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REVIEW: Splendid Bluest Eye (Guthrie Theater)

The cast of the Guthrie Theater's production of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Photo by Dan Norman. Do you like your theatre interesting, intelligent, engaged with deep social issues, and not beating you over the head with a lecture? Do you also like brilliant acting, intriguing stories, and well-done perception shifts

FEATURE: Double Casting / INTERVIEW: Soprano Miriam Khalil on Bohème and More (Minnesota Opera)

A photo collage of soprano Miriam Khalil. See the originals and more at MiriamKhalil.com. The economics and programming of opera during the so-called Golden Age of Opera – the mid-19th-century up to the start of the First World War – were very different than they are today. Most opera companies operated on

INTERVIEW: Soprano Nicole Cabell on Mimi, Bohème, and More (Minnesota Opera)

A photo collage of soprano Nicole Cabell on- and offstage. See the original photos and more at Nicole-Cabell.com. Two weeks from today, Minnesota Opera opens the last production in its 2016-2017 season: Giacomo Puccini's classic opera La Bohème. The opera's flowing, through-composed score and concise verismo narrative originally took audiences aback; within

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: 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

INTERVIEW: Crafting a New Take on Ibsen’s Master Builder

There are four plays by Danish playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) that are commonly produced in the United States today. Which one you know (or know of) is likely a function of your interest. Feminists favor A Doll's House. Pianists and orchestral musicians favor Peer Gynt, for which Edvard Grieg wrote incidental music preserved in two

INTERVIEW: The Ladies of PRIME Productions on Little Wars and More

Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas in their apartment in the early 1920s; the pair hosted many dinner parties with literary luminaries. Photo by Man Ray. It's relatively uncommon for a new company operating under an Actor's Equity Association contract to suddenly appear in town, so when PRIME Productions announced its launch in March, the announcement

REVIEW: Youthful West Side Story Runs Scared (Ordway)

Desiree Davar as Anita (center) with the Shark Girls in the Ordway Center for the performing Arts production of West Side Story. Photo by Rich Ryan. Where should one begin with an iconic musical like West Side Story? Composer Leonard Bernstein began by saying, "I'd always thought of West Side Story in terms of teenagers." This focus is

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