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REVIEW: Arguing Aesthetics in Amy’s View (Park Square Theatre)

Photo by Petronella J. Ytsma. Yes, we speak of things that matter With words that must be said: “Can analysis be worthwhile?” “Is the theater really dead?” These words from Paul Simon’s song “The Dangling Conversation” kept running through my mind as I attended Amy’s View at Park Square Theatre.  Yes, the play is talky. 

INTERVIEW: Theatre Pro Rata on Up: The Man in the Air

John Middleton, Shanan Custer, Carin Bratlie Wethern, and Mark Benzel at Park Square Theatre. Photo by Kit Bix. Theatre Pro-Rata’s latest offering, Up: The Man in the Air, opens Friday, May 26 at Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss Thrust Stage. This "fantastical biography" was inspired by the true story of Larry Walters, an amateur inventor

INTERVIEW: Sharpening La Rondine: Boston Opera Collaborative and the Swallow’s Diet

Reworking or remixing opera classics is one of the hot current trends in American opera circles. Skylark Opera Theatre's production of The Tragedy of Carmen certainly caught local opera fans' attention with a heavily streamlined, 90-minute version of the classic opera by Bizet, with packed houses and fans clamoring to see this up-close-and-personal treatment. Transforming

REVIEW: Jiving Sisters of Swing (History Theatre)

Cat Brindisi, Katie Hahn, and Jen Burleigh-Bentz in the History Theatre’s production of Sisters of Swing. The Andrew Sisters were the sweethearts of the World War II generation. When my mother was in nursing school during the war, the students in the girls’ dorm would congregate around the dorm piano and

REVIEW: TU Dance – TU Be…or Not (Ordway)

Saturday night’s performance by TU Dance at the Ordway in St. Paul showcased the company’s classical styling mixed with an edgy modern urban aesthetic. One goal of TU’s choreographers and dancers is to create original dance works that raise audience awareness of significant cultural issues and take on important social

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