Author: John Olive

Review | Small Mouth Sounds: meditative comedy

The Jungle Theater: through June 16

Six characters in search of an authorial presence. Bess Wohl‘s amusing Small Mouth Sounds (at the Jungle, through June 16) suffers from this. The primary problem with the play – essentially a portrait of six people at a wilderness (apparently;…

Review | Cyrano de Bergerac: swashbuckling romance

The Guthrie Theater, through May 5

The Guthrie‘s program for Edmond Rostand‘s ageless Cyrano de Bergerac lists, in a first for this reviewer, a credit for “Intimacy Consultant” (Lauren Keating). Oh boy, says I to myself. Intimacy. Tantalizing, erotic, pervading the play. Giving the play a…

Review | She Persists: challenging

Pillsbury House Theatre, though March 24

She Persists (at Pillsbury House Theatre, through March 24) is a collection of 5 very short playlets which posits an America rent by a “great divide” – political, cultural, religious, racial. And maybe it is. Maybe those of us who…

Review | Into The Woods: ethereal and powerful

Ten Thousand Things, through March 24

You might could call Stephen Sondheim‘s exquisite and delicate Into The Woods a “problem play.” Like Shakespeare’s problem plays (one thinks of A Winter’s Tale) to call Into The Woods problematic is in no way to criticize. Rather, it’s to…

Review | benevolence: scary-powerful

Penumbra Theatre, through March 10

Difficult. Difficult, and presented with unrelieved intensity. This is an apt description of benevolence (playing at Penumbra Theatre Company through March 10). If you’re looking for feel-good entertainment, a sweet and undemanding play to watch while you digest a rich…

Review | She Loves Me: sweet and tuneful

Artistry Theater, through Feb 17

Whenever I attend the Artistry Theater, I’m struck by what a play-going bargain it is. The commodious parking lot is filled with free parking; the lobby is huge; there’s a wonderful and large room filled with pretty-good art. (The rest…

Review | Blackbird: powerful, creepy

Dark And Stormy Productions, 77 13th Ave NE — in the Grain Belt Brewery complex — through Jan 5

The past, as the swamis never tire of telling us, is a meaningless abstraction. Ditto the future. There is only the ineffable Now, the shining wellspring of happiness and contentment. But what do you do when the past is the…