Photo Set: John Newman with Commanders Handsome at the Varsity, 1/11/14

January 12, 2014
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WONDERBAUM & LAPD at The Walker’s Out There 2014

January 11, 2014
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WONDERBAUM & LAPD at The Walker’s Out There 2014

Almost a decade ago, I learned my lesson about walking into a theatre space and rolling my eyes at the set.  I was at the Walker Art Center’s annual “Out There” series.  Back then I was going through my first Jerome Fellowship, and the Walker had generously offered us comps to the entire festival. ...
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Photo Set: Dawes with Field Report NYE at The Varsity, 12/31/13

January 1, 2014
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Photo Set: Dawes with Field Report at The Varsity, 12/30/13

December 31, 2013
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The Phantom Of The Opera at the Orpheum Theatre

December 18, 2013
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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

December 14, 2013
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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

December 6, 2013
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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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Photo Set- BNLX Fest II at Cause, November 16

December 3, 2013
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Photo Set- BNLX Fest II at Cause, November 16

December 2, 2013
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It was a great night of music at Cause for the first night of BNLX Fest.  I wish I could’ve made it to night 2. I will be looking forward to the Blue Sky Blackout Reunion show someday. I’m glad that I was able to make it to their final show. BNLX killed it...
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The Sexual Life Of Savages, Walking Shadow Theatre Company performing at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

November 23, 2013
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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 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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