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REVIEW: Outrageous Humor in the Familiar: Danai Gurira of Black Panther‘s New Play (Guthrie Theater)

The cast of the Guthrie Theater's production of Familiar by Danai Gurira. Photo by Dan Norman. An unexpectedly uproarious drama by Danai Gurira – one of the stars of the blockbuster movie Black Panther – opened last week at the Guthrie Theatre. The play weaves together various themes concerning assimilation, immigration, and family. In

REVIEW: New Twist on The Pirates of Penzance (Park Square Theatre)

Christina Baldwin (center) as the Major General in Park Square Theatre's The Pirates of Penzance. Photo by Petronella J. Ytsma. Park Square Theatre's current production of The Pirates of Penzance is a refreshing spin on the classic comic opera. This comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics by W.S. Gilbert premiered in New York City in

REVIEW: Terrifying Assassins (Theater Latté Da)

Dieter Bierbrauer as John Wilkes Booth in Theater Latté Da's production of the Sondheim musical Assassins. Photo by Dan Norman. “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” Oscar Wilde's words haunted me as I was finishing this review and learned the horrific news of the shooting in Broward County,

REVIEW: The Royale Knockout (Yellow Tree Theatre)

Santino Craven and David Murray in Yellow Tree Theatre's production of The Royale. Photo by Justin Cox. "BAM", "POW", "KAPOW" – A Knockout Bam goes the fist. Pow – another punch and someone’s seeing double. Kapow – the countdown is on and the play begins. Such is the flow of The Royale, an experiential telling of the

REVIEW: Ishmael Chases a White Whale (Jungle Theater)

A promotional image for the Jungle Theater's Ishmael. The Jungle Theater's new season – its last before it moves to a traditional fall-summer format – casts off with a hunt for a great white whale. Ishmael, now playing at the Jungle, is an adaptation of the classic Herman Melville novel Moby Dick. Director-playwright Leo

REVIEW: A Christmas Carole Petersen Strikes Back (Latté Da)

Tod Petersen stars in Theater Latté Da's A Christmas Carole Petersen. Theater Latté Da is currently reprising its holiday staple, the oft-talked-about A Christmas Carole Petersen. The show was first presented in 2000, was an annual Latté Da tradition for 10 years, and returned last year after a 7-year absence. The show

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