Category: Reviews

King Lear: a grandly produced disappointment

At the Guthrie, through April 2

Shakespeare’s King Lear is a dense tapestry of a play. Themes of loyalty, insanity, blindness, compassion and even base nature are all explored. Every director must choose what to emphasize and what to allow to pass without development. Guthrie artistic…

Anna In The Tropics: a missed opportunity

At the Jungle Theater through March 12

The Jungle Theater has opened its 2017 season with a play by Nilo Cruz, “Anna in the Tropics,” a Pulitzer Price winner for the playwright in 2003. The piece starts with the jewel most writers treasure: a little known slice-of-life,…

Marie Antoinette: featuring the sparkly Jane Froiland

Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Red Eye Theatre, 15 West 14th Street, Minneapolis, through March 4

Marie Antoinette never said, “They don’t have enough bread? Then let them eat cake.” This libel was perpetrated by the people of France who despised MA for her youth, her penchant for expensive jewelry, for dressing up as a shepherdess…

The Royal Family: fizzy, frothy — and long

At the Guthrie Theatre, through March 19

When it was first produced, 90 long years ago, George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber‘s The Royal Family had a different sort of meaning than now. Audiences back then were knowledgeable about, and were devotees of, theatrical dynasties – the…

Black Light: Be A Witness. Shine A Light.

Penumbra Theatre through February 12

You could go to Jomama Jones‘s BLACK LIGHT, and just enjoy Jomama’s considerable talent as she presents herself in sparkling evening gowns, a foot long afro and four-inch spiked heels. You could listen to the songs, bask in the talent of…