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REVIEW: Orphans and NHCC’s New Blackbox (North Hennepin Community College)

It seems like every other month that another long-time theatre in the Twin Cities announces its closure, caught between rising property values and fundraising woes. Discovering a new performance spaces being created is a welcome counter-current of good news. Last week, I attended an incredible dramatic performance of Lyle Kessler's play Orphans in

REVIEW: TU Dance – TU Be…or Not (Ordway)

Saturday night’s performance by TU Dance at the Ordway in St. Paul showcased the company’s classical styling mixed with an edgy modern urban aesthetic. One goal of TU’s choreographers and dancers is to create original dance works that raise audience awareness of significant cultural issues and take on important social

REVIEW: Legendary Battlefield: The Brook Experience (Guthrie Theater)

The longest known poem in the world, the Mahabharata, contains more than 200,000 lines of verse. This epic poem is one of the most important works in Sanskrit, with an importance rivaled only by the relatively short Ramayana, which "only" contains about 24,000 lines. Jean-Claude Carriere's 9-hour theatrical adaptation of the Mahabharata, which was staged

REVIEW: Ladysmith Black Mambazo Still Smithing Strong (State Theatre)

Photo by Luis Lea. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s recent performance at the State Theatre was as much about educating the audience on the group’s African musical heritage as it was about entertainment.  Most of the songs they performed were from their most recent album Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers, which

REVIEW: Reality Bites in Promise Land (Transatlantic Love Affair)

Emily Michaels King and Avi Aharoni in Transatlantic Love Affair's production of Promise Land.  Promise Land, a play by Transatlantic Love Affair, is about the immigrant experience in early twentieth century America.  It is undoubtedly a timely and highly relevant topic. This play reveals the trials and fears two young and

REVIEW: Riveting Miranda Right (Illusion Theater)

Reed (Steve Hendrickson) and Miranda (Carolyn Pool) discuss CIA business in the Illusion Theater's Miranda. Miranda, an original play by James Still, had its world premiere last weekend at the Illusion Theater.  The premiere of an original play is an exciting event, providing insight into an issue the playwright has chosen