WTF at Mu Performing Arts

January 23, 2011
By
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...
Read more »

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

January 21, 2011
By
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,...
Read more »

“The Odyssey” at Park Square Theatre

January 21, 2011
By
“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...
Read more »

A Comedy of Errors by The Acting Company at the Guthrie Theater

January 14, 2011
By
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...
Read more »

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

December 31, 2010
By
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...
Read more »

Billy Elliot at the Orpheum Theatre

December 19, 2010
By
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,...
Read more »

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

December 18, 2010
By
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...
Read more »

Photo set: First Avenue’s 40th Anniversary Party

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


Read more »

2 Pianos 4 Hands at Park Square Theatre

December 12, 2010
By
2 Pianos 4 Hands at Park Square Theatre

For every Vladimir Horowitz, for every Herbie Hancock – indeed, for every musical master you can name – there are thousand upon thousands of players who dedicate their lives to their instruments, who spend many many lonely hours practicing, only to discover, at the end of this long road, that they don’t quite have...
Read more »

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Ordway

December 10, 2010
By
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Ordway

Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (at the Ordway, through Jan 2) tries so hard to make you love it. First, there are the colorfully dressed children (30 at least), bouncing balls and grinning with relentless cheerfulness.  Then, naturally, there’s well-miked tuneful/soulful singing.  Then the 11 (!) brothers do a thigh-slapping, southern drawl inflected...
Read more »