Special Offer: $20 Tickets to Werther

The Minnesota Opera is offering an amazing ticket opportunity to our readers: $20 tickets to Werther on Tuesday, January 31. (Read our review of Werther here.) Just go online to http://www.mnopera.org, get tickets for Tuesday’s performance, and enter blog20 as your coupon code. The fine print: Limit up to 4 seats regularly priced $50-110 for the Tuesday, 1/31 performance…

Werther

by SOPHIE KERMAN With its latest offering of Werther by Jules Massenet, we start to see the trajectory of the Minnesota Opera‘s 2011-12 season. Having started the year with the user-friendly Cosí Fan Tutte and continued with the innovative Silent Night, the Opera now presents a completely different kind of audience experience. Werther, based on…

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

 by ANNA ROSENSWEIG The Guthrie’s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is electric. The first few minutes of this Tennessee Williams classic promise a riveting theatrical experience, a promise that the rest of the show fulfills. Haunting in both its beauty and its sadness, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof achieves a kind…

Strombolli’s Medicine Show

by SOPHIE KERMAN In the summer of 2011, I spent a few hurried weeks hunting for the perfect one-bedroom apartment on a graduate student’s budget**. One of the best prospects, at least on paper, was a garden-level with impressive square footage for the price. But when I got there, I was both fascinated and a…

Dangerous Liaisons

by ANNA ROSENSWEIG Looking for some deceit to spice up your week? Look no further than the Torch Theater’s production of Dangerous Liaisons. Based on the 1782 epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, this delightfully devilish drama presents the scathing battle of wills and desires between La Marquise de Merteuil (Stacia Rice), a wealthy…

Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women

by SOPHIE KERMAN Although every woman is different, there are some things that tie us all together – the mental anguish of putting on a pair of nylon stockings, the enormity of a first crush, the strange and wonderful experience of growing boobs and figuring out what to do with them. These common trials and…

Julius Caesar

by SOPHIE KERMAN Julius Caesar is not theater for beginners. Of all of Shakespeare‘s plays, Caesar is one of the least eventful and yet the most cataclysmic. In Acts I-II, a charismatic leader becomes too big for his britches and is brutally murdered for it; Acts III and IV show us the aftermath of the killing on…