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THEATER REVIEW | The Chameleon Theatre Circle's "Jesus Christ Superstar" powerful, frightening

Passion Sunday has come and gone, but the passion and drama live on in Burnsville in The Chameleon Theatre Circle’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar. This staging of the classic musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is recast by co-directors Jim Vogel and Bradley Donaldson as a pot of mob violence on the verge of boiling over. The result is striking, arresting, and often frightening in its power.

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"Down Below or The Womb of the World: A Shadow Opera" on the life of Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington was an artist and writer. Her art is like a mashup of Beatrice Potter and Hieronymus Bosch, intricate and complicated with the nursery rhyme sweetness of Potter and dark edge of Bosch. There’s something compelling that makes you look closer. Her life reads the same way.

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THEATER REVIEW | "The Other Place" transcends subject matter at Park Square Theatre

Photo courtesy Park Square Theatre

The Other Place, one of the most powerful plays I have seen in the last year, opened at Park Square Theatre on April 3. Shari White’s play concerns a medical researcher working on a drug to combat dementia who, herself, is suffering from early on-set Alzheimer’s. Aditi Kapil masterfully directs this intense show which highlights how fragile the mind can be.

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THEATER REVIEW | "And the World Goes ‘Round" showcases John Kander and Fred Ebb's hits (and nonhits) at Jungle Theater

Photo credit Michal Daniel

And the World Goes ‘Round  at the Jungle Theater is a musical revue of songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the team that gave us the great musicals of Cabaret and Chicago. The production was “conceived by” Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thompson. Although the songs from these two musicals are featured, so are the songs from lesser known musicals by the pair including The Happy Time, The Rink, The Act, Woman of the Year, and Flora, The Red Menace. Unfortunately, for the most part the songs in these lesser known musicals only serve to demonstrate why they are lesser known musicals.

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Rain Taxi Presents: A Literary Tribute to Grant Hart and Husker Du

A dozen Husker Du and Grant Hart inspired poets and writers came together Friday night sharing their literary homage to Husker Du and Grant Hart, presented by Minneapolis-based literary organizatio

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You are Invited — MayDay Ultimate Make

The theatre was buzzing on Saturday morning. All the images here are from Saturday April 11, 2015.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Shooting Star" asks "if only" at Park Square Theatre

Photo courtesy Park Square Theatre

Reflections on the divergent roads taken by past lovers are explored in Steven Dietz’s play Shooting Star which opened at Park Square Theatre on March 27. Director Leah Cooper’s direction of the former lovers meeting at a snowed in airport removes the “fourth wall” to reveal the play’s humor and the characters’ pathos.

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Annie

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sat with his Cabinet despairing over the state of the United States.

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Annie

As the curtains opens and the music dies down, you are met with the sad group of orphan girls who end up making quite a ruckus during the night’s thun

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