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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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Freud’s Last Session produced by the Guthrie Theater at the Dowling Studio

Freud’s Last Session produced by the Guthrie Theater at the Dowling Studio

The Guthrie has borrowed from the current Off-Broadway theater for its new play, Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain. It’s cropping up from one coast to the other. Apparently there’s a hunger for a straightforward, intellectual, “talky” play – a meaty actor’s piece with no flash, no fantasy or women. Well, well! This...
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Tribes at the Guthrie Theater

Tribes at the Guthrie Theater

Tribes by Nina Raine (at the Guthrie Theater, through November 10) fascinates most when addressing  the nature of language: what is the connection between abstract language and the gloriously messy life it represents?  And: is deaf signing a real language?  Can it be used to develop abstract ideas?  Express irony?  What about intense emotions? ...
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How to Be a Korean Woman at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio

How to Be a Korean Woman at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio

How to be a Korean Woman, written and performed by Sun Mee Chomet, might have been a few chapters in a memoir, or at least a personal essay, but Chomet is first an actress. Also a dancer and a playwright. And she’s very good at all of them. Armed with little more than her...
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Interview: Sun Mee Chomet

Interview: Sun Mee Chomet

Sun Mee Chomet is one of Minnesota’s most accomplished actors.  She has worked extensively, at the Guthrie (she played Antigone in the terrific Burial At Thebes, was featured in The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide), at Mu Performing Arts (WTF, Cowboy Vs. Samurai), at Penumbra (…for colored girls).  The prestigious Ten Thousand Things will feature Chomet...
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“Pride & Prejudice” At The Guthrie

“Pride & Prejudice” At The Guthrie

For almost the entirety of the first act (despite its flaws) The Guthrie Theater’s adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” (written by Simon Reade, directed by Joe Dowling) is delightful.  The swirl of scenery, the familiar faces in period costumes, the comic romance of the dialogue–it’s frothy, it’s fun, and the audience is obviously having...
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