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Dana’s Boys’ Hour Town

I am a firm believer in only giving a show five stars if it truly deserves them, and Dana’s Boys’ Hour Town won those five stars fair and square. This Minnesotan themed rewrite of Thornton Wilder’s beloved play Our Town was a brilliant work of art that incorporated a lot of pop culture references and inside jokes about Minnesota’s history and culture. Sulia Altenberg’s ending monologue made my eyes tear up. Hour Town…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 5, 2014 at 10:01am — No Comments

Broken Silence Theatre’s Equanimity

Broken Silence Theatre’s production of Equanimity was a fascinatingly hectic show. There were some very thought provoking ideas about the reality of dreams and what it is to be alone. At moments Equanimity was very confusing and the ending seemed a bit sudden and abrupt. All in all, I’d say that this is a fun show to see and that it is appropriate for ages 15 and up because of sexual themes.

Added by Emma Dalen on August 5, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

Campbell Production’s Failure: A Love Story

Campbell Production’s Failure: A Love Story was beautifully tragic and heartbreakingly funny all at the same time. In the span of 55 minutes it made the audience laugh and it made them cry. The story was well written and surprisingly believable. The cast members seemed comfortable with each other and apart from a few line fumbles they seemed to know the play very well. Kim Kivens and Charles Fraser were brilliant in…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 3, 2014 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Before I Go… At the Minnesota Fringe Festival

Grace Peterson

Before I Go…

Before I Go… At the Minnesota Fringe Festival

            Before I Go…, performing for the Minnesota Fringe Festival at the Mixed Blood Theater, is a “collection of tragicomedies” which explore death and the moments before. Each mini-play involves a different set of characters who go through very distinct journeys to their last moments of life. The play uses these diverse circumstances to examine the ways in…

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Added by Grace Peterson on August 3, 2014 at 9:35pm — No Comments

The Neverland Players At the Minneapolis Fringe Festival

Grace Peterson

The Neverland Players

The Neverland Players

            One of the most beautiful aspects about children is their imagination. Children’s imaginations run free, not yet wavered by experience and the realization that not everything is possible. Losing that imagination is one of the many tragedies of growing up and becoming aware of the world. Fortunately, The Neverland Players, performing in the Fringe Festival at the U…

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Added by Grace Peterson on August 3, 2014 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Fireflower: An Original Musical Comedy

Grace Peterson

Fireflower

Fireflower: An Original Musical Comedy

            Since 1983, most children share the experience of having played a Super Mario Bros. game at least once. The aim (to save Princess Peach), the obstacles (the Goomba and Koopa Troopa), and the upgrade items (such as FireFlower, coins, and Starman) are recognizable to most, whether or not they have played the game. The music, written by Koji Kondo, is widely…

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Added by Grace Peterson on August 3, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Raw Sugar’s Defiance Alliance

Raw Sugar’s Defiance Alliance was a witty, comedic rolic about superheroes, science, and 75 different macaroni recipes. The three person cast worked together like well oiled machinery, seamlessly transitioning their cardboard set into different settings. Jenny Moeller, who played Delilah, was hysterically funny, both with her dialogue and her facial expressions. The actors played off of each other and the audience…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 2, 2014 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Mainly Me Productions' Our American Assassin; Or You Can't Handle The Booth!

Mainly Me Productions' Our American Assassin; Or You Can't Handle The Booth! was comedic genius. There were moments when you had to struggle to hear the fast talking actors over the audiences increasingly loud laughter. The cast worked very well together and they had no qualms about making fun of both themselves and the acting community. Andy Kraft had amazing comedic timing and he and Josh Carson played the parts of…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 2, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

10 Steps to Rocky Horror

It tends to be difficult to review your own production. I found this out through The Rocky Horror Show. After two weeks of shows, the production ended. Or, at least it did for the Minneapolis School Summer Theatre. However, the show lives on, as many productions are occurring across the country, not including the midnight movie cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's an experience, to be sure. But I, personally, feel that putting the show on is even more fun than…

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Added by Alison Grausam on July 15, 2014 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Grace Peterson

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

     Due to surrounding controversy, the performance of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the New Century Theater in…

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Added by Grace Peterson on June 30, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Rocking Out To American History

Karina Strom

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

 

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Review

 

            The cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson rocked audiences in this rock musical at the New Century Theater this month. This show told the story of the life of America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson, in form of a funny, satirical rock musical portraying Jackson as an emo-rocker. Some people think of Jackson being the best…

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Added by Karina Strom on June 29, 2014 at 1:14pm — No Comments

A Historical Rock Musical? Yea, Yea!

