Category: Theater

Anna In The Tropics: a missed opportunity

At the Jungle Theater through March 12

The Jungle Theater has opened its 2017 season with a play by Nilo Cruz, “Anna in the Tropics,” a Pulitzer Price winner for the playwright in 2003. The piece starts with the jewel most writers treasure: a little known slice-of-life,…

Marie Antoinette: featuring the sparkly Jane Froiland

Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Red Eye Theatre, 15 West 14th Street, Minneapolis, through March 4

Marie Antoinette never said, “They don’t have enough bread? Then let them eat cake.” This libel was perpetrated by the people of France who despised MA for her youth, her penchant for expensive jewelry, for dressing up as a shepherdess…

The Royal Family: fizzy, frothy — and long

At the Guthrie Theatre, through March 19

When it was first produced, 90 long years ago, George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber‘s The Royal Family had a different sort of meaning than now. Audiences back then were knowledgeable about, and were devotees of, theatrical dynasties – the…

Black Light: Be A Witness. Shine A Light.

Penumbra Theatre through February 12

You could go to Jomama Jones‘s BLACK LIGHT, and just enjoy Jomama’s considerable talent as she presents herself in sparkling evening gowns, a foot long afro and four-inch spiked heels. You could listen to the songs, bask in the talent of…

Little Shop Of Horrors: Twisted Fun

Artistry, performing at the Bloomington Center For The Arts, through Feb 19

Americans have an affinity for ghoulish comedies. Arsenic and Old Lace, recently revived by the Guthrie, has kept audiences laughing at two murderous old ladies for generations. Rocky Horror Picture Show is another more recent example of this peculiarly American…

Liberty Falls 54321: a camp classic

The Moving Company, performing at the Lab Theater, through Feb 5

What is theatrical camp? I pondered thith pithy question as I made my way down frozen Portland Avenue after the opening of The Moving Company‘s goofily effective Liberty Falls 54321 (a remount of a play originally done in 2015). I concluded:…