dream clocks in at a bladder busting three plus hours. Loud and long, massive and ambitious, this show entertains – does it ever – but doesn’t pull you in. One sits back, marveling at the talent and creativity so richly on display. But one...
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Oliver! by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Pantages Theatre

Oliver! by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Pantages Theatre

I took my 18 yo son to see Oliver! (Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust, performing in the exquisite Pantages Theatre, through March 1). During intermission, we had the following conversation: “Whaddaya think?” “I’m having a problem with the tech – the mics. I keep hearing scratching and feedback. Uneven sound. Sometimes the...
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The Coward by Walking Shadow Theatre Company, performing at Red Eye Theater

The Coward by Walking Shadow Theatre Company, performing at Red Eye Theater

I have never ever, in my exalted theatrical career, seen so much blood. The Red Eye stage is awash in it and, indeed, the raked set (a terrific design by Eli Schlatter) contains a trough, to catch the copious sanguine flow. The Coward features myriad deaths by handgun: head shots, chest shots, gut shots....
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Death And The Maiden, a co-production of Torch Theater and Gremlin Theatre, at the Theatre Garage

Death And The Maiden, a co-production of Torch Theater and Gremlin Theatre, at the Theatre Garage

This production of the oft-produced Death And The Maiden (Torch Theater and Gremlin Theatre, co-producing at the Theater Garage through Feb 21) begins with a prologue of sorts: Paulina Escobar (played with calm and statuesque fire by Stacia Rice) moves into the half-lit (Death And The Maiden often uses – overuses? – murky lighting)...
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Gertrude Stein And A Companion at the Jungle Theater

Gertrude Stein And A Companion at the Jungle Theater

How could Claudia Wilkens and Barbara Kingsley have played these roles in 1992, when the two actors were 14 and 12 years old, respectively? The characters Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas demand substance, solidity combined with lightness of touch, maturity, quiet self-assured power and now, in 2015, Wilkens and Kingsley have the above...
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The Most Dangerous Game at Bedlam Theater

The holidays are over, the weather has turned friendlier and you’ve got a little cabin fever, right? I know just the cure. Get in the car (or grab the light rail, which stops right across the street) and head to St. Paul’s Lowertown and the new home of Bedlam Theater. You heard me. St....
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The Hothouse by Dark & Stormy Productions, performing at the Grain Belt Brewery

The Hothouse by Dark & Stormy Productions, performing at the Grain Belt Brewery

  Dark & Stormy Productions performs Harold Pinter‘s giddily nonsensical The Hothouse in ye olde Grain Belt Brewery’s Atrium (79 13th Ave. NE, through Jan 4). D&S excels at utilizing “found” venues for their plays – empty offices, warehouse spaces, etc. This lends the work a unique quality, seemingly half-improvised yet crafted and perfect....
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4000 Miles by Park Square Theatre

4000 Miles by Park Square Theatre

It’s those tell-tale hugs. Sweet, warm and tender, tension dissipating. Complete with comforting pats on the back: there, there. I think you’re just swell. I’m so glad you are who you are. Gosh. The hugs will clue you in: there’s no real danger in this play, little drama. It’s all about wordless healing, the...
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A Christmas Story the Musical at the Ordway

A Christmas Story the Musical at the Ordway

The Ordway is doing it up big this holiday season. “A Christmas Story the Musical” is a big show: big cast; big sets gliding on and off, and big production numbers that wow with a wink, as if to say, “We know this is a little over the top for the subject, but let’s go...
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