Ivey Emerging Artist Award Winner Trevor Bowen. Photo by Tom Wallace

2016 Ivey Awards

by CHRISTINE SARKES Inclusiveness and gratitude were the themes of the 12th Annual Ivey Awards held last evening at the Historic State Theater, downtown Minneapolis. Theater professionals honored their own and one of ours–Star Tribune theater critic Graydon Royce–as they reached beyond the typical candidates by awarding a non-actor, costume designer Trevor Bowen, with the Emerging Artist Award. Bowen got his…

Kevin Isola (Isaac), Bhavesh Patel (Amir), Caroline Kaplan (Emily) and Austene Van (Jory) in the Guthrie Theater's production of Disgraced, directed by Marcela Lorca and written by Ayad Akhtar. Photo by Dan Norman.

Disgraced

by CHRISTINE SARKES In Disgraced at the Guthrie Theater, playwright Ayad Akhtar lays bare the deepest, darkest prejudices and fears of his diverse cast. In some ways, this is the most important review I’ve written to date and, like the play itself, the pressure to get it right is intense. What is it like for…

Louisa Darr (Ngana), Erin Mackey (Ensign Nellie Forbush), Edward Staudenmayer (Emile de Becque) and Sander L. Huynh-Weiss (Jerome) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of South Pacific. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

South Pacific

by CHRISTINE SARKES La vie est belle, life is beautiful, on the set of South Pacific at the Guthrie Theater through August 28. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 Broadway musical (and 1958 film) is romantic and lush, with such indelible music and lyrics that many left the theater whistling the tunes. It takes on prejudice and…

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Le Switch

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I loved Le Switch. I feel a little guilty about this, mainly because it’s a pretty standard form rom-com complete with quirky characters and convenient coincidences and the overarching message that the best, most important thing you can do in life is fall in love and get…

Complicated Fun - MN History Theatre. Photo by Scott Pakudaitis

Complicated Fun

by CHRISTINE SARKES Complicated Fun at the History Theatre through May 29 is a weirdly coincidental musical retelling of the history of First Avenue and the acts that made it famous, including Prince, who played frequently and filmed many scenes in Purple Rain there. In fact, Chris Osgood of The Suicide Commandos opened the show with a moving tribute…

Boo Segersin and Kip Dooley in Kid Simple: a radio play in the flesh. Photo by Dan Norman

Kid Simple: a radio play in the flesh

BY TAMAR NEUMANN: Have you ever stopped to think about the sounds you hear every day? Do you notice the soft click, clack of a button in the dryer, the low purr of a lawn mower in the backyard, a joyful screech from a toddler, or the tap, tap of the keys on your keyboard? What…