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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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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