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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

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