Photo by Dan Norman, feat. Katherine Kupiecki, Lily Wangerin, and Wade A. Vaughn.

Gabriel

By LIZ BYRON. In old western movies, the good guy wears a white hat, and the bad guy wears a black hat. In Gabriel, the good guy (good lady?) wears a pretty dress and the bad guy wears a Nazi uniform, which seems rather unsubtle, but as the play unfolds, the divide between right and…

The Iveys, and a fond farewell

by SOPHIE KERMAN Like so many of you, last Monday evening I went to celebrate the Twin Cities theater community by getting dressed up and applauding the achievements of so many talented theater professionals at the Ivey Awards. This year, as the Iveys’ 10th anniversary, has given critics ample food for thought; for instance, Tad Simons has a great article about how wonderful…

Kate Wetherhead (Heidi Holland) and Zach Shaffer (Peter Patrone). Production photos by Joan Marcus, Guthrie Theater

The Heidi Chronicles

by CHRISTINE SARKES SASSEVILLE and RACHEL ADAMOVICH The dilemma in reviewing the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles at the Guthrie Theater is to describe a transformative and near perfect theater experience without sounding clichéd. From the bravura performance of lead actress Kate Wetherhead as Heidi Holland to the equally excellent supporting cast, music, staging,…

Tyson Forbes and John Catron in "Nature".

Nature: a walking play

by SOPHIE KERMAN I did Nature wrong, and I have to say that I am a little ashamed of myself. Rather than arriving early at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, I had a rushed lunch at home and then sped my way down 494 to make it to Chaska on time. This was my first time at the…

Stephen Cartmell and Bradley Greenwald in The Mystery of Irma Vep. PHOTO CREDIT:  Michal Daniel

The Mystery of Irma Vep

by CHRISTINE SARKES SASSEVILLE Looking for a light, campy Victorian supernatural-mystery-farce with hysterical scene-chewing acting, cross-dressing and clever staging? Then, The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Jungle Theater is just the play for you! I love physical humor and this play delivers. With two actors playing all eight characters, they move quickly through the…

Grant Schumann as Oswald, Peter Middlecamp as Sir Gawain, and Cassie McNally as Clovis. Photo by Ty Sassaman.

King Arthur: A Picnic Operetta

by SOPHIE KERMAN There is a danger in having a formula that works as well as Mixed Precipitation‘s annual picnic operettas. We know the recipe hits all the right notes (so to speak): first, start with an operetta – guaranteed good-quality music – and add in some more contemporary songs and an anti-corporate message to reach a target audience of modern adults…