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Ash Land by Transatlantic Love Affair, performing at Illusion Theater

Ash Land by Transatlantic Love Affair, performing at Illusion Theater

Here’s the ensemble-created plot of the affecting Ash Land (Transatlantic Love Affair, performing at Illusion Theater as part of their Lights Up! series, through Feb 22): John and Mary Stone’s farm is suffering the triple whammy of Drought, Dust and Depression.  But before the farm dies, Mary does, leaving her dreamy and hapless husband John...
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Push Button, Get Bacon produced by The Recovery Party at Bryant-Lake Bowl

Push Button, Get Bacon produced by The Recovery Party at Bryant-Lake Bowl

The Recovery Party returns to the Bryant-Lake Bowl with another serving of Push Button, Get Bacon. Sketches and satire, but no bacon. You’ll have to wait until the absolute last moment (no, not yet, not that moment… ok, now, this is the end. No, wait … ok, this is the end) to know what...
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar produced by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia at Children’s Theatre Company

Children’s Theatre Company is ready to brighten up a cold, dark winter evening – with black light. And what a dandy way it is to bring the stories of children’s book illustrator and writer, Eric Carle, to life on stage. The production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites by Mermaid...
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Cabaret by Theatre Latté Da, performing at the Pantages

Cabaret by Theatre Latté Da, performing at the Pantages

A match made in Thespic heaven: Theatre Latté Da, our premier purveyor of music theater, known for its non-treacly and trenchant intelligence and its astonishing ability to produce super-high-quality theater on a strict budget.  And Cabaret, (John) Kander and (Fred) Ebb‘s great masterpiece, set in the early 30s, in the Kit Kat Klub, where...
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The School For Lies at Park Square Theatre

The School For Lies at Park Square Theatre

A play has two primary sources of appeal.  First, there is the moment-by-moment texture.  Is it fun to act?  Fun to watch?  Does the language enthrall, are there compelling nooks and crannies in the characters?  Does the design provide good eye candy? And then you have the overall arc: what do the moments add...
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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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