For The Loyal by Illusion Theater

April 24, 2015
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For The Loyal by Illusion Theater

The Illusion Theater’s stated mission is “to create theater that illuminates the illusions, myths and realities of our times and to catalyze personal and social change.” It makes sense, then, that the company would choose to premier Minnesota-born playwright Lee Blessing’s new play For The Loyal, which addresses the difficult conversation around child sexual...
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The Reagan Years, The Workhaus Collective performing at The Playwrights Center

April 19, 2015
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The Reagan Years, The Workhaus Collective performing at The Playwrights Center

Do you, like me, remember the 1980s as a heady combination of amnestic hedonism and unapologetic avarice and acquisitiveness? If so, I bet you’ll enjoy Dominic Orlando‘s zippily paced The Reagan Years, a celebration (if that’s an appropriate word) of alcoholic rapacity, 80s-style. The opening image, of the bottle and beercan strewn Long Island...
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Pussy Valley at Mixed Blood Theatre

April 17, 2015
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Pussy Valley at Mixed Blood Theatre

Katori Hall, to her credit, does not, in Pussy Valley (Mixed Blood Theatre, though May 10) have an agenda. No authorial condescension is in evidence. As a straight forward portrait of the denizens of the Pink Pony, a gritty titty bar in the over-heated Mississippi Delta, Pussy Valley works beautifully. We get the desperate...
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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Guthrie Theater

April 4, 2015
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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Guthrie Theater

We live in apocalyptic times: permanent droughts in Australia and California (the state from which Mr. Burns, a post-electric play playwright Anne Washburn hails). Ocean acidification, disappearing icecaps, Bangladesh soon to be 60% under water, Pakistan 18%, large Chinese rivers which never reach the sea. The human species will expire, it seems clear (to...
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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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