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Park Square’s ‘Airness’ promises plenty of headbanging — and a message

It sounds silly at first blush. Yes, there are people who not only like to pretend that they’re playing rock guitar for arenas full of cheering throngs. What rock lover hasn’t done that at some poi… → Read More

There’s absurdity and comedy in Six Points Theater’s staging of ‘Two Jews Walk Into a War…’

Rob Hubbard calls this an engaging comedy of faith and resilience. → Read More

Viking comedic conquest: History Theatre tells the tale of the Kensington Runestone

Much discussion is afoot about how history is taught and told, but it seems that it would be a lot more fun to listen to the debate if it were set to a bouncy rock score with an occasional heartfel… → Read More

Theater review: Biographical drama keeps its focus on lessons from Gordon Parks’ early life – Twin Cities

When children are encouraged to dream with the words, “You can be anything,” the advising adult could use as an example Gordon Parks. For Parks was so many things. In addition to being one of the m… → Read More

Theater review: ‘Something Happened in Our Town’ skillfully confronts difficult realities – Twin Cities

The company’s latest offering is quite the opposite of escapism. → Read More

Open Eye Theatre’s ‘Once Upon a Winter Night’ is lovely, if occasionally confounding – Twin Cities

Many an imaginative Twin Cities theater artist has unleashed their imagination within Open Eye Theatre’s charming little South Minneapolis storefront, tucked up against 35W. But it bears rememberin… → Read More

Theater review: Theater Latte Da downsizes ‘La Boheme,’ upsizes the heart and intimacy – Twin Cities

Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme” may be among the world’s most popular operas, but it’s always seemed an odd fit for the grandeur and elegance of a typical major opera house. For it’s about people liv… → Read More

Theater review: CTC’s ‘Bina’s Six Apples’ is brimming with heart and vivid characters

“Have I ever told you about the time …?” Most families have at least one elder who spins nostalgic tales, perhaps purely for entertainment or to offer a lesson to younger listeners. While such mono… → Read More

Theater review: ‘Donna Summer’ has great music, but the story fails to heat up the stage – Twin Cities

For its target audience, it may prove a fine elixir for chasing off the chill. → Read More

Theater review: ‘Chanukah in the Dark’ has lightness and a sweet, welcome message – Twin Cities

What’s a festival of lights without lights? The Jewish holiday of Chanukah is rooted in the story of a lamp that burns for eight nights, so what happens when a power outage renders a Chanukah celeb… → Read More

Theater review: Soak up a story that grows more chilling by the minute in ‘Jacuzzi’ – Twin Cities

“Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” That line helps draw you into a drama so intertwined with a theatrical curse that thespians dare not speak its name inside a venue… → Read More

Review: ‘Christmas of Swing’ admirable but overstuffed – Twin Cities

When decorating a Christmas tree, sometimes it’s best to leave some ornaments in the box. I felt that way after attending opening night of History Theatre’s “Christmas of Swing.” At its core, it ce… → Read More

Review: ‘The Empathy Project’ looks for commonality amid conflict – Twin Cities

The right words at the right time can make a big difference. Many is the tale of someone whose life took a positive turn because someone told them something they really needed to hear at a time whe… → Read More

Theater review: History Theatre’s ‘Not in Our Neighborhood’ is a valuable history lesson

Welcome back, History Theatre. The Twin Cities’ latest company to invite audiences back into its venue may have the most unambiguous mission: Endeavoring to help audiences become present with the p… → Read More

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ provides an abundance of humorous disaster – Twin Cities

A lot has gone right for “The Play That Goes Wrong.” Born above a London pub in 2012, it moved on to the British Broadway (the West End), won the 2015 Olivier Award for best new comedy, came across… → Read More

Theater review: Yellow Tree’s ‘Sherwood’ is smile-inducing fun from beginning to end

When the lights went down Friday night at Yellow Tree Theatre, the charming little storefront thrust space in an Osseo strip mall, it was likely lost on few in the crowd that we were together exper… → Read More

Grandstand review: Darci Lynne closes out Fair; Okee Dokee Brothers stand out

Where are you headed, Darci Lynne? Once you’ve carved out a niche as unique as hers in the entertainment world, what would be the optimal career move? In case you haven’t heard of Darci… → Read More

Grandstand review: George Thorogood and the Destroyers provide back-to-basics satisfaction

Sometimes we can all benefit from getting back to the essentials, cutting away the superfluous. By Saturday night, the Minnesota State Fair’s Grandstand lineup felt like it needed some of tha… → Read More

Grandstand review: Tim McGraw fits right in at the Fair

Tim McGraw has always been a great fit for the Minnesota State Fair. For an event so rooted in farming, he’s long had the right anthems for the occasion, spinning songs of rural scenes and lo… → Read More

The Spinners bring some retro groove to Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

The Spinners topped a three-act bill that was enthusiastically embraced by a modest crowd of 2,436. → Read More