Shakespeare Mash-Up Love's Labour's Lost Is Worth Your Time

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When the Moving Company chose to reshape Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, it imported dialogue from the Bard's three dozen plays, creating a touching and tragic meta-ride.

Those positive results are to be expected. The company's core comes from Theatre de la Jeune Lune, an innovative group that imploded under the weight of financial and creative stress in 2008.

Love's Labour's Lost is a most Jeune Lune-like show, right down to the rough-walled Warehouse District space. It has plenty of the risk-taking of the old company, with a familiar mix of the stunning and the annoying.

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Walking Shadow Moves to Mixed Blood to Present The Whale

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Zach Curtis.
There's a 600-pound challenge at the heart of Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale. And it's one the creators at Walking Shadow Theatre Company are more than willing to take on.

The play's title refers to main character Charlie, an English teacher who has retreated to the isolation of his home and is bent on eating himself to death. As the play starts, he is severely overweight and barely mobile.

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A Christmas Carol: Still a Comfy Ride

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J.C. Cutler and Tracey Maloney.
When a theatrical tradition reaches 40 years, critics tend to take cover. After all, how many times can we review the story of Scrooge learning the true meaning of Christmas on the snowy streets of early Victorian-age London?

Still, as I had passed on the production in 2013, I decided to take in this year's edition. It's what I expected: a well performed and designed holiday creation that retains its ability to entertain even after decades on the stage.

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The Moving Company Recreates Love's Labour's Lost

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Nathan Keepers, Heidi Bakke, and Steven Epp.
The Moving Company brings Shakespeare's early play Love's Labour's Lost to the Lab Theater starting this week. While it retains the title, you won't find much of the original play inside.

Instead, the fast-paced production includes lines from all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, from the romance of As You Like It to the tragedy of King Lear to the whatever-the-hell-it-is of Titus Andronicus.

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CTC's Grinch Still Brings Holiday Cheer

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Brandon Brooks and Reed Sigmund.
The holiday season has plenty of traditions, especially at local theaters. While the Children's Theatre Company doesn't present Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year, it is usually a welcome addition to the schedule.

This year is no exception, with a fast-paced adventure that unfolds like a Technicolor-fueled dream, buoyed by a well-honed script and songs, and deepened by a cascade of delightful performances.

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Relics Misses Opportunities in Far-Future Look at Our Modern World

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Everyone loves a good apocalypse story — the Rapture, a zombifying plague, a planet of highly intelligent and pissed-off apes.

Relics, a new experimental work presented at the Guthrie's Dowling Studio, takes us to a post-apocalyptic society 300 years in the future, on the anniversary of "The Great Wipe," which, we are told, annihilated our society and destroyed all records of its existence. Here, a museum exhibit is about to open, packed with artifacts from long-lost 2014.

This is a progressive production: The audience travels through the exhibit, visiting several chambers along the way to the finale, where the sacred rites of this lost society are on display. Think of it as a haunted house, but instead of scares there is a mystery: What has happened to our 2014 way of life, and what kind of world do our descendants inhabit?

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Nat Fuller Ready for Latest Turn in A Christmas Carol

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Nat Fuller played Scrooge at the Guthrie Theater for several years during the 1990s. He has appeared in nearly every production of A Christmas Carol since 1988.
For the past quarter century, Nat Fuller has spent his holidays onstage in the Guthrie Theater's annual A Christmas Carol.

In that time, he has played practically every male role in the show, from the man who knocks on Scrooge's door to ask for money for the poor to the great miser himself.

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On Golden Pond Offers Treat of Veteran Actors Onstage

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Bain Boehlke and Wendy Lehr.
At this point, most people are as familiar with parodies of Katherine Hepburn's performance in On Golden Pond as they are of the film -- let alone Ernest Thompson's original play.

The Jungle's Bain Boehlke has brought Thompson's ode to aging and the persistence of love out for the holiday season. As an added gift, Boehlke is joined by Wendy Lehr to play the two leads, Norman and Ethel Thayer.

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On Golden Pond Roles

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Relics Offers Futuristic Look at the Present

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Starting Friday, you will have a chance to take a veritable time machine to a world 300 years in the future. All you need to do is take one of the two elevators to the ninth floor of the Guthrie Theater.

There, a team of artists and performers will present Relics. The conceit? You are attending a gala opening for a new exhibit centered on recently uncovered artifacts from the far-flung past: 2014, to be exact.

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Right Here Showcase Highlights Minnesota-Based Performers

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Paul Herwig, co-artistic director of Off-Leash Area, presents a brand-new showcase of local performing talent at the JSB Tek Box this weekend and next. The artists, who come from various disciplines within the performing arts, were given a stipend to create new works or re-envision current works. This weekend's The Right Here Showcase features performances by puppet theater artist Bart Buch, Butoh dance performance artist Gadu DouShin, and contemporary dance artist Deborah Jinza Thayer. The following week's show will offer contemporary dance with Rosy Simas, and Vanessa Voskuil will present alongside multidisciplinary theater artist Kym Longhi. We talked to Paul Herwig over email about the new project. 


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