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 Christmas Carol

BY: JACOB FROELICH & ERIKA SASSEVILLE The Guthrie is at it again with their 43rd annual production of A Christmas Carol. Directed by Lauren Keating, this year’s Carol  is exactly what we expected and just what we needed all at the same time.The classic tale featuring Ebenezer Scrooge (Nathaniel Fuller), Bob Cratchit (Kris L. Nelson) and…

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).…

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…

Aladdin

  By JACOB FROELICH Nothing stops a show quite like magic. That is, besides spectacle beyond compare and a dazzling tap dance number. You can find all of the aforementioned delights in Disney’s Aladdin, playing now through October 8 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. Relive the classic rags to riches tale in all its…