Death Tax

The Pillsbury Production of Death Tax: Living On By ADAM SCHENCK and BECKY HALAT Imagine a world where instead of death being the great equalizer, one can live on—“be preserved”—if one has the money to maintain care. Lucas Hnath’s script offers a somewhat frightening look at the future of elder care, showing the awkward discussions…

Dustin Bronson, Sally Wingert, John Paul Gamoke, Jay Eisenberg. Photo by Rich Ryan.

HIR

By LIZ BYRON. “So, what’s the play about?” a friend casually asked me, when I told her I’d seen Mixed Blood Theatre‘s production of HIR. It took me a moment to compose an answer for her, because this play is just so full of story that I didn’t even know where to start. It’s about gender identity and sexuality…

Noah Sommers Haas and Liz Schachterle. Photo by Mark Vancleave

Nothing is Something

Open Eye Figure Theatre’s new production Nothing is Something is a sweet and thought-provoking piece of art. From the creative team of Noah Sommers Haas and Liz Schachterle (both the sole performers as well) we take a journey of exploration into a strange world. We begin with an explorer and a ball, spend some time in…

Sasha Allen and the Cast of the National Touring Production of PIPPIN. Photo by Terry Shapiro

Pippin

  by CHRISTINE SARKES SASSEVILLE Stephen Schwartz of Wicked and Godspell fame and Director Diane Paulus have created a wildly entertaining and exhilarating revival of Broadway’s original 1972 Bob Fosse iconic version of Pippin, now at the Orpheum Theatre through Sunday. With soaring vocals, jaw-dropping acrobatics, charming and relatable characters and a cute kid and a dog, Pippin offers…

Music of Mozart, by Project Opera (a program of the Minnesota Opera)

Music of Mozart

By LIZ BYRON. Project Opera’s Music of Mozart is described as “a Mozart Dance Party – 1980s style”. Picture teens with crimped hair, Madonna-inspired fingerless gloves, and neon t-shirts. Now picture 18th century high-piled wigs, bustles, and velvet waistcoats. Now mix them together, and add some Magic Flute, and you’ve got it. Project Opera is the youth training…

"These Old Shoes" at the Illusion Theater.

These Old Shoes

By REBECCA HALAT and ADAM SCHENCK. Time: is it a theme or a medium? The phenomenon of people living to unforeseen old age hasn’t been seen since biblical times, and old age is definitely ripe for investigation through the theatrical arts. Anyone who has visited an elder family member in an “old folks’ home,” or…

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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…