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Should I do it? Should I go for the cliché?? I'm gonna do it!!! This show was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

As the scrim with MARRY POPPINS scrolls up at the top of the show, a dreary, black and white set is revealed. Don’t let this fool you, Mary Poppins is a colorful, amazing treat.

First, I have to talk about the set. It was amazing. The use of perspective allowed the stage to appear so much larger than it actually is. For example, the kitchen set had all of the shelves appear on a slant, creating the illusion of a vanishing point and allowing the set…


Added by Zoë Makila on April 24, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Aziz Ansari, or as I like to call him, Azzizle Anzizzle

Warning: This review contains a bit of adult language

Eight rows from the front at a comedy show...I feel so grown up! There are attractive 20-somethings drinking beer out of plastic bottles, and menacing security personnel all over the place. I'm close enough to…


Added by Zoë Makila on April 8, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

I'm a "Maniac" in this review because I have a lot of mean things to say!

The tagline for Flashdance reads "One girl. One dream. One chance." A very accurate slogan previews the story right on the cover of the playbill. It's also a very cliché way to sum up a very cliché musical. Flashdance is incredibly predictable. I had the second act figured out within the first 30 minutes of the first. There is no such thing as subtle foreshadowing in the world of Flashdance

Cliché shows are forgivable. To a point. Unfortunately…

Added by Zoë Makila on April 4, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Spamalot: Once In Every Few Decades, There Comes A Show Like This

Grace Peterson

Monty Python’s Spamalot

Spamalot: Once In Every Few Decades, There Comes A Show Like This



Added by Grace Peterson on March 17, 2013 at 8:58pm — 1 Comment

It's Kind of What God Was Going For....

Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad, Rory O'Malley, Nikki M. James, and nine Tony awards….this tour had a lot to own up to. The original broadway cast put on such a stunning performance and generated a lot of publicity. With such defined roles and a widely known ideal of each character, it's hard to make a show your own.

Yet somehow, they did it. Mark Evans and Christopher John O'Neill rocked the house with their own depictions of Elders Price and…

Added by Zoë Makila on February 6, 2013 at 12:27am — 2 Comments

Aida: Making Minnesota Proud

Grace Peterson


Aida: Making Minnesota Proud

        Aida, presented by local Theater Latté Da,…


Added by Grace Peterson on January 25, 2013 at 10:49pm — 2 Comments

Jeans in Ancient Egypt?

Aida was a little bit like Justin Bieber. Do I like his music? No, but it's catchy. Do I like his clothes? No, not really. Do I think he's talented? Definitely.
I think people have trouble differentiating between talent and liking something. Just because you like it, doesn't mean it's good, and vice versa. 
Did I like Aida? No. Did I think it was good? Yes.
The talent from the performers of Aida was apparent from the beginning. Cat Brindisi…

Added by Zoë Makila on January 24, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments


Grace Peterson

Priscilla Queen of the Desert




Added by Grace Peterson on January 10, 2013 at 7:13pm — 2 Comments

It's Rainin' Men.....'s butts.

The text I sent during intermission says it all: "I may have been a bit too quick to judge…this show is not as bad as I thought it would be." I was expecting a repeat of last seasons's flop, Mamma Mia, but found myself pleasantly surprised!  This show gives old one-hit-wonders a new chance, with different meanings, different melodies, and much more flamboyant costumes.

There were a few things to get used to, but once you did, the show…

Added by Zoë Makila on January 9, 2013 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Skanky Yankees!

