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…

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…

Romeo and Juliet

by CHRISTINE SARKES Romeo and Juliet at the Guthrie Theater through October 28 is fresh, sexy and brilliantly directed by Guthrie’s artistic director Joseph Haj. I especially loved the humor and vibrancy of the staging and the modern cadence of Shakespeare’s words. The play sizzles with energy and will absolutely appeal to younger middle and…