Reviews

The Whale by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Mixed Blood

The Whale by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Mixed Blood

The Whale, by Samuel D. Hunter (Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Mixed Blood Theatre, through Dec 20), is a grim little play. In it, we watch Charlie, the eponymous whale, committing suicide by gluttony. In the years since his boyfriend’s death (pneumonia complicated by anorexia), Charlie’s weight has ballooned. “It’s been a long...
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Loves Labours Lost by The Moving Company at the Lab Theater

Loves Labours Lost by The Moving Company at the Lab Theater

The Moving Company’s reimagined “Love’s Labours Lost” is not your usual Shakespeare play, but this company “reimagines” theater the way the rest of us order lunch. This show is clever, beautiful and downright funny. Steven Epp’s and Nathan Keepers’ performances, co-imagined and directed by Dominique Serrand, are physical comedy marvels. Paired with Heidi Bakke as Jacquenetta,...
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On Golden Pond at the Jungle Theater

On Golden Pond at the Jungle Theater

The Jungle Theater closes its season with the familiar and lovely “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson, starring a “golden” duo, Bain Boehlke and Wendy Lehr. I don’t know how many shows Boehlke and Lehr have done together, or “how far back they go,” but I do know that there are few theater artists...
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Disenchanted produced by Casting Spells Productions at the Illusion Theater

Disenchanted produced by Casting Spells Productions at the Illusion Theater

In case you missed it last year, “Disenchanted!” produced by Casting Spells Productions has returned for a pre-holidays run at the Illusion Theater. Bright, clever and all in good fun, this modern take on the heroines of classic children’s Disney movies also has a solid—and serious—premise holding the whole thing up. Is it a...
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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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The House on Mango Street produced by Park Square Theatre at the Andy Boss Stage

The House on Mango Street produced by Park Square Theatre at the Andy Boss Stage

Park Square Theatre celebrated the opening of its new Andy Boss Thrust Stage with “The House on Mango Street,” an adaptation by Amy Ludwig of Sandra Cisneros’ book. True to the original, the play dances from one episode to another in the life of Cisneros’ adolescent main character, retaining the narrative quality of the...
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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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Master Class produced by Theater Latte Da at McPhail Center for Music

Master Class produced by Theater Latte Da at McPhail Center for Music

Imagine sitting as an observer in a master class taught by Maria Callas, the enormously gifted and equally controversial singer who literally changed 20th century opera in her relatively short lifetime. This is the world we’re part of in Theater Latte Da’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class.” Sally Wingert as the famous diva...
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Class of 85 produced by Collide Theatrical Dance at the Southern Theater

Class of 85 produced by Collide Theatrical Dance at the Southern Theater

Collide Theatrical Dance has done it again. No, they have outdone themselves. Artistic Director Regina Peluso’s creation, “Class of ’85,” may be campy with an airy premise, but the quality of the dancing and singing is so good that the whole evening is just, well … like, totally tubular! A group of wildly different...
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