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REVIEW: Mike Birbiglia’s The New One Hit (Ordway)

Comedian Mike Birbiglia. A clean comic can be hard to find these days. Not in terms of personal hygiene – that's something we wouldn't presume or want to have to judge – but in terms of content. Shock-value, fame, and R-rated comics seem to go hand-in-hand, which does tend to segment

INTERVIEW: Mike Birbiglia on The New One and Opting Out of Winter

Comedian Mike Birbiglia, who performs at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul from Oct. 17-19. When reviewing comedian Mike Birbiglia's latest solo show The New One, the New York Times' Ben Brantley decided to wax poetic. "Mr. Birbiglia’s voice," he wrote, "becomes a low, wraparound, pleasure-drenched caress.

REVIEW: Powerful, Bloody Elektra (Minnesota Opera)

A scene from Minnesota Opera's new production of Elektra, which opened Saturday in St. Paul, MN. Photo by Cory Weaver. Before there was Kill Bill, there was Elektra: a drama from Classical Greece whose culmination is a well-telegraphed murder. Did your father kill your sister and your mother kill your father?

REVIEW: Sardonic Humor in Glass Menagerie (Guthrie Theater)

Grayson DeJesus (as Jim O’Connor) and Carey Cox (as Laura Wingfield) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, now playing at the Guthrie's Wurtele Thrust Stage in Minneapolis. Photo by T Charles Erickson. Memories are a tricky thing. As recounted by Tom in the prologue to The

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