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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: Shaky but Interesting Girl Shakes Loose (Penumbra Theatre)

Alexis Sims as Girl in Girl Shakes Loose. Poet Sonia Sanchez was a unique voice in 1965-75 Black Arts Movement with her poetry ranging from Black Nationalism to her later work emphasizing family, relationships and self-empowerment. Her poetry is the center of a promising musical titled Girl Shakes Loose, which premiered last

REVIEW: Allure of the Machine in The Watson Intelligence (Park Square)

Adam Harris and Kathryn Fumie in Park Square Theatre's The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence. Photo by Petronella J. Ytsma. Human preferences for computer relationships over than of human relationships is the main theme underlying the play The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence. But, as with the 2015 movie

REVIEW: The Farce is the Thing in One Man, Two Guvnors (Yellow Tree Theatre)

Elise Langer, Elena Glass, and Marika Proctor in Yellow Tree Theatre's production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Photo by Justin Cox. Yellow Tree Theatre is closing its ninth season with Richard Bean’s Tony Award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. This play is an English adaptation of Carlo Goldini’s 18th Century Italian commedia dell’arte

REVIEW: Fun Crisis in Women on the Verge (NHCCT)

The cast of North Hennepin Community College Theatre's production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Photo by Mike Ricci. Pedro Almodovar wrote and directed the Spanish Film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (WVNB) in 1988. The film received critical acclaim, won the New York Film Critics

REVIEW: Brutal Honesty in She Went to War (Guthrie Theater)

Photo by Dragons Eye/Gaea Dill-D'Ascoli. She Went to War is about real soldiers telling us real stories about their lives and service to our country. It is also the fourth Telling Project production presented at the Guthrie Theater.  The Telling Project seeks to bridge the barriers between military and civilian groups

REVIEW: Six Degrees of Cons (Theater Latté Da)

A scene from Theater Latte Da’s production of Six Degrees of Separation. Photo by Dan Norman. Phoniness, lack of human connectedness and class distinctions are the prevalent themes in John Guare’s play Six Degrees of Separation, which opened last weekend at Theater Latte Da. The play originally debuted on Broadway in

PREVIEW: Thurgood‘s Decisive Return (Illusion Theater)

James Craven in the Illusion Theater's Thurgood. Photo by Lauren B Photography. The Illusion Theater is reprising its 2015 production of George Stevens, Jr.’s play Thurgood.  Thurgood shines a light on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993). Marshall was a legal superstar who successfully used the law to bring social and

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