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This Classic Story Should Have Stayed Offstage

Posted by Jane Pena on October 16, 2014 at 12:37am 0 Comments

Dirty Dancing the movie: Iconic, beloved classic, movie. Dirty Dancing onstage: Not quite so impressive.


The stage production of Dirty Dancing, which ends its run at the Orpheum this Sunday, was all nostalgia and no substance. There were dance numbers that got the blood pumping, music that had the heart grinning, but none of that helped to get the story acros. The show’s story was told as a series of short…


The Bore of My Life

Posted by Emma Dalen on October 15, 2014 at 8:33pm 0 Comments

I... hated it with all of my miiight.

Yes, the movie made me feel this way before.

Yes I swear, I will never know why people like it,

And I owe it all to wooden aaacting.


Cause I, think that the dancing’s great and all,

But the story’s so…


Dirty Dancing At the Orpheum Theatre Is Not Nostalgic Enough

Posted by Grace Peterson on October 13, 2014 at 12:33am 0 Comments

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Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing At the Orpheum Theatre Is Not Nostalgic Enough

            The 80’s cult classic Dirty Dancing is now on stage at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, October 7th – 19th. Like all other 80s dance movies turned musical, it is campy, poorly written, and heaven for middle aged women.

            After the classic “It was the summer of 1963, and cell phones weren’t…


The Window Breaks and the House Roars

Posted by Emma Price on October 12, 2014 at 10:57pm 0 Comments

       In a small black box of a room, with only some smaller black boxes and a chair for a set, Southwest High School’s production of The 39 Steps had me encaptured from the get-go. Having no idea what I was stepping into, I was mostly expecting a typical, mediocre student-directed high school play. Suffice it to say, I was shocked at the performance that I witnessed. From facial expressions and body language to long, rambling speeches, almost every aspect of this show was a success.…



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Dirty Dancing

Started by Zoë Makila in Uncategorized Oct 10. 0 Replies

Do you think Dirty Dancing the stage play would work as a stand alone? I'm curious if you think it's strong enough and has enough of a plot by itself to carry people through without having seen the…Continue

Are Critics Too Snobby?

Started by Dudley Voigt in Uncategorized May 17, 2012. 0 Replies

TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue


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    What is SpotLight's Critical Reviewer Program?

    SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew. 

    This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.



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