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Stage Kiss at the Guthrie Theater

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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The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater

The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater has picked what may be the world’s most perfectly constructed musical for its summer audiences. Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is just brilliant writing, and that’s all there is to it—a musical comedy lovers’ musical, and a classic for all time. This production, I’m so happy to say, has shown the...
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Juno And The Paycock at the Guthrie Theater

Juno And The Paycock at the Guthrie Theater

You have to respect Joe Dowling for closing his long and celebrated tenure as the Guthrie Theater’s artistic director with Sean O’Casey‘s classic Juno and the Paycock, a show that pays homage to his most personal cultural and artistic influences while being consistently honest and challenging. The show is an appropriate send-off, as not...
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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Guthrie Theater

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Guthrie Theater

We live in apocalyptic times: permanent droughts in Australia and California (the state from which Mr. Burns, a post-electric play playwright Anne Washburn hails). Ocean acidification, disappearing icecaps, Bangladesh soon to be 60% under water, Pakistan 18%, large Chinese rivers which never reach the sea. The human species will expire, it seems clear (to...
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guthrie Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guthrie Theatre

The Guthrie‘s production of William Shakespeare‘s delightful A Midsummer Night’s Dream clocks in at a bladder busting three plus hours. Loud and long, massive and ambitious, this show entertains – does it ever – but doesn’t pull you in. One sits back, marveling at the talent and creativity so richly on display. But one...
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The White Snake at the Guthrie Theater

The White Snake at the Guthrie Theater

The most remarkable, imo, aspect of Mary Zimmerman‘s lush and lavish The White Snake (at the Guthrie, through October 19): its restraint. I doubt you’ll see a more design-y play this season. Every moment of this piece is lovingly crafted and perfected. Yet there no gee-whiz-look-at-me self-consciousness, no inflated ain’t-we-gifted pomposity, no tastelessness whatsoever....
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My Fair Lady at the Guthrie

My Fair Lady at the Guthrie

Valiant and übertalented HowWasTheShow.com-ers, Janet Preus and John Olive, attended the Tuesday evening performance of My Fair Lady (at the Guthrie, through Aug 31). They then betook themselves down to Sea Change for beverages, salty french fries and pithy conversation, excerpted herewith: John Olive: The audience enjoyed My Fair Lady, insanely. Janet Preus: They...
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The Three Musketeers by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

The Three Musketeers by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio

Want to enjoy Walking Shadow Theatre Co.‘s giddy, swashbuckling, sword-happy The Three Musketeers (at the Guthrie‘s Dowling Studio, through May 25)? Here’s my firm advice: go with the sprawl. Lay aside whatever need you might have for coherent narrative, for sensible multiple casting, for developed non-cinematic structure and let playwright John Heimbuch‘s clutch-popper wash...
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The Mountaintop by Penumbra Theatre performing at the Guthrie

The Mountaintop by Penumbra Theatre performing at the Guthrie

We see it when we walk into the McGuire: the Lorraine Motel sign, visible through the window of Room 306, stark against the black Memphis sky, crashes of lightning bringing it into high relief.  The Lorraine.  Where Martin Luther King met his unwished-for martyrdom.  The site of unspeakable national tragedy, a place associated in...
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Othello at the Guthrie Theater

Othello at the Guthrie Theater

In the dark and affecting Othello (at the Guthrie, through April 20) director Marion McClinton and costumer Esosa dress the Moor (played thrillingly by Peter Macon) in thick leather and stiff boots.  This imparts to him a lumbering, dominating authority.  Add to this the fact that Macon is a large man.  In comparison, the...
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