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THEATER REVIEW | Walking Shadow Theatre Company's "Gabriel": WWII tale with a twist

(Image by Dan Norman Photography) Estelle (Lily Wangerin), Gabriel (Ross Destiche), Lily (Miriam Schwartz), and Jeanne (Katherine Kupiecki) in Walking Shadow's production of Gabriel

I never know quite what to expect from Walking Shadow (which is a good thing). Their 10th Anniversary season kicks of with an old-fashioned story by a very modern storyteller, Gabriel, from award-winning English playwright Moira Buffini. It makes for a very entertaining evening of theater.

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THEATER REVIEW | BOOM! Theater's "Next Fall": When faith and sexuality collide

(Photo by Kim Pettengill) Adam (Josef Buchel) and Luke (Daniel R. Flohr) in BOOM! Theater's production of Next Fall

What if Adam (Josef Buchel) a gay man with no religious upbringing struck up a relationship with a younger gay man Luke (Daniel R. Flohr) who came from an evangelical Christian background? What if they moved in together? What if the young man kept putting off telling his parents Arlene and Butch (Julie Ann Nevill, H. William Kirsch) that he was gay, and that he was in a committed relationship for over three years? What if the young man was hit by a car, and his lover and those parents met for the first time at the hospital and were suddenly forced to deal with one another in an incredibly tense situation of crisis? Sounds like it could be a really compelling, moving play that explores the tension between religious faith and human sexuality, plus the evolving definition of family, right? Well, we got Next Fall, so it’s a start.

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BEHIND THE STORY | Towards a Minnesota aesthetic

In the over 50 years of the Guthrie’s Theater’s existence, it’s never had an Artistic Director that was from Minnesota. All of the Artistic Directors have come from either overseas or New York, with the exception being Garland Wright, who originally was from Dallas but was based in New York City when he was hired. Now there are many good reasons for this, mainly having to do with keeping the Guthrie as an institution with a national reputation, but I don’t see why, after all this time, we couldn’t have an Artistic Director whose career was nurtured right here in Minnesota.

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THEATER REVIEW | Minnesota Opera puts on Puccini with "La fanciulla del West"

(Photo by Michal Daniel) Sheriff Jack Rance (Greer Grimsley) calms himself before proposing to Minnie in La fanciulla del west.

The Twin Cities opera scene kicked into high gear on Saturday with Minnesota Opera’s annual gala and opening night of La fanciulla del west. The opera’s live performance at the Ordway was simulcast into neighboring Rice Park, courtesy of grants from the Knight Foundation and the St. Paul Cultural Star. The outdoor event drew an audience that began assembling more than two hours in advance and stuck out through a pre-show rainsquall.

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Red Hot Gold Rush and more at Minnesota Opera Gala

Minnesota Opera celebrated the start of its 2014-2015 season on Saturday with a gala dinner, a Puccini opera, and an elaborate post-performance afterparty. The Wild West setting of the opera was matched by the Red Hot Gold Rush theme of the afterparty, and patrons were treated to live music, dancing, and themed activities such as panning for gold.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Sexy Laundry" amuses, doesn't titillate at Park Square Theatre

Henry (John Middleton) and Alice (Charity Jones) try to rekindle their romance in Sexy Laundry.

Park Square Theatre’s new Andy Boss Thrust Stage is still under construction, but in the meantime the old stage is keeping warm with Sexy Laundry. The regional premiere of this work by Canadian playwright Michele Riml is an amusing and unexpectedly serious romp, if not quite as steamy as the title might imply.

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Wingert, Michaels sweep 2014 Ivey Awards at the State Theatre

The 2014 Ivey Awards ceremony at the State Theatre on September 22 honored three productions and fourteen individuals. Veteran actress Sally Wingert was recognized for notable performances in four separate productions, while Tyler Michaels’s own four appearances earned him the Emerging Artist Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Bonnie Morris and Michael Robins for their work at Illusion Theater.

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THEATER REVIEW | Workhaus Collective's "Lake Untersee" navigates glaciers, divorce, autism

Rocky (Michael Thurston) and an ill-dressed Phyllis (Jennifer Blagen) explore the Antarctic. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp

One of the most transformative movements in 20th-century opera was verismo, which foregrounded realistic depictions of everyday life. This focus on realism, especially in examinations of contemporary lower-class life, opened the floodgates to a rich array of stories that simply had not been told or were previously being swept under the rug. Lake Untersee similarly pulls back a veil, revealing a story that delves into a condition still largely absent from the theatrical limelight.

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Wendy Wasserstein's great play: Leigh Silverman on directing The Heidi Chronicles at the Guthrie

(Photo: Courtesy of Guthrie Theater) Leigh Silverman: Wendy is one of our major American playwrights, and her Jewishness was a big part of who she was.

Playwright Wendy Wasserstein was the theatrical voice for a slice of women from the Baby Boom generation. In her most popular play, The Heidi Chronicles, the eponymous protagonist, Heidi Holland, moves around in time: from a high school dance in 1965; through feminist consciousness-raising, in the 1970s; and coming to terms with her life and career choices, in 1989.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Test Pilot" at The O'Shaughnessy: The untold story of the Wright brothers' sister

Soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw as Katharine Wright in Test PilotPhoto by Jack Dant.

St. Catherine University launched its 2014-2015 Women of Substance series on September 12 with Test Pilot, a striking new music and dance piece. The work, billed as a dance opera, delves into the early history of aviation from an unusual perspective: that of the Wright Brothers’ sister Katharine. The explorations of flight, its mechanics, and the build-up to the final flight are engagingly rendered in vocal and instrumental music and in modern dance.

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