Thursday, January 26, 2023

TCTB Review: "the bull-jean stories" at Pillsbury House Theatre

Our Blogger Cherry and Spoon Took in the one Woman show the bull-jean stories at Pillsbury House Theatre. The show plays through February 5th. They recommend the show stating "the bull-jean stories is a beautifully lyrical look at love and resilience through the lens of a Southern Black lesbian woman in the early 20th century, with an impressive performance by #TCTheater favorite Aimee K. Bryant." https://bit.ly/cs_bulljean

Photo credit: Aimee K. Bryant as bull-jean, photo by Bruce Silcox

Thursday, January 19, 2023

TCTB Review and Interview: Lorna Landvik's STAGES AND PAGES at Bryant Lake Bowl

Two of our Bloggers had posts on the one woman show LORNA LANDVIK presents "PAGES AND STAGES" which runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 PM through 1/28/23 at @Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Uptown.
Cherry and Spoon says it was just what the Dr. ordered "An evening with Lorna Landvik feels like hanging out with friends or family, if your friends or family were really funny and talented storytellers/entertainers/comedians. A fun, casual evening of togetherness, laughter, singing, and general silliness..." https://bit.ly/cs_lorna23
Artfully Engaging shares a shot interview with Landvik https://bit.ly/LornaLandvikInterview

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

TCTB Review Roundup: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN at Lyric Arts

Four of our bloggers couldn't resist the draw of a contemporary thriller Lyric Arts in Anoka, checkout out what they thought of The Girl on the Train which runs through February 5th.

The Stages of MN wants to assure you "the staging is so inventive and the performances so good that I feel sure those familiar with the plot and resolution with still have a thoroughly entertaining night at the Theater." http://bit.ly/3iF3biZ
While our newest Blogger One Fan Show felt the show was flawed he did find some merit in the production "The entire production team must also be commended for obviously bringing a wealth of ideas to this new staging and following through on them." bit.ly/3CSHNxw
Play off the Page has a much better time with the production "The creative team at Lyric Arts has somehow combined the feeling of reading a book and getting into the characters’ heads with the dynamic elements of film to the intimacy of a live performance. This is a must-see!" http://bit.ly/3Xxc6lt
Finally Cherry and Spoon weighs in and the tally comes up Fresh cherries "A great cast, a suspenseful story (especially if you've never read the book or have forgotten the ending, like I had), and a tight interplay between recorded scenes and live performances make for an entertaining night (or afternoon) at the theater."
Join the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers for a special event at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Get $20 off the ticket price for the March 4 matinee performance of the regional premiere of the super fun and heart-warming musical THE PROM, and stick around after the show for a talk-back with some of the cast. Find more info in the Facebook event here, and purchase discount tickets using code TCTB1 or by clicking on this link (discount valid for March 4 1pm performance only). https://bit.ly/PromDateWithTCTB

Thursday, January 12, 2023

TCTB Review Roundup: Broadway Tour of HAIRSPRAY at Orpheum Theatre

Two of our Bloggers took in the latest Hennepin Theatre Trust Touring production at the Orpheum Theater. Hairspray which runs through 1/15/23. Fun seemed to be the operative word for both Bloggers
The Stages of MN said "The Hennepin Theatre Trust starts 2023 out with a winner in Hairspray. A show packed with upbeat songs, humor, fantastic dance moves, and a message about doing the right thing." https://bit.ly/3k7jhST
PhenoMNal Twin Cities thought "All in all, I had fun at Hairspray. It’s a fun show, I just don’t take it too seriously." https://bit.ly/3ICMuPT

Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

Saturday, December 10, 2022

2022 Twin Cities Theater Blogger Awards

TCTB AWARDS 2022!

Before we get too far into the new year, we wanted to share with you the bloggers' favorites of 2022. There was a lot of great theater last year, in many different forms, but these shows really struck a chord with our bloggers. Congrats to everyone involved, and here's to another great year of live theater in 2023!
Favorite Play, drama - The Humans at Park Square Theatre
Favorite Dramatic performance - Lucy Farrell, The Boys Room at Gremlin Theatre
Favorite Comedic performance - Avi Aharoni and Nathan Keepers, Two Jews Walk Into a War at Six Points Theater
Favorite Play, comedy - Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley at The Jungle Theater
Favorite Musical performance - ensemble of Twelve Angry Men, Theater Latté Da
Favorite Musical - Merrily We Roll Along at Theater Latte Da

Thursday, January 20, 2022

2021 Twin Cities Theater Blogger Awards

Before we get too far into the new year, we wanted to share with you the bloggers' favorites of 2021. There was a lot of great theater last year, in many different forms, but these shows really struck a chord with our bloggers. Congrats to everyone involved, and here's to an even better and busier 2022!

Favorite Virtual Production: THE REVOLUTIONISTS by Lyric Arts
Favorite Outdoor Production: WONDERLAND by Collide Theatrical
Favorite Indoor Play: EVERY BRILLIANT THING by The Jungle Theater
Favorite Indoor Musical: ISLANDER by Theatre Elision

Thursday, April 29, 2021

TCTB Review Roundup: THE REVOLUTIONISTS streaming from Lyric Arts

Hi friends. It's been a while since you've heard from us, but we're still here! And today we are pleased to bring you a virtual Review Roundup of Lyric Arts's new production of the Lauren Gunderson play THE REVOLUTIONISTS, filmed on their Anoka stage. It's available to stream on demand through this weekend only, so act fast! This is a great opportunity to check out Lyric Arts's work without driving to Anoka (which isn't as far as you think it is).

"Like many of Lauren's plays, it tells a fictionalized story of well-known (or should be well-known) women from history with modern language and sensibility, and is funny, smart, poignant, and relevant."
"I never anticipated that my first time seeing a production with Lyrics Arts would be streamed to my living room, but after seeing “The Revolutionists” I look forward to driving to Anoka to visit as soon as we are able to."
"It's history, but it's not. It's conversations between women who could have been in the same room but weren't. "The Revolutionists" is a story that makes you wish for what could have been and yearn for unknown stories that were lost. And, with some killer one-liners ("What good is a declaration if everyone agrees?"), the play encourages and challenges our march toward justice in the 21st century."