The Great Work in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

December 22, 2015
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The Great Work in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

It is one of the true joys of the Twin Cities that emerging, passionate artists are provided space to flex their creative talents and share new works. These productions play a vital role in pushing the stage in fresh directions and many times test the boundaries of theatrical storytelling. Perhaps this is why 7th...
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Sunshine by Dark & Stormy Productions, performing in the old Grain Belt Brewery

December 16, 2015
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Sunshine by Dark & Stormy Productions, performing in the old Grain Belt Brewery

Sunshine is having a terrible, no-good, very bad day. First, she works a long shift at the (sex) Club Paradise, dancing desultorily (and behind a dirty window) for pathetically lonely men, men who masturbate openly onto the concrete (one hopes) floor. Then, chased down a late-nite street by her abusive husband, Sunshine barges into...
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Between the Worlds at Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

December 12, 2015
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Between the Worlds at Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre does theater like nobody else, making the familiar larger than life and turning the ordinary into magic. “Between the Worlds,” which opened Friday night, is a celebration of the wonders that only happen in the cold and darkness of winter. It’s a world populated...
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A Midwinter Night’s Revel by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Red Eye Theater

December 11, 2015
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A Midwinter Night’s Revel by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Red Eye Theater

‘Tis the season. We at HowWasTheShow.com have avoided the holiday repeats and the treacly: A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, The Sound Of Mucous, The Wizard Of Oz, et al. But the Berglunds did visit Penumbra’s Black Nativity (they liked it). Although not a Xmas show per se, Mari Wittenbreer reviewed the feel-good Sister Act...
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Black Nativity by Penumbra Theatre

December 6, 2015
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Black Nativity by Penumbra Theatre

If you find your seasonal liturgy lacking in energy, or you need a kick in the pants to get in the Christmas spirit, Penumbra Theatre’s Black Nativity will likely do the trick. The production, the company’s 28th rendition to date, is a family tradition for many and serves as a apt welcome to the...
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Open Window Theatre to present “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

December 2, 2015
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Open Window Theatre to present “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

Open Window Theatre is not easy to find, even though it’s close to downtown and right off the freeway. But it’s a darn sweet space and worth haggling with Google’s voice-activated GPS to find it. (The Google voice had it right, by the way, but didn’t understand that the parking area and entrance are...
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Edgar Allan Poe’s Nutcracker (the un-ballet) by Interact Theater

November 29, 2015
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Edgar Allan Poe’s Nutcracker (the un-ballet) by Interact Theater

Edgar Allan Poe’s Nutcracker (the un-ballet) is a weird and wonderful production created by Interact Center’s ensemble and performed by them under the direction of Taous Claire Khazem and Scotty Reynolds at their new home (1860  Minnehaha Avenue West) in St Paul. The play, inspired by Poe’s short story “Hop Frog” and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s...
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The Cocoanuts at the Guthrie Theater

November 22, 2015
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The Cocoanuts at the Guthrie Theater

Palimpsest theater. A palimpsest (as you undoubtedly know) is a manuscript in which the original text has been erased and new text written over it. Ah, but the original text is still visible. The Guthrie‘s hyperly wonderful The Cocoanuts is the theatrical version of this. The 2015 play zips right along, ah, but in...
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Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, Hennepin Theatre Trust performing at the Orpheum

November 18, 2015
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Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, Hennepin Theatre Trust performing at the Orpheum

Sh. The dyspeptic Critic is here, but I think he’s asleep. Let’s not wake him. He has a distressing tendency to belch out his poisonous opinions with room-clearing fervor. Let’s talk softly. Carole King‘s 70s album Tapestries was the soundtrack of my lovely play-going companion’s life. They meant a lot her (and rather less...
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C.L.U. produced by Collide Theatrical Dance at the Ritz Theater

November 14, 2015
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C.L.U. produced by Collide Theatrical Dance at the Ritz Theater

Remember the old board game, “Clue?” Ever seen a dance version of it? In Collide Theatrical Dance Company’s “C.L.U.” the saucy maid may poison the victim in the kitchen, or the malevolent Ms. Snow strangle him in the bedroom (or was it the butler with the knife in the dining room?), but they all...
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