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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Photo Set: Headquarters and Dimes, The Loring Theater, September 3, 2011

September 7, 2011
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Hamlet at the Jungle Theater

August 26, 2011
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Hamlet at the Jungle Theater

Hamlet (at the Jungle Theater, through Oct 9) is the greatest play ever written.  William Shakespeare‘s sinuous exploration of (in no particular order) revenge, love, ambition, power, madness, violence, suicide, lust, agonizing passivity, aristocratic privilege represents, along with the Sistine Chapel, the Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Giza and the 9th Symphony, a truly...
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Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

August 6, 2011
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Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

Billed as “Minnesota’s festival of the performing arts”, The Fringe Festival boasts performances of 160+ shows spread over a breathless ten day period, Aug 4-14.  We at HowWasTheShow.com (J.O. = John Olive and J.P. = Janet Preus) offer herewith highly selected reviews of a few shows, in hopes that we can add to the...
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“9 to 5: The Musical” at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

July 15, 2011
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“9 to 5: The Musical” at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

The Ordway has picked a light, summertime treat with the national touring production of “9 to 5: The Musical.” Based rather faithfully on the 1980 movie, with over-the-top aw-shucks humor it tackles, somewhat literally, a very serious subject indeed: gender inequity and discrimination. But when the workplace is commandeered by a character like Frank...
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“West Side Story” at the Orpheum Theatre

July 14, 2011
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“West Side Story” at the Orpheum Theatre

  There’s still time to make a performance of West Side Story brought to the Twin Cities by the Hennepin Theatre Trust – and you should! This recent revival keeps all the grace and beauty of the original Broadway production, adding a little contemporary raunch for enough punch to reach today’s audience. Inspired by...
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Photo Set: Basilica Block Party, Saturday, July 9, 2011

July 11, 2011
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