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Camelot at the Ordway

Camelot at the Ordway

Camelot (at the Ordway, through May 17) harkens back to a simpler age, when a sturdy chap like Lancelot could be an arrogant, egotistical, sword-twirling, overweening and preening , and still get the girl. Nowadays a fellow must pay at least lip-service to sensitivity and depth, without which the Gueneveres...
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forget me not when far away by Ten Thousand Things Theatre

forget me not when far away by Ten Thousand Things Theatre

In Kira Obolensky‘s delicious forget me not when far away, John Ploughman returns from an endless War (it feels like WWI, but who knows), limping into a town populated entirely by women. John is looking for Flora, his sainted ex, a woman who once sent him a letter, much read and, indeed, memorized. The...
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Plotholes: A Fool’s Foibles Produced by Interact Theater at Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts

Plotholes: A Fool’s Foibles Produced by Interact Theater at Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts

A cardboard box on the edge of the stage shakes. A black-costumed “imp” emerges, and then several more imps appear, each with its own disfigurement. Farting. With this appropriate irreverence, Interact Theater celebrates the move to its new home with “Plotholes: A Fool’s Foibles,” the first in an ambitious, three-year series of works under...
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Jersey Boys at the Orpheum Theatre

Jersey Boys at the Orpheum Theatre

As contemporaries of The Beatles in an era when that foursome was bending pop genre and Bob Dylan when he was openly protesting corruption, The Four Seasons made music for the everyman; the underemployed of America and our boys serving overseas. This much is proclaimed proudly and loudly by the members of the group...
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Peter Pan The Musical at Children’s Theatre Company

Peter Pan The Musical at Children’s Theatre Company

Brimming with playful charm, Peter Pan the Musical bounds onto the Children’s Theater stage, emphasizing the lighthearted excitement of the story’s well-known adventures while also offering up some nifty new tricks. The story is a mainstay for the company, having been told five times previously, but this production is the first to tell the...
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Hapgood, produced by Six Elements Theatre at Nimbus Theater

Hapgood, produced by Six Elements Theatre at Nimbus Theater

A man faces the audience, standing at a sink downstage center. He unhurriedly applies shaving cream, shaves, and ignores a considerable amount of coming and going behind him in this public swimming pool locker room. (It is CIA agent Ben Wates, played with nice subtlety by Song Kim, but no one knows this yet.)...
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For The Loyal by Illusion Theater

For The Loyal by Illusion Theater

The Illusion Theater’s stated mission is “to create theater that illuminates the illusions, myths and realities of our times and to catalyze personal and social change.” It makes sense, then, that the company would choose to premier Minnesota-born playwright Lee Blessing’s new play For The Loyal, which addresses the difficult conversation around child sexual...
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The Reagan Years, The Workhaus Collective performing at The Playwrights Center

The Reagan Years, The Workhaus Collective performing at The Playwrights Center

Do you, like me, remember the 1980s as a heady combination of amnestic hedonism and unapologetic avarice and acquisitiveness? If so, I bet you’ll enjoy Dominic Orlando‘s zippily paced The Reagan Years, a celebration (if that’s an appropriate word) of alcoholic rapacity, 80s-style. The opening image, of the bottle and beercan strewn Long Island...
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Pussy Valley at Mixed Blood Theatre

Pussy Valley at Mixed Blood Theatre

Katori Hall, to her credit, does not, in Pussy Valley (Mixed Blood Theatre, though May 10) have an agenda. No authorial condescension is in evidence. As a straight forward portrait of the denizens of the Pink Pony, a gritty titty bar in the over-heated Mississippi Delta, Pussy Valley works beautifully. We get the desperate...
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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Guthrie Theater

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Guthrie Theater

We live in apocalyptic times: permanent droughts in Australia and California (the state from which Mr. Burns, a post-electric play playwright Anne Washburn hails). Ocean acidification, disappearing icecaps, Bangladesh soon to be 60% under water, Pakistan 18%, large Chinese rivers which never reach the sea. The human species will expire, it seems clear (to...
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