Photo Set: Amsterdam Bar and Hall Grand Opening Weekend! 9/24/11

September 25, 2011
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Photo Set: Amsterdam Bar and Hall Pre-Grand Opening Night 9/22/11

September 23, 2011
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“Neighbors” at Mixed Blood Theatre

September 22, 2011
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“Neighbors” at Mixed Blood Theatre

Mixed Blood has opened their season with an outrageous play and an equally outrageous concept, and I am equally impressed with both. The play is Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a biting satire of every Black stereotype you’ve ever heard of; the concept is Radical Hospitality, offering their shows free – no strings – “Revolutionizing...
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“Cat’s Paw” produced by Theatre Pro Rata at the Gremlin Theater

September 18, 2011
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“Cat’s Paw” produced by Theatre Pro Rata at the Gremlin Theater

“Cat’s Paw” by William Mastrosimone, Theatre Pro Rata’s new offering showing at the Gremlin Theater, paints a “what if” world ignited by pressing ecological issues and fueled by the media’s obsession with ratings. Eco-terrorists—or “eco-warriors,” as the leader (Victor) of Earth Now! prefers—have detonated a car bomb in Washington D.C., killing several senators, producing...
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reasons to be pretty by Walking Shadow Theatre Company performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

September 17, 2011
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reasons to be pretty by Walking Shadow Theatre Company performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Steph is angry.  Angry is to put it mildly.  Steph is furious, screaming, in a state of howling rage, throwing pillows, stomping around the bedroom, spewing the fuck word and various other obscenities with machine-gun-like abandon.  Her boyfriend Greg, the object of her wild fury, does his best to soothe and calm her –...
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“Much Ado about Nothing”

September 16, 2011
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“Much Ado about Nothing”

The Guthrie Theater opened its 2011-2012 season last night with a new Joe Dowling production of Much Ado about Nothing. One of Shakespeare’s more serious comedies, it is rich in life lessons as the work of a seasoned playwright. The story begins as the soldiers of Don Pedro are welcomed home from a victorious...
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The Pride at the Pillsbury House Theatre

September 16, 2011
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The Pride at the Pillsbury House Theatre

Ooh, a good one. Alexi Kaye Campbell‘s taut The Pride (Pillsbury House Theatre, through Oct 16) is a modestly scaled play on a huge subject: the nature of sexuality.  Campbell creates three main characters, Oliver, Phillip and Sylvia and then fashions two stories, one set in 1958 and the other 50 years later, using,...
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Photo Set: Mason Jennings ‘Minnesota’ song set at Carmichael Lynch 9/12/11

September 12, 2011
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A Short Play About 9/11 by Workhaus Collective

September 10, 2011
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A Short Play About 9/11 by Workhaus Collective

Nine-eleven.  It’s no longer just a date, it’s code, for an impossible-to-describe national catastrophe. Even at this remove nine-eleven remains a series of jangled images: a jet plane slamming into a tall building.  Conservatively dressed businessmen hurtling to their deaths (those flapping ties!).   And, of course, the collapse, massive buildings grinding to the ground...
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Mercy Watson To The Rescue at Childrens Theatre Co.

September 9, 2011
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Mercy Watson To The Rescue at Childrens Theatre Co.

Mercy Watson gets where she’s going in Act 1, Scene 1, page 1: “Toast!” she cries.  “Toast and butter!” Mercy, a pig, says this, oh, seven or eight hundred times during CTC’s charming Mercy Watson To The Rescue (at the Childrens Theatre Co., through Oct 23).  Mercy never sways from this desire.  Indeed, she...
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