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BWW Review: NEWSIES Tour in Minneapolis BWW Review: NEWSIES Tour in Minneapolis
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - February 12, 2016

Dancing newsboys! Underdogs win! Read all about it! NEWSIES leaps on the Orpheum stage through Feb. 14.... (more...)
BWW Review: Joseph Haj's Guthrie Debut Resurrects Love in Glorious PERICLES BWW Review: Joseph Haj's Guthrie Debut Resurrects Love in Glorious PERICLES
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - February 02, 2016

The heavens appear to open above the Minneapolis audience when a cloud filled sky hovers over the stage in the' Guthrie Theater's Wurtele Thrust Stage this winter. Artistic debuts abound in the company's glorious new production of William Shakespeare's Pericles, named one of the Washington Post's 20... (more...)
BWW Review: Theater Latte Da's LULLABY is a Beautiful, Poignant, Funny New Play with Music BWW Review: Theater Latte Da's LULLABY is a Beautiful, Poignant, Funny New Play with Music
by Jill Schafer - January 18, 2016

2015 was my 5th full year as a Twin Cities Theater Blogger, and I saw a record high 200+ shows. When I look at those numbers, or at my busy schedule, I sometimes think, why do I do this? Why do I devote all of my free time to this part-time job for which I don't get paid? And then I see a show that ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BEST BROTHERS is Another Smart,  Funny, Bittersweet, and Well-Acted Gem by Loudmouth Collective BWW Review: THE BEST BROTHERS is Another Smart, Funny, Bittersweet, and Well-Acted Gem by Loudmouth Collective
by Jill Schafer - January 18, 2016

?Consider this my annual plug for Loudmouth Collective, one of my favorite new theater companies, if you can still call them 'new' after four seasons of smart, intense, funny, beautifully executed theater. They only do two shows a year, and typically only run for two weekends, so you need to be quic... (more...)
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Tour BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Tour
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - January 09, 2016

A surprising night of old-fashioned modern theatre in this 2014 Tony Award winning musical, playing at the Hennepin Theatre Trust's State Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Park Square Theatre's THE SNOW QUEEN is Magical, Musical, Innovative Storytelling at its Best BWW Review: Park Square Theatre's THE SNOW QUEEN is Magical, Musical, Innovative Storytelling at its Best
by Jill Schafer - December 08, 2015

Inside Park Square Theatre on 7th Place in lovely downtown St. Paul, magic is happening. It's the magic of storytelling, something that has been happening for ages on this planet. Friends sitting around a campfire, telling stories of good and evil, trials, and friendship, with words, music, dance, p... (more...)
BWW Review: Penumbra Theatre's 28th Annual Production of BLACK NATIVITY is a Truly Joyful Noise! BWW Review: Penumbra Theatre's 28th Annual Production of BLACK NATIVITY is a Truly Joyful Noise!
by Jill Schafer - December 07, 2015

Friends, it's been a rough week. With devastating news here at home (the Children's Theatre lawsuit) and around the country (yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting, this time in San Bernadino, CA), on top of all the other painful things we've been dealing with lately, it's almost more than... (more...)
BWW Review: Casting Spells Productions' FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE is a Funny, Sexy, Awkward, Bittersweet Dance BWW Review: Casting Spells Productions' FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE is a Funny, Sexy, Awkward, Bittersweet Dance
by Jill Schafer - November 23, 2015

A short order cook who is an ex-con and reads Shakespeare. A waitress who's given up her dream of being an actress and is afraid to hope for anything more in life. It may seem inevitable that these two NYC diner coworkers get together, but how it happens is a funny, sexy, awkward, bittersweet little... (more...)
BWW Review: New Epic Theater's DOUBT Brings the Themes of the Modern Classic into Almost Painfully Sharp Focus BWW Review: New Epic Theater's DOUBT Brings the Themes of the Modern Classic into Almost Painfully Sharp Focus
by Jill Schafer - November 13, 2015

Friends, I know that there are a lot of theater companies in the Twin Cities, so many that it's hard to keep track of them all and impossible to see them all. But you would be wise to take note of New Epic Theater. With just their second production outside of the Fringe Festival and their first full... (more...)
BWW Review: Children's Theatre Company's THE JUNGLE BOOK is Sheer Delight from Start to Finish! BWW Review: Children's Theatre Company's THE JUNGLE BOOK is Sheer Delight from Start to Finish!
by Jill Schafer - November 12, 2015

