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Tribes at the Guthrie Theater

Tribes at the Guthrie Theater

Tribes by Nina Raine (at the Guthrie Theater, through November 10) fascinates most when addressing  the nature of language: what is the connection between abstract language and the gloriously messy life it represents?  And: is deaf signing a real language?  Can it be used to develop abstract ideas?  Express irony?  What about intense emotions? ...
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Miss Saigon at the Ordway

Miss Saigon at the Ordway

Why do we go to the theater? For the acting.  Actors amaze and thrill us with their uncanny ability to become something else, to overcome the pain and sorrow of their existence.  To triumph, always, over the circumstances of their lives (even if this triumph means death).  No other artists do this so well...
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Displaced Hindu Gods: A Trilogy Of Plays at Mixed Blood Theatre

Displaced Hindu Gods: A Trilogy Of Plays at Mixed Blood Theatre

Aditi Brennan Kapil‘s trilogy  Displaced Hindu Gods opens Mixed Blood Theatre‘s 2013-14 season; the plays run through Oct 27.  HowWasTheShow.com sent its three theater reviewers (Janet Preus, Dominic Orlando and John Olive) to cover the Oct 5 opening.  Each filed reviews:   Brahmin/i  Reviewed by Janet Preus: Brahman/i, subtitled “a one-hijra stand-up comedy show,”...
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Nature Theatre Of Oklahoma, At The Walker Art Center

Nature Theatre Of Oklahoma, At The Walker Art Center

Alternately exhilarating and tedious, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma’s “Life and Times:  Episode One” is, without a doubt, a one-of-a-kind experience. “Life and Times” is a sung-thru music-theatre piece, using as its libretto 16 hours of recorded audio—company member Kristin Worrall answering the simple question “Can you tell me your life story”. And boy, does...
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Steerage Song by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Lab Theater

Steerage Song by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Lab Theater

What a grand adventure! To pack your belongings into a few small suitcases and then, traveling alone or perhaps with your wife and children, to say good-bye – Permanently!  Never to see them again! – to your friends and family in the old world.  To take passage in the fetid steerage hold of a...
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Disenchanted by Casting Spells Productions at the Ritz Theater

Disenchanted by Casting Spells Productions at the Ritz Theater

If you’re an aficionado of (I nearly said “addicted to”) exuberant, campy and fiercely funny musical comedies then Disenchanted (at the Ritz Theater, through Oct 13) is for you.  The show is niftily staged by director Mark Bergren, with the help of producer James Detmar (the program is unclear about this).   The design thrills...
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Wicked at the Orpheum Theater

Wicked at the Orpheum Theater

Is there any point, really, in reviewing “Wicked”? By now, everyone’s seen it, loved it, hated it, or made up their minds after simply hearing about it and/or reading someone else’s review.  Why write another one? The children—you say.  Think of the children.  Future generations.  Minnesotans yet born who will someday take this important...
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Ivey 2013, At The Historic State Theatre

Ivey 2013, At The Historic State Theatre

Good morning, Minneapolis!  Dominic couldn’t make the awards Monday Night, so he sent me, Cousin Donny!  All the way from Los Angeles, but I’m always happy to spend a weekend away from that glittering ratrap! Sorry to file so late, Cuz, but things got a little out of hand Monday night.  I’m talking, of...
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The 9th Annual Ivey Awards

The 9th Annual Ivey Awards

It was the Twin Cities theater community’s annual love fest last night, and I say that with great affection. I so enjoy my role in it, and it’s a pleasure to watch all of it come together with rousing cheers, genuine gratitude and a great show. Decked out in full-length gowns (not all of...
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Good People at Park Square Theatre

Good People at Park Square Theatre

  One can’t help but compare David Lindsay-Abaire‘s breezy and likable Good People (at Park Square, through Oct 6) with Bruce Norris’s bleak Clybourne Park, recently produced at the Guthrie.  Both plays address the unspoken elephant in the American room.  For Norris, it’s race; for Lindsay-Abaire, the elephant is class.  Clybourne Park may be...
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