Out There 2015: Cineastas: Girls (and Boys, and Women, and Men) on Film

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A scene from Cineastas, part of the Walker's 2015 Out There series.
Near the middle of Cinestas, Mariano Pensotti's mosaic work about filmmakers working in Buenos Aires, Russian expat Dmitri explains Sergei Eisenstein's theory on editing. The idea is that the Soviet filmmaker would use two distinct images to create the third for his film.

Pensotti takes this idea to heart in this epic work, part of the 2015 Out There festival at the Walker Art Center. The stage is split into two halves. On the bottom, we watch a quartet of filmmakers struggle with creativity, direction, and life in general. On top, scenes from their movies-in-progress are shown.

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Theatre Novi Most Gets Brechtian with Rehearsing Failure

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It's really no surprise that a play about Bertolt Brecht and his artistic collaborators came about through intense artistic collaboration.

Over the past six years, Theatre Novi Most's Lisa Channer has led the exploration. The latest fruits of the labor, Rehearsing Failure, open Saturday at the Southern Theater.

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Heidi Berg on White Rabbit, Red Rabbit: "It's Possibly the Most Brilliant and Terrifying Idea That I've Encountered in Years"

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This month at the Phoenix Theater, the Arts' Nest is presenting a work created by Nassim Soleimanpour. The playwright wrote White Rabbit, Red Rabbit while being denied a passport out of Iran for refusing to join the military. Soleimanpour wrote the script in such a way as to require no director or set, and with a different actor, who knows little about the script beforehand, for every performance. 


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Jungle Returns to Gertrude Stein and Companion for Eighth Time

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Claudia Wilkens and Barbara Kingsley.
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas have been parts of Claudia Wilkens and Barbara Kingsley's lives for going on 23 years.

In 1992, the pair was featured in the Jungle Theater's production of Gertrude Stein and Companion. Since then, there have been six additional runs of the show. The eighth production opens Friday as part of the Jungle's 25th anniversary season.

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A Bright New Boise Is Like a Dramatic Retail Version of The Office

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The best villains are the ones who think they're heroes.

The Macbeths? Just interested in putting a competent ruler on the throne. Dr. Frankenstein? Wanted to give the gift of eternal life. Darth Vader? Order to the galaxy and a chance to reconnect with his children.

Will, the character at the center of Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, doesn't think of himself as a hero, but he certainly believes he's spent a life doing God's work. Instead, the man is a King Midas in reverse, bringing ruin to everyone and everything in this searing production by Loudmouth Collective.


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Shá Cage Debuts U/G/L/Y at Intermedia Arts

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This weekend, performer Shá Cage gets "U/G/L/Y" at Intermedia Arts, a new solo work that explores notions of beauty through the stories of multiple women. It's the second installment of her trilogy about identity, and the result of collaborations with a number of different Twin Cities artists, including her husband, e.g. bailey, who directed the piece. Other contributors include Chastity Brown, Ananya Chatterjea, Kenna-Camara Cottman, and Greg Schutte. Co-produced by Tru Ruts Endeavors and Intermedia Arts, the work is part of a year-long tour that will end at the Guthrie Theater. We spoke with Cage about her creative process.

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Snowflake Returns Home for Funny, Sad Production at CTC

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Funny, sad, and ultimately moving, Gale LaJoye's Snowflake has returned home for a 25th anniversary run at the Children's Theatre Company.

LaJoye's hour-long exploration of a homeless man's endlessly inventive imagination takes everyday objects and plenty of junk and creates inventive set pieces: a suitcase stuffed with old clothes turns into the family dog; the front end of a VW bug opens up to become our character's bed, complete with nightstand and teddy bear.

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The Most Dangerous Game Goes for Deadly Laughs

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If you're looking for a bit of Fringe-like action in the dead of winter, the Bedlam Theatre may have your ticket this weekend.

The hour-long adaptation of The Most Dangerous Game is loaded with Minnesota Fringe Festival cues. It's low budget, fast paced, and doesn't take itself at all seriously. It's even a friendly 60 minutes long, giving you plenty of time to get in and out (or enjoy some beer and food at the Bedlam).

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Rich Hamson on La Cage Aux Folles: "I Have to Do the Can-Can. I Am 60."

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Jim Pounds as Georges and Rich Hamson as Albin in La Cage Aux Folles.
Rich Hamson is no theatrical debutante. His turn in wig and mascara in Bloomington Civic Theatre's La Cage Aux Folles will be his first time onstage in 23 years.

It isn't that Hamson hasn't remained involved in theater, as he works as a designer at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. "I was just turning 60, and I knew I would love to [act] again. This has always been on a bucket list of things to do. It's also important for people on the other side of the theater world to appreciate what we put people through," he says.

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Gadfly Theatre Productions Takes Queer! on Tour

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Gadfly Theatre Productions launches a pop-up gallery tour of their hit show, Queer!, this weekend with an engagement at Fox Egg Gallery. Based on over 100 submissions and interviews, the play shares stories of the LGBTQ community through monologues and group scenes. In addition to the Fox Egg show, Queer! is also heading to Cherokee Park United Church and Muffin Top Café. 


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