BWW Review: Park Square Theatre Reinvents a Classic Tale in the Endlessly Delightful BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERYBWW Review: Park Square Theatre Reinvents a Classic Tale in the Endlessly Delightful BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY
by Jill Schafer - Jul 6, 2018

Staging a mystery play during the summer is a longstanding tradition at Park Square Theatre, and I've come to look forward to it every year. It's always fun to immerse yourself in the light yet brain-teasing summer blockbuster fare. But their production of KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY is anything but traditional. This new play tells one of the most well known Sherlock stories in a fresh, fun, and imaginative way, with just five actors and a whirlwind, almost slapstick style. Director Theo Langason brings all the innovation and physical storytelling experience from Sandbox Theatre, of which he is an ensemble member, to bear on this wonderfully playful and endlessly delightful production. And the fantastic five-person cast is so playful and fun to watch, including a female Holmes and Watson, because why not?! At a time when so many of us need it, BASKERVILLE provides pure escapist summer fun. (more...)

Park Square Theatre Presents BASKERVILLEPark Square Theatre Presents BASKERVILLE
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2018

Park Square Theatre cherishes its summertime tradition of cozying up audiences with a good mystery. This year's edition for the company's 43rd season - Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY - offers a fresh take for Holmes devotees AND a special invitation for those who've never spent an evening with the iconic sleuth. McKenna Kelly-Eiding (closing a spectacular run in THE WOLVES at The Jungle) stars as Sherlock Holmes and Sara Richardson* (last seen at Park Square in THE LIAR) as Dr. Watson. (more...)

BWW Review: Don't miss the MINNESOTA FRINGE FESTIVAL, Continuing through This Weekend!
by Jill Schafer - Aug 9, 2017

We're halfway through the 11-day, 15-venue, 167-showMinnesota Fringe Festival. I've seen 25 shows, with another 20-some on the schedule for the next five days. Here are a few of my favorites so far. I haven't seen everything onmy must-see listyet, so be sure to check that out for more recommendations and tips for Fringe newbies. And you canread all of my Fringe mini-reviews here. There are five days left of Fringe - so get out there and see some shows! Full schedule, venue, and ticketing information can be found on theFringe's handy dandy website. (more...)

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. (more...)

Jen Silverman's WINK to Launch 2016-17 Ruth Easton New Play Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

The popular Ruth Easton New Play Series features free public readings of new plays by Playwrights' Center Core Writers. (more...)

Love, Loyalty, Lying, and Laughs Open Park Square's 42nd Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

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Love, Loyalty, Lying, and Laughs Open Park Square's 42nd Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

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Playwrights' Center Names 2016-17 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

The Playwrights' Center is pleased to announce the 2016-17 recipients of the McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships: (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 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...)

Jungle Theater to Present Conor McPherson's THE NIGHT ALIVE, Opening Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

The Jungle closes its 25th Anniversary Season with the regional premiere of the latest work byConor McPherson,lauded byThe New York Timesas "the finest playwright of his generation."Joel Sass will directTHE NIGHT ALIVE, his third turn with a McPherson play at the Jungle after critical and audience acclaim withShining City (2007)andThe Seafarer (2009).The Night Aliveopens November 6 and will be on stage through December 20at the Lyn-Lake neighborhood theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. So. in Minneapolis. (more...)

Jungle Theater to Present Conor McPherson's THE NIGHT ALIVE, Opening 11/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2015

The Jungle closes its 25th Anniversary Season with the regional premiere of the latest work byConor McPherson,lauded byThe New York Timesas "the finest playwright of his generation."Joel Sass will directTHE NIGHT ALIVE, his third turn with a McPherson play at the Jungle after critical and audience acclaim withShining City (2007)andThe Seafarer (2009).The Night Aliveopens November 6 and will be on stage through December 20at the Lyn-Lake neighborhood theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. So. in Minneapolis. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Hilarious '60s Romantic Farce BOEING BOEING is Perfectly Executed by Torch Theater
by Jill Schafer - Mar 20, 2015

BOEING BOEING is the perfect screwball comedy. Though this tale of an American playboy in Paris with three 'air hostess' fiances was a hit in France, the English translation flopped on Broadway in 1965. But the revival over 40 years later was a hit and spurred a flood of regional productions around the country. Fortunately for Twin Cities theater-goers, Torch Theater chose it as one of it's 2015 shows at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. With a stellar cast, spot on direction, and a swinging '60s vibe created by set, costumes, and music, it's practically perfect in every way (to quote that other big show). I can't remember the last time I laughed so much at the theater! (more...)

Theatre Novi Most to Present REHEARSING FAILURE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Living in exile in Los Angeles after fleeing the Nazis, Brecht rehearses The Life of Galileo with his wife Helene Weigel and two of his former lovers, Elisabeth Hauptmann, a writer, and Ruth Berlau, a director. As they work on this epic history play over the summer of 1947, the themes of Galileo resonate with Brecht's own life and the unique relationships he had with his collaborators. (more...)

TigerLion Arts' THE COSMIC EQUATION & WHAT IF I'M DEAD? Begin at Minnesota Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2013

This summer, TigerLion Arts (TLA) has its paws in two shows to be produced as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, tonight, August 1 - 11, 2013. THE COSMIC EQUATION = 2 Wives + 2 Husbands Adventure! is a collaboration with Adventurer Press in which two smart Wives escape from their two ignorant Husbands in search of adventure. What if I'm Dead?, produced by TigerLion Arts, is a highly physical solo show in which Red Nose Clown Bartholomew (New York comedian Alan Fessenden) stages his own funeral. (more...)

TigerLion Arts to Present THE COSMIC EQUATION & WHAT IF I'M DEAD? at Minnesota Fringe Festival, Begin. 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2013

This summer, TigerLion Arts (TLA) has its paws in two shows to be produced as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, August 1 - 11, 2013. THE COSMIC EQUATION = 2 Wives + 2 Husbands Adventure! is a collaboration with Adventurer Press in which two smart Wives escape from their two ignorant Husbands in search of adventure. What if I'm Dead?, produced by TigerLion Arts, is a highly physical solo show in which Red Nose Clown Bartholomew (New York comedian Alan Fessenden) stages his own funeral. (more...)

The Guthrie Announces Casting for the Pillsbury House Theatre Production of BUZZER
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2012

The Guthrie Theater today announced complete casting for the remount of the Pillsbury House Theatre production Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson. Buzzer, co-commissioned by the Guthrie Theater and Pillsbury House Theatre, will be helmed by Tony-nominated director Marion McClinton and play the Dowling Studio from February 8-March 3, 2013. Buzzer was previously performed at Pillsbury House Theatre last fall. (more...)

Theatre Forever's A BUN FOR A DOOR HANDLE Closes
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2012

Theatre Forever presents A Bun for A Door Handle through Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406. (more...)

Theatre Forever Presents A BUN FOR A DOOR HANDLE, 2/23-3/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2012

Theatre Forever presents A Bun for A Door Handle Thursday, February 23, 2012 through Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406. (more...)

Theatre Forever Presents A BUN FOR A DOOR HANDLE, 2/23-3/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2012

Theatre Forever presents A Bun for A Door Handle Thursday, February 23, 2012 through Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406. (more...)

The Southern Theater presents Brouhaha Comedy Festival 1/19-23, 2011
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2011

A festival of new comic theater will warm hearts, lift spirits, and provide a bellyful of laughs during Minnesota's coldest time of year when the Southern Theater presents the Brouhaha Comedy Festival, January 19-23, 2011. (more...)

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