Ariadne Auf Naxos by the Minnesota Opera performing at the Ordway

September 24, 2015
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Ariadne Auf Naxos by the Minnesota Opera performing at the Ordway

We (my lovely wife Mary; my lovely HowWasTheShow.com colleague Janet Preus; Janet’s handsome SO Tim; and yours truly) attended the “Social Media Preview Night” last night of Minnesota Opera‘s upcoming production of Richard Strauss‘s intense and turgid and tuneful Ariadne Auf Naxos. HWTS is a blog, after all. Social Media. Hence this less-than-intelligent review....
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Photo Set: 2015 Ivey Awards, 9/21/15

September 22, 2015
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The Iveys 2015

September 21, 2015
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The Iveys 2015

Replete with glitz, red carpet photographers, and television coverage (the awards will air locally Sunday, September 27, from 7-9 pm CDT on the CW), the Ivey Awards are a yearly opportunity to celebrate and revel in the immense talent and devotion of the many artists that make great theater happen throughout the Twin Cities....
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To Kill A Mockingbird at the Guthrie Theater

September 18, 2015
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To Kill A Mockingbird at the Guthrie Theater

In an interview in 1964 Harper Lee, the author of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird (stage version at the Guthrie Theater, through Oct 18) said, “All I want to be is the Jane Austin of South Alabama.” Fifty years later it would seem that she has been successful. Her story has been adapted...
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A Lie Of The Mind by Theatre Pro Rata, performing at Nimbus Theater

September 12, 2015
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A Lie Of The Mind by Theatre Pro Rata, performing at Nimbus Theater

What’re you gonna do with an unwieldy – and bloodily frightening piece of stagecraft like Sam Shepard‘s A Lie Of The Mind (Theatre Pro Rata, performing at Nimbus Theater, through Sept 27)? You might just through up your arms and admit defeat: “This play sprawls, it’s too past-tense, and grim, it uses too much...
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Cinderella at the Orpheum

September 8, 2015
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Cinderella at the Orpheum

For many of us, raised on its various television renditions, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Hennepin Theatre Trust, performing at the Orpheum Theatre, through Sept 13) is the Cinderella. Those who grew up with this music find it impossible to hear its sweetly memorable melodies without a buzz of nostalgia. What, then, should we make...
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Photo Set: Bob Dylan Mural by Eduardo Kobra as of 9/6/15

September 7, 2015
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Annapurna at The Jungle Theater

September 5, 2015
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Annapurna at The Jungle Theater

We are introduced to Ulysses, the hermitous center of Sharr White’s marital dramedy Annapurna (The Jungle Theater, through October 18) as he is frying rotten sausage in the dilapidated confines of his ramshackle trailer. He is clothed in nothing but a shabby apron and has an oxygen tank hanging from a makeshift backpack. The...
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Akeelah And The Bee at the Children’s Theatre Company

September 5, 2015
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Akeelah And The Bee at the Children’s Theatre Company

Akeelah And The Bee (Children’s Theatre Company, through Oct 11) tells a real story. The characters have substance, arcs, power. There is a plot, and it’s a plot you can get your teeth into. Akeelah Anderson, a focused and passionate eleven yo girl from the southside of Chicago rises above the mean streets of...
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Extremities by Dark And Stormy Productions

August 27, 2015
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Extremities by Dark And Stormy Productions

  * * * SPOILER ALERT * * * It is impossible to write about William Mastrosimone‘s crudely effective Extremities (Dark & Stormy Productions, performing in the Grain Belt Warehouse, through Sept 19) without revealing crucial plot details. So if you’ve already made your rezzies or if you firmly plan to see this show...
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