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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…


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

Nuns Will Be Nuns

Get out your rosaries and hold onto your bibles, because you’re about to begin an outrageous and fun filled journey that will leave you singing “Alleluia” all night long. That’s right, Sister Act is playing at the Orpheum through June 1. The collision of two worlds- one of a limelight-seeking diva and the other of a strict convent-leading nun- creates an amalgam that will leave you stepping to the beat and laughing uncontrollably. The show is well-rounded with incredible vocals, funny…


Added by Taylor Leighton on May 29, 2014 at 10:51pm — 1 Comment

Sister Act

 I am sure you have heard of it- the movie with Whoopi Goldberg and the drama of a “wild woman” of the late 60's hiding in the witness protection program as a nun. She is despised and then later teaches the nuns a lesson while it also changes her life forever. Sister Act was simply not my style. I found the story line bland- it had me nearly snoozing by the second act. Their flat voices and uncommitted character choices left me disinterested and disappointed.

I found Hollis Resnik's…


Added by Oriana Freeman on May 29, 2014 at 10:17pm — 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



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

fun, not deep

    Sister act is the story of a singer on the rise- turned into witness in protection after she accidentally viewed a murder by her then producer/boyfriend and one of his lackeys. Placed into witness protection in a convent, a few events rolled out. She transforms the church choir into a performing group of sisters and makes a few friends in the process. The message of the show is a simple one, fame means nothing without being there with the people you care about.

    As I attend a…


Added by Emily Daniel on May 29, 2014 at 9:29pm — 1 Comment

Here Within These Walls is Talent

Sister Act 

Jack Bonko

Sister Act was like New Years Eve and Christmas Day wrapped into one thing. You never wanted it to end. The power and captivity of the performers was mesmerizing and empowering. It’s always good to see actors who enjoy the show they are doing because it makes us as an audience want to participate in the story with them. Sister Act is based on the hit 1992 film comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg. Where a very…


Added by Jack Bonko on May 29, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Sister Act Took Me To Heaven!

          It is a rarity to see the total package musical. However, Sister Act was just that. Exceptional singing, acting, costumes, and sets came together to create a truly breathtaking experience. Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, an aspiring singer. Her good for nothing boyfriend has gotten into trouble and results in Deloris going into hiding in a convent. It is there where she meets the convent’s less than good choir. She…


Added by Jana Abdulkadir on May 29, 2014 at 8:53pm — 1 Comment

Praying For This Show To End

George Mulder

Sister Act

Praying For This Show To End

Sister Act was full of talent, but not in the right spot. It is playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis until June 1. The show started off with a showcase of horrible acting with a side of belting. It is about a woman who gets in a bad relationship and has to hide in a convent where she is clearly an outcast. She figures out how to make the most of her time there, even if she has to take some risks. She takes a dull… Continue

Added by George Mulder on May 29, 2014 at 7:49pm — 1 Comment

The Show That Put The "Sis" Back In "Genesis".

Sister Act, originally a 1992 comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg, was an ultimate must see film. Whether if be that the premise is hilarious, that I was unfamiliar with the musical or that I haven’t seen a piece of amazing theatre in too long, I was eager to see the story unfold in front of me this Tuesday night. Sister Act follows Deloris Van Cartier as her life spins a three sixty after witnessing a murder and having to hide out in the local convent for…


Added by Lizzie Esposito on May 29, 2014 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

Come and Get the Sunday Morning Fever

I really didn’t know much about Sister Act besides the fact that it was about nuns. The story is about an aspiring singer Deloris Van Cartier (played by Ta’rea Campbell) who’s trying to make it in the music industry. Her no good boyfriend Curtis (played by Melvin Abston) threatens her life when she witnesses a murder committed by him. To save herself she ends up hiding under police orders in a convent. Even though the glitz and glamour free lifestyle doesn’t appeal to her, she finds her…


Added by Anna Berger on May 29, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

The Grapefruit of Broadway

I would like to start off my review by comparing this show to a grapefruit. Some of you may wonder why, exactly, is the Tony award winning show Sister Act like a grapefruit? I can see why you might have some confusion. You see, what I’m trying to say is that Sister Act, like a grapefruit, is something that, unless you’re into that sort of thing, isn’t very satisfying. The cast did a wonderful job, the sets were great, the…


