Category: Theater

Roller Derby Queen: overlong, yes, but still effective

SOS Theater, performing at the Gremlin Theatre, through Nov 26

The central conceit of Michele Lepsche‘s affecting (and challenging) Roller Derby Queen (SOS Theater, performing in the wonderful Gremlin space – 550 Vandalia in St. Paul – through Nov 26) is terrific: Florence has ensconced herself in a junk-choked house…

The Privateer: an amusing, uneven swashbuckler

Transatlantic Love Affair, performing at Illusion Theater, through November 18

If you consider yourself a Twin Cities theater devotee and haven’t seen a production from Transatlantic Love Affair, you must. Their unique approach to theater, with actors offering their bodies and voices as versatile replacements for physical sets, props, and…

Hamlet: timeless and brand new

Park Square Theatre through Nov. 11

If there is one word in theater that’s recognized globally, it must be “Hamlet;” to take on this play is a somber responsibility. Park Square Theatre, under the guiding hand of director and scenic designer Joel Sass, has opened a…

Wedding Band: a frightening love story

Penumbra Theatre, through November 12

Interracial marriage used to be illegal? Yikes. That was in the Bad Old Days. We now live, thank heaven, in an era in which love = love. Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court (Loving v. Virginia in 1967; the recent…

The Music Man: seeworthy

Artistry Theater, 1800 Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, through Nov 5

To begin on a mercantile note: Artistry Theater charges $41 for a ticket to The Music Man (Artistry, 1800 Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, through Nov 5). This is 1/4 of what they get at the Orpheum, 1/3 of what…

How To Use A Knife: sharp and entertaining

Mixed Blood Theatre, through October 15

Will Snider‘s raucous How To Use A Knife (Mixed Blood, through Oct 15) niftily captures the cascading chaos of a modern American restaurant kitchen. Chef George rides herd – well, tries to – on his crazed Guatamalan line chefs, Miguel…

Hoopla Train: goofy, beery fun

Sod House Theater. Various venues; go to sodhousetheater.org for info, through Oct 15

In order to enjoy the appealing Hoopla Train (Sod House Theater, various venues, through Oct 15; visit sodhousetheater.com for specific info), it helps to make a commitment: to beer. Avoid hard liquor. You don’t wanna get snaky drunk. You want…