Monday, February 27, 2017

Marie Antoinette - TCTB Review Roundup

Jane Froiland as Marie Antoinette, costume by
Kathy Kohl,photo by Walking Shadow
Marie Antoinette at Walking Shadow Theatre Company is playing until March 6th. A few bloggers saw it, they didn't all completely understand the message behind the show, but they all agreed that it was a beautiful production worth seeing. Check out the TCTB Review Roundup below:
Single White Fringe Geek says, "Strong script, equally strong cast, strong design - director John Heimbuch and Walking Shadow once again have pulled together an impressive package of theatrical elements. " Read the full review:
Artfully Engaging writes, "Walking Shadow Theatre Company's Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi is well told, beautiful, and relevant." Read the full review:
Cherry and Spoon says, " It's a fascinating look at a woman we think we know, but it turns out there may be more to her story than history tells us. And maybe her story is still being repeated today."
Read the full review:

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nina Simone: Four Women - TCTB Review Roundup

Photo by Petronella
Nina Simone: Four Women, Christina Ham's hit show, is back at Park Square Theatre until March 5th. Park Square graciously hosted the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers a few weeks ago. The bloggers all had a great time, and that was clearly reflected in the reviews. 
Compendium - Minneapolis says, "There is so much to glean from the wisdom in this play, and I urge everyone and anyone who is able to go see it, not only for the beautiful music and performances, but the powerful words and the thought provoking dialogues." Read the full review:
Cherry and Spoon says, "Fans of meaningful, relevant, timely theater - rejoice! Last year's smash hit new play with music, Nina Simone: Four Women, is back at Park Square Theatre!" Read the full review:
Twin Cities Stages says, " The music will carry you and the stories will make you think." Read the full review:
Talkin Broadway says, "Brilliantly weaving Simone's songs and spirituals into the narrative, Ham allows us to understand how the variety, complexity and sheer unpredictability of the women's experiences shaped their very different perspectives. As the women sing and speak their lives, they find solidarity, not despite their differences, but, in a sense, because of them." Read the full review:

Friday, February 24, 2017

Bad Dates - TCTB Review Roundup

Sara Marsh as Haley (photo courtesy of Artistry)
Bad Dates, a one woman show starring Sara Marsh, is playing at Artistry MN through February 26th. A few Twin Cities Theater Bloggers were able to make it to this show and all spoke highly of it. 
Cherry and Spoon says, "The play is funny and relatable, and perhaps even a bit poignant at times." Read the full review:
Say Entirely says, "This show is perfect for a ladies’ night out, but since bad dating experiences aren’t limited to women, guys shouldn’t shy away. And, really, no matter your age or gender, what is funnier than a bad date story?" Read the full review:
And Laura from One Girl, Two Cities made a youtube video in response. Check it out here:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Whipping Man - TCTB Review Roundup

photo: l to r: Warren C. Bowles as Simon, Riley O’Toole as 
Caleb, and JuCoby Johnson as John in Minnesota Jewish 
Theatre's production of The Whipping Man; 
photography by Sarah Whiting Photography
The Whipping Man is currently playing at MN Jewish Theatre Company until February 26th and is the directorial debut of well known actor about town Sally Wingert. Both bloggers who saw the show agree that it is a powerful production and important for our current times. 
Single White Fringe Geek writes, "The Whipping Man deals in hard truths in a surprisingly gentle but still powerful way. It doesn’t spare the audience, but it also doesn’t attack them. Nor does it leave the audience without hope. These days, that’s a great and necessary thing for a piece of theater to do." Read the full review:
Cherry and Spoon says, "The play beautifully and painfully illustrates the intricacies of the slave/master relationship, one that has had and continues to have lasting effects on our country." Read the full review:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Corazon Eterno - TCTB Review Roundup

Photo by Rich Ryan
Corazón Eterno is at Mixed Blood Theatre Company until February 25th. 
Our Twin Cities Theater Bloggers enjoyed the multilingual aspect and agreed that it was a sweet love story. 
Compendium - Minneapolis says "Corazón Eterno is pure romantic treacle" Read the full review:
Cherry and Spoon says it is a "sweet story told in two spoken languages, and the universal language of love" Read the full review:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Importance of Being Ernest - TCTB Review Roundup

The cast and crew of The Importance of Being Earnest
(photo courtesy of Four Humors)
Four Humors is currently putting on The Importance of Being Ernest at The Southern Theater through February 25th. A couple theater bloggers have made it to the show and both agree that this show provides a good laugh and a break from our current times. 
Jill of Cherry and Spoon says "the consistently funny theater troupe that is Four Humors is the perfect company to bring us a good laugh in these... unusual times." Read the rest of the review here:
Laura of One Girl, Two Cities says, "When comedy is done right, it looks effortless but it’s actually rather challenging, and I can affirm that Four Humors knows how to do comedy." Laura also did a fantastic interview with Four Humors about this piece which can be seen at the following link

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Peter and the Starcatcher - TCTB Review Roundup

the Peter and the Starcatcher ensemble (photo by Dan Norman)

The consensus is clear, the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers loved Peter and the Starcatcher by Theater Latte Da
Check out the TCTB Roundup below:
Cherry and Spoon says, "It's a thrill for children of all ages, even those of us devoid of starstuff who have been forced to grow up." Read the full review:
Play off the Page says, "Peter and the Starcatcher is fun and funny, filled with clever rhymes and groaner puns, colorful characters, and adventure." Read the full review:
Coffee Talk with Brett says, "Peter and the Starcatcher is by far one of the best productions I've seen in quite sometime. It's heartwarming, funny, imaginative and is a shining example of how the Twin Cities performing arts scene is in a league of their own. " Read the full review:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hedwig and the Angry Inch - TCTB Review Roundup

Euan Morton as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Photo by Joan Marcus)
The Twin Cities Theater Bloggers agree, Hedwig and the Angry Inch currently playing at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts must be seen before it leaves town on February 19!