It was with no small amount of nerves that I took my seat in the New Century Theatre on Sunday evening to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. I’d heard many criticisms of the show, saying it was horribly offensive to Native American history, and I wasn’t sure how I’d be able to juggle that and my love of rock musicals.

 

The show definitely entered some rocky territory in its portrayal of Native Americans, but it was made very clear that they were making fun of the white…

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Added by Jane Pena on June 25, 2014 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Ghost

Ghost is the story of a young couple whose lives are changed forever when an unexpected tragedy strikes. The Young man, Sam, is brought back as a ghost and with the assistance of a psychic, Oda Mae, tries to help keep his girlfriend, Molly safe from his former best friend. The plot is definitely nothing special, however being adapted from a movie this aren’t exactly the plays fault. Unfortunately the show isn’t able to make the somewhat weak storyline much more…

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Added by Karen Kenison on June 24, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

GHOST

Olivia Skjervold

Ghost

 

GHOST

 

            “Ghost” is a fully entertaining dazzling display of lights, sights, sounds and special effects based off the popular movie with the same title. The story follows the ghost of a murdered man as tries to protect his girlfriend from danger from beyond the grave (playing at the Orpheum Theater June 18-23). Though the story’s translation to a musical is mediocre at best, the real appeal of the show is the stunning…

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Added by Olivia Skjervold on June 24, 2014 at 4:19am — 1 Comment

Good Old Fashioned History in TIght Jeans

Olivia Skjervold

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

 

Popular culture has already made Abraham Lincoln a vampire hunter, but what about Andrew Jackson as a rock star? Well, Minneapolis Musical Theater has arrived to explore that very idea with the production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” which is rocking out on the New Century Theatre until June 29. The show takes a satirical look at our seventh president,…

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Added by Olivia Skjervold on June 24, 2014 at 3:52am — 1 Comment

In Defense of BBAJ

I saw Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson at the New Century Theatre (playing through June 29th), well aware of the controversy surrounding the show. Because I have had a defense-of-sorts for Jackson running through my mind from the very moment I stepped out of the theatre, I feel it only appropriate to throw in my two cents.

This is a defense of Jackson as performed in Minneapolis in 2014. I'm not about to give first-hand opinions about New York in 2009, or any…

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Added by Alison Grausam on June 23, 2014 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Five Things You Didn't Know About Ghost

1. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, and the stars won many more including a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
2. It was the highest grossing film of 1990.
3. The musical premiered in 2011.
4. The pottery wheel scene has been recreated in many popular shows such as Saturday Night Live, Family Guy, and Glee.
5. The illusions were created by famous stage illusionist Paul Kieve, who did work on Matilda, Pippin, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Added by Anna Wheeler on June 22, 2014 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

A Brief History of Ghost: the Musical

The movie Ghost opened in theatres on July 13, 1990 starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg, with an original screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin, and directed by Jerry Zucker. The movie, an outstanding commercial success with a $22 million budget grossed $505,702,588 in box office sales, making it the highest grossing film of 1990, and the 91st highest grossing film of all time. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best…

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Added by Matthew Maxam on June 21, 2014 at 7:12pm — 1 Comment

Bloody bloody Andrew Jackson

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a very unique play. This production is a good version of the play, however the text itself has some problems. The musical is based loosely on the rise of our seventh president Andrew Jackson. The play takes a large chunk of history and condenses it into a 90 minute rock musical. The result is a very strange, often funny, sometimes inappropriate and occasionally offensive musical. The show has lots of great moments, but sometimes the strange mix of elements…

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Added by Karen Kenison on June 21, 2014 at 2:12am — 1 Comment

"Life SUCKS!" but BBAJ Will Not Disappoint

The moment I’ve been waiting for my entire life. To see my second favorite musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, performed right before my very own eyes. I entered the theatre ready to rock, and I left the theatre wanting more. Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s production exceeded my expectations, even with having listened to the Broadway version for several years.

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Added by Christopher Cartwright on June 20, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

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