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The Elixir of Love

by  MICHAEL J. OPPERMAN Act I opens on a piazza floating in a bucolic Italian countryside. As idyllic as a scene from a Sophia Loren movie. Field workers and townspeople move around the square.  We see our first glimpse of Nemorino (Leonardo Capalbo), the erstwhile hero of the story.  Expressive and charismatic, Capalbo wanders the…

Gertrude Stein (Claudia Wilkens) and Alice B. Toklas (Barbara Kingsley). Photo by:  Michal Daniel

Gertrude Stein and a Companion

By LIZ BYRON. The Jungle Theater’s 25th season opened this weekend with Gertrude Stein and a Companion. Particularly notable is the fact that this is the 8th time this show has been played at the Jungle, and with the same two actors, no less. If a show warrants repeating 8 times, it seems safe to…

Photo by Mixed Blood Theatre

Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World

BY TAMAR NEUMANN: “I like Colgate [the toothpaste]” may not be the most romantic line you’ve ever heard, but it sums up the quirky type of romance typical in Mixed Blood Theatre’s Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World.  This play is the first of four plays in the 55454 Series put on by Mixed Blood…

Cast of “A Bright New Boise” by Loudmouth Collective; photo by Justin D. Gallo Photography.

A Bright New Boise

By ADAM M. SCHENCK A Bigger, Smaller America: Review of Loudmouth Collective’s Production of A Bright New Boise  Perhaps no other culture outside the contemporary United States has had such a cleft between its belief in freedom while continually finding itself tied to the past. As Americans, we believe ourselves free to act unencumbered by…

Lorna Landvik in "Party in the Rec Room" at Bryant-Lake Bowl.

Party in the Rec Room

By ERIKA YASMEEN SASSEVILLE, Guest Reviewer Lorna Landvik, nationally known author and locally known actor/playwright presents an annual solo improvisation show on the Bryant-Lake Bowl stage through the end of January. From the moment she steps on stage, Landvik creates interesting and energetic audience-suggested characters, complete with costumes and props. Wigs, facial hair and 70s rec…

Sam Pearson stars as Alceste in The Misanthrope, playing January 2-17 at the Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis. Photo by Jane Ojile.

The Misanthrope

By LIZ BYRON. I remember being wildly unimpressed the first time I read The Misanthrope. I was a college sophomore taking my first French literature class, and my impatient 19-year-old brain thought it was slow, wordy, and didn’t particularly seem to have a plot. A few years later, I re-read it for a graduate class…

Katie Adducci & Zach Curtis; photo credit Walking Shadow

The Whale

BY TAMAR NEUMANN: The Whale is about a 600 pound man who lives alone in Idaho and the moments in his life that lead him to this particular period. Of course, it’s not just about him—it’s about questioning the role of religion in our lives (and I do mean religion and not faith) and about how…