Saturday, January 18, 2020

2019 Twin Cities Theater Bloggers Award Winners!

Nine bloggers voted, and here are the results. For the full list of nominees click here:…/2019-twin-cities…
favorite comedic performance by an individual
Eric Sharp - Hot Asian Doctor Husband, Theater Mu
favorite dramatic performance by an individual
Dame Jasmine Hughes - Benevolence, Penumbra Theatre Company AND Floyd's, Guthrie Theater
favorite musical performance by an individual
Becca Hart - Ride the Cyclone, The Jungle Theater
favorite comedic performance by an ensemble
Hot Asian Doctor Husband, Theater Mu
favorite dramatic performance by an ensemble
School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, The Jungle Theater
favorite musical performance by an ensemble
Ride the Cyclone, The Jungle Theater
favorite director of a play
Rick Shiomi - Caught, Full Circle Theater Company
favorite director of a musical
Peter Rothstein - All Is Calm AND Candide AND Chicago AND Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Theater Latté Da
favorite music director
Jason Hansen - Hedwig and the Angry Inch AND Little Night Music, Theater Latté Da
favorite choreographer
Jared Grimes - 42nd Street, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
favorite scenic design
Chelsea M Warren - Ride the Cyclone, The Jungle Theater
favorite costume design TIE
Alice Fredrickson - Chicago AND Hedwig And Angry Inch, Theater Latté Da
Jacqueline Addison - School Girls, The Jungle Theater
favorite lighting design
Karin Olson - Brothers Paranormal, Penumbra Theatre Company / Theater Mu AND School Girls, The Jungle Theater
favorite sound design
Scott Edwards - Autonomy, Mixed Blood Theatre Company AND Brothers Paranormal, Penumbra Theatre Company / Theater Mu
favorite play
Roe, Mixed Blood Theatre Company
favorite musical
Ride the Cyclone, The Jungle Theater
favorite new work
Stoopidity, Domino D'Lorion, Ian McCarthy, and Michael McKitt for Minnesota Fringe
favorite theater company
The Jungle Theater
favorite theater venue
Guthrie Theater

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

TCTB Review Roundup - BLOOMSDAY at Lyric Arts

Lyric Arts opened their first show of 2020 last weekend - a lovely time-traveling Irish romance. Check out what our bloggers thought below, and then click here for more info and tickets (continuing through January 26):
Cherry and Spoon
"... features a strong four-person cast and lovely design that bring us right into this charming and unconventional love story."
The Stages of MN
"The stage is transformed into a square on a Dublin street, its scope is impressive for such a small scale story."
Twin Cities Stages
"he roles of Caithleen and Cait were portrayed by Gillian Constable and Lolly Foy respectively. It was very easy to see them as two parts of the same person, and their performances were a highlight of the show for me."

Saturday, January 11, 2020

TCTB Review Roundup - BECKY SHAW at Gremlin Theatre

A couple of our bloggers saw Gremlin Theatre's production of BECKY SHAW, a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Read their thoughts at the links below.
Cherry and Spoon
"Becky Shaw is one of those unlikable people plays that make you laugh but also feel guilty about laughing."
The Global Dig:
"If you like entertainment that is riveting and thought-provoking, come and see this exciting production."
photo by Alyssa Kristine photography

Friday, January 10, 2020

TCTB Review Roundup - Lorna Landvik's PARTY IN THE REC ROOM at Bryant-Lake Bowl

Lorna Landvik, Author's PARTY IN THE REC ROOM returns to Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater every Friday and Saturday in January. One of our bloggers attended the annual party last year, and one attended this year. Read their thoughts at the link below.
Play off the Page
"She welcomes us with song, dance, a ton of laughs, and a side order of thoughtfulness."
Cherry and Spoon
"Lorna entertained with improvised scenes and songs using her particular brand of Minnesota humor, and her comfort on stage and genuine rapport with the audience made for a fun evening."

Thursday, January 9, 2020

2019 Twin Cities Theater Blogger Award Nominations

Announcing the 5th Annual Twin Cities Theater Bloggers Awards, covering #TCTheater performances in 2019! Eight of our bloggers contributed nominations for their favorite performances of the year, and the 5-6 nominees with the most nominations in each category are listed below. From here, our bloggers will vote on their favorite in each category, with winners announced next week.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

TCTB Review Roundup - Stevie Ray's Improv Company and MAMMA MIA! at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Our newest blogger Trin at The Global Dig recently visited Stevie Ray's Improv Company at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and recommends it:
And don't forget that MAMMA MIA! is ending it's year-long run in February. Here's a reminder of what our bloggers wrote about it when it opened last spring:
Play off the Page raves that The Chan "knows how to give their guests an outstanding experience from the food, (order off the menu not just one set dish for everyone) attentive wait staff, beautiful setting, and of course outstanding productions. I always feel happy when I’m there."
While the Ordway's recent production "still holds a special place in my heart," Cherry And The Spoon says "There's room for two big, beautiful, fantastically fun Mamma Mia!s in this town."
From Say Entirely: "After Minnesota's cold (and seemingly endless) winter, the show is a breath of fresh, summery air."
Compendium - Minneapolis writes about the Chan: "They put their trademark style on this show, and the talented musical cast and sunny dispositions of their portrayals are just what I needed to brighten my winter blues."

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Nutcracker Noir by Minnsky Theatre

And, one final holiday show that closes 1/4/2020, Nutcracker Noir at the Minnsky Theatre. Rob from The Stages of MN writes: This is like a naughty funny sequel to the classic story. It takes place 10 years after Clara’s original adventure in the Land of Sweets.