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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Curmudgeon

The Arts Reader is pleased to announce the launch of a new column titled The Curmudgeon, in which our writers will share constructively snarky advice on public relations in the arts. There are many reasons for launching The Curmudgeon. The first is that we have received many requests via email and social media for

PREVIEW: The Museum Sage @ MIA

Museum Sage is coming to the Minneapolis Institute of Art on December 2nd. This service promises to help you answer important life questions in an unusual manner – by taking you through an art gallery with your eyes closed, then allowing you to select the artwork with your answer in

Fringe File #14: TCAR Awards

Arun Velliangiri as Aman Khan and Ranjan Dumra as Appa in Bezubaan: The Voiceless. The annual Minnesota Fringe Festival floods Minneapolis with an 11-day deluge of theatre, music, dance, spoken word, and sometimes something else. With more than 150 shows crammed into that period, it is physically impossible to see more than a

Fringe File #4: Previews, Round 1

The cast of SmashHammer: The Musical. Last Monday, 29 shows appearing in the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival gave 3-minute previews at the University of Minnesota's Rarig Center's Stoll Thrust Stage. This was the first official look (at least as far as live performance is concerned) inside the festival overtaking Minneapolis stages in 2

Fringe File #1: Editor-in-Chief’s Short List

Good Friday with Dillinger, presented by LookBack Productions. Yesterday afternoon, the Minnesota Fringe Festival officially launched its 2016 Fringe Festival website. Almost immediately, social media began filling with theatergoers' protests about not being able to see all the shows that they wanted. The Minnesota Fringe Festival has long been the Twin Cities' great buffet

Artistic Responses to Tragedy

Not a free seat was to be found on Tuesday night at Augsburg College as audiences gathered for the latest installment of Nautilus Music-Theater's Rough Cuts series of opera and musical theater (and things in the middle) excerpts. The performance kicked off some 15 minutes after the official 7:30 pm start time,

CONCERT PICK: Nautilus Music-Theater Rough Cuts

One of the most interesting parts of developing music-theatre is the point where the musical numbers are full-fledged, standalone songs. As a show moves through its development, concessions must be made to pacing, context, exposition, and other dramaturgical demands. By the time a fully written and refined show hits the stage, there

PREVIEW: Rigoletto at the Capri Theater

Rigoletto (Jeehoon Kim), Gilda (Jennifer Zabelsky), Maddalena (Megan O'Leary), and the Duke (Joshua Diaz) in Really Spicy Opera's production of Rigoletto. Tonight, Really Spicy Opera opens Rigoletto at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis. It's been twelve years since Minnesota Opera staged this tale of love, lust, and revenge gone awry; before that, the last