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PlayLabs at the Playwrights Center

PlayLabs at the Playwrights Center

PlayLabs. There are many summertime play development conferences: Sundance, the New Harmony Conference, the Ojai Conference, Pacific Playwrights Conference, and (the granddaddy of them all) the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. But PlayLabs is unique.  It’s the only new play conference to take place in autumn.  It’s gratifyingly intensive: only 3 plays are presented.  Playwrights...
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Kill Me Don’t Go by the Workhaus Collective performing at the Playwrights Center

Kill Me Don’t Go by the Workhaus Collective performing at the Playwrights Center

Looking for something congenial?  Sweet-tempered and entertaining?  A play to reinforce your values, to send you strolling into the chilly evening, smiling, “Why, yes, I know those people well.  They’re just like me.”  If this is what you require I would recommend a trip to St. Paul to see Latté Da’s Company.  It’s excellent....
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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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Interview: Jeannine Coulombe

Interview: Jeannine Coulombe

It doesn’t rain but it pours: playwright Jeannine Coulombe has two major productions opening within a week.  The first, The Mill, produced by Workhaus Collective, performing (as always) at the Playwrights Center, opens this Friday, April 20 and closes May 5.  Jeannine’s second play, Where The Mountain Meets The Moon, an adaptation for young...
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Flesh And The Desert by Workhaus Collective

Flesh And The Desert by Workhaus Collective

In Flesh And The Desert (Workhaus Collective performing at the Playwrights Center, through Jan 28), playwright Carson Kreitzer doesn’t concern herself with the air-conditioned glitter of contemporary Las Vegas – the Bellagio, the Venetian, pot-bellied cowboys meandering through the neo-fascist splendor of Caesar’s Palace.  None of this. Rather, Kreitzer wants to examine the Vegas...
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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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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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Music Lovers, a Workhaus Collective Production at The Playwrights’ Center

Music Lovers, a Workhaus Collective Production at The Playwrights’ Center

There are plenty of things to like about Alan Berks’ new play Music Lovers (March 12th-28th at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis). The aphorism-laden and witty script will have you leaving the theater comparing memorable lines with your companions, and the music references strewn throughout the play will delight music fans, especially those steeped in...
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