Author: Janet Preus

Review | The Humans: realism returns

Presented by the Hennepin Theatre Trust at the Orpheum, Minneapolis

It is Thanksgiving Day. A family gathers in the Manhattan Chinatown apartment that one of the daughters shares with her boyfriend. Grandmother, in a wheelchair, only somewhat “with it.” Sister, dealing with recent breakup. Mom, mother hen-ing, and Dad, doing…

Review | The Unscripted Minnesota Holiday: improvised fun

Bryant-Lake Bowl through December 8

Looking for a little alternative holiday entertainment? Something that doesn’t require dressing up or pondering the financial commitment for the tickets? Well, here it is: Dangerboat Productions “The Unscripted Minnesota Holiday” at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater – and it’s family-friendly…

Hamlet: timeless and brand new

Park Square Theatre through Nov. 11

If there is one word in theater that’s recognized globally, it must be “Hamlet;” to take on this play is a somber responsibility. Park Square Theatre, under the guiding hand of director and scenic designer Joel Sass, has opened a…

Snapshot And Blank: Comic Book Theater. Kapow!

Maggie’s Farm Theater

Maggie’s Farm Theater, a cozy little space tucked into the Lennox Community Center in St. Louis Park, was just about the perfect space for the action-packed “Snapshot & Blank” by Todd Richardson, an homage to the playwright’s love of –…

The Red Shoes mind-bends a classic

Open Eye Figure Theatre collaborates with the new Oddfellows Collective

  Open Eye Figure Theatre and Oddfellows Collective, a new theater entity formed of well-known local artists, most notably the play’s writer/director/designer Joel Sass and writer/performer Kimberly Richardson, have opened “The Red Shoes.” Although inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen…

Anna In The Tropics: a missed opportunity

At the Jungle Theater through March 12

The Jungle Theater has opened its 2017 season with a play by Nilo Cruz, “Anna in the Tropics,” a Pulitzer Price winner for the playwright in 2003. The piece starts with the jewel most writers treasure: a little known slice-of-life,…