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Cartooon brings rubbery, animated physics to the stage
|Photo by Farrington Starnes|
Tackling Terrance McNally's Master Class -- his examination of the life, career, and soul of real-life opera diva Maria Callas -- is not something to be done lightly. Theatre Latte Da's Peter Rothstein knows this, as he directed the show for Park Square more than a decade ago.
Photo by Michal Daniel Andrew Bourgoin, Kira Lace Hawkins and Sally Wingert.
Prime among the concerns? Having a strong actor in mind for the main role.More »
When coming face to face with Seedfolks at the Children's Theatre Company, a cynic might say that the core message -- a community garden can help to solve a neighborhood's ills -- is far too simplistic. (In fact, the Brave New Workshop had a bit on that very theme earlier this year.)
Photo by Dan Norman Sonja Parks
Yet it is hard to deny the power of the message here, fueled by Sonja Parks's tour de force performance of more than a dozen characters in a lost Cleveland neighborhood that finds its community within a vacant lot.More »
As a youngster growing up in Madison, Andrew Hinderaker fell in love with football. "I went to my first game when I was four years old. I say it was the first theatrical experience I ever had."
Photo by Rich Ryan Members of the cast of Colossal.
That love has twisted and turned in recent years, as the sport's underbelly -- including billion-dollar stadiums, the concussion crisis, and the behavior of a number of high-profile stars -- has tarnished it. Still, people flock to games and watch in the millions. "It's the best game there is," Hinderaker says.More »
Megan Shepard is raped in a neighborhood park. Police focus their attention on Jabari Woods, a black man with a criminal history who happens to live nearby. Though he claims to have been home with his family at the time, she IDs his photo and her testimony helps send Woods to prison. Shepard can start to put her life back together.
Except Woods didn't do it.More »
I managed to embarrass myself in the early minutes of Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet Friday evening at Illusion Theater.
Photo by Aaron Fenster Jeffrey Hatcher.
In the opening minutes of his one-man play, Hatcher asked if anyone in the audience remembered the first play they were in. As a dutiful, career front-row student, I raised my hand. That was an easy question. It was...More »
How do you make the familiar beats of Romeo and Juliet fresh? For director Peter Rothstein and the eight-actor cast with Ten Thousand Things, it's all about ramping up the tension and emotions to the point that they are palpable.
Photo courtesy Ten Thousand Things Anna Sundberg and Namir Smallwood.
The early blushes of love between our "star-crossed" lovers? It's like a dream as the pair share their first dance. You can feel the longing the two have for each other in your bones, as they spend so much of the play apart.More »
August Strindberg's Miss Julie is a model of efficiency: three characters, 90 minutes. In that time, Strindberg explores gender and class roles, the upright morals of the middle class, and the growing decay of that class during the 19th century.
Image courtesy Theatre Coup d'Etat Kelly Nelson, James Napoleon Stone, and Brie Roland.
Theatre Coup d'Etat wisely doesn't get in the way of the text in its spare and effective production, which opened Wednesday evening at the Turnblad Mansion at the American Swedish Institute
Theatre Coup d'Etat goes to Hell on Earth in One Flea Spare
After her one-woman play Dead Wrong had a successful run at the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Katherine Glover knew the story wasn't done. The piece, which explores the experience of a woman who comes to believe she has helped to send an innocent man to prison for a brutal attack, was centered on the perspective of Megan, the victim.
Photo courtesy Freshwater Theatre Company Members of the cast of The Man in Her Dreams.
An off-kilter atmosphere permeates Gabriel, the latest show from Walking Shadow Theatre Company, now playing at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage.
Photo by Dan Norman Lily Wangerin, Ross Destiche, Miriam Schwartz, and Katherine Kupiecki.
Even history buffs might not know that a part of Britain was occupied during World War II, but the island of Guernsey was captured by the Germans without firing a shot in 1940. It would remain in Nazi hands until the final months of the war.
Walking Shadow's Gabriel Aims for Mix of Tension, Drama