Louisa Darr (Ngana), Erin Mackey (Ensign Nellie Forbush), Edward Staudenmayer (Emile de Becque) and Sander L. Huynh-Weiss (Jerome) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of South Pacific. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

South Pacific

by CHRISTINE SARKES La vie est belle, life is beautiful, on the set of South Pacific at the Guthrie Theater through August 28. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 Broadway musical (and 1958 film) is romantic and lush, with such indelible music and lyrics that many left the theater whistling the tunes. It takes on prejudice and…

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Le Switch

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I loved Le Switch. I feel a little guilty about this, mainly because it’s a pretty standard form rom-com complete with quirky characters and convenient coincidences and the overarching message that the best, most important thing you can do in life is fall in love and get…

Complicated Fun - MN History Theatre. Photo by Scott Pakudaitis

Complicated Fun

by CHRISTINE SARKES Complicated Fun at the History Theatre through May 29 is a weirdly coincidental musical retelling of the history of First Avenue and the acts that made it famous, including Prince, who played frequently and filmed many scenes in Purple Rain there. In fact, Chris Osgood of The Suicide Commandos opened the show with a moving tribute…

Boo Segersin and Kip Dooley in Kid Simple: a radio play in the flesh. Photo by Dan Norman

Kid Simple: a radio play in the flesh

BY TAMAR NEUMANN: Have you ever stopped to think about the sounds you hear every day? Do you notice the soft click, clack of a button in the dryer, the low purr of a lawn mower in the backyard, a joyful screech from a toddler, or the tap, tap of the keys on your keyboard? What…

"Anatomy of Gray" by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. Photo by Scott Pakudaitis.

Anatomy of Gray

Anatomy of Gray marks the first non-musical I have seen at Anoka’s Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, and to put it succinctly, I was glad I went. The show is a little bit drama, a little bit comedy, a little bit medical mystery, and a little bit fantasy (I mean, come on, one of the main characters…

"Recent Experiences" by Hope Theater. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Recent Experiences

Hope Theater Company has been around since 2013, but Recent Experiences is only their second production to date. Touted as a “mini-epic”, the play sets out to explore the political events and cultural shifts that took place through the 20th century as seen through four generations of a single family. It’s an ambitious task, particularly for a 75-minute…