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Disenchanted produced by Casting Spells Productions at the Illusion Theater

Disenchanted produced by Casting Spells Productions at the Illusion Theater

In case you missed it last year, “Disenchanted!” produced by Casting Spells Productions has returned for a pre-holidays run at the Illusion Theater. Bright, clever and all in good fun, this modern take on the heroines of classic children’s Disney movies also has a solid—and serious—premise holding the whole thing up. Is it a...
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Lake Untersee, produced by the Workhaus Collective at Illusion Theater

Lake Untersee, produced by the Workhaus Collective at Illusion Theater

Workhaus Collective begins its season with “Lake Untersee,” a new play by Joe Waechter. Playwrights’ Center artistic director Jeremy Cohen must feel strongly about the talents of this young playwright and served as director. He’s on the right track; the writing is smart, the story judiciously paced, and the acting is superb. The story...
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Ash Land by Transatlantic Love Affair, performing at Illusion Theater

Ash Land by Transatlantic Love Affair, performing at Illusion Theater

Here’s the ensemble-created plot of the affecting Ash Land (Transatlantic Love Affair, performing at Illusion Theater as part of their Lights Up! series, through Feb 22): John and Mary Stone’s farm is suffering the triple whammy of Drought, Dust and Depression.  But before the farm dies, Mary does, leaving her dreamy and hapless husband John...
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“What’s the Word For” at Illusion Theater

“What’s the Word For” at Illusion Theater

Illusion Theater has renewed their collaborative relationship with local playwright Jeffrey Hatcher in a commissioned work that also honors producing directors Michael Robins (who directs this production) and Bonnie Morris for their commitment to developing and producing new plays. The relationship and friendship between playwright and theater, in this case, has been a long...
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The K Of D at Illusion Theater

The K Of D at Illusion Theater

Laura Schellhardt’s slice of American Gothic mines the enigmatic Midwest by weaving spooky rural tall tales in her supernatural-themed play The K of D: An Urban Legend (Illusion Theater, through October 22). This eerie coming-of-age tale features a tour-de-force performance by Renata Friedman who brings the entire town of St. Marys, Ohio to life...
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Three Viewings at Illusion Theater

Three Viewings at Illusion Theater

The Illusion Theater has returned to Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings, a play that received its first performance in Illusion’s Fresh Ink series and has since gone on to hundreds of performances all over the world. Set in a funeral home, three characters tell their stories and reveal their relationship to the deceased in each...
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Miss Richfield 1981′s Bingo Bonanza For The Holidays at the Illusion Theater

Miss Richfield 1981′s Bingo Bonanza For The Holidays at the Illusion Theater

Miss Richfield 1981 has ridden her rusty and trusty Buick sleigh into downtown Minneapolis and double parked it outside the Hennepin Center for the Arts (no cop with any instinct for self-preservation would dare ticket her).  She is now ensconced at the Illusion Theater, performing her louche and rowdy Bingo Bonanza For The Holidays...
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Always & Forever at Illusion Theater

Always & Forever at Illusion Theater

In case you missed its first go-round, or you just can’t get enough of R&B love, the locally conceived and realized “Always & Forever” returns in all its boomer-era  wonderfulness to the Illusion Theater. Set in a barber shop (it had to be set someplace, and this place is as good as any), four...
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My Antonia at Illusion Theater

My Antonia at Illusion Theater

I will admit that I wondered why Illusion Theater (528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis)  might pick this standard in American literature classes for a new adaptation. I know the book well, and even after years away from the classroom, I could recollect many images from its pages. Such is the power of Cather’s writing. Though...
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