Added by Emma Dalen on May 29, 2014 at 5:59pm — 2 Comments

Nuns are Funny

  Sister Act is really, truly, incredibly awesome. I highly suggest seeing it sometime between May 27th and June 1st, when it will wrap up and depart from the Orpheum Theatre downtown. Now, if you know as little as I did before the show started, you probably think Sister Act is about weird, sassy, singing nuns. And you are absolutely correct. It was very strange, glitzy, and extremely disco-y. Although the plot was completely ridiculous, I found it to be an overall delightful…


Added by Piper Shatz-Akin on May 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Sister Act: A Blue Fur Coat Made From Smurfs

Danielle Wong

Sister Act

Sister Act: A Fur Coat Made From Smurfs

“You get a car; you get a car; YOU ALL GET A CAR!”

After seeing Oprah Winfrey’s infamous generosity on TV numerous times, it’s understandable that I would want to be sitting in those seats when she decides to hand out “free” gifts; if you count a $7,000 tax on the car as “free”.

When I sat down and watched the…


Added by Danielle Wong on May 28, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

I've Got All My Sisters with Me

          Hellllllllllllo and welcome to the funky, zany, hand-waving, booty-shaking talk of the town! The aspiring African-American club singer Deloris Van Cartier (she came up with the name herself—isn’t it good?) witnesses a terrifying murder at the hands of her lover, Curtis Jackson. When he sends his cronies and giggling nephew after her, Deloris looks to the police to hide her. And they choose the perfect spot. A convent! Deloris—now Sister Mary Clarence—causes the largest culture…


Added by Nathaniel Larson on May 28, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

'Sister Act' or 'Legally Blonde: Gospel Edition'?

I was going to say that Sister Act was basically a Catholic version of The Book of Mormon, but then I decided that Sister Act didn’t deserve to be compared to such a great musical. Now that I think about it, Sister Act was more like one of my least favorite musicals - one that I had the unfortunate pleasure of being cast in earlier this year - Legally…


Added by Christopher Cartwright on May 28, 2014 at 3:32pm — 3 Comments

These Sisters sure can Act!

The sisters sure put on an act tonight.  With their gospel spunk and sassy dancing, this show rocked the house.  The show tells the story of Deloris, a singer who is looking for fame and glory.  When she sees her boyfriend shoot someone, she has to go into witness protection, as a nun, to save her life.   Before long she transforms the horrendous choir into a crazy gospel choir.  The show runs through June first, so…


Added by Noah Coon on May 28, 2014 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

Capital Crimes

       Their crimes are horrendous. Guilt, adultery, abuse of dreams—and murder. Lenny, Meg, and Babe, three women from the South, are put on trial for their crimes against the ultimate jury: themselves and each other. Just opening at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Crimes of the Heart, by Beth Henley and directed by Marcela Lorca. This show lives up to the fullest of its potential, mixing comedy and tragedy beautifully into a heart-felt…


Added by Nathaniel Larson on May 8, 2014 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Once- More than a one time show

This past Tuesday I went to go see Once, the stage adaptation of the 2006 film. It was very different than any of the other shows I've seen at the Orpheum so far this year, but it was quite enjoyable. Once is set in Dublin and tells the story of a young Irish man and a Czech woman as they use music to help repair the holes in their lives.

One of the incredibly unique aspects of this show was that the cast doubled as the orchestra. All of the music was performed live onstage which really… Continue

Added by Anna Wheeler on April 8, 2014 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Once: Truly a Once in a Lifetime Experience

     From the moment the house opens to the cast’s final bow,…


Added by Abilene Olson on April 6, 2014 at 9:49pm — No Comments


    On Tuesday, April 1, I saw Once at the Orpheum theatre. I’d never seen the show or the movie before, so I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to see. Once is not the kind of musical I usually tend to love. However, I did really like it and it had many innovative aspects.

    I thought the plot of Once was very intriguing. I liked all the characters very much. The daughter, Ivanka, seemed a little big pointless because she was only in two scenes and I don’t remember her saying a…


Added by Allie Brown on April 6, 2014 at 12:05pm — No Comments




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