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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

REVIEW: Retro Hit Parade in Smokey Joe’s Cafe

The company of the Ordway's new production of Smokey Joe's Cafe. Photo by Dan Norman. Smokey Joe's Cafe is an unabashed jukebox musical revue. It has no plot, no throughlines worth reporting, and no dialogue. If these things were at all missed, the audiences at the Ordway Center for the Performing

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