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PREVIEW: Celtic Woman – Voices of Angels Tour

Tara McNeill, Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, and Éabha McMahon of Celtic Woman. Photo by Naomi Gaffey. This week the Orpheum Theatre presents Celtic Woman, the musical phenomenon that has created 11 albums and more than 10 million records sold over the past 12 years. Conceived by David Downes (a former musical

REVIEW: David Gray & J.S. Ondara in Concert (Pantages Theatre)

David Gray headlined at the Pantages. The Twin Cities received a double treat of solo/acoustic performers in May at the Pantages Theatre.  The headliner was David Gray, a British singer-songwriter who first burst onto the international scene with a series of powerful hits in 2000 that continues today.  His opening act

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. 

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

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