THEATER REVIEW | Shadow Horse Theatre's "Crazyface": More macabre than laughs

Andy Schnabel as the title character in Shadow Horse Theatre's production of Clive Barker's Crazyface (photography by Christopher J. Mogel)

Legend has it the last words of the famous Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean on his deathbed were, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” That might be the quickest way to sum up what’s right and wrong with Shadow Horse Theatre’s production of horror writer Clive Barker’s play, the epic clown show/hero’s journey, Crazyface.

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TC Weekend | Mpls. Aquatennial, Rondo Days, Highland Fest, Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Fest & more!

Updated 7/18/2014 12:45 p.m.

The All-Star festivities have wrapped up, but the Best Days of Summer are just beginning with the start of the Minneapolis Aquatennial and other big cultural and community festivals in the Twin Cities this weekend. So far the weather forecast looks bright — perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying the festivities! See what's on tap below:

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THEATER REVIEW | Public Theater of Minnesota make the mishaps of live theater work in "Macbeth"

Lady Macbeth (Teresa Marie Doran) and Macbeth (Jason Rojas) in The Public Theater of Minnesota's production of Macbeth (photo courtesy of The Public Theater of Minnesota)

It’s strange to say you enjoyed a production of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. Admired or appreciated, maybe. Bored, in unfortunate instances. But enjoyed? Strange as it seems to me, however, I have to admit I very much enjoyed The Public Theater of Minnesota’s current production of Macbeth. A great deal of that has to do with how director (and Artistic Director) Mark Hauck and his strong young ensemble of actors worked together to create a story that could not be derailed even by a series of production mishaps that sometimes happen in live theater—particularly theater outdoors in the park—and in this case not only happened but kept happening.

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THEATER REVIEW | "My Fair Lady" cleans up nicely at the Guthrie Theater

Eliza Doolittle (Helen Anker), flush with success, explains to Professor Henry Higgins (Jeff McCarthy) exactly what she thinks of his condescension. Photo by Joan Marcus.

One of the problems of restaging musical theater classics today is that much of the repertoire doesn’t align with contemporary values in very prominent ways. This is not to say that such concerns (positive and negative) don’t exist with new works, but the potential problems with reception are enough to inspire a legion of director’s notes and, sometimes, massive rewrites. The Guthrie’s solution to this regarding the misogyny of My Fair Lady is simple, elegant, and far more dramatically satisfying than some of the attempts to rewrite classics such as Show Boat or Anything Goes.

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MUSIC PHOTOS | Basilica Block Party Twentieth Anniversary

Thousands came out this July 11 - 12 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Basilica Block Party.

 

Day 1:

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Made Here showcases Minneapolis street art

Made Here is an ongoing street art festival sponsored by Hennepin Theatre Trust and Andersen Windows. It launched Friday night (July 11) with performances, great food and a tour of visual art stationed around downtown Minneapolis. As a lover of street art, I think it's fantastic. Street art gives people an opportunity to stop and pay attention. It spurs conversation. In a climate where we run from our car to the building to car because it's too cold to stop, it's fun to have an excuse to get out of the car, to visit downtown and to dawdle on the way to a meeting or appointment.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" flood the Minnesota Centennial Showboat with melodrama

Tori Smith as Billie,a newsboy,struggles with Christian Boomgaarden as the villainous Mr. Hyde. Photo courtesy Minnesota Centennial Showboat.

Here comes the showboat.
Here comes the showboat.
Puff, puff, puff, puff, puff, puff, puffin’ along.

The puffin’ of the summer Showboat was delayed until the Fourth of July weekend due to the heavy rains and the flooding of Harriet Island. But now that the rain has subsided, the traditional melodrama and musical olios continue. Director Peter Moore has crafted a tight performance of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The show successfully engages the audience to provide the indispensable cheers and boos for a true melodrama.

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PHOTOS | Derek & Julianne Hough's "Move Live On Tour" at the Northrup Auditorium

The unexpected success of television show “Dancing with the Stars” has been a launch pad for the careers of

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MUSIC REVIEW | Sarah McLachlan charms the State Theatre

Photos By: 
Patrick Dunn

Sarah McLachlan’s 25-year career may seem to have stalled a bit of late, with her perhaps being best known at the moment as the artist behind the song which plays along to the world’s most depressing ASPCA commercials, but last night’s performance at the State Theatre was an unforgettable reminder that McLachlan has both the musical chops and the stage presence to put on an amazing live show.

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