Author: John Olive

The 39 Steps at The Guthrie Theater

In The 39 Steps (on the Guthrie‘s McGuire Stage, through December 19) everything is played for yuks.  Character transitions are made onstage, often with actors simply donning a new hat or coat (four performers divvy up every character in the…

Sleep Deprivation Chamber at Penumbra Theatre

The incident detailed in Adrienne and Adam P. Kennedy‘s harrowing and autobiographical Sleep Deprivation Chamber (at Penumbra, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, penumbratheatre.org) is, unfortunately, as common as rain: a policeman commits a vicious assault and then concocts a…

The Glass Menagerie at The Jungle Theater

I have seen more productions of The Glass Menagerie (at the Jungle, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., through Oct 17, jungletheater.com), Tennessee Williams‘s oft-produced and touching portrait of life in Depression era St. Louis, than I care to contemplate. But I…

Wicked At The Orpheum

The Wicked Express has arrived in Minneapolis for a 5 week stay (at the Orpheum, 910 Hennepin Ave., through Sept 19, hennepintheatretrust.org).  Still going strong on Broadway (after 7 years), Wicked boasts two U.S. tours, strong runs in London, San…