Heidi Arneson on HeidiHouse Opening, Closing of People's Theater

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Heidi Arneson
Performance artist, storyteller, and visual artist Heidi Arneson has spent the past five years fixing up the 900-square-foot attic in her 100-year-old house. Now she's ready to open it up as a kind of personal exhibition and performance space. She's calling it HeidiHouse, and she's having an open house this weekend to raise funds for the space's 2015-16 season. 


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War with the Newts Offers Experience Unlike Any Other

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You can't accuse Sandbox Theatre of not going all in with War with the Newts, which is now playing at Park Square.

As you enter the Andy Boss Stage, you are greeted by seven performers, clad head to toe in black latex, who shimmy, crawl, and croak away in the minutes before the show.

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Sandbox Returns to
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From Darkness Stumbles Despite Intriguing Concept

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Art Peden, Tara Lucchino, Nicholas Nelson, Cynthia Hornbeck, and Heidi Berg
When intermission arrived during opening night of From Darkness last Saturday at Nimbus Theatre, I glanced at my watch and wondered how I was going to make it for another hour of the show. The time had crawled by during a string of slowly paced scenes that featured clumsy writing and often disinterested acting.

All of that changed when the lights went down for Act Two. The plot was sharper. The scenes had bite and energy, and even the acting picked up a notch. I don't know if it was enough to save the show, but it certainly showed that Josh Cragun's script about art forgery and modern art during the middle of 20th-century America has potential.

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In the Age of Paint and Bone Looks at the Mystery of Ancient Art


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The Language Archive Subverts Our Rom-Com Expectations

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The Language Archive sounds a bit like a romantic comedy. Sad-sack linguist George has trouble communicating. His wife leaves him. His assistant pines for him.

Will George end up back with Mary, the woman with whom he spent so many years? Or with Emma, who has been learning a made-up language to better understand her boss?

Playwright Julia Cho isn't interested in a by-the-numbers rom-com. Instead, the play, which receives a handsome production at Park Square Theatre, subverts our expectations.


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Twin Cities Horror Fest Announces 2015 Lineup

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Now in its fourth year, Twin Cities Horror Fest is a mulitday celebration of all things terrifying. For the event, theater troupes and other creative talents come together to present their idea of horror. The results include works that are tension-filled, gore-laden, psychological, intentionally hilarious, and action-packed.

This fall's happening is expanding to showcase 12 theater groups, up from last year's nine. Some folks will be returning -- such as Mike Fotis, Horrorshow Hot Dog, and Erin Sheppard -- while five other groups will be killing it onstage for the first time.

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Twin Cities Horror Fest Grows in Its Third Year


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Good Job Horses: Well Met by Moonlight

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Good Job Horses comes and goes like a dream, as the creators push a surrealistic situation to the breaking point -- much to the delight of the audience.

The latest creation from Jon Ferguson and Theatre Forever takes us to the old West, or maybe the new West, or maybe just a West we imagine.

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Good Job Horses: Sometimes Cowgirls Are Funny

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Sandbox Returns to War with the Newts

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In 2007, the experimental Sandbox Theatre had one of its most successful shows the with fiery science-fiction fable War with the Newts. "Still, there has always been a nagging feeling that it bottomed out at a certain point," says director Peter Heeringa.

The company tackles the work again with a fresh version of the play that opens Friday on Park Square's Andy Boss stage. It is the first work in a three-year cycle of shows for Sandbox at the St. Paul theater.

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Killer Inside Pulls No Punches About Life in Prison


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Good Job Horses: Sometimes Cowgirls Are Funny

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Cowgirls, goddesses, redemption, and transformation are all at play in Theatre Forever's Good Job Horses. The irreverent comedy uses text by Playwrights' Center Jerome fellow Kate Tarker, who performs in the work along with Charlotte Calvert, Ryan Patrick, and Carly Wicks. Directed by Jon Ferguson, Theatre Forever's artistic director, the piece follows three female outlaws on a madcap cowboy adventure. 


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One Arm: The Steamy, Southern Heart of Darkness

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Tennessee Williams brought considerable talents to everything he wrote, even the never-produced screenplay for his short story One Arm.

Moises Kaufman (whose past work includes Oscar Wilde, Jonestown, and The Laramie Project) built an intriguing, 90-minute theatrical workout based on the screenplay. Any lover of Williams's work, or just fine acting and staging, should head to the Lab Theater this week to check out this local production directed by Joseph Stodola.

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One Arm Offers a New Look at Old Tennessee Williams's Story

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Ten Thousand Things' Forget Me Not When Far Away Brings the War Front Home

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"You can't go home again." It's a hoary cliché, but one that fuels Kira Obolensky's whip-smart new play, Forget Me Not When Far Away, which is receiving its premiere from Ten Thousand Things.

In this case, the "you" is John Ploughman, a soldier recently returned to Farmingtown after a decade of fighting at the front. He's come home as the war ends to regain the life he left behind, but the town is considerably changed.

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