Nimbus Explores Ghost Sonata with New Translation

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Karen Bix in Ghost Sonata.
Danielle Blackbird has done it all in the theater. "I was a stage manager. I got my M.F.A. in acting. I directed a show, and I wrote a play for Nimbus," Blackbird says.

Now, she can add translator to the list. She has created a new version of August Strindberg's Swedish classic, Ghost Sonata, for Nimbus Theater. The show opens this weekend.

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Prince Rama's Journey Fuses Gamelan with Theater

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For Prince Rama's Journey, opening tonight at the Avalon Theatre, Green T Productions and Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance join together for a new adaptation of one of the most widely celebrated epics of southeastern Asia. Combining physical theater with Gamelan music and dance, the collaboration brings the story of Ramayana to life. 


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House on Mango Street Delves into Youth in the Barrio

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The House on Mango Street.
The House on Mango Street offers an impressionistic interpretation of Sandra Cisneros's memoir of growing up in a Chicago barrio in the 1970s. It's a piece that is often engaging, but lacking in drive to keep it going from beginning to end.

Still, the cast at Park Square Theatre's new Andy Boss Thrust stage provide a largely entertaining and thoughtful trip into the past through the eyes of young, and older, Esperanza.

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Phoenix Theatre Holds Grand Opening in Former BNW Space

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Out of the ashes, Phoenix Theatre is born. Well, not ashes per se. Brave New Workshop, which was formerly located at 2605 Hennepin Ave. in Uptown, is doing just fine at its fancy new space downtown. Meanwhile, Phoenix Theatre has taken over the old BNW space, and is celebrating its grand opening this Saturday with tours of its new digs and performances on the hour.

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Sha Cage Returns to Frank Theatre in Grounded

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Sha Cage.
George Brant's Grounded is doing the theatrical version of blowing up. Over the last two years, more than a dozen productions have been produced of the one-woman show about a female fighter pilot stuck at desk job running drone missions.

Frank Theatre's Wendy Knox has kept her eye on the piece for some time, and was able to include it as a second play this fall for the company.

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Three Shows You Should See at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

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There's always talk this time of year of why people flock to scary movies and put Stephen King atop bestseller lists. The answer is simple: Being scared is fun, especially when we know that the threat isn't real.

The third Twin Cities Horror Festival brings these visceral delights to the stage through Sunday. It features work by nine local companies, with each tackling terror and tension in their own way. As with any festival, the event (at the already haunted Southern Theater) offers a mixed bag in quality. My three favorites:


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Twin Cities Horror Festival III Provides New Pack of Frights

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Dance with the Devil.
The Third Twin Cities Horror Festival continues through Sunday at the Southern Theater. Over the first weekend, patrons were treated to nine distinct pieces of theater, while the lobby offered a mix of drinks, tarot readings, and the likes of 28 Days Later and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

Below are reviews for six of the shows at the festival. The other three will be published on Wednesday.

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New Jerusalem Offers Muddy History Lesson

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Michael Hugh Torsch and Rachel Weber (front) and James Ramlet and George Muellner in New Jerusalem.
David Ives built his reputation on tight, short plays that weren't afraid to tackle deep and even obtuse subjects. Even more recent full-length pieces, like Venus in Fur, balanced the philosophy with an intense, narrative drive.

Ives's New Jerusalem is a sprawling, diffuse piece chock full of intriguing ideas that offer a window into the birth pains of modern intellectual thought that, even though the show has been around for a number of years, feels like it is an edit or two away from completion.

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Park Square Opens Boss Stage with The House on Mango Street

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The House on Mango Street.
Last week, the finishing touches were being put on two premieres at Park Square Theatre: The House on Mango Street and the space it will occupy, the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage.

So while the tech crew focused lights and built the stage, the construction crew worked to wrap up the final touches in the theater, including the glass boards to the sides of the seating areas.

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Scares Abound at the Third Twin Cities Horror Festival

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There will be blood... and guts, and tension, and frights aplenty over the 11 days of the Twin Cities Horror Festival. Nine different shows will be part of the third version of this event at the Southern Theater.

Think of it as a mini Minnesota Fringe Festival, except it all takes place at one location, and the acts have been selected to participate instead of chosen by lottery. (No, not the Shirley Jackson type.)

Oh, and they are all shows about things that "go bump in the night."

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