Category: Reviews

Review | The Humans: realism returns

Presented by the Hennepin Theatre Trust at the Orpheum, Minneapolis

It is Thanksgiving Day. A family gathers in the Manhattan Chinatown apartment that one of the daughters shares with her boyfriend. Grandmother, in a wheelchair, only somewhat “with it.” Sister, dealing with recent breakup. Mom, mother hen-ing, and Dad, doing…

Review | Assassins: overlong maybe, but fab

Theater Latté Da, through March 18

Ever wonder why the dapper Johnny Wilkes Booth murdered Abraham Lincoln? Laid awake at night sorting out the reasons why the cheerfully insane Charles Guiteau put a bullet in President Garfield’s back? Tried to figure out why the effervescently cute…

Review | The Wiz: a fun, funky fairytale

Penumbra and Children’s Theatre, performing at Children’s Theatre through March 18

The Twin Cities is blessed with many storied theater institutions, two of the most vital being the Children’s Theatre Company and Penumbra Theatre. Both have distinct missions – one to introduce theater in approachable ways to new generations and one…

Review | Noises Off: a fine British farce

Artistry Theater, through Feb 18

Noises Off is a perennially popular farce about all the things that can go wrong with a theatre production. Anyone who knows theatre knows the list is almost endless: last minute changes that rattle the actors, backstage romances that threaten…

Review | The Maids: pure energy

Dark & Stormy Productions, 77 13th Ave NE, though Feb 17

Like all of Dark & Stormy Productions plays, Jean Genet‘s The Maids is done in a small, empty office space in the old Grain Belt Brewery (77 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, through Feb 17). The space is intimate. The actors…

Review | A Steady Rain: solid

Of all the horrific things that have happened over the past fifty years the Jeffrey Dahmer story stands out. What makes it especially distressing is that a fourteen-year-old boy escaped from Dahmer’s basement apartment, ran naked to two Milwaukee police…

Review | Dot: glitter, with tarnished gold

Park Square Theatre, through Jan 7

Christmas time mingles past, present and future as families gather to celebrate and share common traditions and memories. So it’s no surprise to discover a play about a family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s during the holiday season when the loss of…