Wednesday, May 15, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: Closing this Weekend!

Looking for sometime to do when the rainy weather moves in this weekend? Why not go to the theater. There are a couple shows closing this weekend that our blogger Cherry and Spoon got a chance to go see. Read what they thought below: 
Peter and the Starcatcher at DalekoArts :
The Pathetic Life and Remarkable Afterlife of Elmer McCurdy, the Worst Robber in the West by nimbus theatre playing at The Crane Theater

Saturday, May 11, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: Broadway Tour of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at the Orpheum Theatre

photo by Jeremy Daniel
The Play that Goes Wrong and is currently on tour playing at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Orpheum Theater through May 12th. Many of our bloggers went to see this show. You can read what they thought of it below: 
PhenoMNal Twin Cities
Compendium - Minneapolis
Minnesota Theater Love
Cherry and Spoon
Twin Cities Stages

TCTB Review Roundup: Mixed Blood Theatre's AUTONOMY at the St. Paul RiverCentre

photo by Rich Ryan
Mixed Blood Theatre Company's current show Automony is playing at Saint Paul's River Centre through May 12th. A couple of our bloggers have had a change to see this truly unique show so far. Read what they thought below:
Compendium - Minneapolis: "Autonomy is an absolute blast and a completely different kind of theater experience, one that I highly recommend you see."
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Cherry and Spoon: "Mixed Blood Theatre's latest project is wildly ambitious, and they accomplish it quite brilliantly. "
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Friday, May 3, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: Prime Productions' MARJORIE PRIME at Park Square Theatre

A couple of our bloggers have made it to Park Square Theatre to see PRIME Productions most recent show Marjorie Prime. It is running until May 19th. You can ready what our bloggers thought below:
Single White Fringe Geek: "Marjorie Prime is grappling with countless big, meaty issues related to life and death and the meaning of both"
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Cherry and Spoon: "The playwright provides a lot of food for thought, and the cast and team at Prime Productions have brought out all of the complexities of the script, creating something that's both very human and relatable, but also futuristic and a little disturbing."
Read more here:
*Photo by Devon Cox

Thursday, May 2, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: METAMORPHOSES at the Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater's latest work, a co-production with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Metamorphoses, has many comparing it to theatrical poetry. 
A couple of our bloggers saw the show. Read what the thought of it below:
Compendium - Minneapolis: "... making this ancient text a breathing, engage-able object that is much more complex than its seemingly simple packaging would indicate"
Read more here:
Cherry and Spoon: "All of the actors do a fantastic job of bringing these ancient tales to life and making them feel so now, making these archetypal characters seem real, human, funny, tragic"
Read more here:
Play off the Page "This is a beautiful, fluid play filled with poetic language, gods and humans searching, longing, and living, and reflecting on life and loss"
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*Photo by Dan Norman

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: CRY IT OUT at Yellow Tree Theatre

A long time fan of Yellow Tree Theatre and a new visitor to the theater saw their production of CRY IT OUT, and both loved it! Playing through May 19 at their charming Osseo theater, tickets selling fast!
Cherry and Spoon:
"What I love about this play is that there's no resolution. It's just a slice of life during a very specific time in these women's lives as they're adjusting to this new life they're charged with. The play nicely illustrates how class and income can affect and limit our choices, and how not all women, not all mothers, want the same thing for themselves and their children. And that's OK."
Play off the Page
"This is a beautifully written play with heart and humor. The actors are brilliant, and the set feels like our own backyards. Angela Timberman has brought out all the emotions wrapped up in a baby bunting that we bring home without instructions and holds all our hopes and dreams."
Photo by Justin Cox.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

CLOSING TODAY: Wildwood Theatre's HANDLED at off-leash area art box

Our blogger Gina caught the super short run of The Wildwood Theatre's new original play HANDLED (their mission: "unravels stigma under the canopy of mental health"). She says: "This play was really enjoyable and deals with mental illness, social media, and who we are versus the perceptions people have of us/who others believe us to be in a really lively, energetic way... you should absolutely keep Wildwood on your radar and seek out their future productions (hint hint: they have one in July). I’m so excited to see this theater creating work and I really look forward to seeing what else they create."
TODAY AT 2PM AT off-leash area: contemporary performance works.

Friday, April 26, 2019


Good Friday morning, theater friends! Have you been out to Old Log Theatrein Excelsior to see TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL yet? If not, you still have plenty of time - it continues through June 8. Two of our bloggers saw it and loved it (especially recommended for fans of Rosemary and her friends Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra). Now that spring has sprung, it's a great time to visit the charming lake town with its cute shops, delicious restaurants, and wonderful theater!
Cherry and Spoon
"With just a three-person cast and three-person band, we really get to know Rosie at one of the lowest times of her life - her 1968 hospitalization for addiction and mental illness. But we also get to experience the high points of her career, and how she persevered through the hard times and reinvented herself."
Play off the Page
"Gracie Anderson plays Rosemary with grace and tenderness. She has the gorgeous vocals to emote the songs and an understanding for the person she was."

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: Minneapolis Musical Theatre's BE MORE CHILL at Illusion Theater

In today's edition of #TCTheater does it better than Broadway: Minneapolis Musical Theatre's BE MORE CHILL, playing through this weekend only at Illusion Theater. Read on for specifics, and then get your tickets for one of the last three shows. And if you know any teenagers, bring 'em!
Say Entirely
"As lighthearted and silly as BE MORE CHILL is, it's also wholehearted. Yes, it's a funny story set in a high school, but it's not only that. It strikes at deeper human themes like the need to belong, self-worth, and standing up for the people you love. The fact that it's all wrapped up and delivered with humor and memorable song lyrics just makes it that much better."
Minnesota Theater Love
"Minneapolis Musical Theatre's production of BE MORE CHILLis a rare opportunity to see one of the hottest shows on Broadway right here in Minnesota. And let us tell you friends, we VASTLY preferred MMT's version to the Broadway version."
Cherry and Spoon
"BE MORE CHILL is a whole lot of fun, for young people and grown-ups alike. It's a fresh and modern retelling of an age-old story, that despite the current references is relatable to anyone who has ever been a teenager in any decade."
Photo by Scott Pakudaitis.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: VICTOR/VICTORIA at Artistry

Our bloggers were impressed by Artistry MN's regional premiere of the 1995 Broadway musical VICTOR/VICTORIA, with Ann Michels beautifully playing the role that Dame Julie Andrews originated. Catch it at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts through May 5.
Play off the Page
"It’s beautiful, thought-provoking, sexy, glitzy, and filled with marvelous jazz music (I mean, Henry Mancini, how can you go wrong)."
Cherry and Spoon
"Victor/Victoria happens to be very timely and relevant with its themes of gender fluidity and being free to be who you are and love who you want. The team at Artistry has delivered a gorgeous production of this big old-fashioned musical full of heart and humor."
Photo by Devon Cox.