“Cinderfella” by Ballet of the Dolls at the Ritz Theater

December 4, 2010
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“Cinderfella” by Ballet of the Dolls at the Ritz Theater

Ballet of the Dolls has just opened its holiday offering at the Ritz Theater and it’s an absolute charmer. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Myron Johnson, who also designed the set, Cinderfella is a fresh take on the Cinderella story, as you might guess, with a self-absorbed stepmother (Michael deLeon) and her two spoiled...
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Super-Powered Revenge Christmas #1 by Joking Envelope

December 4, 2010
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Super-Powered Revenge Christmas #1 by Joking Envelope

The (thin and svelte) Red Avenger is flying his snow vehicle over the wintry City, along with his (rather less than svelte) sidekick Caribou Man (aka Rudy).  Suddenly, the air is filled with flying droids from the dreaded H(erod) Corporation, shooting their Despair Ray indiscriminately!  The City is doomed! But wait.  There.  Behind the...
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Miss Richfield 1981′s Bingo Bonanza For The Holidays at the Illusion Theater

December 3, 2010
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Miss Richfield 1981′s Bingo Bonanza For The Holidays at the Illusion Theater

Miss Richfield 1981 has ridden her rusty and trusty Buick sleigh into downtown Minneapolis and double parked it outside the Hennepin Center for the Arts (no cop with any instinct for self-preservation would dare ticket her).  She is now ensconced at the Illusion Theater, performing her louche and rowdy Bingo Bonanza For The Holidays...
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“Black Nativity: Now’s the Time” at Penumbra Theatre

November 27, 2010
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“Black Nativity: Now’s the Time” at Penumbra Theatre

This year’s Black Nativity, an annual tradition at Penumbra Theatre, takes a modern approach, hanging the nativity story on a contemporary American family. Conceived by Lou Bellamy and T. Mychael Rambo, and directed by Dominic Taylor, Black Nativity: Now’s the Time brings Mary and Joseph and the angels right into the living room of...
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“A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theater

November 27, 2010
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“A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater has faithfully delivered on our secret holiday wish: a fresh, new version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this one adapted by Crispin Whittell and directed by Artistic Director Joe Dowling. This script has a decidedly lighter and more contemporary slant, in terms of sensibilities, but the brightly rendered, familiar characters...
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“A Christmas Story” at The Children’s Theatre Company

November 19, 2010
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“A Christmas Story” at The Children’s Theatre Company

The Children’s Theatre Company is among the first to roll out this year’s holiday offering with an adaptation by Philip Grecian A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd. Grecian, with director Peter Broshius (also CTC’s artistic director) steeps us in the story’s setting with a period look, done on a very functional revolving set, costumed...
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The Suburbs and the Suicide Commandos at First Avenue

November 19, 2010
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Cowboy Versus Samurai by Mu Performing Arts at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

November 18, 2010
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Cowboy Versus Samurai by Mu Performing Arts at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Michael Golamco‘s amiable Cowboy Versus Samurai (Mu Performing Arts performing in the Guthrie‘s Dowling Studio, through Nov 28) is loosely based on Edmond Rostand‘s 1897 classic, Cyrano de Bergerac. Ah, but with one crucial distinction: Golamco’s letter composer, Travis, lacks Cyrano’s famously distended and ugly nose.  Travis is a sweet-tempered, reasonably content Korean American,...
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Table 12 and An Adult Evening Of Shel Silverstein by Freshwater Theatre at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

November 12, 2010
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Table 12 and An Adult Evening Of Shel Silverstein by Freshwater Theatre at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

For its premiere production, Freshwater Theatre remounts two (successful) comedies from the Fringe Festival: Table 12, A Play At A Wedding and An Adult Evening Of Shel Silverstein (Freshwater Theatre performing at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage, Franklin and Lyndale, through Nov 21). In Table 12 a half dozen strangers find themselves occupying a table...
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Dawes at First Avenue

November 11, 2010
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Dawes at First Avenue

There is something about the sincerity of a Dawes performance that hits you like a punch to the gut and leaves you a little shell-shocked. Frontman Taylor Goldsmith spits out lyrics like he’s been bottling them up for years—and maybe he has, and maybe that’s why they’re so good. And if it’s not the...
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