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The White Snake at the Guthrie Theater

The White Snake at the Guthrie Theater

The most remarkable, imo, aspect of Mary Zimmerman‘s lush and lavish The White Snake (at the Guthrie, through October 19): its restraint. I doubt you’ll see a more design-y play this season. Every moment of this piece is lovingly crafted and perfected. Yet there no gee-whiz-look-at-me self-consciousness, no inflated ain’t-we-gifted pomposity, no tastelessness whatsoever....
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Middle Brother by Mu Performing Arts, performing at the Southern Theater

Middle Brother by Mu Performing Arts, performing at the Southern Theater

  Mu Performing Arts continues its ongoing exploration of adoption (and specifically Korean adoption) with an production of Eric Sharp‘s entertaining Middle Brother (at the Southern, through September 28). The play is witty, creative and incisively intelligent, all at the same time. And it’s also a birth family search and this has very nearly...
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Minnesota Fringe 2014

Minnesota Fringe 2014

It’s that magic time of year again, when local theater folk drain their cowboy coffees and step forward (and when national artists working the extensive Fringe circuit bring themselves and their talent to our fair city) and, green-lighting themselves, throw the biggest theater party around: the Minnesota Fringe Festival. 168 shows and many hundreds...
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A Little Night Music by Mu Performing Arts, performing at Park Square Theatre

A Little Night Music by Mu Performing Arts, performing at Park Square Theatre

In Stephen Sondheim‘s marvelous A Little Night Music (Mu Performing Arts performing at Park Square Theatre, through Aug 10) little surprise or tension lies in the playing-out of the characters’ predictable arcs. Frederik is married, sexlessly, to Anne. Famous matinee idol Desiree Armfeldt reappears. She and Frederik make love, to the consternation of her...
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My Fair Lady at the Guthrie

My Fair Lady at the Guthrie

Valiant and übertalented HowWasTheShow.com-ers, Janet Preus and John Olive, attended the Tuesday evening performance of My Fair Lady (at the Guthrie, through Aug 31). They then betook themselves down to Sea Change for beverages, salty french fries and pithy conversation, excerpted herewith: John Olive: The audience enjoyed My Fair Lady, insanely. Janet Preus: They...
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The Heiress at the Jungle Theater

The Heiress at the Jungle Theater

Money. It corrupts, perverts and, ultimately, kills. Can love survive money? The Heiress (at the Jungle Theater, through August 10) rather disturbingly concludes that it cannot. Thank God I don’t have any. But The Heiress (written 1947 by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, based on a Henry James novella) isn’t simply a shrill (and dismisable)...
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Ghost: the Musical presented by the Hennepin Theater Trust at the Orpheum Theater

Ghost: the Musical presented by the Hennepin Theater Trust at the Orpheum Theater

The Hennepin Theater Trust brings a new Broadway production of a successful and acclaimed film, reincarnated for live theater as “Ghost: the Musical.” If you’d love to see just what technical marvels are possible on the live stage, this is your show. If you love musicals for a well-crafted story, uplifting music and clever...
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Berlin To Broadway With Kurt Weill by Skylark Opera

Berlin To Broadway With Kurt Weill by Skylark Opera

Among the pleasures – there are many – of Skylark Opera‘s lovely Berlin To Broadway With Kurt Weill (at Concordia’s E.M. Pearson Theatre through June 21) is the nifty comparison it provides between Weill’s gritty and soaring European music with his elegant American output. A genuine musical chameleon was Weill; it astonishes that so...
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Don Pasquale, produced by Lyric Opera of the North (LOON) in Duluth

Don Pasquale, produced by Lyric Opera of the North (LOON) in Duluth

Twin Citieans are regular visitors to Duluth, escaping to the shores of Lake Superior, cooled by the big lake, maybe in search of a semi-wilderness experience “up the shore,” accompanied by fresh fish and fine local brews. I can give you another great reason to get outa town: Lyric Opera of the North, aka...
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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Minneapolis Musical Theatre, performing at the New Century Theatre

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Minneapolis Musical Theatre, performing at the New Century Theatre

Andrew Jackson, our seventh President, was a nasty piece of work. A westerner (from the frontier state of Tennessee), Jackson owned slaves, gleefully massacred native Americans, slew men in duels, bigamously married his wife, battled his way to the Presidency, destroyed hundreds of banks and, most infamously, engineered the “Indian Removal Act” of 1830,...
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