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REVIEW: The 24 Hour Plays: The Second Half (Hennepin Theatre Trust)

There's always something exciting about a frenzied rush to create. Sometimes the work produced under pressure is brilliant, with daringness that would probably get sanded with too much reflection. Sometimes the results are...less than appealing, which is something that happens. Most often, the results are a mixed bag – which

PHOTOS: The Swanky Look of Grease (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres)

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' new production of Grease features eye-popping costumes by the award-winning costume designer Rich Hamson. Hamson, who has 60 productions at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres under his belt, is a three-time Ivey Award recipient and was named Lavender Magazine's 2014 Theatre Artist of the Year and Best Large Theater Costume Designer. Here's a

REVIEW: Dinner at Eight‘s Splendid Comic Melodrama (Minnesota Opera)

New money socialites Dan Packard (Craig Irvin) and Kitty Packard (Susannah Biller) squabble in the world premiere production of Dinner at Eight by Minnesota Opera. Photo by Cory Weaver. Contemporary American opera is usually no laughing matter. At any given opera premiere, you can expect an occasional inserted joke and perhaps some moments of wry underscoring,

LIVE BLOG: The 24 Hours Plays – Bix Edition 2

We're just about 3 hours away from the biggest and best show in town.  Because what a line up of talent! And it's for a great cause (see my earlier blog post.) If you don't have tickets yet, now's your chance:   Go to: Or straight to Ticketmaster at   Let's start with

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

WEEKEND PICKS: Grease, Gondoliers, Dinner at Eight, FOOR Folkz

Aleks Knezevich as Danny Zuko in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' production of Grease. Photo by Bernadette Pollard. Winter windchill has returned to the Twin Cities again and darn it if there isn't a forecast of snow on Sunday. Here are some indoor entertainments to keep you distracted and warm this weekend. Retro Fun: Grease at