The Winter’s Tale at the Guthrie Theater

February 4, 2011
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The Winter’s Tale at the Guthrie Theater

At the very end of William Shakespeare‘s The Winter’s Tale (on the Guthrie‘s Wurtele Stage, through March 27) the statue comes alive.  Hermione lives!  She embraces, and forgives, Leontes.  Wow.  It’s one of the most thrilling moments in the canon, but it immediately creates an issue: did the intensity of Leontes’s grief and longing...
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Photo set: Best New Bands 2010 Showcase at First Avenue

January 26, 2011
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WTF at Mu Performing Arts

January 23, 2011
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WTF at Mu Performing Arts

It’s entirely appropriate that WTF – excellent title – by Katie Ka Vang (Mu Performing Arts, at Mixed Blood Theatre, through Feb 6) is being produced in the midst of our nastiest winter in years.  WTF is bleak, hallucinatory and intense, sprawling and long (nearly 3 hours), a hip-hip inflected piece that alternately thrills...
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Babe, The Sheep Pig at the Children’s Theatre Company

January 21, 2011
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Babe, The Sheep Pig at the Children’s Theatre Company

I can try to paint you a picture of Babe the amazing sheep pig: blinking, clutching Farmer Hoggett with his piggy fists, pudgy around the middle, with too short pink pants, head bald save for a small wiry shock of white fur at the tip top, prancing around the stage with endearing little hops,...
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“The Odyssey” at Park Square Theatre

January 21, 2011
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“The Odyssey” at Park Square Theatre

Park Square Theatre has launched a world premiere commission of the most famous of tall tales, The Odyssey. Although Homer’s version is the one we know, it most certainly has had its share of individual embellishments, as told by storytellers for generations. William Randall Beard’s version of Odysseus’ wanderings after the Trojan War sticks...
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A Comedy of Errors by The Acting Company at the Guthrie Theater

January 14, 2011
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A Comedy of Errors by The Acting Company at the Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company, NYC, have launched another tour with two Shakespeare classics, sure to turn out legions of secondary students charged with reading Romeo and Juliet in English class. Or Comedy of Errors, in this case. That is a wonderful thing, and this production will above all make Shakespeare not...
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New Year’s Eve 2010 with Mark Mallman at the Varsity Theater

December 31, 2010
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New Year’s Eve 2010 with Mark Mallman at the Varsity Theater

As he’s proven time and again by his marathons, Mark Mallman is not one to let up. And in that regard, his latest New Years Eve show at The Varsity Theater was every bit as chaotic and wild as previous ones. Again this year, openers were Koo Koo Kanga Roo. The duo of Bryan...
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Billy Elliot at the Orpheum Theatre

December 19, 2010
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Billy Elliot at the Orpheum Theatre

The Hennepin Theatre Trust has brought a powerhouse hit in for the holidays with the Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot. Based on the Universal Pictures/Studio Canal film, but reworked for the stage production by bookwriter and lyricist Lee Hall, and with music by Elton John, it’s an especially interesting piece, conceptually, for a Broadway production,...
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Martin Devaney CD Release Party with Erik Koskinen, Molly Maher and Kid Dakota at the Turf Club

December 18, 2010
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Martin Devaney CD Release Party with Erik Koskinen, Molly Maher and Kid Dakota at the Turf Club

Martin Devaney‘s career started off with an album coming out about every two years.  Since Letters Never Sent in 2006, he’s concentrated on helping the artists signed to his label Eclectone Records.  But recently he stepped back in the studio with friend Jake Hyer and recorded The West End. The Turf Club was the...
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Photo set: First Avenue’s 40th Anniversary Party

December 16, 2010
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Photo set: First Avenue’s 40th Anniversary Party


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