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…

Blithe Spirit

BY: JACOB FROELICH If a bit of British humor, some magic and a good belly laugh tickle your fancy then Blithe Spirit may be just the show for you. The farce is now playing at The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. A cast of unlikely characters combine to create a tale of misfortune that had the…

A Doll’s House

By ELLEN FERRY On Friday, December 1st, I had the pleasure of seeing the Orchard Theatre Collective debut their first public production, A Doll’s House. What a better setting for Henrik Ibsen’s 19th century drama than the iconic James J. Hill House in St. Paul. The intimate space—a second story schoolroom turned into a theatre-in-the-round…

Waitress

  By ERIKA SASSEVILLE and JACOB FROELICH Waitress is baked with love by an all-female creative team. Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly with music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Love Song”, “Brave”), book by Jessie Nelson, and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin, Hair).…

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…

Birds Sing Differently Here

by CHRISTINE SARKES Although this review is published after the brief run of Birds Sing Differently Here at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio, it serves as recognition of the important collaboration between the Guthrie and the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project to give voice to the Iraqi-Minnesotan experience. As part of Guthrie’s innovative Level Nine…