"The Ohman Stone". Photo from www.fringefestival.org

Fringe: “The Ohman Stone”

By guest reviewer Bryce Byron. The Ohman Stone is a truly Minnesotan musical telling the story of the Kensington Rune Stone and people whose lives it touched. After their deaths, the major supporters of the authenticity of the Kensington Rune Stone are still trapped in an afterlife of constant debate — until the daughter of the…

Ryan Lear and Rachel Petrie in "The Finkles' Theater Show!!!" photo from www.fringefestival.org

Fringe: “The Finkles’ Theater Show!!!”

Today’s Fringe adventure was another blind guess. We showed up to the Bryant-Lake Bowl and didn’t see the name of the show until we were handing over our passes to get tickets at the box office. There was a considerable line (and the show sold out only 10-15 people behind us in line), but sometimes…

Suzanne Warmanen (Sonia), Candy Buckley (Masha), Joshua James Campbell (Spike) and Charles Janasz (Vanya) in the Guthrie Theater's production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Photo by Joan Marcus, 2014.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

BY TAMAR NEUMANN: A Christopher Durang play is never dull. Even when he uses Chekhov as a jumping-off point, as he does with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, he manages to keep the story entertaining. At first you might think, “Oh, just what I needed—another story about depressed Russians,” but it turns out…

Crazyface

Crazyface

by  MICHAEL J. OPPERMAN “Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work.” Clive Barker Perhaps knowing that Barker is regular and orderly in life is a relief (or a consolation). After experiencing Crazyface, I’m imagining him in a rocking chair sipping tea as the sun rises,…

Elayna Waxse and Eddie Oroyan. Photo by Bill Cameron.

Wreck

By LIZ BYRON. Even as you walk into the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, you feel yourself sinking into the eerie atmosphere of Wreck. Five musicians sit facing the empty stage, playing quiet but haunting music. You are directed to carefully make your way around the very edge of the stage (presumably to keep dirt off the…