Photo Set: Conor Oberst with Dawes at First Avenue, 6/2/14

June 3, 2014
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The Cat in the Hat at the Children’s Theatre Company

May 31, 2014
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The Cat in the Hat at the Children’s Theatre Company

Children’s Theatre Company has just opened a show for the little ones with the Katie Mitchell adaptation of the definitive book by Dr. Seuss, “The Cat in the Hat.” For the two or three people who may not know the story, a boy (Douglas Neithercott) and a girl, Sally (Elise Langer) are stuck inside...
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Rocket To The Moon by the Gremlin Theatre, performing at the New Century Theatre

May 19, 2014
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Rocket To The Moon by the Gremlin Theatre, performing at the New Century Theatre

Once a much bally-hoo’d darling of the New York theater – the Group Theatre made its reputation (or at least its money) producing his work in the 1930s – playwright Clifford Odets‘s work seldom finds its way onto contemporary stages. Perhaps this is because his plays are cast heavy and dated (being too much...
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Photo Set: Tapes ‘n Tapes at Target Field, 5/14/14

May 15, 2014
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The Three Musketeers by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

May 10, 2014
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The Three Musketeers by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Want to enjoy Walking Shadow Theatre Co.‘s giddy, swashbuckling, sword-happy The Three Musketeers (at the Guthrie‘s Dowling Studio, through May 25)? Here’s my firm advice: go with the sprawl. Lay aside whatever need you might have for coherent narrative, for sensible multiple casting, for developed non-cinematic structure and let playwright John Heimbuch‘s clutch-popper wash...
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Photo Set: LIVE LETTERS 2nd Anniversary, 5/8/14

May 9, 2014
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The Working Boys Band at The History Theatre

May 5, 2014
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The Working Boys Band at The History Theatre

The History Theatre has premiered a new musical that uses a relatively obscure bit of history to illuminate a corner of the dynamic environment of Minneapolis in 1917, just as America was entering W.W. I. The show’s composer, the late Hiram Titus, had discovered an old photograph of a boys’ band and found it...
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Passing Strange at Mixed Blood Theatre

April 27, 2014
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Passing Strange at Mixed Blood Theatre

Passing Strange (at Mixed Blood Theatre, through May 11) is an example of that ancient, hoary, and utterly old-fashioned theatrical entity: the rock musical. Everyone is in the band. The cast plays various instruments – not brilliantly, but you can’t have everything.  After all, where would you put it?  Or they simply function as...
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Shrek, The Musical at Children’s Theatre Company

April 25, 2014
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Shrek, The Musical at Children’s Theatre Company

Unless you’ve spent the last dozen years sequestered in a Kazukistan monastery, you know the story of Shrek, The Musical (at Children’s Theatre Company, through June 15): Shrek, an ogre, rescues Princess Fiona from the nasty dragon, falls for her, rescues her from the vertically challenged Lord Farquard, and finally helps her to find...
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Mercy Killers at Pillsbury House Theatre

April 24, 2014
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Mercy Killers at Pillsbury House Theatre

The best theater kicks down walls, pulls off the gloves and starts swinging. Mercy Killers, written and performed by Michael Milligan and produced by Pillsbury House Theatre, is that kind of play – a piece that rages against America’s broken systems – banking and lending, for one, but that’s just part of a larger...
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