Photo Set: Pearl Jam, 10/19/14

October 23, 2014
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Photos by Steven Cohen
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33 Variations at Park Square Theatre

October 18, 2014
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33 Variations at Park Square Theatre

Moisés Kaufman‘s 33 Variations (at Park Square Theatre through Nov 2) is a pool-of-light play. Played on a jumble of interlocking platforms, the play’s action takes place in apartments, offices, hospital waiting rooms, lecture halls, in New York, in Germany. Which is not to mention the huge segment of the play set in 1820s Vienna....
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A Steady Rain in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

October 17, 2014
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A Steady Rain in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

In the case of A Steady Rain (in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio through Nov 2), I must declare a prejudice: I dislike past tense material. Plays that depend on long set speeches about occurrences in the past violate, imho, ye olde creative writing saw, of “Show, Don’t Tell.” A Steady Rain tells. In it,...
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Master Class produced by Theater Latte Da at McPhail Center for Music

October 12, 2014
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Master Class produced by Theater Latte Da at McPhail Center for Music

Imagine sitting as an observer in a master class taught by Maria Callas, the enormously gifted and equally controversial singer who literally changed 20th century opera in her relatively short lifetime. This is the world we’re part of in Theater Latte Da’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class.” Sally Wingert as the famous diva...
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Class of 85 produced by Collide Theatrical Dance at the Southern Theater

October 11, 2014
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Class of 85 produced by Collide Theatrical Dance at the Southern Theater

Collide Theatrical Dance has done it again. No, they have outdone themselves. Artistic Director Regina Peluso’s creation, “Class of ’85,” may be campy with an airy premise, but the quality of the dancing and singing is so good that the whole evening is just, well … like, totally tubular! A group of wildly different...
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Colossal at Mixed Blood Theatre

October 10, 2014
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Colossal at Mixed Blood Theatre

What a gutsy title: Colossal (Mixed Blood, through Nov 9). Think what it implies: size, power, endurance, maleness, calculated violence, theatricality. A heady celebration of the game of football – and it is; football is truly one of the greatest games ever devised by human beings. Physicality, sweat and pure bristling exuberance. Mixed Blood’s...
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Romeo and Juliet produced by Ten Thousand Things Theater Co.

October 5, 2014
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Romeo and Juliet produced by Ten Thousand Things Theater Co.

What Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company (TTT) does consistently well is to dramatize what is timeless in a play. In this case, the play is “Romeo and Juliet,” one that’s been reimagined perhaps more than any other play. But under Peter Rothstein’s sensitive direction, I saw things I’d never seen before: the playful teenager...
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Seedfolks by the Children’s Theatre Company

October 3, 2014
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Seedfolks by the Children’s Theatre Company

In the affecting Seedfolks (Childrens Theatre Company, through Nov 16), the central metaphor is established early, and the play (adapted from a novel by Paul Fleischman; by whom the program provides no clue) never deviates from it: the garden. Planted initially by a young girl who puts a few bean seeds into the ground...
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“Miss Julie” produced by Theatre Coup d’Etat at the American Swedish Institute

October 2, 2014
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“Miss Julie” produced by Theatre Coup d’Etat at the American Swedish Institute

“You’re strange,” Jean says. “Everything is strange … life … people,” Miss Julie answers. So begins the interplay between the aristocratic young woman and her father’s valet in Theatre Coup d’Etat’s production of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie.” With the audience seated in comfortable, period-correct chairs, arranged around three sides of the upstairs ballroom of...
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Gabriel produced by Walking Shadow Theatre Co. at the Theater Garage

September 30, 2014
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Gabriel produced by Walking Shadow Theatre Co. at the Theater Garage

It is 3+ years into World War II. The British island of Guernsey, situated perilously close to the European continent, is under German occupation. It’s a fairly cushy assignment for a German officer, and a tenuous balance of control and limited tolerance is maintained with the few local residents who have not fled to...
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