Cherry and Spoon says "do not miss this transformative theater experience!" Read the full review:

Life in Revue says "This show is unique in the way the story is told, in the characters on stage, and is so singular that it must be seen in person." Read the full review:

Twin Cities Stages says "Hedwig and the Angry truly a rocking show" Read the full review:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Tragedy of Carmen - TCTB Review Roundup

photo courtesy of Skylark Opera Theatre

Skylark Opera Theatre is back with "The Tragedy of Carmen". A couple Twin Cities Theater Bloggers were able to make to the show and both feel this show is very much worth seeing. 
Read more is the #TCTheater Review Roundup. 

Twin Cities Stages says "I was completely pulled into the production and the drama the whole way through." Read the review here:

Cherry and Spoon says "But what is crystal clear in this production is the grand emotions felt by the characters, beautifully expressed through the music, and perfectly portrayed by the cast." Read the review here:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

"Black Light" TCTB Review Roundup

Photo by Angela Jimenez
"Black Light: A Soulful Embrace of Love and Life" is in its last weekend at Penumbra Theatre Company
Some of our #TCTheater Bloggers went to see it and only had fantastic things to say. 
Cherry and Spoon says "...don't miss your chance to experience what truly is "a soulful embrace of life and love.”"
Minnesota Theater Love says, "Black Light is not to be missed, especially if you are feeling disheartened by current events."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Little Shop of Horrors" at Artistry TCTB Review Roundup

Photo Credit: Hilary Roberts
Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts is currently presenting "Little Shop of Horrors" now through February 19th. A couple of our Twin Cities Theater Bloggers went to see the show, and they both have quite positive things to say about it. 

You can see all the reviews in the #TCTheater Review Roundup
Jill from Cherry and Spoon says "The campy and nostalgic story of a 1960s plant shop employee who sells his soul to the devil in the form of a man-eating plant is full of unique charm." Read the full review:
Tierney from Say Entirely writes, "Think horror and laughter can’t go together? You’d be wrong." Read the full review:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

"Miranda" at the Illusion Theater - TCTB Review Roundup

Photo by Lauren B Photography
A brand new play, "Miranda", is playing at the Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis through Feb 18th. When it comes to art that is relevant to our current times, this show certainly qualifies. 
Here's the #TCTheater review roundup:

Matthew from Single White Fringe Geek says "The script is smart and funny, and it couldn’t ask for a better set of actors to perform it than the ensemble that director Michael Robins has gathered here." Read the review:

Jill from Cherry and Spoon says, "It's a complicated world, and Miranda is a complicated play full of complicated characters." Read the review:

Laura from Twin Cities Stages says, "Miranda is unlike any spy thriller I have even seen." Read the review:

Friday, February 3, 2017

Transatlantic Love Affair's Promise Land at the Guthrie Theater - TCTB Review Roundup

Did you know that Transatlantic Love Affair was honored as our favorite theater company of 2016? Here are all of our the #TCTB award winners:

Promise Land is TLA's their current show at the Guthrie Theater, it runs through Feb 12. Here's what our bloggers thought of this re-imagining of a classic fairytale in our TCTB #ReviewRoundup!

"Promise Land"plays through 2/12/17 at the  Guthrie Theater.

"Beautiful and poignant..." Read the full review from Jill at Cherry and Spoon:

"TLA's physical, lyrical style lends itself beautifully to this story." Find out the whole scoop in the full eview from Becki at Compendium - Minneapolis:

And here's Laura from One Girl, Two Cities in her interview with "Promise Land" co-directors Isabel and Diogo!

Watch & listen to learn a little more about TLA, their creation process, and how they chose PROMISE LAND.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Flower Drum Song" TCTB Review Roundup

Photo by Rich Ryan
Mu Performing Arts "Flower Drum Song" is playing at Park Square Theatre until Feb 19. Our bloggers thought this immigrant story, told through musical theater, was extremely relevant to our current times. Here is the #TCtheater Blogger #ReviewRoundup for #FlowerDrumSP:
"If you want a show the reflects on our current times, but will also leave you with a smile on your face Flower Drum Song is for you." Full review from Laura at Twin Cities Stages
"Flower Drum Song is a perfect metaphor...telling an Asian American immigrant story that is at the same time a thoroughly American story, using America's best art form - musical theater." Full review from Jill at Cherry and Spoon
"The best part of this show is the renewed book, written by David Henry Hwang..." Full review from Becki at Compendium - Minneapolis
"Flower Drum Song is beautiful and heartbreaking, romantic and funny with characters you like, songs you remember, and scenes that make you laugh." Full review from Mary at Play off the Page

Arts Advocacy Discussion with Artfully Engaging, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Main Street School of Performing Arts

Learn why and how you can support the arts! Kendra Plant from Artfully Engaging chats with Sheila Smith from Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and Robert Thompson from Main Street School of Performing Arts (MSSPA) about arts advocacy and the importance of the arts. Watch the video and then sign up for Arts Advocacy Day in Saint Paul on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.