Monday, November 6, 2017

Hamlet - TCTB Review Roundup

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Check out a modern, new, Joel Sass-directed Hamlet at Park Square Theatre (now through November 11). Our bloggers were all love for TCTB favorite Kory LaQuess Pullam.

Cherry and Spoon sums it up for us:
"This Hamlet, adapted, directed, and designed by Joel Sass, features a condensed cast of just nine, some gender-swapping (which provides more roles for women in male-heavy Shakespeare plays), and what I would call a breakout performance by Kory LaQuess Pullam in the title role, except that he's been breaking out for a couple of years in #TCTheater."
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Compendium - Minneapolis adds:
"I really appreciated the fresh take on long-hallowed lines (yes, despite the heavy cutting you will hear your To Be Or Not To Bes and Good Night Sweet Princes) that removed their precious reputations and imbued them with a deeper feeling. It was awesome to see more non-traditional casting and an intentional - and mostly successful - attempt to imbue this very dark plot with a healthy dose of humor. I'm excited to see where this dynamic, fresh acting crew heads after this production. They are the future of our local theater scene, and what a promising prospect we have to look forward to."
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Single White Fringe Geek says:
"There are very few actors for whom I’d sit through another production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Kory LaQuess Pullam is one of them. So when I learned Park Square Theatre had cast Pullam as their Hamlet, I was on board. And that was before I learned that Joel Sass was in the director’s chair. That also helped put my mind at ease that this was going to be a different, and enjoyable Hamlet to watch."
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From Twin Cities Arts Reader:
"Revenge does not sit well on Kory LaQuess Pullam’s Hamlet. Pullam performs in Park Square Theatre’s current production, staged by director Joel Sass in a modern setting. The action moves forward at a lively pace; at the center of the production – and the thing that makes it worth seeing – is Pullam’s powerful, richly layered performance. Pullam brings exquisite emotion to the great role, especially in the great monologues, but throughout as well."
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Wedding Band - TCTB Review Roundup

Our bloggers highly recommend Penumbra Theatre Company's production of Alice Childress's Wedding Band. Now through November 12. Go see it, friends!

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"But Penumbra's gorgeous production of the 1966 play Wedding Band by Alice Childress (whose Trouble in Mind was seen at the Guthrie last year) is not just a beautiful, complicated, and ultimately tragic love story. It's also (not unlike Trouble in Mind) a still timely work that speaks to the issues of race, racism, and privilege in ways that feel entirely relevant."
Cherry and Spoon:

"Wedding Band is a raw, gorgeously told story that is vital to understanding interracial relationships and the devastating heritage of America's racial sins. If you want to understand how we got here (and how we can fix it); if you need a look in the mirror to see your own flaws and tribulations; if you simply want to see a show with powerful, nuanced performances and gripping dialogue; then you must attend Wedding Band."
Compendium - Minneapolis:

"Wedding Band deals with a lot of heavy issues, but at heart is a story of ordinary people dealing with the harsh realities of their lives as best they can. And they are people worth spending two hours getting to know."
Minnesota Theater Love:

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Finding Neverland - TCTB Review Roundup

TCTB Blogger Review Roundup on Finding Neverland at Hennepin Theatre Trust, which closes this weekend.

Our bloggers said:

"It's miles better than the recent movie and well worth a stop if you want to escape our early November snow."
Compendium - Minneapolis:

"Even if it's not the most original musical you'll see, it's still quite delightful in execution."
Cherry and Spoon:

"The musical stage adaptation of Finding Neverland is beautiful, colorful, imaginative, and alive. "
Play off the Page:

"I can confidently say that my expectations were not only blown away, but they were shoved in a cannon on Captain Hooks ship and blown miles away. It was an absolutely charming, surprisingly touching, nostalgic musical."
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Watch on the Rhine - TCTB Review Roundup

Watch on the Rhine at the Guthrie Theater​ is a classic of the American Theater with parallels to events of today. Closes November 5th.

PhenoMNal Twin Cities​:

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Music Man - TCTB Review Roundup

Theater-loving friends, we adored The Music Man at Artistry MN (closing November 5th). It's selling like hotcakes (or band uniforms) but you can squeeze it in, we highly recommend it!

"if you're looking for a good old-fashioned heart-warming, foot-stamping, enjoyable musical, head down to Bloomington."
Cherry and Spoon:

"We learn that not everything needs to be taken so seriously; sometimes we need to be tricked into seeing life a little differently; and happiness can be more important than steadfast decorum."
Compendium - Minneapolis:

"With a well-made musical, it's tempting to sit back and let the music and story work their magic, but director Angela Timberman has done something more. I'm not even sure what it is, but I was noticing nuances of the show I'd never paid much attention to before."
Minnesota Theater Love:

"This production of The Music Man, directed by Angela Timberman, was able to deftly straddle the line between an intimate show and a musical with big production values in a way that made it the best of both worlds."
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Friday, October 27, 2017

TCTB Review Roundup - Lyric Arts, Bucket Brigade, History Theatre

Sam's Son at Bucket Brigade
It's snowing, so come hibernate at your local theater. We've got political dramas, commedia dell'arte, new original musicals and more!

Flavio Betrayed - A Commedia at Lyric Arts:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. - TCTB Review Roundup

Closing this weekend! Y'all, be like Michelle the Woke Fairy and go see Frank Theatre's Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (only through October 22nd).

Our bloggers said:
"Short, intense, and powerful." Cherry and Spoon

"A war cry against the evils of complacency and acceptance of injustice and inequity." Single White Fringe Geek

"Examines how women have been—and still are—confined and controlled by language and societal norms." Say Entirely

"It’s not often that a show this refreshing and bold comes along and I’m so glad that Frank is doing it." The Room Where It Happens