Guys And Dolls at the Ordway

June 17, 2011
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Guys And Dolls at the Ordway

“What kind of doll are you?” Sky Masterson, high-roller extraordinaire, asks incredulously. To which Sergeant Sarah Brown, proud marcher for the Salvation Army, now sober after getting herself roundly sloshed on Bacardi-flavored milkshakes, replies defiantly, “I’m a mission doll!”  End of Act One. I tried hard, I really did.  But I couldn’t entirely shrug...
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Songbird by Upright Egg Theatre Company at Nimbus Theater

June 17, 2011
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Songbird by Upright Egg Theatre Company at Nimbus Theater

Upright Egg Theatre Company has opened a company-created show set in a steampunk world laced with dozens of metaphor fragments about love and loss, manmade machines versus nature, lower versus upper classes, beauty versus functionality. But that doesn’t really tell you what to expect. In Songbird, written by Brian Watson-Jones, Inventor Zebulon Volt finds...
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Photo Set: Rock for Pussy VIII at First Avenue 6/10/11

June 11, 2011
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum at the Jungle Theater

June 10, 2011
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum at the Jungle Theater

For the first time in the Swiss cheesy memory of this reviewer, a Jungle Theater play has been directed by neither Bain Boehlke nor by his apparent heir apparent Joel Sass.  Instead, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (at the Jungle, through July 31) is helmed by the redoubtable John...
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God Of Carnage at the Guthrie Theater

June 3, 2011
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God Of Carnage at the Guthrie Theater

New York is a marvelous city: compact, gorgeously slummy, ethnicities swirling together, SROs right next to upper income high-rises.  The City (New Yorkers never bother with the actual name) is filled with weird clubs, outstanding eateries, architectural gems, astounding street theater everywhere you look.  Funky and a touch dangerous to be sure, but this...
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Photo set: Ashleigh Still, Hollywood CD Release at The Dakota 6/1/11

June 2, 2011
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“Steerage Song” by Theater Latte Da at the Fitzgerald Theater

June 2, 2011
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“Steerage Song” by Theater Latte Da at the Fitzgerald Theater

Theater Latte Da, in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio, has turned its attention to the stories of our immigrant forebears, as told through newspaper reports, speeches, books of the period and the songs distinctive to each culture. The music the immigrants brought with them (and created new in their new home) reflected their unique...
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“Come Hell and High Water” by The Moving Company at the Southern Theater

May 20, 2011
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“Come Hell and High Water” by The Moving Company at the Southern Theater

A new theater company with firmly established Twin Cities artists has ventured forth with a credo that is, not surprisingly, given the founders, committed to new ideas; this has been the calling card for shows conceived and guided by Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp since their Theatre de la Jeune Lune days. Drawing from...
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Opus at Park Square Theatre

May 15, 2011
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Opus at Park Square Theatre

Park Square Theatre is turning plays about classical music into a minor specialty.  They recently produced (it opened the night of the Big Blizzard) 2 Pianos 4 Hands, a lively and affecting mediation on failure: what happens when you devote your life to an instrument only to discover that you don’t – quite –...
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In The Red And Brown Water by Pillsbury House Theatre performing at the Guthrie

May 13, 2011
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In The Red And Brown Water by Pillsbury House Theatre performing at the Guthrie

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney lives in London and, indeed, his powerful In The Red And Brown Water (Pillsbury House Theatre performing in the Guthrie‘s Dowling Studio, through June 5) is written with an expatriate’s ardor.  This begins with the play’s mythical smalltown Louisiana setting.  Louisiana is, at least from this northerner’s perspective, the prime...
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