The Pirates Of Penzance at the Ordway

August 6, 2015
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The Pirates Of Penzance at the Ordway

The first thing to say about the Ordway’s rollicking production of the William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan classic The Pirates Of Penzance (in the cavernous Ordway, through August 16): it’s good. Excellent, in fact. Especially the music. Everyone sings the wonderful music with laudable authority. Everybody. Especially (as a reviewer, I’m obigated to single...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 5, 2015

August 5, 2015
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 5, 2015

  THE FAMOUS HAYDELL SISTERS COMEBACK TOUR – Nomad World Pub Th 8/6 5:30; F 8/7 5:30; Sa 8/8 5:30; Su 8/9 5:30 What privilege to be able to see the Haydell Sisters, Maybelle and Mattie. The last time they were in town they played at the Target Center, a well-known music venue. This...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 2, 2015

August 2, 2015
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 2, 2015

A mere two today:   SIREN SONG – Rarig Experimental T 8/4 8:30; W 8/5 10:00; Sa 8/8 4:00 I wandered into Siren Song with no idea of what it would be: there was no line and, significantly, no program. Would Siren Song be a solo performance? A musical? A dance piece? A rollicking...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 1, 2015

August 1, 2015
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: August 1, 2015

Reviewed in this batch: A WOMAN IN BERLIN, HEARTLESS and FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE   A WOMAN IN BERLIN – Nimbus M 8/3 8:30; Th 8/6 7:00; Sa 8/8 4:00 “Now is the time for our revenge!” crowed a Red Army commander in 1945 as the Soviet army viciously ravaged Germany. A Woman In...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 30, 2015

July 31, 2015
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 30, 2015

It’s the sweet summertime. Roll out those lazy hazy crazy days. Iced tea and crisp white wine. Summer dresses. Ah, yes. And the Minnesota Fringe. The Fringe is billed as “Minnesota’s Theater Invasion” and this is not an overstatement. In venues across the city intrepid theater artists are trying out new plays, new styles,...
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 31, 2015

July 31, 2015
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MINNESOTA FRINGE: July 31, 2015

Three shows today:   BY MOONLIGHT – Rarig Arena Su 8/2 1:00, M 8/3 8:30, F 8/7 8:30, Su 8/9 5:30 By Moonlight – written and directed by theater artist extraordinaire (he writes, acts, directs) Ben Kreilkamp – makes no straightforward sense. By Moonlight lacks an easily summarizable plot. Which it makes it perfect...
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Stage Kiss at the Guthrie Theater

July 29, 2015
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Stage Kiss at the Guthrie Theater

The tone of the comically overwrought show within Sarah Ruhl’s splendidly-crafted backstage satire Stage Kiss (at the Guthrie, through Aug 30) is described, with no lack of consternation from its director, as “slippery.” Nobody is really sure if it should be played earnestly or for laughs, and no one wants to make up their mind...
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Kinky Boots at the Orpheum

July 28, 2015
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Kinky Boots at the Orpheum

Va-Va-Voom! Kinky Boots (at the Orpheum only through Aug 2; see it while it’s still here) comes alive when sexy Lola – she of the svelte bod, the muscular thighs, the sly come-hither smile, the wigs – sashays and struts across the stage. Kyle Taylor Parker, in matchless drag, plays Lola with zestful gusto....
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Photo Set: Dawes at the Cabooze Plaza, 7/14/15

July 15, 2015
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An interview with John Olive about Tell Me a Story in the Dark

July 2, 2015
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Janet Preus, interviewer You may be more likely to know John Olive primarily as a playwright or as a reviewer for www.howwastheshow.com, but he’s also written a book about storytelling. “Tell Me a Story in the Dark: A Guide to Creating Magical Bedtime Stories for Young Children” is not a book of stories for...
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