Red Eye Gives Menace a Pleasing Face in will you still love me, tomorrow

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Keven McLaughlin as M.
The latest Red Eye production, will you still love me, tomorrow, is not your everyday walk in the theatrical park. The play focuses not just on crime and murder, but what these acts to do the community as a whole.

The piece uses Fritz Lang's silent classic M as a foundation, but spins the story and experience out in unexpected ways. There is music, shadow puppets, and a frightening real-life radio call at the end. All of this works together to explore how we react to violence.

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And the World Goes 'Round: Put It Back in the Trunk

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You wouldn't think putting together a revue of Kander and Ebb songs would be all that hard. Select some classic songs. Find a few obscurities in the trunk. Hire a few singers. You'd be set.

You'd also be wrong, if the Jungle's And the World Goes 'Round is any indication.

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Mary Poppins Makes the Most with Less

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Anne Michels and Mark King.
It's no wonder Victorian London was covered with a thick layer of sooty fog, considering all the chimney sweeps ever did was tap dance the days away with a couple of lonely children and a haughty nanny.

At least, that's the impression you get by watching Mary Poppins at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre during its standout, second-act production number, "Step in Time."

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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play Offers a Very Simpsons Apocalypse at the Guthrie

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Kevin Berne
During intermission at the Guthrie Theater Saturday night, some people talked excitedly about the Simpsons-obsessed, post-apocalyptic world in Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. Others couldn't stand it. "I want to slit my wrists now," said one.

I loved it. And I loved that viewers were so divided about it — and so passionate with their opinions. Too often, Twin Cities theater is a passive experience. Here is something that will shake an audience out of complacency. The clever script is loaded with enough pop-culture references to make Seth MacFarlane dizzy, but also has enough tough and even frightening moments to truly sell a terribly changed world.

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will you still love me, tomorrow Offers Fear and Loathing at Red Eye

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Keven McLaughlin as M.
German director Fritz Lang has inspired generations of filmmakers and storytellers. Even Lemmy from Motorhead penned "Metropolis" after seeing Lang's landmark silent science-fiction film.

Steve Busa and Red Eye have used another one of Lang's works, M, for the company's latest creator-devised work, will you still love me, tomorrow.

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John Command in Charge Again for Jungle's Kander and Ebb Revue

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John Command has been in the theater business for more than half a century, which gives him a unique perspective on And the World Goes 'Round, the Kander and Ebb revue he is directing for the Jungle Theater

John Kander and Fred Ebb created some of the great musicals of the last half-century, including Cabaret, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. They were also instrumental in Liza Minnelli's career. The revue takes highlights from those shows, along with tunes from their extensive trunk.

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Fruit Fly: The Musical Offers an Often Funny, Often Real Gay-Straight Alliance

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Max and Sheena have been best friends forever. The only thing that keeps them from being a full-time couple is that Max is gay. No matter. They share their evenings drinking boxed wine, watching racy films, and enjoying Stephen Sondheim albums.

When love enters the fray, their relationship heads toward the rapids. Can Max and Sheena find happiness if Sheena is spending more time with another man?

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Jungle Theater Names Sarah Rasmussen Artistic Director

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This summer, founder Bain Boehlke will be leaving the Jungle Theater after 24 years with the organization. This afternoon, it was announced that Sarah Rasmussen will be filling his shoes starting in July.

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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play Brings a Twisted Simpsons to Stage

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The company brings new life to an old Simpsons story.
You don't have to be a Simpsons expert to fully appreciate Anne Washburn's new play, but it certainly won't hurt.

Washburn used the classic episode "Cape Feare" as inspiration for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. In it, she posits a future where the episode has become a major cultural touchstone for those living after the apocalypse.

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If You Don't Weaken Has Trouble Finding Line Between Comedy and Drama

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Charles Numrich and Rebecca Gebhart.
Jenna Zark's latest play suffers from a kind of identity crisis. It's never sure if it wants to be an off-kilter comedy or a tense drama. There are moments in both halves that work, but the show as a whole suffers from an identity crisis.

At its heart, If You Don't Weaken is about grief and recovery. Amy has not just lost her beloved grandfather, but her way. She is in her late 20s, and unsure where life is taking her. She hones in on her Jewish heritage, and decides to say the Kaddish, a traditional mourning prayer, for Sidney.

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