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REVIEW: Steamy Words in Anna in the Tropics (Jungle Theater)

Cristina Florencia Castro as Marela in Anna in the Tropics. Photo by William Clark. The world of Tolstoy collides with the world of Cuban-American cigar workers in Jungle Theater’s current production of Anna in the Tropics.  Playwright Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama transports its audience to nearly a century ago in Tampa,

REVIEW: Dr. Seuss & Sneetches + Musical = !!! (Children’s Theatre Company)

Photo by Dan Norman. Marvelous, simply marvelous.  These are not just my words, they are also the words uttered by my five-year-old granddaughter when she saw Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches: The Musical, which had its world premiere performance this weekend at the Children’s Theatre Company.  The musical is based on the Dr. Seuss’ book The

REVIEW: Mamma Mia! – The Last Tour (Orpheum Theatre)

Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia. The vivacious spirit of ABBA has returned to the Orpheum Theatre in the form of the Broadway hit Mamma Mia!  This is the megamusical's eighth run in Minneapolis and is reportedly the last tour for a while. (Proving that nature abhors a vacuum, an ABBA tribute band

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

REVIEW: Reborn Flower Drum Song (Mu/Park Square)

Photo by Rich Ryan. It was particularly poignant that Mu Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre chose this past weekend to open their co-production of the musical Flower Drum Song with its story of immigrants and their assimilation into American life.  This updated version of the 1950s musical by Richard Rodgers

PREVIEW: Nina Simone: Four Women Returns to Park Square

Photo by Petronella J. Ytsma. Nina Simone: Four Women, which made more than one critic's Top 10 list for 2016, is returning for a limited engagement at Park Square Theater from February 7 through February 26.  Christina Ham’s play "transcends a simple biopic setup into a well-crafted dialogue between women of the Civil

REVIEW: Patti LaBelle Still Has It (State Theatre)

When Patti LaBelle burst onto the stage singing “New Attitude” at her recent concert at the State Theatre, it was evident that this 72-year-old rhythm and blues singer was not relying on her legendary past to carry her through the concert. Instead, she used energy, warmth and some great moves,

REVIEW: Melissa Etheridge – Take 1 (Ordway)

On Thursday night, the temperature plunged to -2 degrees; not to be deterred, Melissa Etheridge’s loyal fans trudged out to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul to see her. They were rewarded by a performance with Etheridge's trademark raspy voice in top form as she belted out her

PREVIEW: Melissa Etheridge @ The Ordway

Tomorrow, singer-songwriter and all-around rocker Melissa Etheridge descends on the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for a one night-only engagement.  Etheridge emerged in the 1990s as one of the decade's most prominent women songwriters, a distinction she shared with both Jewel and Sheryl Crow. Her self-titled album Melissa Etheridge made the Billboard