Tuesday, October 29, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: GHOST QUARTET by Theatre Elision

Theatre Elision is bringing back their Halloween hit GHOST QUARTET for the third year in a row, now in their new home Elision Playhouse in Crystal. It runs through Halloween night. Check out what our bloggers had to say about it.
The Stages of MN: http://bit.ly/2qHWDoo
"The performers were great, they sang well, I just didn’t connect with what they were singing."
Twin Cities Stages: https://bit.ly/2WkdzNB
"Every year since 2017 I have looked forward to the end of October and the coming of Ghost Quartet... It is a show that can be experienced at many different levels, and I feel as though every year I see it I appreciate it at a new level."
Cherry and Spoon (last year's show): http://bit.ly/cs_ghost18
"It's a unique theater experience, musically haunting and beautiful, and an overall creepy cool vibe."
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at Park Square Theatre

Our bloggers have lots of thoughts about Park Square Theatre's new production of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Read on and click the links for more:
Cherry and Spoonhttp://bit.ly/cs_rocky
"Camp isn't really my thing, and The Rocky Horror Show is full on camp, so I wasn't as into it as many of the people around me. But there's no denying the talent and commitment of the cast, and the love-bordering-on-obsession people have for this show."
Play off the Pagehttp://bit.ly/2OsK6yU
"Gracie [Anderson] rocked it as Frank with strong vocals, self-confidence, and bold intensity. In fact, all the vocals were outstanding. I love seeing the band on stage as part of the show. Under the direction of Andrew Fleser, they made it come alive."
The Stages of MNhttp://bit.ly/2IMutPk
"The entire cast performs well. Standouts to me vocally were Hope Nordquist and Cameron Reeves as Magenta and Eddie, but it is a uniformly strong cast."
Twin Cities Stageshttps://bit.ly/2osJcbd
"I was disappointed that despite the nontraditional casting choice of Frank little went changed. Frank is still a shown as a villain (be it a very fun villain) and an alien... seems to go against the leaps and bounds that we have made as a culture in understanding the nuances of gender identity since the show premiered in 1973."
Photo by Dan Norman.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: ROGUE PRINCE: HENRY IV PARTS I AND II by Theatre Coup d'Etat

Another show CLOSING THIS WEEKEND: Theatre Coup d'Etat's production of ROGUE PRINCE: HENRY IV, PARTS I AND II. Read on and click the links for our bloggers' thoughts.
Cherry and Spoonhttp://bit.ly/cs_rogue
"This journey is presented with inventive staging in an intimate space that makes the audience feel as if we're there with them."
The Stages of MNhttp://bit.ly/2ITu3qt
"Overall I enjoyed the immediacy brought to the play by sitting in such close proximity to the actors."
Single White Fringe Geek: https://tinyurl.com/y4lxgdzt
"Should you see Rogue Prince? I'd say yes. It’s not perfect, but there are some great performances in it, and as with most Shakespeare, there’s some amazing material in it as well."

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: ZAHIRA AND THE RESISTANCE by New Arab American Theater Works

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND: New Arab American Theater Works' ZAHIRA AND THE RESISTANCE at Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio. Read what our bloggers thought of the show via the links below.
PhenoMNal Twin Citieshttp://bit.ly/2JdrsYA
"Zafira and the Resistance is a play about race that can’t seem to decide what it wants to be when it grows up. On its face, Zafira appears to be an attempt at a Margaret Atwood-style dystopian allegory, but it is also a parlor drama about four women from different backgrounds coming together against a common enemy. It is also, somehow, a story about the mystical qualities of olive oil."
The Stages of MNhttp://bit.ly/2Mi8z8W
"It may seem small now and in terms of production it is, but the ideas are large and it will open up wide avenues for discussion among attendees. I cannot recommend this enough."

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: PIPELINE at Penumbra Theatre Company

Cherry and Spoon recommend's Penumbra Theatre Company's production of Dominique Morisseau's new play PIPELINE about racial inequality in our schools.
"A really powerful and sobering, sometimes funny, and very human 90 minutes of theater."
Compendium - Minneapolis also says "I'm grateful for playwrights like Morisseau who insist on focusing our gaze on the plight of students desperately trying to navigate impossible circumstances" https://bit.ly/33eWQhe

Monday, October 21, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: THE HOLLOW by Trademark Theater

A bunch of shows closed this past weekend, including Trademark Theater's original music/dance/theater piece THE HOLLOW. Our bloggers were entranced by the unique piece - click on the links below to find out why.
Cherry and Spoon: http://bit.ly/cs_hollow
"It's a dreamlike mesmerizing journey of music, dance, emotion."
Play off the Page: http://bit.ly/2LYC1k0
"Tyler and Emily move in fluid, synchronized motion. Like our relationships, sometimes they are in perfect unison, other times in contrary motion. Sometimes, it’s soft and quiet, other times, loud and overbearing. Often, their movements enhance the music, the way they move, crouch, jump, and breath."
Compendium - Minneapolis: http://bit.ly/2Mq87Ef
"It's bracingly modern yet feels familiar, lyrical and abrasive, loud and tender."
The Stages of MN: http://bit.ly/2orAj1N
"The Hollow is anything but hollow, and yet, it is also hollow. Full of beautiful music and movement that is filled with emotions. But what those emotions represent is left to each individual member of the audience."
Photo by Dan Norman.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: AUBERGINE at Park Square Theatre

The weekend is almost here and we are here to help you with your weekend plans! Check out the reviews from our bloggers for Park Square Theatre production of "Aubergine." This show closes on Oct. 20.

Friday, October 18, 2019

TCTB Review Roundup: THE MOST HAPPY FELLA at Skylark Opera

While Frank Loesser's show "The Most Happy Fella" isn't produced as often as some of his others, Cherry and Spoon believes the score is perhaps the loveliest. This show runs at Skylark Opera Theatre at the THE HISTORIC MOUNDS THEATRE through Oct. 20! Read what some of our bloggers said!

TCTB Review Roundup: GLORIA A LIFE at History Theatre

The life of Gloria Steinem is nationally recognized as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s. You can now learn more about her life with the play "Gloria: A Life" at the History Theatre now through Oct. 20....or should we say HERstory Theatre?

Friday, October 11, 2019


The now sold out run of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" is almost done at Yellow Tree Theatre. What is described as "beautiful" and "fascinating," it's no wonder the show is sold out! Read what the TCTB said about it below