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…

Little Women

by Christine Sarkes Little Women at the Jungle Theater is a delightfully reverent new adaptation of the beloved Louisa May Alcott classic novel and perfect for a family night out at the theater. The casting is pitch-perfect, particularly C. Michael Menge (Jo March) and Megan Burns (Amy March) who infuse their characters with energy and passion. A special…

Carmen

by Christine Sarkes Mill City 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 and the nearby river sounds and evening light cast a magical spell over the production. George Bizet’s Carmen, now playing seven shows through July 24, is sexy and dramatic, making it an…

Cardboard Piano

by CHRISTINE SARKES Cardboard Piano at the Park Square Theatre is a powerful drama about love, human cruelty, redemption and forgiveness. The play’s themes stand in stark contrast to the happy Winter Carnival and Super Bowl festivities taking place now in the Twin Cities, but they are timely and profound. The four actors, who play seven…

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

by CHRISTINE SARKES If you are searching for a fun and festive holiday farce, I recommend wholeheartedly Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Jungle Theater now through December 30. This adorable and funny Georgian-era play answers the burning question among Jane Austen fans: Would Mary Bennet (Christian Bardin) find love or would she remain…