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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Radio Man at Great American History Theatre

September 27, 2014
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Radio Man at Great American History Theatre

Are you a fan of A Prairie Home Companion? If so, you’ll adore Garrison Keillor‘s Radio Man (at the Great American History Theatre, through Oct 26). It’s all there: Guy Noir, The Lives of the Cowboys, The Hopeful Gospel Quartet, The News From Lake Wobegon, performed with infectious zest by what GAHT calls the...
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The Iveys celebrate 10 years

September 25, 2014
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The Iveys celebrate 10 years

  When will anyone ever see so many people dressed for An Occasion in downtown Minneapolis? Some (struggling artists that they may be) could be attired in vintage Goodwill, but the Iveys are clearly The Night to dress up, go downtown and enjoy the once-a-year camaraderie of the whole Twin Cities theater community. It’s...
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Photo Set: Fathom Lane at Target Field, 9/24/14

September 24, 2014
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Photo Set: The Iveys, 9/22/14

September 24, 2014
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Busytown, The Musical at the Children’s Theatre Company

September 19, 2014
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Busytown, The Musical at the Children’s Theatre Company

You will be no doubt unsurprised to learn that Busytown, The Musical (Childrens Theatre Co., through Oct 26) is busy. Based on the popular series of books by Richard Scarry, and niftily adapted by Kevin Kling, Busytown takes place in CTC-Land where everything is eye-blastingly colorful, scenery-chewingly over-sized, shriekingly shrill and, as long as...
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Lake Untersee, produced by the Workhaus Collective at Illusion Theater

September 15, 2014
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Lake Untersee, produced by the Workhaus Collective at Illusion Theater

Workhaus Collective begins its season with “Lake Untersee,” a new play by Joe Waechter. Playwrights’ Center artistic director Jeremy Cohen must feel strongly about the talents of this young playwright and served as director. He’s on the right track; the writing is smart, the story judiciously paced, and the acting is superb. The story...
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Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet by Pillsbury House Theatre and the Mount Curve Company, performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

September 13, 2014
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Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet by Pillsbury House Theatre and the Mount Curve Company, performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Marcus dreams. He prowls the streets of San Pere, Louisiana where his dreams and his passions – for family, sexuality (which Marcus feels with striking intensity), for his father, for blood, the moon, rain – galvanize everyone. They don’t fully understand why this young man rouses them but, Lord, he does he ever, and...
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The White Snake at the Guthrie Theater

September 12, 2014
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The White Snake at the Guthrie Theater

The most remarkable, imo, aspect of Mary Zimmerman‘s lush and lavish The White Snake (at the Guthrie, through October 19): its restraint. I doubt you’ll see a more design-y play this season. Every moment of this piece is lovingly crafted and perfected. Yet there no gee-whiz-look-at-me self-consciousness, no inflated ain’t-we-gifted pomposity, no tastelessness whatsoever....
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Middle Brother by Mu Performing Arts, performing at the Southern Theater

September 12, 2014
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Middle Brother by Mu Performing Arts, performing at the Southern Theater

  Mu Performing Arts continues its ongoing exploration of adoption (and specifically Korean adoption) with an production of Eric Sharp‘s entertaining Middle Brother (at the Southern, through September 28). The play is witty, creative and incisively intelligent, all at the same time. And it’s also a birth family search and this has very nearly...
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