Category: Theater

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…

Review | The Clean House: clean, but not clean-cut

Theatre Unbound, performing at the Gremlin, thru Nov 18

Theatre Unbound’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House (Theatre Unbound,performing at the Gremlin Theater until November 18) is only one of at least ten productions of this play in the country over the next four months. Some reasons why…

Noises Off at the Guthrie Theater

Nonstop laughing!

Are you ‘bout ready for a good laugh? How about a couple hours of nonstop laughing? That’s what the Guthrie Theater delivers with Noises Off, by Michael Frayn, a classic modern farce (and there sure aren’t many of those!) If…

Review | The Tempest: spare and wondrous

By Theatre Coup d’Etat at Springhill Ministry through November 17

Theatre Coup d’Etat heads into Halloween with spirits and spells in an absorbing and taut production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. We sit in a square, empty room. Chairs in a circle – one row only. A few dramatic lights. Sound…

Review | I Come From Arizona: beautifully bilingual

Childrens Theatre Company, through November 25

What does “Global Perspectives” mean, anyway? Carlos Murillo’s I Come from Arizona (CTC) offers a few suggestions. In this bilingual play, 14-year old Mexican-American Gabi Castillo (Ayssette Muñoz), who, living on the South Side of Chicago, moves to the elite…

Review | Mary Poppins: timeless appeal

Artistry Theatre, though Nov 4

Mary Poppins may be returning to the silver screen with a new Disney film Mary Poppins Returns but the original movie starring Julie Andrews exudes a timeless essence that continues to enchant audiences today. You can relive the magic of Mary…

Two Degrees: timely and well-played

The Guthrie’s Dowling Theatre, through Oct 21

Watching Prime Productions’ staging of Two Degrees (the Guthrie‘s Dowling Stage) about a woman scientist asked to testify before a senate select committee on the effects of climate change, one might think that this play was birthed over the past weekend…