Randy Reyes News

MU Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre Co-Produce FLOWER DRUM SONGMU Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre Co-Produce FLOWER DRUM SONG
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Park Square continues its 42nd season on the Proscenium Stage with a Mu Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre co-production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song, directed by Mu Artistic Director Randy Reyes, based on the 2002 book adaptation by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Yellowface, Chinglish).  Previously produced by Mu in 2009, this will be a fully reimagined production featuring new and familiar faces. Flower Drum Song, created by legendary musical theater duo Rodgers and Hammerstein takes audiences to the vibrant world of San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s to Club Chop Suey, a nightclub owned by a Chinese-American family. Old World tradition clashes with New World trends as two generations, father and son, struggle to honor and protect their cultural traditions while adapting to the changing times.  (more...)

BWW Review: THE OLDEST BOY at The Jungle TheaterBWW Review: THE OLDEST BOY at The Jungle Theater
by Karen Bovard - Nov 14, 2016

Sarah Ruhl's recent play puts a contemporary mother's dilemma at the center of the story. This is not the only radical thing about the show. It also includes depiction of a live birth on stage, carefully staged so as not to offend audience sensibilities. And it steps directly into the treacherous but vital terrain of cross-cultural connection, conflict, and appropriation. (more...)

THE SOUL OF GERSHWIN: THE MUSICAL JOURNEY OF AN AMERICAN KLEZMER Returns to Park Square TheatreTHE SOUL OF GERSHWIN: THE MUSICAL JOURNEY OF AN AMERICAN KLEZMER Returns to Park Square Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Park Square continues its 42nd season on the Proscenium Stage with the return of audience favorite The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer, created and written by Joseph Vass who also serves as musical director. (more...)

Jungle Theater Presents Regional Premiere of New Sarah Ruhl PlayJungle Theater Presents Regional Premiere of New Sarah Ruhl Play
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

The Jungle's 26th season concludes with the Midwest premiere of THE OLDEST BOY, an astonishing original tale by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room, The Clean House). Directed by the Jungle's Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen, The Oldest Boy is on stage November 4 through December 18 at the Lyn-Lake neighborhood theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The lyrical drama with evocative puppetry and live musical elements is being brought to life through a partnership with the Tibetan community of Minneapolis-St. Paul.  (more...)

Oregon Shakespeare Festival to host National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival this OctoberOregon Shakespeare Festival to host National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival this October
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA) will present the 2016 National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (ConFest) Oct. 1-9, 2016, hosted by OSF's biannual CultureFest. (more...)

Erin Mackey to Lead Reading of Christine Toy Johnson's PAPER SON at Guthrie TheaterErin Mackey to Lead Reading of Christine Toy Johnson's PAPER SON at Guthrie Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

A reading of PAPER SON, a play written and directed by Christine Toy Johnson (currently playing 'Bloody Mary' in SOUTH PACIFIC at the Guthrie Theater), will be presented on Monday, August 8 at 7 pm in the Guthrie's Kitchak Lounge, 818 S. 2nd Street, Level 3, Minneapolis, MN. (more...)

Mu Performing Arts Presents World Premiere of "tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story Of (a filipino) Hulk Hogan"Mu Performing Arts Presents World Premiere of "tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story Of (a filipino) Hulk Hogan"
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Mu Performing Arts released casting and thematic details today for the World Premiere production of ?tot: THE UNTOLD, YET SPECTACULAR STORY OF ?(a filipino)?HULK HOGAN?, June 17 - 26, 2016, written by playwright ?Victor Maog?and directed by ?Randy Reyes at Park Square Theatre's Boss Thrust Stage. This production is the final play of the 2015?2016 season and marks Mu's 50th World Premiere of new works by Asian American artists and playwrights. (more...)

The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance Presents 16th Annual OUT LIKE THAT! FESTIVAL This JuneThe Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance Presents 16th Annual OUT LIKE THAT! FESTIVAL This June
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2016

For the past 16 years, The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance has marked pride month by presenting the Bronx's only consistent gay pride celebration - The OUT LIKE THAT! Festival at BAAD!  The festival takes place at BAAD!'s home at 2474 Westchester Avenue from Saturday, June 4 through Wednesday, June 22, 2016 with a fierce line-up of dance, theatre, literature, documentary film and wonderful performances featuring queer artists from the Bronx and beyond.  For information and directions call (718) 918-2110 or visit www.BAADBronx.org. (more...)

