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Annapurna at The Jungle Theater

Annapurna at The Jungle Theater

We are introduced to Ulysses, the hermitous center of Sharr White’s marital dramedy Annapurna (The Jungle Theater, through October 18) as he is frying rotten sausage in the dilapidated confines of his ramshackle trailer. He is clothed in nothing but a shabby apron and has an oxygen tank hanging from a makeshift backpack. The...
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Akeelah And The Bee at the Children’s Theatre Company

Akeelah And The Bee at the Children’s Theatre Company

Akeelah And The Bee (Children’s Theatre Company, through Oct 11) tells a real story. The characters have substance, arcs, power. There is a plot, and it’s a plot you can get your teeth into. Akeelah Anderson, a focused and passionate eleven yo girl from the southside of Chicago rises above the mean streets of...
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Extremities by Dark And Stormy Productions

Extremities by Dark And Stormy Productions

  * * * SPOILER ALERT * * * It is impossible to write about William Mastrosimone‘s crudely effective Extremities (Dark & Stormy Productions, performing in the Grain Belt Warehouse, through Sept 19) without revealing crucial plot details. So if you’ve already made your rezzies or if you firmly plan to see this show...
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The Pirates Of Penzance at the Ordway

The Pirates Of Penzance at the Ordway

The first thing to say about the Ordway’s rollicking production of the William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan classic The Pirates Of Penzance (in the cavernous Ordway, through August 16): it’s good. Excellent, in fact. Especially the music. Everyone sings the wonderful music with laudable authority. Everybody. Especially (as a reviewer, I’m obigated to single...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 5, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 5, 2015

  THE FAMOUS HAYDELL SISTERS COMEBACK TOUR – Nomad World Pub Th 8/6 5:30; F 8/7 5:30; Sa 8/8 5:30; Su 8/9 5:30 What privilege to be able to see the Haydell Sisters, Maybelle and Mattie. The last time they were in town they played at the Target Center, a well-known music venue. This...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 2, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 2, 2015

A mere two today:   SIREN SONG – Rarig Experimental T 8/4 8:30; W 8/5 10:00; Sa 8/8 4:00 I wandered into Siren Song with no idea of what it would be: there was no line and, significantly, no program. Would Siren Song be a solo performance? A musical? A dance piece? A rollicking...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 1, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 1, 2015

Reviewed in this batch: A WOMAN IN BERLIN, HEARTLESS and FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE   A WOMAN IN BERLIN – Nimbus M 8/3 8:30; Th 8/6 7:00; Sa 8/8 4:00 “Now is the time for our revenge!” crowed a Red Army commander in 1945 as the Soviet army viciously ravaged Germany. A Woman In...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 31, 2015

MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 31, 2015

Three shows today:   BY MOONLIGHT – Rarig Arena Su 8/2 1:00, M 8/3 8:30, F 8/7 8:30, Su 8/9 5:30 By Moonlight – written and directed by theater artist extraordinaire (he writes, acts, directs) Ben Kreilkamp – makes no straightforward sense. By Moonlight lacks an easily summarizable plot. Which it makes it perfect...
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Stage Kiss at the Guthrie Theater

Stage Kiss at the Guthrie Theater

The tone of the comically overwrought show within Sarah Ruhl’s splendidly-crafted backstage satire Stage Kiss (at the Guthrie, through Aug 30) is described, with no lack of consternation from its director, as “slippery.” Nobody is really sure if it should be played earnestly or for laughs, and no one wants to make up their mind...
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Kinky Boots at the Orpheum

Kinky Boots at the Orpheum

Va-Va-Voom! Kinky Boots (at the Orpheum only through Aug 2; see it while it’s still here) comes alive when sexy Lola – she of the svelte bod, the muscular thighs, the sly come-hither smile, the wigs – sashays and struts across the stage. Kyle Taylor Parker, in matchless drag, plays Lola with zestful gusto....
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