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Pericles at the Guthrie Theater

Pericles at the Guthrie Theater

Who wrote Pericles? Scholars argue. Some claim that William Shakespeare wrote it all. Or that he wrote none of it. Or that he wrote half of it (the last half). Or that he collaborated on the play with the well-known pimp George Wilkins (Wilkins’s “inn” was a brothel). The Guthrie (where Pericles runs on...
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Great Expectations at Park Square Theatre

Great Expectations at Park Square Theatre

Ah. Great Expectations. The most, arguably, beloved story by our most, arguably, beloved author, Charles Dickens. You know the plot (and if you don’t, well, go, quickly, to Park Square Theatre – the play runs through Feb 7 – and be informed): the heroically unselfish Pip aids the escaped convict; befriends the insane (the...
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Lullaby by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater

Lullaby by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater

A world premiere written by Michael Elyanow and directed by Jeremy Cohen, Lullaby (Theatre Latté Da, through Feb 7 performing at the Ritz Theater) is a story of family drama, broken relationships, mental illness, and grief aided by contemporary rock tunes. To those who are familiar, this may sound a lot like 2008’s Broadway...
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Dear World by Ten Thousand Things

Dear World by Ten Thousand Things

Dear World (at Ten Thousand Things through Feb 7; various venues; please visit the TTT website for specific info) is decidedly un-glitzy. This despite a book (based on Jean Giraudoux’s The Madwoman Of Chaillot) by big-stage sentimentalists Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee and music by the ageing king of Broadway Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, La...
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The Frog Bride at the Children’s Theatre Co.

The Frog Bride at the Children’s Theatre Co.

When approaching a play for the youngest of children should a reviewer attempt to project how youngsters will respond to the show, or review the work from an adult’s sensibilities? In the case of The Frog Bride (recommended for age 3 and up) now playing at the Children’s Theatre Company (through Feb 28) there...
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The Beauty Queen Of Leenane by Theatre Pro Rata performing on the Andy Boss Stage at Park Square

The Beauty Queen Of Leenane by Theatre Pro Rata performing on the Andy Boss Stage at Park Square

The fate of the Irish is well explored territory in the last one hundred years of drama. For Twin Cities’ audiences, the latest offering in this genre is Theatre Pro Rata’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Park Square’s Boss Stage, through Jan 24). A playwright wanting to bring something new to Irish drama has...
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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at the State Theatre

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder at the State Theatre

You’ve been waiting for this one, right? A fresh new writing and production team, a ridiculous premise, the Tony Award for Best Musical … Well, I’m here to tell you, the wait for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” is worth it. It’s fast, it’s farcical and funny, funny, funny! This is intelligent,...
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The Great Work in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

The Great Work in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

It is one of the true joys of the Twin Cities that emerging, passionate artists are provided space to flex their creative talents and share new works. These productions play a vital role in pushing the stage in fresh directions and many times test the boundaries of theatrical storytelling. Perhaps this is why 7th...
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Sunshine by Dark & Stormy Productions, performing in the old Grain Belt Brewery

Sunshine by Dark & Stormy Productions, performing in the old Grain Belt Brewery

Sunshine is having a terrible, no-good, very bad day. First, she works a long shift at the (sex) Club Paradise, dancing desultorily (and behind a dirty window) for pathetically lonely men, men who masturbate openly onto the concrete (one hopes) floor. Then, chased down a late-nite street by her abusive husband, Sunshine barges into...
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Between the Worlds at Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Between the Worlds at Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre does theater like nobody else, making the familiar larger than life and turning the ordinary into magic. “Between the Worlds,” which opened Friday night, is a celebration of the wonders that only happen in the cold and darkness of winter. It’s a world populated...
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