End Of The Rainbow at the Guthrie Theater

February 3, 2012
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End Of The Rainbow at the Guthrie Theater

To his credit, in End Of The Rainbow (at the Guthrie, through March 11) playwright Peter Quilter refuses to give us the “pretty” Judy Garland, the achingly luminous singer who wowed us in The Wizard Of Oz (age 17), A Star Is Born (32), at the famous Carnegie Hall concert (age 41 – “The...
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Photo Set: The Current’s 7th Birthday Party, Saturday 1/28

January 29, 2012
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Ragtime, The Musical at Park Square Theatre

January 29, 2012
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Ragtime, The Musical at Park Square Theatre

E. L. Doctorow was the author of two respected but not widely read novels when in 1975 he thundered onto the literary scene with Ragtime.  Set 1902-17, the novel blends history and fantasy, private characters with oversized historical figures (J.P. Morgan, Booker T. Washington, Henry Ford, et al), all rendered in sharp but refined...
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Photo Set: The Current’s 7th Birthday Party at First Avenue, Friday 1/27

January 28, 2012
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Harold And The Purple Crayon at the Children’s Theatre Company

January 22, 2012
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Harold And The Purple Crayon at the Children’s Theatre Company

In Harold And The Purple Crayon (at Children’s Theatre Co, through Feb 26) a company of first rate artists and performers collaborate on a deceptively simple, sweetly accessible and yet highly sophisticated… Well, what would you call Harold?  A play?  I suppose, but it’s really more a celebration of elegant design, tuneful music, astute...
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Guthrie Theater

January 21, 2012
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Guthrie Theater

Tennessee Williams play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, may be finally showing its age, but it is still timeless enough to pack a wallop. The Guthrie’s production, directed by Lisa Peterson, has placed this piece among tall, peacock blue louvered doors and a matching carpet of swirls that seem to heighten the swirl...
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1968 by the History Theatre at the History Center of Minnesota

January 21, 2012
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1968 by the History Theatre at the History Center of Minnesota

Produced by the History Theatre at the Minnesota History Center, in tandem with the exhibit that opened last fall, 1968 is also a collaborative project with the Playwrights Center. Seven scenes written by PWC members tell personal stories that are representative of significant events during that year. The scenes were ingeniously connected by a...
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Flesh And The Desert by Workhaus Collective

January 20, 2012
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Flesh And The Desert by Workhaus Collective

In Flesh And The Desert (Workhaus Collective performing at the Playwrights Center, through Jan 28), playwright Carson Kreitzer doesn’t concern herself with the air-conditioned glitter of contemporary Las Vegas – the Bellagio, the Venetian, pot-bellied cowboys meandering through the neo-fascist splendor of Caesar’s Palace.  None of this. Rather, Kreitzer wants to examine the Vegas...
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Julius Caesar, a co-production between the Guthrie and the Acting Company

January 18, 2012
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Julius Caesar, a co-production between the Guthrie and the Acting Company

Julius Caesar, asserts the officious and buttoned down Brutus in his oration at Caesar’s funeral, “was ambitious, I slew him.” But isn’t ambition the assassins’ over-riding motivation?  They pay poor lip service to serving “great Rome,” but “lean and hungry” Cassius and his furtive cohorts react mostly to the man’s raw power. ...
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Photo Set: Howler CD-Release at Triple Rock Social Club with Prissy Clerks and Radiator Girls 1/14/12

January 15, 2012
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