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Park Square Offers A Progressive Look At Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Photo Park Square Offers A Progressive Look At Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2019

Park Square Theatre rings in the winter holidays with its first ever production of a Jane Austen novel with the regional premiere of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Nov 15 a?" Dec 22, 2019) adapted from the classic by Kate Hamill (SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, LITTLE WOMEN) and directed by Lisa Channer in her Park Square debut. This clever comedy offers a decidedly progressive take on the trials of Lizzy, Mr. Darcy, and the whole Bennet clan, with a few dance breaks thrown in for good measure.

BWW Review: Regional Premiere of GLORIA: A LIFE at History Theatre Photo BWW Review: Regional Premiere of GLORIA: A LIFE at History Theatre
by Karen Bovard - Oct 1, 2019

Gloria Steinem turns 85 this year, and she's still working as a feminist activist. As embodied in this regional premiere by the great Charity Jones, she's as humble as she is savvy. This production dives into her long life, consistently dedicated to issues of women's rights, but full of personal evolution and discovery. Dozens of supporting roles are taken up by a strong ensemble of six additional women, dedicated to explicating Steinem's life in both the personal and public arenas. The play unrolls in brisk, forthright, direct address to the audience.

BWW Review: Penumbra Theatre's WEDDING BAND is a Beautiful and Tragic Love Story that Photo BWW Review: Penumbra Theatre's WEDDING BAND is a Beautiful and Tragic Love Story that Speaks to Race, Racism, and Privilege
by Jill Schafer - Oct 26, 2017

I love a good tragic love story, and it doesn't get much more tragic than an interracial couple in 1918 South Carolina. But Penumbra's gorgeous production of the 1966 play WEDDING BAND by Alice Childress (whose TROUBLE IN MIND was seen at the Guthrie last year) is not just a beautiful, complicated, and ultimately tragic love story. It's also (not unlike TROUBLE IN MIND) a still timely work that speaks to the issues of race, racism, and privilege in ways that feel entirely relevant. With a super talented cast directed by Penumbra's founder Lou Bellamy (who recently passed the Artistic Director baton to his daughter Sarah) and gorgeous design, WEDDING BAND is a show not to be missed, and my favorite of my five-show weekend.

Alice Childress' WEDDING BAND Kicks Off Penumbra's 41st Season Photo Alice Childress' WEDDING BAND Kicks Off Penumbra's 41st Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Penumbra Theatre kicks off its 41st season Crossing Lines with Alice Childress' nearly forgotten masterpiece, Wedding Band.

McKnight Theater Artist Fellows present WORKS IN PROGRESS 6/26
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

17 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows Sonya Berlovitz (costume design), Thomasina Petrus (actor) and Kimberly Richardson (actor) will present selections from theatrical works in progress on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Mixed Blood Theatre. This free event is presented by the Playwrights' Center, which is taking reservations at pwcenter.org, info@pwcenter.org or 612-332-7481. Mixed Blood Theatre is located at 1501 South 4th Street in Minneapolis.

Jungle Theater to Present Shakespeare's THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

 To kick off her first season as the Jungle Theater's Artistic Director, Sarah Rasmussen will direct THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, one of William Shakespeare's first plays. With twists that echo in his later work, this lavish production honors and mirrors Elizabethan tradition with an all-female cast. The new version also offers a modern take on Shakespeare's own Globe Theatre, bringing 24 seats on stage to create a dynamic connection between actors and audience. The Two Gentlemen of Verona opens February 12 and runs through March 27 at the Lyn-Lake neighborhood theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. So. in Minneapolis. 

Theatre Raleigh Sets 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2015

Theatre Raleigh announces the 2016 Hot Summer Nights Season including a return of the family favorite The Wolf (March 3-20). Next, Theatre Raleigh will premier an adapted story, The Mystery of Edwin Drood A Musical by Rupert Holmes- (May 11 - 22), followed by Arthur Miller's classic All My Sons (June 7 - 19) and The Light in the Piazza (July 6 - 14), presented in the gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Finally, the Southern classic, Steel Magnolias (July 27 - August 7) and the story of the famed recording session Million Dollar Quartet (August 17 - 28) will round out the season.

