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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

REVIEW: Trouble in Mind (Guthrie Theater)

Photo by Keri Pickett. Trouble in Mind, which opened this past weekend at the Guthrie Theater, is a humorous and gripping play that is not often produced. The author, Alice Childress, was an African-American actress whose notoriety as a “left-wing” playwright merited her own FBI investigative file in the 1950s. The

INTERVIEW: Kelly Kaduce of The Shining

Wendy (Kelly Kaduce) and Danny (Alejandro Vega) Torrance meditate on the strange turns that their life has taken in The Shining. Photo by Ken Howard. Soprano Kelly Kaduce is Minnesota-born and raised, but since graduating from St. Olaf's she has traveled and sung all across the United States. The month of May finds

The Look of The Shining

Minnesota Opera's The Shining returns on Thursday to the stage of the Music Theater at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Here's a detailed look at the opera's visual spark. What goes into this? Some of the key players in crafting the opera's look were stage director Eric Simonson, choreographer Heidi

REVIEW: The Shining = Brilliant Psychodrama (Minnesota Opera)

A disturbed Jack Torrance (Brian Mulligan) menaces his wife Wendy (Kelly Kaduce) and son Danny (Alejandro Vega) in The Shining. Photo by Ken Howard. Minnesota Opera's 2015-2016 season comes to a crashing bang with The Shining, an adaptation of the bestselling horror novel by Stephen King. The main thing wrong with this production appears

REVIEW: A Night on Olympus (Illusion Theater)

Harry (Tyler Michaels), Chad (Adam Qualls), and Maggie (McKinnley Aitchison) in A Night on Olympus. Photo by Lauren B Photography. Prom night, teenage love, zombies, and errant Greek gods combine in A Night in Olympus. This Illusion Theater production is a collaboration between composer and lyricist Chan Poling, and playwrights Jeffrey Hatcher and

REVIEW: Swingin’ in the Ring (Steppingstone Theatre)

Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan in Swingin' in the Ring. Photo by Paul Virtucio. Swing dancing, puppetry, and old-time boxing movies combine to create Swingin’ in the Ring, which opened last weekend at Steppingstone Theatre. This hybrid production is the fruit of Sossy Production (the husband and wife team of Megan McClellan and Brian Sostek