Saturday, February 8, 2020

TCTB Review Roundup: PEERLESS by Theater Mu

Our bloggers were excited to check out the directorial debut of Theater Mu's new artistic director Lily Tung Crystal in peerless, which made quite an impression. Read more about their thoughts below and check the show out at Gremlin Theatre before it closes on February 16.
The Stages of MN
"I’m also thrilled to say that the hype I’d heard from friends about Theater Mu were true. Peerless is a thrilling piece of theater, enormously entertaining on the surface with a strong vein of thought provoking commentary just underneath. A solid script that is brought to life by a talented cast."
Cherry and Spoon
"For this regional premiere, Theater Mu has lured back to town a couple of alums, sisters Francesca and Isabella Dawis, to play the twins. Their independent and codependent performances anchor the strong cast that, along with clever design, brings out all of the dark corners of this sharply and smartly written play."
Compendium - Minneapolis
"If the horror genre is your jam then you will probably find many elements of peerless to like and it seemed much of the audience found this funnier than I did - so why not check it out? peerless was a bold choice for Tung Crystal to open her leadership with, and I'm excited to see what she has next in store."
Twin Cities Stages
"It may seem odd, to have a comedic take on Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's most well known tragedies, but Park's play does it brilliantly. Keeping the driving theme of ambition, and the relationship between those who stand to gain from the ambitious actions and those who drive them [...] It is a perfect show for anyone who is a fan of Shakespeare's Macbeth, high school comedies, comedic dance breaks or the Gilmore Girls."

Thursday, February 6, 2020

TCTB Review: Closing Soon!

We're into the busy February season of #tctheater, which means there are plenty of things to see if you need a hibernation break. Here's a roundup of a few shows closing soon that our bloggers enjoyed:
The Madwoman of Minneapolis by The BAND Group at Calvary Baptist Church, closing February 8:
Cherry and Spoon
"This 75-year old play feels more relevant than ever now with the climate crisis coming to a head. I couldn't help but think of the current dire fight to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the pollution of a proposed mine very close to its borders. This play asks what we would rather have in our backyard, a sulfide-ore copper mine, or one of the country's oldest and most visited wilderness areas? #savethebwca"
Around the World in 80 Days at Lakeshore Players Theatre, closing February 16:
The Stages of MN
"The secret of the show is the manner in which it presents itself. From the very beginning it winks to the audience and lets us know throughout that it is very much aware that it is a theatrical performance. [...] The whole production comes together beautifully through the direction of Rose Schwietz."
Flight by Minnesota Opera at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, closed February 2:
The Stages of MN
"If you are intimidated by Opera but also curious, Flight is the perfect place to start. Accessible and funny, it is filled with performers who make you laugh while also moving you with their singing. I was hoping for an evening of fine music and talented vocals, expecting it to be impressive, I was not expecting it to be this much fun."