“Two Trains Running,” Slowly

by SOPHIE KERMAN Cshhh. Cshhh. Cshhh. From the very first moments of Two Trains Running, the pace of the action is metered out by the slow scuff of diner waitress Risa’s shoes as she crosses from the kitchen to the tables and back again. Risa (Crystal Fox) walks as though she is burdened by much…

Who Are Our Neighbors in a “Post-Black” World?

by SOPHIE KERMAN What could the Mixed Blood‘s production of Neighbors have to say to the New York Times Sunday Book Review? Quite a lot, I imagine, and I bet the characters in “Neighbors” would have some strong words for the Times. The NY Times article in question is called “The Post-Black Condition” (September 25, 2011), a…

Special Offer for Così! Tomorrow Night Only!

Our kind press contact at the Minnesota Opera has a special offer for the performance of Così Fan Tutte TOMORROW NIGHT, 9/27/11. If you call the ticket office or puchase online at www.mnopera.org, you can get any available seats for Tuesday night’s performance for only $20 using code blog20! This is an amazing opportunity to see world-class opera for…

Così Fan Tutte: Preview

by SOPHIE KERMAN With Così Fan Tutte, opening on Saturday for a five-day run, the Minnesota Opera throws down a gauntlet to anyone who thinks opera is stodgy, irrelevant or boring. Can you sit through Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s 1790 opera without cracking a smile – or bursting out in an explosion of giggles as two grown men roll…

Neighbors

by SOPHIE KERMAN “Provocative” is too cliché a word to describe Neighbors, the Mixed Blood‘s season opener. Although the publicity materials for this recent play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins use words like “subversive,” “real,” and “scathing,” the Mixed Blood has earned the right to tell it like it is: this ensemble will sneak up behind you, rip you…

Aisle Say Twin Cities: Launch!

Welcome to Aisle Say Twin Cities, the new offshoot blog of AisleSay.com, an internet resource for theater reviews across the country. At Aisle Say Twin Cities, we strive for reviews that push Minneapolis and St. Paul to provide consistently high-quality theater. You can read more about us on the “About” page. We hope our reviews…

reasons to be pretty

by SOPHIE KERMAN Whether you want to spend two hours at the Walking Shadow Theatre Company‘s production of reasons to be pretty depends entirely on the company you keep. As one would expect from a Neil LaBute play, reasons is centered on four unpleasant people and the unpleasant things they do to one another. If…