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March 5, 2020

 My Fair Lady, currently on tour and playing at the Orpheum, is a show with a beautiful score and a story and characters that are uncomfortably relatable to our current times. The plot almost seems to exist in our cultural consciousness, but I sat around a couple peopl...

February 17, 2020

History Theatre's most recent show Superman Becomes Lois Lane is a touching and thoughtful look at the career and influence of Susan Kimberly. Susan Kimberly was born Bob Sylvester and had a career as the president of city council and an investment banker before transi...

February 9, 2020

Do you remember the comfort and wonder of reading or being told stories as a child? The way that the story would envelop you like a warm blanket and the world and details of the story would come to life filled with color like magic in your mind? This is what it is like...

February 6, 2020

 Once On This Island, currently on tour at the Ordway, is a feast for the eyes, ears and soul. The stage of the Ordway has been transformed into a Caribbean island, complete with sand, bright vibrant colors, an on stage band, and also an on stage audience.

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February 4, 2020

Peerless, a smart and funny play by Jiehae Park, is a fast paced dark comedy about twin sisters scheming to gain admission to a prestigious college (known as The College) through whatever means necessary. The show, which is performed in 90 minutes with no intermission,...

January 27, 2020

 The Bridges of Madison County, currently playing at Artistry, is a beautiful show with a luscious score that absolutely embraces you from the first note to the final bows. It is quite a big show to take on, the score by Jason Robert Brown is operatic and demands a lot...

January 24, 2020

 Short form theatrical work is an often under performed and under appreciated part of the theatrical genre. Luckily Theatre Elision, who has already made their name in producing rarely performed musical works, have now brought us a night of 6 short musicals in an eveni...

January 23, 2020

 The 50th anniversary tour of Jesus Christ Superstar is currently at the Orpheum Theater through the end of this week (leaving town on January 26th). It is interesting to revisit the theatrical piece now, so much of what made it up was brand new when it premiered on Br...

January 19, 2020

A Doll's House shocked audiences around the world in 1879 with it's depiction of a wife fighting back against societal and gender norms, and an ending that had the heroine Nora Helmer walk out the door of her home, leaving behind her husband and children. 138 years lat...

January 12, 2020

It is hard to describe Stephen Dietz's play Bloomsday, currently playing at Lyric Arts. It is a play that defies definition in part because it is about so many things at the same time. It is about falling in love but also being urged away from it. It is about looking b...

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Twin Cities Stages sometimes receives press tickets. The content and opinions expressed in all the posts are entirely my own. For the sake of transparency, I thank the theater that gave me tickets gratis at the end of each blog post.