The Twin Cities’ own Children’s Theatre Company is now featuring the U.S. premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat through December 2, 2012. CTC’s production is the first time the story has been onstage in the U.S.
The world premiere of Buccaneers, a new pirate musical, opened this last weekend at the Children’s Theatre Company. Playwright Liz Duffy Adams partnered with composer Ellen Maddow to create a play that is very entertaining and surprisingly educational but at the same time somewhat alarming with its numerous bloodthirsty references.
Anyone who has taken an intro to theater course has been required to read Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Beckett’s play was first presented in 1953, inaugurating “Theater of the Absurd” as a poignant genre. It could be described as Abbott and Costello meet Edvard Munch’s The Scream.
Visiting friends in London several years ago, I walked through the National Portrait Gallery with their daughter who was then 18. “I don’t get it,” she admitted as we walked past timeless masterpieces. “They’re all just paintings.”
It wasn’t until my third visit to Icehouse on Eat Street that I discovered where I actually was. As I was leaving, I happened to ask the hostess whether the sprawling warehouse-y space had actually once been an icehouse.
“Yes it was, and after that it was a deli. And then it was empty for a long time.”
For the second year of Minneapolis’s Northern Spark overnight art event, I followed my own advice from the previous year: I formed a posse (well, a mini-posse, with my friend Heidi) and stayed out all night (well, almost). I’m glad to report that it was good advice, and that I had much more fun this year. It helped that this iteration of Northern Spark felt overall livelier, denser, and more diverse than last year’s. Continue Reading
Ice House Plaza, a new privately owned public green space at 26th Street and Nicollet Avenue in Whittier, officially opened on Friday, May 18 with a dedication that included food and beverages from the surrounding businesses (with proceeds benefitting the Whittier Alliance) and music by The New Standards. The celebration came at the heels of news the return of Azia to the corner (the restaurant will reopen as Azia Market Bar & Restaurant at 2550 Nicollet in mid-June) as well as the opening of Icehouse Restaurant. That restuarant, opening on June 7, will feature live music (a cross between the Dakota and the Turf Club, according to co-owner Brian Liebeck) and small plates dining with meats made in-house.