The Master Butchers Singing Club at the Guthrie Theatre

September 19, 2010
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The Master Butchers Singing Club at the Guthrie Theatre

The Guthrie Theatre presented the world premier of The Master Butchers Singing Club Sunday evening, a dramatization of Minnesota writer, Louise Erdrich’s, novel. Marsha Norman’s adaptation, developed and directed by Francesca Zambello, took a rich and wonderful book, dense with characters and subplots, and fashioned a hybrid of direct address narrative and dramatic work....
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Eclipsed, a Frank Theatre Production at the Playwrights’ Center

September 17, 2010
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Eclipsed, a Frank Theatre Production at the Playwrights’ Center

Eclipsed, the 2009 play by Obie Award-winning playwright Danai Gurira tells the story of an unlikely sisterhood of five women in civil war-torn Liberia. Frank Theatre’s regional premier of the work opened Friday at the Playwrights’ Center (2301 East Franklin Ave.) in Minneapolis. In Frank Artistic Director Wendy Knox’s hands, the production is intense,...
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The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins at The Children’s Theatre Company

September 17, 2010
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The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins at The Children’s Theatre Company

Theater-goers, young and old!  Go see Bradley Greenwald, currently holding forth in The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins (Childrens Theatre Co., 2400 Third Ave., Minneapolis, through Oct 30, childrensheatre.org) before an evil Broadway producer swoops down and snatches him away from us.  This guy is seriously good.  His gorgeous singing voice is combined with...
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Sleep Deprivation Chamber at Penumbra Theatre

September 16, 2010
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Sleep Deprivation Chamber at Penumbra Theatre

The incident detailed in Adrienne and Adam P. Kennedy‘s harrowing and autobiographical Sleep Deprivation Chamber (at Penumbra, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, penumbratheatre.org) is, unfortunately, as common as rain: a policeman commits a vicious assault and then concocts a lie in order to cover up his malfeasance.  That an innocent man might go...
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Marina and the Diamonds at the Triple Rock Social Club

September 13, 2010
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Marina and the Diamonds at the Triple Rock Social Club

“Oh, Minneapolis, I am so happy to be here right now! I have to say, I thought it would be like three or four people,” said an enchanting of Marina and the Diamonds on Friday night at the packed Triple Rock Social Club. Admittedly not a common name on the airwaves this side of...
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Theatre Pro Rata’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Gremlin Theater

September 12, 2010
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Theatre Pro Rata’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Gremlin Theater

Theatre Pro Rata kicked off their 2010-2011 season with a classic and a comedy – a combination that veers from the norm for the established company, but suits their approach for the coming months. Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, though set in contemporary times, stays true to the spirit of the original period...
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Vigil, a play at the Pillsbury House Theatre

September 11, 2010
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Vigil, a play at the Pillsbury House Theatre

Pillsbury House Theatre opened the final production of their 2010 season, a crafty and winning play by Morris Panych. Vigil’s premise is simple enough: Kemp (Steve Hendrickson) is called to his dying aunt’s side, but it is clear that death is not as imminent as Kemp would like. He talks to her, however, as...
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Romantica at the Aster Cafe

September 10, 2010
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Romantica at the Aster Cafe

Romantica is the kind of band you find yourself at home with even if you’ve never heard them before. They are comfortingly familiar, operating solidly under the Americana genre, giving listeners a little bit of the country and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll. Ben Kyle’s voice eases from one song into the...
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The Glass Menagerie at The Jungle Theater

September 10, 2010
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The Glass Menagerie at The Jungle Theater

I have seen more productions of The Glass Menagerie (at the Jungle, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., through Oct 17, jungletheater.com), Tennessee Williams‘s oft-produced and touching portrait of life in Depression era St. Louis, than I care to contemplate. But I have never seen the Big Scene (between Laura and Jim the Gentleman Caller; it...
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Photoset: Me and My Arrow (CD Release) and Pink Mink at the Kitty Cat Klub

September 1, 2010
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Photoset: Me and My Arrow (CD Release) and Pink Mink at the Kitty Cat Klub

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Me and My Arrow celebrating the release of their new album with Pink Mink opening at the Kitty Cat Klub.
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