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BWW Review: SITI Company's Updated, International BACCHAE at Guthrie Theater Photo BWW Review: SITI Company's Updated, International BACCHAE at Guthrie Theater
by Karen Bovard - March 12, 2020

Euripides' BACCHAE is one of the bloodiest of the Greek tragedies we have: a grisly tale of how violently the capricious Olympian gods can retaliate on mortals if they feel disrespected. Here, the god in question is Dionysus, god of wine, passion, fertility--and theater. As played by Ellen Lauren, ...
BWW Review: THUNDER KNOCKING AT THE DOOR at Ten Thousand Things Photo BWW Review: THUNDER KNOCKING AT THE DOOR at Ten Thousand Things
by Karen Bovard - March 09, 2020

Enjoy a rare thing: A black musical rooted in the blues that conjures up mythic characters and is also, fundamentally, a feel-good family story. THUNDER KNOCKING ON THE DOOR in the hands of the social activist theater company Ten Thousand Things is a celebration of love, music, movement, and the mys...
BWW Review: THE CONVERT mesmerizes at Frank Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE CONVERT mesmerizes at Frank Theatre
by Korey Beyersdorf - March 09, 2020

The Frank Theatre's production of The Convert is a gripping dramatization that explores the clash between Christianity and African tribal beliefs through the eyes of a young girl caught between the two worlds....
BWW Review: FACE TO FACE: HMONG WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES at Park Square Theatre Photo BWW Review: FACE TO FACE: HMONG WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES at Park Square Theatre
by Karen Bovard - March 08, 2020

Theater can be a place to get to know your neighbors, and their stories. That's what's happening in a short run of an original work about contemporary Hmong-American women at the Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul. It was devised there, based on multiple interviews conducted by Sara Zatz, the Associ...
BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY thrills at Orpheum Theatre Photo BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY thrills at Orpheum Theatre
by Korey Beyersdorf - March 04, 2020

My Fair Lady, playing at the Orpheum Theatre through March 8th, is a gorgeous revival that will thrill fans of the classic movie as well as theater purists. With familiar songs, beautiful Tony Award-winning costumes and detailed, period-inspired sets, the new production has everything you could want...
BWW Review: SPAMTOWN, USA explores Minnesota history at Children's Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: SPAMTOWN, USA explores Minnesota history at Children's Theatre Company
by Korey Beyersdorf - February 24, 2020

In Spamtown USA, playing at the Children's Theatre through April 5th, both children and adults have to deal with the ramifications of how a strike at the local meat packing plant will affect everyone in town....
BWW Review: THE WHITE CARD at Penumbra Offers a Brainy Rollercoaster on Race and Art Photo BWW Review: THE WHITE CARD at Penumbra Offers a Brainy Rollercoaster on Race and Art
by Karen Bovard - February 20, 2020

Director Talvin Wilks puts it well: a?oeJourneying into the writing of Claudia Rankine is like taking a roller coaster ride through our nation's most complex and subtle quandaries regarding race.a?? THE WHITE CARD is a new play by the renowned 2016 MacArthur Fellow, and author of five collections ...
BWW Review: SIGNIFICANT OTHER Explores the Search for Love at Minnesota Jewish Theatr Photo BWW Review: SIGNIFICANT OTHER Explores the Search for Love at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
by Korey Beyersdorf - February 19, 2020

Significant Other, playing at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company through March 8th, focuses on one man's search for love and how it strains his other relationships, almost to the breaking point....
BWW Review: SUPERMAN BECOMES LOIS LANE at History Theatre Photo BWW Review: SUPERMAN BECOMES LOIS LANE at History Theatre
by Karen Bovard - February 16, 2020

SUPERMAN BECOMES LOIS LANE is an autobiographical play, tracing the transgender transition of a Saint Paul politician. Fledgling playwright Susan Kimberley was once an investment banker, a lobbyist, and chair of the Saint Paul City Council in her earlier identity as Bob Sylvester. (She also served o...
BWW Review: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND shines at Ordway Center For The Performing Arts Photo BWW Review: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND shines at Ordway Center For The Performing Arts
by Korey Beyersdorf - February 07, 2020

Once On This Island, playing at the Ordway Theatre through February 9th, is an exhilarating musical fable that seeks to transport the audience into the world of Haitian folklore through a story of love, resilience and sacrifice....
BWW Review: NOURA Anchors Celebration of Arab Artistry at the Guthrie Photo BWW Review: NOURA Anchors Celebration of Arab Artistry at the Guthrie
by Karen Bovard - February 02, 2020

Heather Raffo's NOURA, a variation on themes from Ibsen's A DOLL'S HOUSE set within an immigrant Iraqi family, serves as the mainstage anchor for an ambitious, multi-month series of four shows plus a distinguished panel talk at the Guthrie Theater. Collectively, these comprise the theater's Celebrat...
BWW Review: GREY ROCK soars at Guthrie Theater Photo BWW Review: GREY ROCK soars at Guthrie Theater
by Megan Siemieniak - January 26, 2020

The goal of the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater is to present groundbreaking theater that asks thought-provoking questions, inspires dialogue, and expands the diversity of voices on its stages: Grey Rock does exactly all of these things. Grey Rock, at its core, tells the story of an ordinary P...
BWW Review: Spectacular JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Orpheum Theatre Photo BWW Review: Spectacular JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Orpheum Theatre
by Karen Bovard - January 26, 2020

The touring production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the Orpheum this week is just what the Hennepin Theatre Trust calls it: spectacular. Staged originally in London in 2017, it won that year's Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. This young company is brim full of talent and energy. They bring ...
BWW Review: Skillful, Riveting A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 at Jungle Theater Photo BWW Review: Skillful, Riveting A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2 at Jungle Theater
by Karen Bovard - January 20, 2020

If the idea of an update to one of the world's most groundbreaking plays makes you dubious, because you think it will be a stodgy yawner or because you believe classics should not be messed with, or if you know little about Ibsen's most famous play, and so think you'll be too clueless to get this on...
BWW Review: Gorgeous and Grim BERNARDA ALBA at Theater Latte Da Photo BWW Review: Gorgeous and Grim BERNARDA ALBA at Theater Latte Da
by Karen Bovard - January 20, 2020

This musical adaptation of Lorca's all-female play is visually arresting, aurally reminiscent of flamenco, and provides a grim dissection of misogynistic oppression within one female-headed household....
BWW Review: OPRAH'S 2020 VISION: YOUR LIFE IN FOCUS WITH TINA FEY at Xcel Energy Cent Photo BWW Review: OPRAH'S 2020 VISION: YOUR LIFE IN FOCUS WITH TINA FEY at Xcel Energy Center
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - January 13, 2020

Writer and performer Tina Fey was featured guest on the second stop of OPRAH'S 2020 VISION Tour at Saint Paul's Xcel Energy Center on Jan. 11, 2020, where this creator of Broadway's MEAN GIRLS shared some insights and more than a few good one-liners with a sold-out crowd of 15,000....