Mu Performing Arts Presents World Premiere of "tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story Of (a filipino) Hulk Hogan"Mu Performing Arts Presents World Premiere of "tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story Of (a filipino) Hulk Hogan"
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2016

Mu Performing Arts released casting and thematic details today for the World Premiere production of ?tot: THE UNTOLD, YET SPECTACULAR STORY OF ?(a filipino)?HULK HOGAN?, June 17 - 26, 2016, written by playwright ?Victor Maog?and directed by ?Randy Reyes at Park Square Theatre's Boss Thrust Stage. This production is the final play of the 2015?2016 season and marks Mu's 50th World Premiere of new works by Asian American artists and playwrights. (more...)

Park Square's 2016-17 Season to Include A RAISIN IN THE SUN, THE REALISTIC JONESES & MorePark Square's 2016-17 Season to Include A RAISIN IN THE SUN, THE REALISTIC JONESES & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Park Square's 2016-2017 season promises to showcase Park Square at its inclusive best: (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/28/2016Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/28/2016
by BWW - Feb 28, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/28/2016 for Minneapolis (more...)

BWW Review: Mu Performing Arts Presents the Regional Premiere of YOU FOR YOU FOR ME, a Peek Inside North Korea through the Lens of a Very Human StoryBWW Review: Mu Performing Arts Presents the Regional Premiere of YOU FOR YOU FOR ME, a Peek Inside North Korea through the Lens of a Very Human Story
by Jill Schafer - Feb 25, 2016

YOU FOR ME FOR YOU. Judging by the title I wondered if this was a play about former American Idol judge Randy Jackson. But of course it's not, rather this regional premiere by Mu Performing Arts is about North Korea, a subject I (and most Americans) know less about than American Idol. I was fortunate enough to attend the play when there was a post-show discussion with the playwright Mia Chung and director Randy Reyes, facilitated by the Star Tribune's Rohan Preston (read his review here). Hearing from the playwright, the director, and the cast about their experiences creating this piece gave me greater insight into the story. Mia shared that because there is so little known about what North Korea is actually like, she felt freedom in creating this world through 'magic realism' and really tried to focus on the human aspect of the story. She succeeds beautifully, as I was completely engrossed in the lives of these characters as brought to life by Mu's strong cast. This specific story of North Korean refugees is also universal in its themes of family, love, and sacrifice, themes that will feel familiar to any audience. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/21/2016Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/21/2016
by BWW - Feb 21, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/21/2016 for Minneapolis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/14/2016Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 2/14/2016
by BWW - Feb 14, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/14/2016 for Minneapolis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 12/13/2015Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 12/13/2015
by BWW - Dec 13, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/13/2015 for Minneapolis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 12/06/2015Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 12/06/2015
by BWW - Dec 6, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 12/06/2015 for Minneapolis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/29/2015Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/29/2015
by BWW - Nov 29, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/29/2015 for Minneapolis (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/22/2015Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 11/22/2015
by BWW - Nov 22, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/22/2015 for Minneapolis (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO Brings Music, Mayhem and Murder to Park Square TonightMURDER FOR TWO Brings Music, Mayhem and Murder to Park Square Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2015

Park Square continues its 41st season next month with the Minnesota premiere of the musical comedy MURDER FOR TWO on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage. The whodunit by Kellen Blair (book and lyrics) and Joe Kinosian (book and music) is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder. In this hilarious 90-minute show, two performers play thirteen roles -- not to mention the piano -- in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. (more...)

MURDER FOR TWO Brings Music, Mayhem and Murder to Park Square TonightMURDER FOR TWO Brings Music, Mayhem and Murder to Park Square Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

Park Square continues its 41st season next month with the Minnesota premiere of the musical comedy MURDER FOR TWO on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage. The whodunit by Kellen Blair (book and lyrics) and Joe Kinosian (book and music) is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder. In this hilarious 90-minute show, two performers play thirteen roles -- not to mention the piano -- in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. (more...)

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