Thursday, February 11, 2021

Theater Mu's Livestream of TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY

#TCTheater fans - here's another virtual review round-up for you! According to two of our bloggers, Theater Mu's first foray into the virtual theater world was a great success! TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY is performed live, with the actors each performing in their own home, as technical wizardy pulls it all together. Check out their reviews at the links below, then get your tickets for a live show this week/end, or the on-demand recording available next week. (But we really do recommend watching it live if possible.)

"With actors in six different locations across the country, using multiple areas in their homes, along with green screens, virtual backgrounds, sound cues, split screens, and overlayed images in an incredibly ambitious and successful technical feat. TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY is truly innovative storytelling in a way that's never been seen before."
"The use of virtual backgrounds and quick cuts between these various mediums was so clever and a unique way to lean into our current virtual lifestyle and transform it into art."
cover of virtual program (photo by Rich Ryan)

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

'TIL DEATH Livestream from Bucket Brigade

With a busy virtual theater month, we'll have a few review round-ups for you. The first is Bucket Brigade's live virtual concert version of their annual hit 'TIL DEATH. Two of our bloggers caught a live show last weekend. Read their thoughts below, then get your tickets for one of three remaining shows this weekend.
"I'm truly impressed at how the charm, silliness, and heart of the piece has translated into the virtual space."
"The Gambles put all that messy couplehood into a light-hearted musical that offered humor, sentimentality, tender moments, and great songs... the entire show is well written and scored, excellently accompanied by Donley."

Monday, January 18, 2021

Streaming #TCTheater

Hello friends. Another reminder to keep an eye on our EVENTS page to see what's happening virtually around #TCTheater. Some fun things coming up include:

Lakeshore Players Theatre
: a recording of their pre-pandemic production of WAIT UNTIL DARK
Great River Shakespeare Festival
: a live reading of HUMAN ERROR
Bucket Brigade
: a livestream version of their annual production of their original musical 'TIL DEATH
Theater Mu
: their first virtual full production - TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY

Monday, January 11, 2021

2020 Twin Cities Theater Blogger Awards

Hello #TCTheater friends. We've missed you, we've missed each other, and most of all we've missed theater. Like everything else, our sixth annual TCTB Awards look much different this year. Instead of the dozen or so categories, nominees, and winners we usually have, we've chosen to highlight some of our 2020 favorites in just four categories, both pre- and post-pandemic (voted on by 14 bloggers). 2020 was without question a difficult year in many areas, including our beloved theater, but we are impressed with the way that artists use the resources available to them to continue to make art. Let's look back at some highlights of the past year, and we look forward to seeing you all in the theater again soon.
Bernarda Alba,
Theater Latté Da
The Bridges of Madison County,
Artistry MN
Runners Up: Daddy Long Legs,
Minneapolis Musical Theatre
and Interstate,
Mixed Blood Theatre Company
The White Card,
Penumbra Theatre Company
Runners Up: A Doll's House, Part 2,
The Jungle Theater
and Twelfth Night,
Guthrie Theater
Is Edward Snowden Single?,
The Jungle Theater
Operation: Immigration,
MN Jewish Theatre Company
When Your Love Sets You On Fire,
The Winding Sheet Outfit
Twin Cities Horror Festival
Runner Up:
Minnesota Fringe

Thursday, December 24, 2020

TCTB Review Roundup - DICKENS' CHRISTMAS CLASSIC streaming from Guthrie Theater

Gather round, #TCTheater friends: for the first time in over 9 months, we have a TCTB REVIEW ROUNDUP!

Guthrie Theater
recently released their 46th annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a film/theater hybrid called DICKENS' HOLIDAY CLASSIC that you can stream in the comfort and safety of your own home for just $10 per household (through Dec. 31).
Click here for details, and read on for some blogger thoughts.
"Not exactly theater, and not exactly film, the show combines bits of both media for an experience that is smaller, quieter, and more intimate than the CHRISTMAS CAROL we're used to seeing on the Guthrie's thrust stage, but just as lovely, engaging, and moving as ever."
"We’ve learned to improvise during this pandemic, something that theater folks are expert at. In fact, the Guthrie’s streaming version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is delightful. They use some of their gorgeous set, which is so fun to see. Four of the finest Twin Cities actors tell the story, each taking one of the Staves, bringing life to the various characters and story."
"Stripped of the usual theatrical embellishments that make the play an annual institution, the simple beauty of this adaptation allows the message of charity, good cheer, and live-in-the-moment spirit to provide the uplift that many of us have craved for so long."

Monday, December 21, 2020

#TCTheater Streaming Holiday Shows

 Hello friends! As we close out 2020, be sure to check out our EVENTS page for a few more virtual theater celebrations this year. In addition,

Cherry and Spoon
has compiled a list of holiday shows you can enjoy from your own home.
And in honor of the solstice - a special shout out to
Open Eye Theatre
's live rewatch of Bradley Greenwald's THE LONGEST NIGHT on their Facebook page tonight!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Streaming #TCTheater

 In this week's edition of "STAY HOME and STREAM SOME THEATER," we have:

- the continuation of the
New Native Theatre
play festival
The Jungle Theater
's first ever virtual play IS EDWARD SNOWDEN SINGLE? (as well as the continuation of MONDO TRAGIC, part of their audio play series)
- a fake awards show from
HUGE Theater
(also be sure to check out
Family Dinner
and other shows on their YouTube channel)
- a holiday themed episode from
Rev. Matt's Monster Science
- an introduction to
Theater Mu
's fabulous staff in this week's Mu-tini hour
- IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE radio play from
Melancholics Anonymous
- Taylor Mac's HOLIDAY SAUCE... PANDEMIC! hosted by
Guthrie Theater
See our events page for details on these and other upcoming streaming theater.