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Extremities by Dark And Stormy Productions

Extremities by Dark And Stormy Productions

  * * * SPOILER ALERT * * * It is impossible to write about William Mastrosimone‘s crudely effective Extremities (Dark & Stormy Productions, performing in the Grain Belt Warehouse, through Sept 19) without revealing crucial plot details. So if you’ve already made your rezzies or if you firmly plan to see this show...
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The Pirates Of Penzance at the Ordway

The Pirates Of Penzance at the Ordway

The first thing to say about the Ordway’s rollicking production of the William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan classic The Pirates Of Penzance (in the cavernous Ordway, through August 16): it’s good. Excellent, in fact. Especially the music. Everyone sings the wonderful music with laudable authority. Everybody. Especially (as a reviewer, I’m obigated to single...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 5, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 5, 2015

  THE FAMOUS HAYDELL SISTERS COMEBACK TOUR – Nomad World Pub Th 8/6 5:30; F 8/7 5:30; Sa 8/8 5:30; Su 8/9 5:30 What privilege to be able to see the Haydell Sisters, Maybelle and Mattie. The last time they were in town they played at the Target Center, a well-known music venue. This...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 2, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 2, 2015

A mere two today:   SIREN SONG – Rarig Experimental T 8/4 8:30; W 8/5 10:00; Sa 8/8 4:00 I wandered into Siren Song with no idea of what it would be: there was no line and, significantly, no program. Would Siren Song be a solo performance? A musical? A dance piece? A rollicking...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 1, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 1, 2015

Reviewed in this batch: A WOMAN IN BERLIN, HEARTLESS and FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE   A WOMAN IN BERLIN – Nimbus M 8/3 8:30; Th 8/6 7:00; Sa 8/8 4:00 “Now is the time for our revenge!” crowed a Red Army commander in 1945 as the Soviet army viciously ravaged Germany. A Woman In...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 31, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 31, 2015

Three shows today:   BY MOONLIGHT – Rarig Arena Su 8/2 1:00, M 8/3 8:30, F 8/7 8:30, Su 8/9 5:30 By Moonlight – written and directed by theater artist extraordinaire (he writes, acts, directs) Ben Kreilkamp – makes no straightforward sense. By Moonlight lacks an easily summarizable plot. Which it makes it perfect...
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Stage Kiss at the Guthrie Theater

Stage Kiss at the Guthrie Theater

The tone of the comically overwrought show within Sarah Ruhl’s splendidly-crafted backstage satire Stage Kiss (at the Guthrie, through Aug 30) is described, with no lack of consternation from its director, as “slippery.” Nobody is really sure if it should be played earnestly or for laughs, and no one wants to make up their mind...
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Kinky Boots at the Orpheum

Kinky Boots at the Orpheum

Va-Va-Voom! Kinky Boots (at the Orpheum only through Aug 2; see it while it’s still here) comes alive when sexy Lola – she of the svelte bod, the muscular thighs, the sly come-hither smile, the wigs – sashays and struts across the stage. Kyle Taylor Parker, in matchless drag, plays Lola with zestful gusto....
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The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater

The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater has picked what may be the world’s most perfectly constructed musical for its summer audiences. Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is just brilliant writing, and that’s all there is to it—a musical comedy lovers’ musical, and a classic for all time. This production, I’m so happy to say, has shown the...
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Choir Boy at the Guthrie Theater

Choir Boy at the Guthrie Theater

Easily the best aspect of the Guthrie‘s incisive production of Tarell Alvin McCraney‘s Choir Boy (in the Dowling Studio, through July 5) is John-Michael Lyles‘ performance as the lead, Pharus. Lyles is overtly fey, gesticulating wildly, with a rich tenor voice. He compels. Lyles has that natural performer quality, that mysterious thing makes you want...
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