Monday, October 31, 2016

Step Afrika - Ordway Theater - Review

Thankfully and despite unfathomable obstacles, slaves carried that steady, beating heart of vivacious life from the shores of Africa to the plantations of the South to the gleaming cities of the Northern United States, enriching American culture and adapting their cultural ways into unique and innovative forms of art (see: tap dancing, blues or jazz music, or innumerable other forms of art we now take for granted). - Compendium

Read the rest of Compendium's review here: 

Twin Cities Horror Festival V - TCTB Review Roundup

We LOVE the Twin Cities Horror Festival, now in its fifth year and here's why - MN Theater Love

- Manageable size (ten shows, plus a few one-night events)
- Runs a reasonable amount of time (October 27 through November 6, 2016)
- Only one theater (The Southern Theater)
- Which has a bar (with excellent beer)
- That theater space is appropriately atmospheric (plus, this year the lobby is beautifully decorated by Katie Hartman of The Coldharts)
Their website rocks: Simple, organized and featuring genres and ratings
- The staff and volunteers are welcoming, friendly and efficient

Read all of Minnesota Theater Love's reviews here:
Cherry and Spoon's first visit review here:

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Masquerade At Bernard’s - Review

The 1980s “buddy comedy with a corpse” movie Weekend At Bernie’s gets the Shakespearean iambic pentameter treatment from the good folks at Fearless Comedy Productions.

That’s probably enough to either entice you to immediately buy a ticket or run screaming in the opposite direction. 

Read the rest of Single White Fringe Geek's review here:

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Jitney - Penumbra Theatre - TCTB Review Roundup

Just extended through November 13, 2016!
Friends, do yourselves a favor and go see Jitney at Penumbra Theatre Company. It's about as close to perfection as we can imagine. - Minnesota Theater Love
See the TCTB reviews below!

"The Kalevala" by nimbus theatre at The Crane Theater

The Kalevala is a collection of traditional Finnish folktales, and considered "one of the most significant works of Finnish literature." Even though I'd never even heard of it, much less knew any of its content or themes, it felt familiar. All of these ancient tales share common archetypes and themes across cultures.  - Cherry and Spoon 

Read the rest of Cherry and Spoon's review:

Also if you are wondering about The Crane Theater - see their Kickstarter page here:

The funding has ended and they did meet their goal - so exciting! We are looking forward to coming shows at The Crane. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

STOMP - TCTB Review Roundup

STOMP at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts only through tomorrow! The weather is perfect for a stroll around St. Paul before the show. 

Here are our reviews: 

PhenoMNal Twin Cities:
What Stirs Your Soul
Talkin' Broadway:

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hold These Truths - TCTB Review Roundup


For just $9 you can see this important and relevant story about a horrible time in our history, the Japanese internment camps during WWII, masterfully told in the one-man show HOLD THESE TRUTHS. Playing at Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio through this weekend only. - Cherry and Spoon

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Finding Fish - TCTB Review Roundup

photo by Lauren B. Photography
Finding Fish at Illusion Theater now through October 29,2016. Read on for our reviews!

Cabaret Comes to Minneapolis - Orpheum Theater - TCTB Review Roundup

What are the take-aways from the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret? It still has some shock value and eyebrow raising scenes. The story grabs at your throat, at times, and stops you from breathing. The characters are flawed and complicated, endearing and tragic. The actors’ voices are powerful and filled with emotion. The dancers are amazing performers, shifting from bawdy dance numbers with cigars hanging out of their mouths to play French Horn, Violin, or any other instrument in the band, which is also on stage in an upper level. - Play off the Page 

Read the rest of Play off the Page's review here:
Also Twin Cities Stages

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Last Firefly - TCTB Review Roundup

The Last Firefly by Naomi Iizuka at Children's Theatre Company is a brilliant piece of theatrical art that takes you on a hero’s journey from the grass shack of oppression to the clouds of understanding. - Mary Aalgaard with Play off the Page
Links below to our reviews!
Showing now through November 13, 2016.

