Author: John Olive

The Crisis: HWTS responds

We can’t review plays when there are no plays to be reviewed. Therefore, until Gov. Walz decides to “re-open” live theaters, we will, unfortunately, be on hiatus. There is, however, movement in the theater world: the estimable Sarah Rasmussen, artistic…

Review | The Ugly One: an actual German comedy

Walking Shadow Theatre Co., performing at Open Eye Theater, 506 W. 24th St.; Minneapolis, through Feb 16

All well and good, the Guthrie’s glitzy production of Guys And Dolls; and it’s good that they’ve scheduled (rescheduled actually) Shakespeare’s masterful history cycle; and it’s wonderful that in Three Little Birds CTC put together a show based on music…

Review || Bernarda Alba: percussive intensity

Theater Latté Da, through Feb 16

It’s a terrific idea: take the dense, lyrical prose of Federico Garcia Lorca‘s masterful The House Of Bernarda Alba and replace it with dense, semi-dissonant, percussive music (by Michael John LaChiusa). And it works! As long as you don’t expect…

Review | Dog Act: post-apocalyptic rage

Fortune’s Fool Theatre, performing in The Gremlin, through Dec 22

Liz Duffy Adams‘s intermittently amusing Dog Act (Fortune’s Fool Theatre performing in The Gremlin) brings to mind the work of a number of super-duper playwrights: Bertolt Brecht (Mother Courage), Samuel Beckett (Waiting For Godot), Caryl Churchill (The Skriker, produced a…

Review | Fast Company: enjoyably confusing

Theater Mu performing at the Guthrie, through Nov 24

Fast Company¬†(Theater Mu performing at the Guthrie, through Nov 24) wants to be good. All the production elements are in place: a zippy pace, muscular direction (by whip smart Brian Balcom), excellent acting. The play has some tasty design (sets…