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Three Penny Opera by Frank Theatre, performing at the Southern

Three Penny Opera by Frank Theatre, performing at the Southern

Three Penny Opera (Frank Theatre, performing at the Southern, through May 4) was written in 1928 by playwright Bertolt Brecht with music by composer Kurt Weill. I point this out because the program for the Frank production makes no mention of these two great artists; they are unnamed, un-bioed, unacknowledged in any way. Nor...
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Misterman by Frank Theatre performing at the Southern

Misterman by Frank Theatre performing at the Southern

If you missed John Catron‘s intensely silly, hootingly funny and utterly astonishing work in The Winter’s Tale at the Flying G a few seasons back, you should endeavor to journey back in time and check it out.  Failing that, you should see Misterman, at Frank Theatre (performing at the Southern, through April 28).  Catron...
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The Way Of Water by Frank Theatre performing at the Playwrights Center

The Way Of Water by Frank Theatre performing at the Playwrights Center

Even in the best of times, the characters in Caridad Svich‘s intense The Way Of Water (Frank Theatre performing at the Playwrights Center, through September 30) lead a close-to-the-bone life: living in shacks, enduring the choking humidity of southern Louisiana, working part time jobs, fishing for a hardscrabble living.  They love their impoverished freedom,...
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Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. A co-production of Frank Theatre and the Hennepin Theatre Trust

Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.  A co-production of Frank Theatre and the Hennepin Theatre Trust

Last night your intrepid HWTS theater reviewers, Janet Preus and John Olive, betook themselves to the spiffily spartan New Century Theatre to see Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays (a co-production between Frank Theatre and the Hennepin Theatre Trust, running through June 16). Standing On Ceremony, short – but passionate – playlets written...
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The Santaland Diaries at Frank Theatre

The Santaland Diaries at Frank Theatre

Go to the Ordway and experience the “timeless enchantment” of Cinderella ($113 per ticket).  Or try the Guthrie’s A Christmas Carol, after 35 years still “as powerful and uplifting as it ever was” ($73).  Or maybe CTC’s “beloved” The Wizard Of Oz ($70). All this overpriced holiday feel-good about to send you shrieking into...
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Ajax In Iraq at Frank Theatre

Ajax In Iraq at Frank Theatre

Would, I wondered, Ellen McLaughlin‘s effective Ajax In Iraq (Frank Theatre, performing at the Playwrights Center, through Nov 27) work in 2011?  The U.S. involvement in that country is winding down, measured now in days.  For Iraqis, of course, the conflict – Sunni vs Shiite vs Kurd, autocratic fundamentalist vs democratic modernist – grinds...
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Cabaret by Frank Theatre

Cabaret by Frank Theatre

Frank Theatre has opened its 22nd season with a gutsy and – well, frank interpretation of the now classic Broadway musical, Cabaret. Stripped down to its both smarmy and beautiful story, and set in a near-perfect environment at the Centennial Showboat on Harriet Island, this production immerses you in the tawdry world of Berlin’s...
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Eclipsed, a Frank Theatre Production at the Playwrights’ Center

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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Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, a Frank Theatre Production at Open Eye Figure Theatre

Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, a Frank Theatre Production at Open Eye Figure Theatre

“Delightful” and “fun” aren’t the first two words that come to mind when one seeks to describe the literary legacy left by Franz Kafka.  But Frank Theatre’s narratively-faithful rendering of  the Bohemian writer’s 1915 novella The Metamorphosis — which opened Friday at Open Eye Figure Theater – is a snappy, impeccably-acted, funny, yet human...
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