Always... Patsy Cline at Lyric Arts Review

Always... Patsy Cline gives us a peek into the human side of the music icon as we get to know her through her fan, friend, and pen pal Louise. The new production at Lyric Arts in Anoka is perfectly cast, full of heart, and highly entertaining for anyone whose ever heard Patsy's music, and let's face it - who hasn't? - Cherry and Spoon

Read all of Cherry and Spoon's review here:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Parchman Hour - TCTB Review Roundup

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. -Maya Angelou
The Parchman Hour at Guthrie Theater is timely and especially important to see during this election season. Don't miss this one! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Losing Kantor - Skewed Visions

Skewed Visions seems to delight in making my job as a reviewer harder, and I have to say I’m thankful for that. Few theater artists tend to twist my view around about what it means to be an audience member quite the way Charles Campbell and his collaborators do. - Matthew A. Everett (Single White Fringe Geek)
Check out Losing Kantor now through October 22, 2016!
See Single White Fringe Geek's review here:

"The Venetian Twins" by Theatre Forever at the Southern Theater

What are you doing tomorrow? One more day (two showings) to see The Venetian Twins by Theatre Forever at The Southern Theater.
Check it out for some fun, silly, escapist entertainment. - Cherry and Spoon

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Barbecue - TCTB Review Roundup

Mixed Blood Theatre Company kicks off its 2016-17 season with a bang with a terrific production of Robert O'Hara's Barbecue. It's a fascinating, outrageous, discomfiting comedy. - Minnesota Theater Love

Cherry and Spoon's Review:
Minnesota Theater Love's Review:

For show times and ticket information, visit Mixed Blood Theater Company's website by clicking HERE

Let us know what you think of the show in comments! 

Teenage Misery by Revisionary Theatre Collective - TCTB Review Roundup

There's another new theater company in town. They're called The Revisionary Theatre Collective and they're making their debut with a remount of the 2013 Minnesota Fringe musical Teenage Misery. I highly recommend it if you like dark comedy, pop culture, new musicals, and up-close-and-personal theater experiences. Playing through this weekend only at Sandbox Theatre's studio space. - Cherry and Spoon

Sunday, October 9, 2016

"The Realistic Joneses" at Park Square Theatre

The Realistic Joneses at Park Square Theatre ends in one week! If you like your theater funny, weird, moving, and perplexing, this is the show for you. -Cherry and Spoon


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Antigone by Theatre Coup d'Etat at SpringHouse Ministry Center - TCTB Review Roundup

See Antigone by Theatre Coup d'Etat at SpringHouse Ministry Center now through October 17th! Twin Cities Theater Bloggers reviews below.
This new piece, which is both adapted and directed by Meagan Kedrowski, brings these ancient characters to life with great clarity. - Twin Cities Stages
Single White Fringe Geek:
Cherry and Spoon:
Twin Cities Stages:

Friday, October 7, 2016

Ragtime by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater - TCTB Review Roundup

Dear America: You need to see Theater Latte Da's Ragtime right now. It’s your past and your present. And if we don’t change things, it’ll continue to be your future. - THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS
See our Ragtime reviews below:
Aisle Say - Twin Cities:
The Room Where It Happens:
Twin Cities Stages:
Play off the Page:
Cherry and Spoon:

"Songs for a New World" by Minneapolis Musical Theatre at Bryant-Lake Bowl

Ends tomorrow!!
This is a rare chance to see popular and acclaimed composer Jason Robert Brown's earliest work performed live, don't miss it! Continuing through October 8 at Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater in Uptown. - Cherry and Spoon 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Bluebeard's Dollhouse by Combustible Company at the James J. Hill House - TCTB Review Roundup

"It’s a haunted house, but the haunting is inside the characters." -Kym Longhi. Read what the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers have to say about Bluebeard's Dollhouse performed at the James J. Hill House.
Ticket prices start at just $17 and support the nonprofit event, but space is limited to approximately 35 tickets for each show since the audience moves around the house with the actors, so get your group of friends together and grab your tickets fast. - Kendra Plant with Artfully Engaging
Artfully Engaging also offers an artist Q&A with Erik Hoover, Co-Artistic Director of Combustible Company and he's producing and performing in Bluebeard’s Dollhouse.
Artfully Engaging:
Play off the Page:
Cherry and Spoon:
Minnesota Theater Love:
Twin Cities Stages:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sense and Sensibility - Guthrie Theater - TCTB Review Roundup

Wondering about the new adaptation of Sense and Sensibility at the Guthrie Theater? Check out the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers reviews!
Twin Cities Stages:
Aisle Say - Twin Cities:
Minnesota Theater Love:
Cherry and Spoon:
Play off the Page:
What Stirs Your Soul:
Talkin' Broadway: