“Danger! Will/Robinson” by The Recovery Party and Table Salt Productions

November 5, 2011
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“Danger! Will/Robinson” by The Recovery Party and Table Salt Productions

The Recovery Party and Table Salt Productions just closed an impressive run of “Danger! Will/Robinson,” an evening of sketch comedy and improv created by the local comedy team of Joshua Will and Jim Robinson. Supported by fellow Brave New Workshop alums, Michelle Cassioppi, Julie Grover, Eriq Nelson and Dan Hetzel the cast had an...
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Ajax In Iraq at Frank Theatre

November 5, 2011
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Ajax In Iraq at Frank Theatre

Would, I wondered, Ellen McLaughlin‘s effective Ajax In Iraq (Frank Theatre, performing at the Playwrights Center, through Nov 27) work in 2011?  The U.S. involvement in that country is winding down, measured now in days.  For Iraqis, of course, the conflict – Sunni vs Shiite vs Kurd, autocratic fundamentalist vs democratic modernist – grinds...
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Patches & Gretchen at the Dakota, 10/31/11

November 2, 2011
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“Il Campiello” by Ten Thousand Things Theater at Open Book

October 28, 2011
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“Il Campiello” by Ten Thousand Things Theater at Open Book

Ten Thousand Things Theater continues its practice of bringing theater to people who may otherwise never see it with a new adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s Il Campiello. Steven Epp’s adaptation is commedia-inspired fun—a little Laurel & Hardy, a little light satire, and lots of lazzi (“schtick” identified often with a certain character and repeated...
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The Edge Of Our Bodies at the Guthrie

October 26, 2011
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The Edge Of Our Bodies at the Guthrie

As the audience enters the theater for the performance of Adam Rapp‘s taut The Edge Of Our Bodies (in the Guthrie‘s Dowling Studio, through Nov 20), actor Ali Rose Dachis sits, prim and unmoving, on the edge of a chair.  She wears a schoolgirl’s plaid skirt, white knee highs, a frilly blouse (designed by...
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“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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