Photo Set: The Honeydogs with Rogue Valley and Farewell Milwaukee at First Avenue 3/10/12

March 11, 2012
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Photo Set: Gomez with Hey Rosetta! at the Fine Line 3/6/12

March 7, 2012
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Photo Set: Blind Pilot with Cataldo at the Varsity Theater 3/5/12

March 7, 2012
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T Bone N Weasel at Theatre Pro Rata, performing at the Gremlin

March 4, 2012
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T Bone N Weasel at Theatre Pro Rata, performing at the Gremlin

T Bone N Weasel (Theatre Pro Rata, through March 18, performing at the Gremlin Theatre) is showing its age.  First produced in 1986 (and dozens of times since), playwright Jon Klein‘s endlessly amusing tale of the two hapless doofuses bouncing around the soft underbelly of the South reflects the oblivious go-go atmosphere of the...
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Interview With Jon Klein

March 1, 2012
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Interview With Jon Klein

Jon Klein’s funny and sharp T Bone N Weasel premieres this weekend at the excellent Theatre Pro Rata.  The play runs at the Gremlin Theatre, 2400 University Avenue in St. Paul, through March 18.  Jon was kind enough to respond to a few questions.   John Olive: You spent a significant amount of time...
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While you’re in town, let’s record a single

February 29, 2012
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While you’re in town, let’s record a single

Broadway touring shows can settle in and enjoy a long run in places like L.A. and Chicago, but in Minneapolis the routine is often “open on a Tuesday and close on Sunday.”  Just long enough to record a single. In the case of American Idiot at the Orpheum Theater, which I reviewed, my S.O....
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The Birds at the Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio Theater

February 29, 2012
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The Birds at the Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio Theater

The Guthrie Theater has opened a tantalizing little show, familiar in name due to its famous film counterpart. “The Birds” by Conor McPherson is based on a post W.W. II novelette by Daphne du Maurier, and bears only a passing resemblance to the Alfred Hitchcock movie. In this show, huge flocks of birds are...
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Talley’s Folly at Workhouse Theatre Co.

February 27, 2012
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Talley’s Folly at Workhouse Theatre Co.

Talley’s Folly (Workhouse Theatre Co., through March 11) is the late and greatly lamented (he died not quite a year ago) Lanford Wilson‘s most-performed play.  In part, the reason for this is practical: Talley’s Folly is a two-hander, featuring two easily castable characters.  A simple set, a falling-apart Victorian boathouse – the eponymous folly...
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Beautiful Thing produced by Theater Latte Da at The Lab Theater

February 25, 2012
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Beautiful Thing produced by Theater Latte Da at The Lab Theater

Theater Latté Da has stepped to the edges of its musical milieu with the local premier of Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey, with Playwrights’ Center artistic director, Jeremy B. Cohen, making his local directing debut. It’s a wonderfully entertaining play with tangy characters, crackling dialogue and a heartfelt message. The story involves neighbors packed...
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Photo Set: Welcome to Minnesota Tour featuring Atmosphere at First Avenue 2/22/12

February 23, 2012
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