Ever wanted to see female yankees, doctors, and flight attendants dressed in near nothing? Look no further than the Orpheum Theater, where you will see that, and more. Surprisingly, these scantily clad women are highlight of an otherwise dull adaptation of the real life story of Frank Abagnale Jr.. The score is predictable, the plot slow-moving, and the acting just so-so. With the exception of a few show stopping moments, this play drags on to the point of me wanting to rip out my hair.…


Added by Zoë Makila on December 13, 2012 at 9:12pm — 3 Comments

Catch Me If You Can - For Lack of a Catchier Title

Grace Peterson

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can - For Lack of a Catchier Title

            The musical Catch Me If You Can, performing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis December 11th-16th, is the amazing true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr: a man who ran away from home when he was 16 years old and committed millions of dollars worth of fraud to survive. He pretended to be a pilot, a doctor, and a…


Added by Grace Peterson on December 13, 2012 at 9:12pm — 2 Comments

Regina Spektor and Only Son: They Say Opposites Attract...

Grace Peterson

Regina Spektor with Special Guest Only Son

Regina Spektor and Only Son: They Say Opposites Attract...…


Added by Grace Peterson on October 27, 2012 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Beauty and the Beast: There Are Two Sides to Every Story. And Review.

Grace Peterson

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast



Added by Grace Peterson on October 18, 2012 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

"She's in Love With the Beast!"

As Cogsworth says, "If it's not baroque, don't fix it." Beauty and the Beast was anything but broken. It was miraculous. The musicians, the actors, the scenes, the lighting, the sound...everything worked together to put on a show that satisfied the Disney loving child in me. If no one had told me that there was an understudy playing Gaston, I honestly would not have known. 

Everyone onstage deserved to be there. From Sean Reda (Chip), the youngest of the…


Added by Zoë Makila on October 17, 2012 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

Hey, Listen!

The orpheum has never felt so alive. A vibrant triforce (a prevalent symbol in the Legend of Zelda video games) adorned the drop down screen onstage, atop a bustling array of chairs filled with musicians practicing away. Every way you look, there's another…


Added by Zoë Makila on October 1, 2012 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Interview With Tom Borrup

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Tom Borrup, the man in charge of the Plan-It Hennepin Project, which is currently working to create a newer, better Hennepin Avenue. Minneapolis has forever been a changing city, and his brilliant views and visions for this change have sparked interest in many others, encouraging them to get involved with the project. It has had several meetings a month open to the public, where people were able to share stories, feelings, emotional…

Added by Zoë Makila on June 26, 2012 at 7:24pm — No Comments

"We danced on the beach, kissed on the beach and dot, dot, dot."

Going into Mamma Mia!, I knew literally nothing about the plot, the music, the characters, or the actors. I knew that to review it better, I would need to be completely impartial at the beginning. So knowing that, this review is one hundred percent without preconceived notions about the show.

There were a lot of really great things. The ensemble was amazing, with their dance moves and pitch perfect harmonies.…

Added by Zoë Makila on April 25, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments


Admittedly, I don’t know much about Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, or Carl Perkins. Before I saw Million Dollar Quartet, I only knew of two of the four. The songs were foreign to me, the acting was mediocre, and the flow of the show was not one that kept me engaged at all. I know that I’m not in the demographic for this show, and I found myself counting the songs left in the program because I just wanted to go…

Added by Zoë Makila on March 29, 2012 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

Talk-It Hennepin

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a Talk-It Hennepin workshop in downtown Minneapolis. I believe I was supposed to be working as a volunteer (a facilitator, as they were introduced), but I soon found myself a participator instead. Everyone was split up into different groups that discussed the future of Hennepin Avenue-a cultural hub of Minneapolis. My group focused on movement.

I walked in the room with the…


Added by Zoë Makila on March 11, 2012 at 8:49pm — 1 Comment

"Give Me Novacaine"...To Get Through This Show

When I see a touring show, my first thought as I walk out of the theater is usually “I have got to see that again.” With American Idiot, it was “Thank god that’s over.”

American Idiot, a “jukebox musical”, or “party musical,” as I like to call them, is made up of songs from the once-popular band Green Day. I had no idea there was an actual plot to the show until it was too late to connect to the characters (whose…


Added by Zoë Makila on February 24, 2012 at 7:52pm — No Comments

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