Snowflake Returns Home for Funny, Sad Production at CTC

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Gale LaJoye
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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Loudmouth Collective Enters Hobby Lobby's Dark Depths in A Bright New Boise

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The company of A Bright New Boise
For the past several months, Zachary D. Garcia has been living in a Samuel Hunter world.

The actor wrapped up performances of Hunter's The Whale (with Walking Shadow) just as rehearsals for Loudmouth Collective's A Bright New Boise began.

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Mixed Blood Extends a Hand to Cedar Riverside with Its 55454 Series

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Brie Jonna
Over the nearly four decades that Jack Reuler and Mixed Blood Theatre have occupied the old firehouse in Cedar Riverside, he's watched the neighborhood change from a utopian dream where the well-to-do would live side-by-side with Section 8 housing to a new African immigrant homeland.

For the fiercely inclusive company, that's meant reaching out to new neighbors. It hasn't always worked.


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Swandive Theatre opens Southern's ARTShare with Defying Gravity

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A scene from Defying Gravity.
For those who grew up in the '80s, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion was the defining moment.

Meg Disciorio was eight at the time. The Catholic school's blocky television had been wheeled into the class for everyone to watch. "The teacher started crying, and then the principal came on the intercom and had us all pray the Rosary," she says.

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The Evening: Don't Shoot Me, I'm Just the Bass Player

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Richard Maxwell.
The Walker Art Center's 2015 Out There festival opened Thursday with the world premiere of Richard Maxwell's sometimes affecting, but more often perplexing The Evening.

Set in a nameless bar in a nameless town, The Evening features a trio of lost souls in search of escape. There's Asi, a mixed-martial artist at the end of his go-nowhere career. There's his manager, Cosmo, who is most interested in getting high and trying to have fun. And there's the bartender, Beatrice, whose dreams of escape have landed on, of all places, Istanbul.

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Director Honors Friend and Colleague in TRP's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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Dani Pazurek, Anna Olson, Thalia Bea Kostman, and McKinnley Aitchison.
Dann Peterson has a longtime love for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. He's a fan of the famed 1969 film, which earned star Maggie Smith an Academy Award. As a (now retired) teacher, he connects to the story, which is set in a 1930s boarding school in Edinburgh.

"A friend and former colleague played the role in the mid-'80s. When I saw her do it, I thought she was terrific. I thought, 'Someday, I want to direct that show,'" he says.

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A Peek at the Walker Art Center's Experimental Out There 2015

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Johanna Austin
Red-Eye to Havre de Grace
The Walker's Philip Bither knows that Out There, the art center's annual festival of experimental performing arts, can be an either/or proposition.

"You either love it or don't," the curator says. "Pieces that have hung with me for 10 or 15 years are ones that I didn't even care for when I first saw them."


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