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"Papa Needs More Laffy Taffy"

By: Ryan Lenard

                As I entered the auditorium of North High School Friday night, to view their production of Grease,  I found myself very unprepared for what I was about to see. By that, I mean I had no idea what Grease was even about except for the fact that it is a very popular movie and many people around me seemed very excited to see it performed live. The story focuses on two teenage lovers; Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, and their…

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Added by Ryan Lenard on November 10, 2014 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Dirty Dancing At the Orpheum Theatre Is Not Nostalgic Enough

Grace Peterson

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…

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Added by Grace Peterson on October 13, 2014 at 12:33am — No Comments

I had the Time of My Life…Most of the Time

Swift-footed and ready to mambo, Dirty Dancing is a spectacle to behold.  Based on the famous film from 1987, this show brings a beloved classic to the stage of the Orpheum Theatre.  This show depicts the relationship of Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman.  They meet at Kellerman’s Mountain House, a resort at which Baby’s family is vacationing.  The unthinkable becomes a reality when Penny, Johnny’s…

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Added by Noah Coon on October 9, 2014 at 11:34pm — 2 Comments

A bullet point essay on what is Not Good

It is not good....

  • When the costume design makes every single person look so similar you can't tell them apart.
  • To be saying "dang it, is that the main character, or is he the main character?"
  • To have two singing roles and have neither be the main characters.
  • To have every other scene be a filler scene that does nothing but explain exactly what's about to happen in the next scene "Auditions for the talent show are right…
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Added by Zoë Makila on October 9, 2014 at 9:59pm — 2 Comments

Dirty Dancing Adaptation Has It's Flaws

     Dirty Dancing started strong; this beloved movie’s famous dancing and songs translated well to the stage, but the acting and dialog wasn’t quite on point. Intimate moments were lost. An interesting add on to the stage version of Dirty Dancing is how they looked at social issues of the time even though the story is set in a seemingly happy place. This show relied heavily not just on the cast’s talent, but also on the show’s set and special effects, which didn’t cause complaints…

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Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on October 9, 2014 at 2:27pm — 3 Comments

An Evening With the Backup Band (featuring Boz Scaggs)

George Mulder

An Evening With Boz Scaggs

An Evening With the Backup Band (featuring Boz Scaggs)

There is a reason nobody knew about this concert. Boz Scaggs played a concert at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on September 30. A series of rock ballads and timid singing made for a sleepy date night. If you are a fan, you will love it! As a person who just found out he exists, you will not want to stay. It’s all about appreciating his past. A double encore would not have…

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Added by George Mulder on October 2, 2014 at 8:45pm — No Comments

New Heroes + New Seasons = 2014 Ivey's

            The Ivey’s are a place where people celebrate and acknowledge the heroes of theater in the Minneapolis area.  The awards show gets its name from The Ivey restaurant.  This was the hottest place to be after a show in the 1900’s.  After hundreds of awards have been handed out to very deserving actors and artists around the community over many years, I was given the most fortunate opportunity to attend the…

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Added by Noah Coon on September 23, 2014 at 11:14pm — No Comments

The New Electric Baloney

The New Electric Ballroom

George Mulder

The New Electric Baloney

Confusion is just an unpleasant realm of thought. The New Electric Ballroom is just that- confusing. Put on by the Frank Theatre company at the New Century Theatre, this drama with a hint of comedy is a sleepy, repetitive play. It conveys the story of three women living together. Two of the women are psychotic in a way that none of us knows, and the other is their informal caretaker. A fish delivery…

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Added by George Mulder on September 23, 2014 at 9:55pm — No Comments

The Truth in Ridiculing: The Book of Mormon

George Mulder

The Book of Mormon

The Truth in Ridiculing

Who would have thought that the Tony’s best musical from 2011 would be hated by an entire group of people? The Book of Mormon is playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis through September 14. It is a comedic take on being a Mormon and going on a mission at the age of 19. Audience members have found it disturbing to their own ways of life. The question is, do Mormons find it amusing?

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Added by George Mulder on September 4, 2014 at 10:17pm — 1 Comment

Humor Is Key

     The Book Of Mormon has a certain type of raw humor. Learning how laugh out loud humor such as this works is a key part of being a comedic performer. The amount of joy a humorous show can bring to people from all walks of life is truly magnificent. There is no match for the energy a performer feels after bringing such pleasure to an audience. 

     “Some of the best advice my director gave me would have to be, ‘Just let the material speak for it’s self.”’ Says…

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Added by Claire Mathews-Lingen on September 4, 2014 at 1:06pm — 2 Comments

Saying "Hello" to Actors from "The Book of Mormon"

“The Book of Mormon” is a very sensory show.  From the lavish, 12 million dollar set, to the stellar singing and dancing, this show is highly entertaining. 

After seeing the show I got the privilege to meet with and ask questions of Jake Emmerling and Eric Huffman, two of the ensemble members who have been with this production since its birth November 1st, 2012.  Two years ago the show came to the Twin Cities but neither of the two were in it. Why? The reason is because…

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Added by Noah Coon on September 3, 2014 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

Shakespeare Apocalypse at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

Grace Peterson

Shakespeare Apocalypse

Shakespeare Apocalypse at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

            There is a continuous battle fought by actors and high schoolers alike – understanding Shakespeare. Except for the mighty few who are either geniuses or lying, it is quite hard for most of the population to comprehend the 400 year old words of Shakespeare’s literature. Shakespeare Apocalypse, performing at Theatre In The Round,…

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Added by Grace Peterson on August 9, 2014 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Fringe Orphans 3: The Legend of Orphan’s Gold at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

Grace Peterson

Fringe Orphans 3: The Legend of Orphan’s Gold

Fringe Orphans 3: The Legend of Orphan’s Gold at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

            Fringe Orphans 3, performing at Theatre in the Round, is an eclectic collection of short shows which would not have been long enough for a full fringe slot. The five minute shows range from Fit in This, about creepy weird girls who attempt to fit an “Important Man” into their…

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Added by Grace Peterson on August 9, 2014 at 11:29am — 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

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

AMEN for Sister Act!

Walking in to the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday night, I had no idea what the musical Sister Act was even about! My initial thoughts were, ‘Maybe it involves sisters performing together or maybe it’s a few smaller shows put into one bigger show’! Walking in, I would have never thought that I was about to see a fantastic, energetic, and thrilling story about nuns!…

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Added by Ryan Lenard on May 29, 2014 at 11:50pm — 1 Comment

Is this really supposed to be uplifting?

Some shows are specifically made for people go to the theater to find a bit of God. Sound of Music, Children of Eden, Joseph, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar...the list goes on and on. And those are just the ones where it's obvious. There are plenty of musicals and plays with religious themes and motifs throughout. These shows are often uplifting, filled with positive messages, and are often more about love and caring for one another, rather than the religious messages…

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Added by Zoë Makila on May 29, 2014 at 10:54pm — 1 Comment

Sister Act at the Orpheum Theater May 27th – June 1st

Grace Peterson

Sister Act

Sister Act at the Orpheum Theater May 27th – June 1st

            The…

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Added by Grace Peterson on May 29, 2014 at 9:49pm — 1 Comment

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