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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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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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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.