Zafira and the Resistance

by Christine Sarkes Zafira and the Resistance at the Guthrie Theater is a production of the New Arab American Theater Works and part of Artistic Director Joseph Haj’s vision to present groundbreaking theater that inspires dialogue and expands the diversity of community voices on Guthrie stages. This season’s focus brings an eclectic mix of local,…

Cosi Fan Tutte

by Christine Sarkes Mill City Summer Opera at the renovated Mill City Museum Ruin Courtyard is a breathtaking and unique summer treat. The stage is set amidst the outdoor ruins of the old factory. The nearby river sounds and evening light cast a magical spell over the production. This will be your last chance to…

Dirty Business: The Spy Musical

by CHRISTINE SARKES “Dirty Business: The Spy Musical” at the History Theatre is an entertaining and enjoyable take on the world of females spies during World War II. The packed Sunday matinee performance attests to public fascination with the topic, which coincides with several new books, a television series and a possible movie focusing on…

The Great Leap

by CHRISTINE SARKES The Great Leap at the Guthrie Theater, now through February 10, is funny, heartfelt and very entertaining. The play is about basketball players and the coaches who love the game, but also about identity, the American Dream and overcoming cultural barriers. The dialogue is amusingly sharp and the quirky characters immensely likeable.…

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

by CHRISTINE SARKES The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley at the Jungle Theater through December answers the age-old Jane Austen fandom questions; “Does Wickham ever get his just deserts?” and “Who is the real Lord of Pemberley?” I won’t spoil the former, but the latter is a resounding Mrs. Reynolds the housekeeper! In this clever, delightful and…

The Book of Mormon

by CHRISTINE SARKES The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum Theatre is a seriously funny satire that pokes fun of organized religion, groupthink and know-it-all white boys. The musical is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Direction from the creators of “South Park,” Trey Parker and…

Understood

by CHRISTINE SARKES Understood, presented by Trademark Theater, is a superbly acted exploration of young marriage, political tribalism and what it means to truly comprehend a different point of view. This two-person play written by Tyler Mills and directed by Tyler Michaels aims to tap into the deep political divisions among friends and family under…