Little Shop Of Horrors by Mu Performing Arts, at the Ritz Theater

March 19, 2011
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Little Shop Of Horrors by Mu Performing Arts, at the Ritz Theater

Spring! Ah.  The snowbanks are melting, temps are soaring (sort of), the sun has a delicious new bite.  There will be no more snow.  In honor of the new season, CTC is producing Annie, Penumbra is exploring the music of Nat King Cole and the Guthrie is doing…Shaw.  Well, not everyone can get in...
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Photo set: Middle Brother, Dawes and Deer Tick at First Avenue

March 15, 2011
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Broke-ology at Pillsbury House Theatre

March 11, 2011
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Broke-ology at Pillsbury House Theatre

Broke-ology (Pillsbury House Theatre, through April 10) breaks no new ground.  Playwright Nathan Louis Jackson‘s writing is lovely, but it’s straight forward realism, a father-son drama played in a modest and tidy living room/kitchen.  The designers, led by the estimable Joseph Stanley, have done first rate work but, really, any number of plays would...
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Barrio Grrrl! at The Children’s Theatre Company

March 8, 2011
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Barrio Grrrl! at The Children’s Theatre Company

The Kennedy Center has brought its national tour of Barrio Grrrl! to the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, offering a view of summer in the barrio through the eyes of 9-year-old Ana (Desireé Rodriguez). To alleviate the boredom of being left home alone while her grandpa (“Abuelo,” played by Diego Prieto) goes to work in a...
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Cabaret by Frank Theatre

March 4, 2011
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Cabaret by Frank Theatre

Frank Theatre has opened its 22nd season with a gutsy and – well, frank interpretation of the now classic Broadway musical, Cabaret. Stripped down to its both smarmy and beautiful story, and set in a near-perfect environment at the Centennial Showboat on Harriet Island, this production immerses you in the tawdry world of Berlin’s...
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Hair at the Orpheum

March 1, 2011
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Hair at the Orpheum

I was an earnest schoolboy in a small southern Minnesota town when Hair (at the Orpheum, through March 6, produced by the Hennepin Theater Trust) first came out.  It blew me away.  I never saw the actual show, of course; I only had the cast album.  Still, lyrics like “this is the dawning of...
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Photo set: Tapes ‘n Tapes with Oberhofer and Alpha Consumer at First Avenue

February 26, 2011
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Song Of Extinction by Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage

February 26, 2011
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Song Of Extinction by Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage

Normally Latté Da specializes in intelligent but feel-good music theater: All Is Calm, La Bohème, The Full Monty, etc.  But here they are, tackling E.M. Lewis‘s challenging straight play (such an odd term) Song Of Extinction (Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage, through March 20).  Song Of Extinction is a fierce...
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The Balcony by Jean Genet, a nimbus theatre production

February 19, 2011
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The Balcony by Jean Genet, a nimbus theatre production

Kicking off its 10th season, nimbus has christened a new permanent theater space at 1517 Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis with a spicy adaptation of Jean Genet’s controversial The Balcony (nimbus theater, February 11th through March 6th). A sign posted at the entry to the house warns: “Please be aware this show contains cigar...
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Photo Set: Blue Sky Blackout EP Release at Cause Spirits and Soundbar

February 18, 2011
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