Confession: I've never read THE JUNGLE BOOK (the collection of stories written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894) or seen the 1967 Disney movie (that I can remember). So I was on the fence about seeing Children's Theatre Company's new adaptation, until I saw the cast list. They're about a month into their ... (more...)
BWW Review:  The Fabulous BACON STRIP SHOW in Las Vegas Presented by the Makers of Hormel Black Label Bacon BWW Review: The Fabulous BACON STRIP SHOW in Las Vegas Presented by the Makers of Hormel Black Label Bacon
by Marina Kennedy - November 09, 2015

The 'Bacon Strip Show' was presented in Las Vegas by the makers of Hormel Black Label Bacon on Friday night, November 6th at The Cosmpolitan's exclusive Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub. The one-night-only performance was an extravaganza celebrating 'all things bacon.'... (more...)
BWW Review: Mixed Blood Theatre's AN OCTOROON is Kinda Brilliant in a Crazy Sort of Way, and Has Lots to Say About Race in America Past and Present BWW Review: Mixed Blood Theatre's AN OCTOROON is Kinda Brilliant in a Crazy Sort of Way, and Has Lots to Say About Race in America Past and Present
by Jill Schafer - October 26, 2015

The word octoroon is defined as 'a person of one-eight black ancestry.' THE OCTOROON is a 19th Century play by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault about which Wikipedia says, 'among antebellum melodramas, it was considered second only in popularity to Uncle Tom's Cabin.' AN OCTOROON is a new play by pl... (more...)
BWW Review: Roger Guenveur Smith Gives a Masterful Performance in his Artfully Constructed One-Man Show RODNEY KING BWW Review: Roger Guenveur Smith Gives a Masterful Performance in his Artfully Constructed One-Man Show RODNEY KING
by Jill Schafer - October 06, 2015

'Can we all get along?' This famous plea uttered by Rodney King during the 1992 L.A. Riots, a reaction to the acquittal of the four LAPD officers who severely beat him a year earlier, is often what he's most remembered for. I admit that after more than 20 years, I had forgotten many of the details, ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE REALISH HOUSEWIVES OF EDINA: A PARODY Puts a Laughable, Local Spin on Reality BWW Review: THE REALISH HOUSEWIVES OF EDINA: A PARODY Puts a Laughable, Local Spin on Reality
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - October 01, 2015

Even if you are not glued to the boob tube watching the latest exploits of the Real Housewives of wherever, you'll find much to laugh at and with in this local parody of the popular TV series.... (more...)
BWW Review: Yellow Tree Theatre's Production of the Irish Classic DANCING AT LUGHNASA Will Leave You With A Warm and Wistful Feeling BWW Review: Yellow Tree Theatre's Production of the Irish Classic DANCING AT LUGHNASA Will Leave You With A Warm and Wistful Feeling
by Jill Schafer - October 01, 2015

Irish playwright Brian Friel's DANCING AT LUGHNASA is a perfectly lovely play, and a wonderful choice for the perfectly lovely Yellow Tree Theatre. The eight-person cast is actually on the large side for their cozy and intimate space nestled inside an Osseo strip mall, but the warm, humorous, and me... (more...)
BWW Review: Theater Latte Da's Gleefully Maniacal SWEENEY TODD is Not to be Missed! BWW Review: Theater Latte Da's Gleefully Maniacal SWEENEY TODD is Not to be Missed!
by Jill Schafer - October 01, 2015

Friends, Theater Latte Da has done it again. They've created a music-theater production that is so stirring and chilling, it's nothing short of brilliant. After the delightfully innovative and stripped-down INTO THE WOODS this spring, they return to Sondheim with a similarly innovative and stripped-... (more...)
BWW Review: Jungle Theater's Production of the New Play ANNAPURNA is Gorgeous, Funny, Heart-Breaking, and Starkly Poetic BWW Review: Jungle Theater's Production of the New Play ANNAPURNA is Gorgeous, Funny, Heart-Breaking, and Starkly Poetic
by Jill Schafer - September 09, 2015

Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain in the world, named after the Hindu Goddess of nourishment. In the new play by Sharr White, Ulysses writes an epic poem about his ex-wife Emma in which he uses climbing Annapurna as an analogy for their long, complicated, fractured relationship. The revelation... (more...)
BWW Review: Dark & Stormy Delivers an Intense and Terrifying Production of the 1980s Play EXTREMITIES that is as Relevant and Topical as Ever BWW Review: Dark & Stormy Delivers an Intense and Terrifying Production of the 1980s Play EXTREMITIES that is as Relevant and Topical as Ever
by Jill Schafer - August 31, 2015

With their sixth production in the three-year life of the company, Dark & Stormy once again delivers a short, intense, well-acted and directed play in an unconventional space. But EXTREMITIES has none of the dark humor that could be found in some of their past shows. It's all violence and drama and ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: The Minnesota Fringe Festival Delivers an Amazing Smorgasbord of Theater BWW Reviews: The Minnesota Fringe Festival Delivers an Amazing Smorgasbord of Theater
by Jill Schafer - August 06, 2015

Helly my Broadway World Minneapolis friends. I know it's been a while since I've shared anything with you, but that's because I've been all-consumed by the 174-show 11-day festival that is the Minnesota Fringe. If you have not yet sampled from this glorious smorgasbord, don't worry, the fest continu... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Children's Theatre Company's Immersive Walking Theatrical Experience 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA is the Best Game of Make-Believe Ever BWW Reviews: Children's Theatre Company's Immersive Walking Theatrical Experience 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA is the Best Game of Make-Believe Ever
by Jill Schafer - July 22, 2015

Children's Theatre Company's latest offering 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA isn't what we usually think of as theater. But it is the best game of make-believe ever, and what is theater if not an elaborate game of make-believe? CTC is an expert at playing to their target audience while still creating a... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Girl Friday Productions' Rendition of the Classic American Comedy THE MATCHMAKER is an Absolute Delight BWW Reviews: Girl Friday Productions' Rendition of the Classic American Comedy THE MATCHMAKER is an Absolute Delight
by Jill Schafer - July 20, 2015

Girl Friday Productions is a theater company that specializes in large cast classic American plays. The bad news is they only do one production every two years. The good news is it's worth the wait. In their first time partnering with Park Square Theatre, they're presenting Thornton Wilder's comedy ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Classical Actors Ensemble's TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA is Shakespeare As It's Intended - Playful, Energetic, Immediate, and Outdoors! BWW Reviews: Classical Actors Ensemble's TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA is Shakespeare As It's Intended - Playful, Energetic, Immediate, and Outdoors!
by Jill Schafer - June 28, 2015

The best thing about living in Minnesota is: a) theater, and b) lakes. Combine those two, and you have about as perfect of a Minnesota experience as you can have. Classical Actors Ensemble is presenting Shakespeare's comedy TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA at Lake of the Isles (and other select locations) th... (more...)
BWW Reviews: The Guthrie Theater's CHOIR BOY Uses Music to Perfection in Telling This Affecting Coming of Age Story BWW Reviews: The Guthrie Theater's CHOIR BOY Uses Music to Perfection in Telling This Affecting Coming of Age Story
by Jill Schafer - June 23, 2015

What do you get when you combine a talented young playwright, an excellent cast that includes five up-and-coming actors and two beloved veterans of local stages, stirring a capella gospel music arranged by a local musical legend, and the Twin Cities' best director of 'theater musically?' You get CHO... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Skylark Opera Offers Two Different but Equally Satisfying Music-Theater Shows in their Annual Summer Festival BWW Reviews: Skylark Opera Offers Two Different but Equally Satisfying Music-Theater Shows in their Annual Summer Festival
by Jill Schafer - June 16, 2015

One of the theatrical highlights of the summer, Skylark Opera's Annual Summer Festival, is upon us! As usual, the two shows playing in repertoire include one that's more of a traditional opera (but always in English) and one that skews a bit more towards musical theater: Puccini's LA RONDINE and the... (more...)
BWW Reviews: In the Capable Hands of Gremlin Theatre, the Challenging New Play H2O is Funny, Painful, and Engaging BWW Reviews: In the Capable Hands of Gremlin Theatre, the Challenging New Play H2O is Funny, Painful, and Engaging
by Jill Schafer - June 11, 2015

The 2015 Torch Theater/Gremlin Theatre season at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage continues with the first all-Gremlin production, after the joint production, the dark and disturbing DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, and Torch's perfect screwball comedy BOEING BOEING earlier this year. For their production Gremli... (more...)




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