BWW Reviews: Ten Thousand Things' Sparsely Lovely THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN Gets Right to the Heart of the Sweet and Inspiring Story
by Jill Schafer - Feb 16, 2015

No one does musicals like Ten Thousand Things does musicals. And even though it defies everything we know about musical theater, after seeing a TTT musical I think that maybe that's the way musicals should always be done. The music, like everything else about the show, is stripped down to the very basics, extraneous layers removed to reveal the very heart of the matter. A one-man orchestra provides the minimal accompaniment, and the small cast imperceptibly transitions from speaking to singing, so that you can't even tell where songs end and begin, it's just all one seamless story. And above all else, Artistic Director Michelle Hensley and all of the artists at Ten Thousand Things are storytellers. Whether it's Shakespeare or a classic American musical, they share the story in a pure and unadorned way so that all of their audiences, whether prisoners or seasoned theater-goers, can hear it and see themselves in it. One such masterpiece is their latest musical venture, THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, a reprise of their very first musical venture 15 years ago. It's lovely, spirited, sweet, funny, moving, heart-warming, and real.

LEARN TO BE LATINA Opens at Mixed Blood Theatre, 4/20-5/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2012

The politics of ethnic and sexual identity take center stage in comic playwright Enrique Urueta's LEARN TO BE LATINA, winner of the first national Great Gay Play Contest. Mercilessly off-color, the show offers a comedic take on cultural appropriation-and what makes a pop culture star.

LEARN TO BE LATINA Opens at Mixed Blood Theatre, 4/20-5/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2012

The politics of ethnic and sexual identity take center stage in comic playwright Enrique Urueta's LEARN TO BE LATINA, winner of the first national Great Gay Play Contest. Mercilessly off-color, the show offers a comedic take on cultural appropriation-and what makes a pop culture star.

Tennessee Rep 2011-12 Season Begins
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2011

A true American classic. A Tony Award-winning comedy. A soulful contemporary drama. And one of the most-loved American musicals of all time.

Word(s)PLAY! 2011 New Play Festival Plays Penumbra 7/16, 7/23, 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2011

Penumbra Theatre Company, Minnesota's only African American theatre, proudly announced today the third annual Word(s)PLAY!, a forum designed to develop new plays by African American playwrights. Word(s)PLAY! will introduce three new plays to the Twin Cities July 16, 23, & August 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

Word(s)PLAY! 2011 New Play Festival Plays Penumbra 7/16, 7/23, 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2011

Penumbra Theatre Company, Minnesota's only African American theatre, proudly announced today the third annual Word(s)PLAY!, a forum designed to develop new plays by African American playwrights. Word(s)PLAY! will introduce three new plays to the Twin Cities July 16, 23, & August 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY Comes To The Loring Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2011

New York's 2009 Drama Desk Award winner CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY is coming to Minneapolis when The Loring Theater presents the hit show on Friday, July 15 at 7:30 and 9:30 pm.

Word(s)PLAY! 2011 New Play Festival Plays Penumbra 7/16, 7/23, 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2011

Penumbra Theatre Company, Minnesota's only African American theatre, proudly announced today the third annual Word(s)PLAY!, a forum designed to develop new plays by African American playwrights. Word(s)PLAY! will introduce three new plays to the Twin Cities July 16, 23, & August 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM.

CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY Comes To The Loring Theater July 15
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2011

New York's 2009 Drama Desk Award winner CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY is coming to Minneapolis when The Loring Theater presents the hit show on Friday, July 15 at 7:30 and 9:30 pm.

Tennessee Rep Announces 2011-12 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2011

A true American classic. A Tony Award-winning comedy. A soulful contemporary drama. And one of the most-loved American musicals of all time.

Children's Theatre Company Opens ACCORDING TO COYOTE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2010

Part superhero, part comic - Coyote, a legendary trickster from Native American lore - gives great gifts to the human race, but along the way encounters misadventures and sticky situations he must use his wiles to maneuver through. The center of legendary oral stories of the Nez Perce tribe, Coyote becomes the subject of According to Coyote, the latest production to open at Children's Theatre Company (CTC).

Children's Theatre Company Presents ACCORDING TO COYOTE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2010

Part superhero, part comic - Coyote, a legendary trickster from Native American lore - gives great gifts to the human race, but along the way encounters misadventures and sticky situations he must use his wiles to maneuver through. The center of legendary oral stories of the Nez Perce tribe, Coyote becomes the subject of According to Coyote, the latest production to open at Children's Theatre Company (CTC).

Children's Theatre Company Presents ACCORDING TO COYOTE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2010

Part superhero, part comic - Coyote, a legendary trickster from Native American lore - gives great gifts to the human race, but along the way encounters misadventures and sticky situations he must use his wiles to maneuver through. The center of legendary oral stories of the Nez Perce tribe, Coyote becomes the subject of According to Coyote, the latest production to open at Children's Theatre Company (CTC).

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