Inside the Daily Planet, 12/6/07


Views and Reviews Theater note: Everyone laughs at a ‘Fat Man Crying’ by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet Your mother told you: Santa sees everything. All year long, he’s got one eye on you and one eye double-checking that consequential list. He knows if you’ve been naughty, and he knows if you’ve been nice…and if you’ve been naughty, he knows just how naughty you’ve been. Isn’t that a little creepy? So asks writer/producer/director/actor Joseph Scrimshaw in Fat Man Crying, his amusing new play at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. Music note: Spoken-word stocking stuffers by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet If you look around, there are some pretty good stocking stuffer CDs off the beaten track—especially if you’re a fan of strong spoken word and exquisite poetry. Theater note: Guthrie’s ‘Christmas Carol’ is still cheery after all these years by Jennifer Holder, TC Daily Planet I recently saw A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater, and like almost everyone, I was familiar with the story before entering the theater. But if I thought the old story would be boring, I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is the 33rd year that the Guthrie has staged this classic tale of redemption, Charles Dickens’s vision of the true meaning of Christmas. Forty-two adults and child actors, through skillful drama and lively music, deliver real joy to the audience. Girls just want to have fun by Pam Taylor, Minnesota Women’s Press ‘Hormel Girls’ at the History Theatre NEW IN VOICES The real problem with MnDOT leadership by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020 Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau has faced lots of well-deserved heat for her performance as state transportation commissioner in the wake of the I35W bridge collapse, the abuses of her missing-in-action former emergency management director and delays of important road and bridge projects. NEW IN BLOGS Jack the Giant Killer? by Rich Broderick, Ground Zero