Monday, August 26, 2019


Our bloggers highly recommend two shows that are closing this weekend.
DO NOT MISS Hot Asian Doctor Husband by Theater Mu at Mixed Blood Theatre Company (through 9/1 only). This amazing play by Leah Nanako Winkler (Two Mile Hollow) is snort-out-loud hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time.
Cherry and Spoon says: "It's a very smart, modern, and funny look at race, identity, stereotypes (see: title), family, grief, and love."
Twin Cities Stages writes: "Theater Mu has brought together a top notch cast to tell this story. Meghan Kreidler plays Emi and brings all the nuance needed to bring both the comedy and sincerity to Emi's highs and lows."
Compendium - Minneapolis notes that "It’s a golden time for Asian Americans* in the rom com world, and Theater Mu’s consistently approachable and inspiring new work is a vital addition to the genre."
Over at the Guthrie Theater, Lynn Nottage's Floyd's (closes 8/31) got some love from our bloggers as well.
Cherry and Spoon: "Floyd's is a funny, surprising, moving, and very human play."
Compendium - Minneapolis: "Nottage is a master at embedding a nuanced, believable, direct message into a highly entertaining package, and Floyd's is accessible and enjoyable for any kind of audience."

Monday, August 19, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: Minnesota Fringe Festival

It's been a week since Minnesota Fringe ended. So many shows, so little time. Relive the magic with recaps from Cherry and Spoon and Minnesota Theater Love, plus a few roundups from around the community.
MN Fringe Festival 2019: Wrap-up and Favorites by Cherry and Spoon:
MN Fringe 2019: In Summary by MN Theater Love:
2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival - Coverage Round-up by Twin Cities Arts Reader
The Golden Lanyard Awards by Minnesota Fringe
Single White Fringe Geek's list of Shows with 4.5 or 5 Stars:
Check out Minnesota Playlist's interview with Fringe Executive Director Dawn Bentley:
And...this: "Fringe show cancels itself after unsettling puppet groping incident onstage" by City Pages:

Saturday, August 17, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: Closing Soon!

Recovered from Fringe and ready to see shows longer than an hour again? Check out these shows (which close this weekend):
Through August 18: 20th Anniversary tour of Rent at the Orpheum at Hennepin Theatre Trust
Cherry and Spoon
Through August 25: Agatha Christie's Rule of Thumb Park Square Theatre:
Cherry and Spoon
Happy theatering!

Monday, August 5, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: 42ND STREET at the Ordway Center

We're taking a quick break from Minnesota Fringe-a-mania to urge you to catch 42nd Street at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (closing August 11). Our bloggers raved about this reimagined musical. Read more!
Also, tonight! Check out 42nd Street Cabaret Night at the Dakota with cast members and powerhouses T. Mychael Rambo and Jamecia Bennett:
Cherry and Spoon writes: "The Ordway Original production of 42nd Street is an expertly updated classic that in three words is: Fan. Freakin. Tastic."
Play off the Page recommends a second, and third visit: "You don’t want to miss this one!"
From Minnesota Theater Love: "Overall, this is a stunning, energetic, athletic, and crowd-pleasing production."
Brett Talk writes: "the dancing is nothing short of absolutely phenomenal and a testament to the skill that is in this city."