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REVIEW: Love Sublime: A Valentine’s Day Shuffle (LOFTRecital)

Pianist James Barnett and soprano Bergen Baker at Saturday's LOFTRecital performance. Four years ago, a small organization called LoftOpera launched in Brooklyn, NY. It's motto, "Something between a loft party and a startup opera company", speaks to both sides of its audience experience: intimate performances stripped down to an industrially tinged, repurposed

REVIEW: Dead Man Winter @ First Avenue

Photo by David McClister. First Ave is packed, but it's noticeably not annoying. I am chesting through what is undeniably the salt of the earth: Minnesotans buzzing with anticipation, familial-like recognition, whiskey. It’s cozy like a homecoming dipped in flannel, and I have the sense that if the world were to

REVIEW: Skylark Opera Theatre Charges Back with Tragedy of Carmen

Tess Altiveros as Carmen. Skylark Opera Theatre's artistic director Bob Neu made headlines last year with his Angels & Demons Entertainment production of The Marriage of Figaro at the Hill House. When Skylark announced its first season after last spring's sudden cancellation, therefore, expectations were high for something other than business as usual. The

REVIEW: Numb with Grace (Yellow Tree Theatre)

Powerful is an apt description for Yellow Tree Theatre’s new production of Grace.   Playwright Craig Wright’s thought-provoking play centers on belief systems and what happens when they prove to be insufficient.  Under the direction of Terry Hempleman, this production generates compelling acting by each of the four players (Hempleman also plays

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