Opus at Park Square Theatre

May 15, 2011
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Opus at Park Square Theatre

Park Square Theatre is turning plays about classical music into a minor specialty.  They recently produced (it opened the night of the Big Blizzard) 2 Pianos 4 Hands, a lively and affecting mediation on failure: what happens when you devote your life to an instrument only to discover that you don’t – quite –...
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In The Red And Brown Water by Pillsbury House Theatre performing at the Guthrie

May 13, 2011
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In The Red And Brown Water by Pillsbury House Theatre performing at the Guthrie

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney lives in London and, indeed, his powerful In The Red And Brown Water (Pillsbury House Theatre performing in the Guthrie‘s Dowling Studio, through June 5) is written with an expatriate’s ardor.  This begins with the play’s mythical smalltown Louisiana setting.  Louisiana is, at least from this northerner’s perspective, the prime...
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“Next to Normal” at the Ordway

May 11, 2011
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“Next to Normal” at the Ordway

The Ordway has brought a powerful, substantial and beautiful new musical to its main stage with the Tony Award-winning “Next to Normal,” a play that plots out new territory for what musicals can talk about. In this case, the subject is living with bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. Amazingly, for all of the pain attached...
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after the quake by Walking Shadow Theatre Company

May 6, 2011
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after the quake by Walking Shadow Theatre Company

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is a master of the everyday surreal: he creates ordinary characters – bank clerks, university students, data processors – and builds around them fantastic dream-like stories.  Like Dorothy thrust into the land of Oz, Murakami’s people find themselves in positions of great and often unwanted power.  This applies to his...
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The Year of Magical Thinking, a nimbus theatre Production

April 30, 2011
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The Year of Magical Thinking, a nimbus theatre Production

Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. – Joan Didion   “It will happen to you,” author Joan Didion (played by Barbara Berlovitz) says in the opening scene of Didion’s own adaptation of her 2004 novel The Year of Magical Thinking (at nimbus theatre,...
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Sexy Librarian: File Under Rock Musical by Joking Envelope at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

April 30, 2011
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Sexy Librarian: File Under Rock Musical by Joking Envelope at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

The play stars Anna Sundberg, and that’s all you really need to know. In Sexy Librarian: File Under Rock Musical (Joking Envelope at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage through May 21) Sundberg plays Constance Black, ultra-frumpy librarian, frizzy-haired, near-sighted, bent under the weight of books, wearer of a long and formless woolen skirt.  Constance finds...
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I Wish You Love at Penumbra Theatre Company

April 21, 2011
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I Wish You Love at Penumbra Theatre Company

I approached the production of Dominic Taylor‘s powerful I Wish You Love (Penumbra Theatre, through May 22) with some trepidation.  Dennis W. Spears is lavishly talented, tall and charismatic, with a presence as big as the grand outdoors.  We recently saw him do a truly brilliant rendition of the 60s hit “Spooky”: it was...
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Photo Set: The Civil Wars at Bryant Lake Bowl 4/18/11

April 19, 2011
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The Civil Wars
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Photo set: Golden Smog with the Red Pens at Fine Line 4/16/11

April 17, 2011
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Photo Set: Voltage: Fashion Amplified 2011 at First Avenue

April 16, 2011
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