The Magic Flute by Minnesota Opera Company, performing at the Ordway

November 14, 2015
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The Magic Flute by Minnesota Opera Company, performing at the Ordway

The Magic Flute, one of Mozart’s most successful and recognizable operas, is equal parts genius and insane. Its plot is a convoluted fever dream filled with changing allegiances, romantic schmaltz, and an abundance of strange mythology. One cannot help but wonder what, if any, drugs may have aided its conception. Yet, it is by...
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The Magic Flute by Minnesota Opera, performing at the Ordway

November 14, 2015
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The Magic Flute by Minnesota Opera, performing at the Ordway

Minnesota Opera‘s production (at the Ordway through Nov 22 – a short run; don’t mess about; getcher tickets) of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s glittering The Magic Flute boasts the most extensive and detailed use of projections I have ever seen. Did I just make The Magic Flute sound dry and dull? It’s not; in fact...
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Emile/Eurydice by Transatlantic Love Affair performing at Illusion Theater

November 8, 2015
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Emile/Eurydice by Transatlantic Love Affair performing at Illusion Theater

In many ways it is necessary for the sake of stability to take life’s routines and habits for granted. It is not until they are interrupted that the vitality of these rhythms are truly understood and appreciated. By exploring the emotional complexities and surreal uncertainty of a long, draining hospital stay, Transatlantic Love Affair’s...
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The Night Alive at the Jungle Theater

November 8, 2015
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The Night Alive at the Jungle Theater

What a rich and wonderful theater experience! The Jungle Theater’s new production, “The Night Alive” by Conor McPherson, will run through December 20, and what an alternative it is to the usual holiday lineup. It will pull you in even while you’re asking yourself, “Why do I care about these people?” Oh, but you...
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Feast Of Wolves, Workhaus Collective performing at the Southern Theater

November 7, 2015
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Feast Of Wolves, Workhaus Collective performing at the Southern Theater

Feast Of Wolves, a fierce and powerful drama by Alan M. Berks, is an adaptation of Aeschylus‘s Orestia Trilogy (Workhaus Collective performing, this time, at the Southern, thru Nov 15). You know, the delightful play that details the death of Agamemnon and the aftermath of the Trojan War. But don’t think you need to...
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Sister Act by Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

November 6, 2015
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Sister Act by Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

The musical Sister Act, which just opened on the main stage of the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre (and runs through February 27), is as good as holiday fair gets in this season of elves, sugar plum fairies and dogs with antlers. The cast, under the direction of Michael Brindisi, with choreography by Tamara Kangas Erickson,...
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The Jungle Book at the Children’s Theatre Co.

October 22, 2015
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The Jungle Book at the Children’s Theatre Co.

The Children’s Theater Company’s intimate Cargill Stage serves as an ideal space to tell the story of The Jungle Book. The story, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling, about a boy who comes to be raised by wolves and befriend many beasts of the wild jungle in his journey to find meaning and...
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An Octoroon at Mixed Blood Theatre

October 19, 2015
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An Octoroon at Mixed Blood Theatre

Dion Boucicault was a 19th century melodramatist, the fellow who gave us such ne’er-produced masterworks as The School For Scheming and The Vampire. His overwrought potboiler The Octoroon mines the same thin vein of theatrical ore, a play in which we discover (though a process too complicated to summarize) that young and beautiful Zoe...
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Murder for Two at Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage

September 26, 2015
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Murder for Two at Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage

Park Square has opened a must-be-seen-as-live-theater kind of show, packed with laughs, silly surprises and feats of performance daring-do. “Murder for Two” is the perfect small show for the theater’s new, intimate Andy Boss Stage. You’ve heard of a triple threat (act, sing and dance)? Here’s a new one … an actor who can...
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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater

September 26, 2015
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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater

Mark Benninghfen, who plays the eponymous character in Stephen Sondheim‘s giddy and brilliantly tuneful revenge fantasia, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater, through Oct 25) is a revelation: board stiff with anger and bloodlust, lean and angular, ready at any moment to explode into...
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