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REVIEW: Splendid Bluest Eye (Guthrie Theater)

The cast of the Guthrie Theater's production of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Photo by Dan Norman. Do you like your theatre interesting, intelligent, engaged with deep social issues, and not beating you over the head with a lecture? Do you also like brilliant acting, intriguing stories, and well-done perception shifts

FEATURE: Double Casting / INTERVIEW: Soprano Miriam Khalil on Bohème and More (Minnesota Opera)

A photo collage of soprano Miriam Khalil. See the originals and more at MiriamKhalil.com. The economics and programming of opera during the so-called Golden Age of Opera – the mid-19th-century up to the start of the First World War – were very different than they are today. Most opera companies operated on

INTERVIEW: Soprano Nicole Cabell on Mimi, Bohème, and More (Minnesota Opera)

A photo collage of soprano Nicole Cabell on- and offstage. See the original photos and more at Nicole-Cabell.com. Two weeks from today, Minnesota Opera opens the last production in its 2016-2017 season: Giacomo Puccini's classic opera La Bohème. The opera's flowing, through-composed score and concise verismo narrative originally took audiences aback; within

INTERVIEW: Crafting a New Take on Ibsen’s Master Builder

There are four plays by Danish playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) that are commonly produced in the United States today. Which one you know (or know of) is likely a function of your interest. Feminists favor A Doll's House. Pianists and orchestral musicians favor Peer Gynt, for which Edvard Grieg wrote incidental music preserved in two

INTERVIEW: The Ladies of PRIME Productions on Little Wars and More

Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas in their apartment in the early 1920s; the pair hosted many dinner parties with literary luminaries. Photo by Man Ray. It's relatively uncommon for a new company operating under an Actor's Equity Association contract to suddenly appear in town, so when PRIME Productions announced its launch in March, the announcement

REVIEW: Youthful West Side Story Runs Scared (Ordway)

Desiree Davar as Anita (center) with the Shark Girls in the Ordway Center for the performing Arts production of West Side Story. Photo by Rich Ryan. Where should one begin with an iconic musical like West Side Story? Composer Leonard Bernstein began by saying, "I'd always thought of West Side Story in terms of teenagers." This focus is

NEWS: Walker Art Center Transforms into Giant Robot, Stops Monster Menace (April Fools)

The W.A.L.K.E.R. giant robot prepares to deal a finishing blow to the monster that menaced Minneapolis this morning. The Minneapolis Monster Menace has come to an end. In a stunning development, the Walker Art Center transformed into a giant robot and defeated the monster menacing Uptown in a climactic battle on

INTERVIEW: Another Chat with The Realish Housewives of Edina

The 50th & France shopping district name-dropped in The Realish Housewives of Edina, Season 2. Part 2 of Basil Considine's interview with The Realish Housewives of Edina, Season 2's writers Kate James and Tim Sniffen and actresses Katherine Kupiecki and Karissa Lade. Read Part 1 Reality TV is often a love-it-or-hate-it thing. Where do you stand

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