Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Charlie Francis Chan Jr's Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery - TCTB Review Roundup

Eric Sharp. Photo via Mu's website
Charlie Francis Chan Jr's Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery by Mu Performing Arts plays at the Guthrie Theater through May 28.

Featuring a witty, insightful script by Lloyd Suh, a fantastic cast, and an outstanding lead performance by Eric Sharp (pictured), CFCJEOMM is "a weird and trippy mash-up of stories, often told in exaggerated style, that effectively and poignantly exposes and skewers the stereotypes surrounding us while paying homage to the pioneers of Asian American theater." (Cherry and Spoon)

Read what our bloggers had to say and GO SEE IT! It's in the Dowling Studio, so you can't beat the price ($9.00!)

Cherry and Spoon:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Little Wars - TCTB Review Roundup

PRIME Productions is a new theater company that "seek[s] to explore, illuminate and support women over fifty and their stories through the creative voice of performance." Yay!

Their first show is Little Wars, which runs through May 21 at Mixed Blood Theatre Company.

Vanessa Gamble, Sue Scott and Candace Barrett Birk.
Photo by Joseph Giannetti.

Our bloggers had a LOT to say:

Compendium - Minneapolis:
"We need more pieces like Little Wars to keep pushing ourselves forward and to learn to harness the gifts that all members of our society, no matter how young or old, are able to give." 

Single White Fringe Geek: "Little Wars is a great launching pad for Prime Productions, and a great showcase for all these engaging performers. Treat yourself."

Say Entirely: "If you’re looking for a story about nice girls who nod and agree and live happily ever after, look elsewhere. If you like your stories raw and your heroines with a glass of liquor in hand, Little Wars is it."

Talkin' Broadway: "What are we to make of a play that works so hard to sanitize the biographies of people like Stein and Toklas (and Christie) and to imagine them as so much better than they were?"

Cherry and Spoon: "Go support the work of female artists in their prime telling a story of historical female artists in their prime, in what is also an engaging and entertaining evening of theater."

Sweet Land, The Musical - TCTB Review Roundup

Sweet Land, The Musical runs at the History Theatre through May 28 and our bloggers loved it.

Especially Cherry and Spoon who wrote:
"I couldn't be more thrilled for and proud of the all-female and mostly local creative team for making it to this new beginning for Sweet Land."

Ann Michels (photo by Rick Spaulding)
Play off the Page agrees, writing
"Thank you, Will Weaver, for writing this beautiful story that inspired the creative spirits of other Minnesotans to bring it to life on stage."

The Room Where It Happens:
"If you’re looking for an uplifting, heartwarming show to enjoy on an evening after spending a day soaking up this wonderful spring weather, this show’s for you."

Special extra:
Read Cherry and Spoon's interview with Sweet Land's Playwright/Lyricist Laurie Flanigan-Hegge!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ragtime Women and The Rink - TCTB Review Roundup

Last chance to catch Ragtime Women and The Rink! Strong women abound in these shows, so they are perfect to bring your mother to this weekend!

Ragtime Women at Elision Productions (through May 14 at Dreamland Arts).

Tierney at Say Entirely: "While the music of the day (some of it written by the historical Julia, May, and Gladys) plays, the characters sing their stories of love, defiance, and work." More at:

Compendium - Minneapolis: "How often do you see a story told entirely from the perspective of women, without a single element of the male gaze around to change it?" More at:

Cherry and Spoon: "In just a brief 75 minutes, Ragtime Women manages to tell a compelling story about four real life women who composed music in the early 1900s, while sharing over two dozen songs of the era, many of them written by these women." More at:

AND, take a day trip down to DalekoArts to see their production of the little-performed Kander and Ebb musical: The Rink (also through May 14).

Don't know The Rink? Here's Cherry and Spoon to tell you all about it:

"Set in a dilapidated roller rink on a fading east coast boardwalk (think a less classy Atlantic City) in the late '70s, it's full of great songs in the Kander and Ebb style (clever, funny, poignant lyrics, beautiful interesting melodies) with a compelling story about a mother and daughter reconnecting and coming to terms with their past mistakes." More at:

P.S. Minnesota Theater Love loved it as well and highly, highly recommends it. It features a marvelous central performance by Karen Weber, and by Bobby Gardner, who is not only funny but has a marvelous voice, and has just made it on their one-to-watch list. The entire cast is marvelous and the production makes one wonder why it's not performed more often.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Redemption - TCTB Review Roundup

Photographer: Mathieu Lindquist
nimbus theatre's latest original work, Redemption, deals with the tricky issue of reentry into civilian life after time spent in prison. 
This play is rife (ripe?) for discussion. Check out what our bloggers had to say and check out the play at the Crane Theater through May 14, 2017.

Single White Fringe Geek:

Friday, May 5, 2017

We Are the Levinsons - TCTB Review Roundup

We Are the Levinsons at MN Jewish Theatre Company through May 14, starring the marvelous Robert Dorfman. Our bloggers had all the feels.

"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll likely recognize your own family somewhere." Cherry and Spoon

"If you go to see We are the Levinsons, you will be moved, you’ll laugh and you’ll feel warm inside, and you might just find you have a craving for tongue sandwiches." Kit Bix in TC Jewfolk

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Bluest Eye - TCTB Review Roundup

Photo by Dan Norman
So, Twin Cities Theater Bloggers... What did you think of The Bluest Eye at Guthrie Theater? (now through May 21)
"Have you ever seen something that made the pit of your stomach drop out of your body? Something that physically reached into your chest and pulled out your literal heartstrings?" 
Play off the Page caught the show and a post-play discussion: 
"Some stories are there for our delight, to make us laugh or bring us joy. Other stories shed light into the dark places. And, we need to tell them all, read them and watch them, so that no one, or their experiences, are forgotten." 

Cherry and Spoon adds: "This cast and creative team, most of whom are new to the Guthrie, bring Toni Morrison's story to heartbreakingly vivid life in an intense, engaging, at times humorous, and incredibly moving hour and 45 minutes of theater."