“Oliver Twist” at Park Square Theatre

October 22, 2011
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“Oliver Twist” at Park Square Theatre

St. Paul’s Park Square Theatre has included a Victorian era piece in recent seasons and continues this season with an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist by Neil Barlett. Joel Sass, the Jungle Theater’s associate artistic director was coaxed across the river to design and direct this one. It was a good call for...
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“La Cage Aux Folles” at the State Theatre

October 18, 2011
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“La Cage Aux Folles” at the State Theatre

The Hennepin Theatre Trust has opened it’s 2011-12 season with a guaranteed winner. Forget what you know about La Cage aux Folles and start over. Yes, the daffy premise and the flamboyant drag queens are there, but this production has a fresh honesty that’s utterly irresistible. George and Albin are thrilled with the news...
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Four Destinies by Mu Performing Arts at Mixed Blood

October 16, 2011
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Four Destinies by Mu Performing Arts at Mixed Blood

Playwright Katie Hae Leo presents us with a pleasantly breezy and vivacious narrator in her lovely Four Destinies (Mu Performing Arts at Mixed Blood Theatre, through Oct 30).  The narrator is named Katie Leo.  This Katie is a playwright and her aim is modesty itself: to answer once and for all the vexing question,...
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Come Fly Away at the Ordway

October 11, 2011
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Come Fly Away at the Ordway

Perhaps I’m beginning my review on an unacceptably mercantile note, but I believe that the under-sung heroes of the thrilling Come Fly Away (at the Ordway, through Oct 16) are the producers, and their agents and attorneys, who worked the phones, did the lunches, flew to L.A. on the private jets – and secured...
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Theatre Latte Da performing at the Ordway

October 9, 2011
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Theatre Latte Da performing at the Ordway

Looking for some undemanding entertainment?  Something that provides talented actor/singers with a vehicle for goofy characterization, plus a slew of  tuneful songs?  Minus the distraction of a real story?  Of course you are! Theater Latté Da has the show for you: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Latté Da performing on the Ordway’s...
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The K Of D at Illusion Theater

October 8, 2011
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The K Of D at Illusion Theater

Laura Schellhardt’s slice of American Gothic mines the enigmatic Midwest by weaving spooky rural tall tales in her supernatural-themed play The K of D: An Urban Legend (Illusion Theater, through October 22). This eerie coming-of-age tale features a tour-de-force performance by Renata Friedman who brings the entire town of St. Marys, Ohio to life...
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Photo Set: X at The Cabooze 10/6/11

October 7, 2011
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Photo Set: Ladytron at the Fine Line Music Cafe 10/3/11

October 4, 2011
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Two Trains Running at Penumbra Theatre

October 1, 2011
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Two Trains Running at Penumbra Theatre

August Wilson’s probing and evocative portrait of Black America and the African-American experience can be seen in this searing and inspired production of Two Trains Running (Penumbra Theatre, through October 30). It is the seventh play of Mr. Wilson’s 20thCentury Cycle that traces black American life decade by decade. Mr. Wilson’s play pulls into...
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Burial At Thebes at the Guthrie Theater

October 1, 2011
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Burial At Thebes at the Guthrie Theater

First you see Monica Frawley‘s astonishing set: raw crumbling concrete walls, soaring, high and deep, inset with urn and coffin-holding cubicles, incense smoke rising up.  The set is simultaneously ancient and modern, late 21st century catacombs – and very creepy, an effect reinforced by Christopher Akerlind‘s powerful lighting.  When the cast processes in, accompanied...
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