Category: Reviews

Black Pearl Sings at Penumbra Theatre

Playwright Frank Higgins does two very smart things with his vivid Black Pearl Sings! (at Penumbra, 270 N. Kent Street, St. Paul, through March 14, penumbratheatre.org). First, he shoehorns an amazingly wide range of Depression-era America into his story: the humid…

Q&A with Red Pens’ Howard Hamilton

It’s been a fast year for Twin Cities upstarts the Red Pens. After dropping their first album, Reasons, last summer, Howard Hamilton and Laura Bennett won City Pages’ Picked to Click honors in September and, more recently, had the honor of…

Text by David de Young HowWasTheShow is proud to present Jenn Barnett’s photos from Sunday’s Joel Bremer / Mad Ripple Valentine’s Day marathon (7 hours!) hoot at Dusty’s in Minneapolis.  Many in attendance remarked that this was the “best hoot…

My Antonia at Illusion Theater

I will admit that I wondered why Illusion Theater (528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis)  might pick this standard in American literature classes for a new adaptation. I know the book well, and even after years away from the classroom, I could…