Monday, April 16, 2018

TCTB Review Roundup: Dance 'Til you Drop at History Theatre


Another great show closing on April 15 is the new Dance 'Til You Drop at History Theatre. Here's what our bloggers had to say:
From Cherry and Spoonhttps://bit.ly/2GMhiPj
"Let's call it an original historical dance musical! Like all COLLIDE productions, it features exquisite storytelling through dance, and like all History Theatre shows, it's an informative and compelling look at history and how it relates to today. It's fun, inspirational, nostalgic, and over in a quick two hours that will leave you wanting more."
From Play off the Pagehttps://bit.ly/2GTE86X
"The idea for this story started with a headstone in the Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Callum deVillier’s headstone read, World Champion Marathon Dancer 3780 Continuous Hours. The stage adaptation of this amazing feat starts with him in his barber shop in St. Louis Park, MN telling the story of how he danced for over five and a half months with his partner Vonny Kuchinski. It is fascinating to watch. Not only is dance a beautiful art form, it is a wonderful way to tell this story. It includes the athleticism needed to dance, the stamina it takes to perform, and the incredible mental strength to keep going. It’s a lesson that Cal took throughout his life."

TCTB Review Roundup: She Loves Me at Lyric Arts


First up on our tour of must-see April theater? She Loves Me, which is at Lyric Arts through April 15. Here's what our bloggers had to say:
"She Loves Me is such a charming musical that it's the perfect show to start spring off. It's light-hearted, joyful and hilarious, the perfect musical rom-com. The cast clearly enjoys the production and performs it with such passion that I really do wish I could go back. Lyric Arts musicals tend to sell out quick so I'll save myself from purchasing one so that someone else can see it!"
Read more from Coffee Talk With Brett: https://bit.ly/2DTZprM
"It's a sweet love story between two strong people who know what they want and won't settle for less. [...] Director Scott Ford has assembled a large and talented cast, with familiar faces and newcomers to the Lyric stage. In the latter category are our two leads, Katherine Fried and Joseph Hitchcock, who couldn't be more charming or sound more lovely. Both are extremely talented."
Read more from Cherry and Spoonhttps://bit.ly/2Hf879P

TCTB Review Roundup: April Theater Preview




We're quickly heading through April so make sure to mark out some great shows on your calendars! Several good ones are closing this weekend - stay tuned throughout the week for updates on two our bloggers loved. In the meantime, make sure to read the April theater preview from Minnesota Theater Love here: https://bit.ly/2pSPgGR
And a recently closed show of local excellence? Measure for Measure from Theatre Unbound, which blogger Cherry and Spoon enjoyed - read more here:https://bit.ly/2Ezxi1m

TCTB Review Roundup: Something Rotten at Hennepin Theatre Trust and Kinky Boots at the Ordway


It's Friday, which means you *must* be looking for something to do this weekend - right? If that's the case, consider seeing some traveling Broadway by heading to Something Rotten! at Hennepin Theatre Trust, or Kinky Boots, closing at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, both of which close on Sunday. Our bloggers greatly enjoyed both - see their thoughts in our roundup below!

TCTB Review Roundup: Shows Closing by April 6, 2018


It's the beginning of April, which means the close of a busy March theater season! There were tons of shows that only one or two bloggers managed to attend; to see a retrospective of what else we saw and liked in March, click through the links below:
Rocket Man at Theatre Pro Rata by Cherry and Spoon: https://bit.ly/2EjDGtl
Luna Gale at Underdog Theatre by Cherry and Spoon: https://bit.ly/2JfdFzb
24 Hour Plays at Hennepin Theatre Trust by Compendium: https://bit.ly/2H9b8WD
Stay tuned for a preview roundup of some hot shows closing soon in April!

TCTB Review Roundup: Familiar at the Guthrie Theater


The Guthrie Theater recently opened a fantastic production written by Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, Black Panther) about the importance of knowing your heritage and themes of what it means to be family. This hilarious comedy runs through April 14. Check out what our reviewers had to say about it.
Compendium - Minneapolis: "Gurira is an awe-inspiring writer, and the all-around excellence of Familiar is a testament to her sharp wit and a wisdom beyond her years." http://bit.ly/2FVwxkH
Play off the Page: "The tender moments between them melt your heart. The humorous moments between them leave you clutching your sides and hiding your face!" http://bit.ly/2GbrHmt
Coffee Talk with Brett: "The cast is marvelous, and I truly mean that in every sense of the word." http://bit.ly/2FRLurP
Cherry and Spoon: "As the title implies, it's about families, one specific Zimbabwean-Minnesotan family in particular, that will feel familiar to anyone with a family." http://bit.ly/cs_familiar

TCTB Review Roundup: Princess Ida at Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Theater


Last night, The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company wrapped up a production of "Princess Ida." This steampunk inspired production was a hit for many of our bloggers. Read their thoughts below and be sure to "Like" them on Facebook to get updates on their next show.
Cherry and Spoon: "...Everyone is so expressive and in the moment, even if they're in the very back." https://bit.ly/2IUOvWs
PhenoMNal Twin Cities: "Before I knew it, the entire first act sped by in entertaining whirl of comedy..." https://bit.ly/2G4KXmp
Play off the Page: "The chorus was wonderful, the leads spectacular."http://bit.ly/2HaRU1l
Compendium - Minneapolis: "One of the things that sold me on Princess Ida out of the gate was the gorgeous, steampunk-inspired production design."http://bit.ly/2HbtKUK
Say Entirely: "Turning gears, extravagant headgear, and heavy weaponry adds to the delight and humor of the show." http://bit.ly/2oO78Tv