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REVIEW: Legendary Battlefield: The Brook Experience (Guthrie Theater)

The longest known poem in the world, the Mahabharata, contains more than 200,000 lines of verse. This epic poem is one of the most important works in Sanskrit, with an importance rivaled only by the relatively short Ramayana, which "only" contains about 24,000 lines. Jean-Claude Carriere's 9-hour theatrical adaptation of the Mahabharata, which was staged

REVIEW: Ladysmith Black Mambazo Still Smithing Strong (State Theatre)

Photo by Luis Lea. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s recent performance at the State Theatre was as much about educating the audience on the group’s African musical heritage as it was about entertainment.  Most of the songs they performed were from their most recent album Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers, which

REVIEW: Reality Bites in Promise Land (Transatlantic Love Affair)

Emily Michaels King and Avi Aharoni in Transatlantic Love Affair's production of Promise Land.  Promise Land, a play by Transatlantic Love Affair, is about the immigrant experience in early twentieth century America.  It is undoubtedly a timely and highly relevant topic. This play reveals the trials and fears two young and

REVIEW: Riveting Miranda Right (Illusion Theater)

Reed (Steve Hendrickson) and Miranda (Carolyn Pool) discuss CIA business in the Illusion Theater's Miranda. Miranda, an original play by James Still, had its world premiere last weekend at the Illusion Theater.  The premiere of an original play is an exciting event, providing insight into an issue the playwright has chosen

REVIEW: Crashing STOMP (Ordway)

Photo by Steve McNicholas. The performance of this year’s STOMP tour at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, met audience expectations, and then some. It is a most unique theatre experience, being a mix of dance, vaudeville, symphonic percussion, avant-garde theatre, performance art and musique concrète (music from found objects). Like

REVIEW: Queen (Heart of the Beast)

Photo by Bruce Silcox. A boy is shot on a neighborhood street in the midst of the inner city. He was shot and killed even though he had a grandmother who considered him to be her holy child. Her adorning love did not protect the child in that one, tragic moment. In

REVIEW: Sinuous Pilobolus Dance Theatre Show (Ordway)

Pilobolus Dance Theatre presented five recent pieces and one older work from its repertoire in a performance last weekend at the Ordway.  With the possible exception of choreographers from the Judson Church Dance Theatre or the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Pilobolus presents the best avant-garde movement in modern dance.  It

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