Category: Theater

Review | The Unscripted Minnesota Holiday: improvised fun

Bryant-Lake Bowl through December 8

Looking for a little alternative holiday entertainment? Something that doesn’t require dressing up or pondering the financial commitment for the tickets? Well, here it is: Dangerboat Productions “The Unscripted Minnesota Holiday” at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater – and it’s family-friendly…

Review | Black Nativity: pure delight

Penumbra Theatre, through Dec 24

Great balls of Gospel fire! Toe tapping tuneage! Satan-busting religiosity! Take me now, Lord! If Black Nativity (Penumbra Theatre, through, appropriately, Dec 24) doesn’t utterly transport you into an exquisite world of Gospel-fueled Christmas passion, well then, you have deep…

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…