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An Octoroon at Mixed Blood Theatre

An Octoroon at Mixed Blood Theatre

Dion Boucicault was a 19th century melodramatist, the fellow who gave us such ne’er-produced masterworks as The School For Scheming and The Vampire. His overwrought potboiler The Octoroon mines the same thin vein of theatrical ore, a play in which we discover (though a process too complicated to summarize) that young and beautiful Zoe...
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Pussy Valley at Mixed Blood Theatre

Pussy Valley at Mixed Blood Theatre

Katori Hall, to her credit, does not, in Pussy Valley (Mixed Blood Theatre, though May 10) have an agenda. No authorial condescension is in evidence. As a straight forward portrait of the denizens of the Pink Pony, a gritty titty bar in the over-heated Mississippi Delta, Pussy Valley works beautifully. We get the desperate...
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Hir at Mixed Blood Theatre

Hir at Mixed Blood Theatre

“Let’s put the fun in dysfunctional!” exclaims playwright Taylor Mac and – for a while, anyhow – he succeeds. The Mixed Blood stage for Hir (at MB through Mar 22) swirls with a wild scatter of dirty laundry (“I don’t do laundry any more,” asserts Mistress Paige, played by the great Sally Wingert. “I’m...
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The Whale by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Mixed Blood

The Whale by Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Mixed Blood

The Whale, by Samuel D. Hunter (Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Mixed Blood Theatre, through Dec 20), is a grim little play. In it, we watch Charlie, the eponymous whale, committing suicide by gluttony. In the years since his boyfriend’s death (pneumonia complicated by anorexia), Charlie’s weight has ballooned. “It’s been a long...
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Colossal at Mixed Blood Theatre

Colossal at Mixed Blood Theatre

What a gutsy title: Colossal (Mixed Blood, through Nov 9). Think what it implies: size, power, endurance, maleness, calculated violence, theatricality. A heady celebration of the game of football – and it is; football is truly one of the greatest games ever devised by human beings. Physicality, sweat and pure bristling exuberance. Mixed Blood’s...
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Passing Strange at Mixed Blood Theatre

Passing Strange at Mixed Blood Theatre

Passing Strange (at Mixed Blood Theatre, through May 11) is an example of that ancient, hoary, and utterly old-fashioned theatrical entity: the rock musical. Everyone is in the band. The cast plays various instruments – not brilliantly, but you can’t have everything.  After all, where would you put it?  Or they simply function as...
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Displaced Hindu Gods: A Trilogy Of Plays at Mixed Blood Theatre

Displaced Hindu Gods: A Trilogy Of Plays at Mixed Blood Theatre

Aditi Brennan Kapil‘s trilogy  Displaced Hindu Gods opens Mixed Blood Theatre‘s 2013-14 season; the plays run through Oct 27.  HowWasTheShow.com sent its three theater reviewers (Janet Preus, Dominic Orlando and John Olive) to cover the Oct 5 opening.  Each filed reviews:   Brahmin/i  Reviewed by Janet Preus: Brahman/i, subtitled “a one-hijra stand-up comedy show,”...
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In the Time of Butterflies at Mixed Blood Theatre

In the Time of Butterflies at Mixed Blood Theatre

Mixed Blood Theatre brings another adaptation by Caridad Svich with the world premiere of In the Time of Butterflies (En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas). Produced by artistic director Jack Reuler and directed by José Zayas, it is an engaging and moving portrait of siblings caught up in the stormy politics of the mid-20th...
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Elemeno Pea at Mixed Blood Theatre

Elemeno Pea at Mixed Blood Theatre

Money porn. There’s a long tradition in American storytelling of asking audiences to gawk at the shallow goings-on of the ultra-rich.  The tradition began in the 20s with the work of Edith Wharton, came into its own during the Depression (My Man Godfrey), found real traction in the Ronald Reagan 80s (Tom Wolfe’s hootingly...
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The Tiger Among Us by Mu Performing Arts at Mixed Blood Theatre

The Tiger Among Us by Mu Performing Arts at Mixed Blood Theatre

Lauren Yee‘s The Tiger Among Us (Mu Performing Arts performing at Mixed Blood Theatre, through Feb 10) sprawls. Literally: director Ellen Fenster utilizes Mixed Blood’s widest configuration and in her firm hands the play ranges from Dad’s extreme stage right deer stand, to the car (we assume it’s a Minnesota beater) located on the...
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