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Xtreme Theatre Smackdown, produced by Theatre Unbound

Xtreme Theatre Smackdown, produced by Theatre Unbound

It’s called the Xtreme Theatre Smackdown: Six playwrighting teams, a collection of actors and directors, and all y’all out there who provided input on the producing company’s (Theatre Unbound) website. Judging by the size of the audience, that was a respectable number of Smackdown enthusiasts. Here’s how it works: Theater Unbound “referees” choose the...
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The Phantom Of The Opera at the Orpheum Theatre

The Phantom Of The Opera at the Orpheum Theatre

The Phantom Of The Opera (playing at the Orpheum through Jan 5) has become an international phenomenon.  It opened in London and on Broadway in the late 1980s and is still running, having racked up more than 10,000 perfs.  Dozens of production grace the stages of the world (Las Vegas, Tokyo, Paris, et al). ...
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Black Nativity: A Holiday Concert at Penumbra Theatre

Black Nativity: A Holiday Concert at Penumbra Theatre

If you see one Christmas show this year, pick Black Nativity: A Holiday Concert. It’s absolutely wonderful, and it will make you feel wonderful, too. Penumbra Theatre is much more than Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity but it is the show most beloved of this local treasure. This year’s—number thirty-something?—is simply staged in their cozy...
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A Christmas Pudding at Open Window Theatre

A Christmas Pudding at Open Window Theatre

Are you not the type for irreverence? Not in the mood for a blockbuster Broadway show? Wondering what happened to wholesome, traditional Christmas variety shows? Open Window Theatre has an answer for you. “A Christmas Pudding,” adapted by David Birney and directed by Greta Grosch is a pleasant and nostalgic evening of readings and...
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The Sexual Life Of Savages, Walking Shadow Theatre Company performing at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

The Sexual Life Of Savages, Walking Shadow Theatre Company performing at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

The Sexual Life Of Savages (Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at the Theatre Garage, through Dec 14).  What a gutsy, ambitious, throw-down-the-gauntlet title.  Here, the title seems to suggest, you will find a play about crazed reptilian passion.  The characters may inhabit the 21st century but they will live close to the human bone,...
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Cinderella at the Children’s Theatre Company

Cinderella at the Children’s Theatre Company

In Cinderella (at the Children’s Theatre Company, through Jan 5), Cinderella’s ugly (an understatement) stepsisters, Pearl and Dorcas, are played by CTC vets Dean Holt and Reed  Sigmund.  Her deliciously malevolent stepmother is portrayed by Autumn Ness. Wow.  Never have I witnessed, in all my years of theater-going, such over-the-top scenery-chewing.  These actors screech...
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Driving Miss Daisy at the Jungle Theater

Driving Miss Daisy at the Jungle Theater

Wendy Lehr is in this play!  James Craven!  Holy moley! Why can’t live theater generate Twins-like, Vikings-esque excitement?  Certainly, seeing artists of the caliber of Lehr and Craven bring a play to life is at least as exciting as watching Joe Maurer go 0-for-4, or contemplating Adrian Peterson as he snares poorly thrown passes...
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Online Journalism by the Theater of Public Policy at Huge Improv

Online Journalism by the Theater of Public Policy at Huge Improv

The Theater of Public Policy. Sounds auspicious, doesn’t it? Either they do very serious stuff, or they make fun of very serious stuff. Actually, they do both. Monday night’s “Online Journalism” at Huge Improv Theater started with a casual interview between “host” Tane Danger and the improv group’s guests, Bob Collins, who writes the...
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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, State Theater

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, State Theater

“Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” billed a “supernatural blues and roots musical,” is the creation of author Stephen King, and musicians John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. Clearly the writers have the credentials to write a) about the supernatural, and b) blues and roots music. It’s an intriguing idea; the songwriter/arrangers unquestionably have musical...
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For Sale by The Moving Company at the Lab Theater

For Sale by The Moving Company at the Lab Theater

“What would you call that?” my faithful theater mate asked. “It’s an interactive, semi-improvisational comedy,” I answered, putting the words together slowly. “Oh,” he said, “It’s sort of hard to describe, isn’t it? Really funny, though.” And that’s it in a nutshell. You might have seen interactive, improvisational shows, but The Moving Company’s new...
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