And The World Goes ‘Round at the Jungle Theater

April 3, 2015
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And The World Goes ‘Round at the Jungle Theater

Miss Latté Da’s exquisite production of Cabaret last year? You can atone, by betaking yourself down to the jewel box Jungle and taking in the sophisticated and entertaining revue of John Kander and Fred Ebb songs, And The World Goes ‘Round (at the Jungle, through May 24). For nonstop energy, grab-you-by-the-collar enthusiasm, and pure...
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The Illusionists at the Ordway

March 25, 2015
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The Illusionists at the Ordway

David: Bringing seven of the world’s foremost modern conjurers to the same stage, the touring production of The Illusionists (at the Ordway) is impressive. Undeniably, each of these skilled showmen has carefully crafted their larger than life stage personas to maximize the strengths of their respective acts. Yet, this is paradoxically why this particular show...
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Death Tax at Pillsbury House Theatre

March 8, 2015
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Death Tax at Pillsbury House Theatre

Death Tax, by Lucas please-buy-a-vowel Hnath (Pillsbury House Theatre, through April 4) is an entertaining play about a super-serious subject: death. Do subjects get seriouser? Bed-ridden nursing home resident Maxine has acquired an unholy obsession, that her daughter is attempting to murder her. Daughter’s motivation: if Maxine expires before Jan 1, her estate will...
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Into The Woods by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater

March 7, 2015
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Into The Woods by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater

Chelsea: From the moment we walked into The Ritz Theater (345 13th Ave NE) for Theater Latté Da‘s production of the great Stephen Sondheim‘s rich and multi-layered Into The Woods, it felt like we were in for something good. The theater, in which the bare concrete blocks that make up the structure were exposed, was adorned...
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COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company presents Zoot Suit Riots at the Lab Theater

March 7, 2015
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COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company presents Zoot Suit Riots at the Lab Theater

COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company has leaped into spring with an original dance musical, landing it with a new verve and finesse that’s topped this unique company’s previous shows – and that’s saying something. What a great night out at the theater! Inspired by the zoot suit riots in Los Angeles in 1943, Zoot Suit Riots...
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Huck Finn at the Childrens Theatre Company

March 6, 2015
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Huck Finn at the Childrens Theatre Company

CTC presents us with a seriously Bowdlerized version of Mark Twain‘s difficult masterwork, The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (Childrens Theatre Co., through April 4). Calling their version Huck Finn, versatile director/adapter Greg Banks (he did CTC’s marvelous Pinnocchio a few season’s back) eliminated much – most – of the book’s often crude and racially insensitive story...
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Hir at Mixed Blood Theatre

February 27, 2015
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Hir at Mixed Blood Theatre

“Let’s put the fun in dysfunctional!” exclaims playwright Taylor Mac and – for a while, anyhow – he succeeds. The Mixed Blood stage for Hir (at MB through Mar 22) swirls with a wild scatter of dirty laundry (“I don’t do laundry any more,” asserts Mistress Paige, played by the great Sally Wingert. “I’m...
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guthrie Theatre

February 15, 2015
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guthrie Theatre

The Guthrie‘s production of William Shakespeare‘s delightful A Midsummer Night’s Dream clocks in at a bladder busting three plus hours. Loud and long, massive and ambitious, this show entertains – does it ever – but doesn’t pull you in. One sits back, marveling at the talent and creativity so richly on display. But one...
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Oliver! by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Pantages Theatre

February 7, 2015
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Oliver! by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Pantages Theatre

I took my 18 yo son to see Oliver! (Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust, performing in the exquisite Pantages Theatre, through March 1). During intermission, we had the following conversation: “Whaddaya think?” “I’m having a problem with the tech – the mics. I keep hearing scratching and feedback. Uneven sound. Sometimes the...
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The Coward by Walking Shadow Theatre Company, performing at Red Eye Theater

February 6, 2015
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The Coward by Walking Shadow Theatre Company, performing at Red Eye Theater

I have never ever, in my exalted theatrical career, seen so much blood. The Red Eye stage is awash in it and, indeed, the raked set (a terrific design by Eli Schlatter) contains a trough, to catch the copious sanguine flow. The Coward features myriad deaths by handgun: head shots, chest shots, gut shots....
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