Push Button, Get Bacon produced by The Recovery Party at Bryant-Lake Bowl

January 25, 2014
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Push Button, Get Bacon produced by The Recovery Party at Bryant-Lake Bowl

The Recovery Party returns to the Bryant-Lake Bowl with another serving of Push Button, Get Bacon. Sketches and satire, but no bacon. You’ll have to wait until the absolute last moment (no, not yet, not that moment… ok, now, this is the end. No, wait … ok, this is the end) to know what...
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar produced by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia at Children’s Theatre Company

January 19, 2014
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Children’s Theatre Company is ready to brighten up a cold, dark winter evening – with black light. And what a dandy way it is to bring the stories of children’s book illustrator and writer, Eric Carle, to life on stage. The production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites by Mermaid...
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NIWA GEKIDAN PENINO–”Out There” at The Walker

January 18, 2014
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NIWA GEKIDAN PENINO–”Out There” at The Walker

I think I’m going to stick with the theme of upended expectations while reviewing this year’s “Out There” Series at The Walker.  Last night’s production, Kuro Tanino’s “Nikwa Gekidan Penino” (The Room Nobody Knows) was the poster boys (boys?) for that concept.  Starting with seating the audience on the stage, which at this point in...
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Cabaret by Theatre Latté Da, performing at the Pantages

January 18, 2014
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Cabaret by Theatre Latté Da, performing at the Pantages

A match made in Thespic heaven: Theatre Latté Da, our premier purveyor of music theater, known for its non-treacly and trenchant intelligence and its astonishing ability to produce super-high-quality theater on a strict budget.  And Cabaret, (John) Kander and (Fred) Ebb‘s great masterpiece, set in the early 30s, in the Kit Kat Klub, where...
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The School For Lies at Park Square Theatre

January 17, 2014
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The School For Lies at Park Square Theatre

A play has two primary sources of appeal.  First, there is the moment-by-moment texture.  Is it fun to act?  Fun to watch?  Does the language enthrall, are there compelling nooks and crannies in the characters?  Does the design provide good eye candy? And then you have the overall arc: what do the moments add...
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Xtreme Theatre Smackdown, produced by Theatre Unbound

January 12, 2014
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Xtreme Theatre Smackdown, produced by Theatre Unbound

It’s called the Xtreme Theatre Smackdown: Six playwrighting teams, a collection of actors and directors, and all y’all out there who provided input on the producing company’s (Theatre Unbound) website. Judging by the size of the audience, that was a respectable number of Smackdown enthusiasts. Here’s how it works: Theater Unbound “referees” choose the...
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Photo Set: John Newman with Commanders Handsome at the Varsity, 1/11/14

January 12, 2014
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WONDERBAUM & LAPD at The Walker’s Out There 2014

January 11, 2014
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WONDERBAUM & LAPD at The Walker’s Out There 2014

Almost a decade ago, I learned my lesson about walking into a theatre space and rolling my eyes at the set.  I was at the Walker Art Center’s annual “Out There” series.  Back then I was going through my first Jerome Fellowship, and the Walker had generously offered us comps to the entire festival. ...
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Photo Set: Dawes with Field Report NYE at The Varsity, 12/31/13

January 1, 2014
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Photo Set: Dawes with Field Report at The Varsity, 12/30/13

December 31, 2013
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