Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is one of my favorite Disney movies, second only to “The Lion King”. Two years ago, I got to see the Broadway musical version of “Beauty and the Beast” and loved it. When I heard that it was coming back this year, I was excited to see if it was as good as I had remembered it. It was not. The show seemed like it was dummied down from the movie, which doesn’t really make sense. Why would you dummy down an animated kids movie? “Beauty and the…Continue
I had been looking forward to seeing “Pippin” ever since I first heard of it on the Tony Awards. The opening song, “Magic To Do” caught hold of my interest immediately. When I saw that “Pippin was one of the touring Broadway productions that would perform at the Orpheum during their 2014-2015 season, I was ecstatic. “Pippin” was created by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. The revival production was directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Chet Walker. “Pippin” is…Continue
I was lucky enough to see one of the rehearsals of the first half of “Calvin Berger” last January. The music and subject matter instantly won me over instantly. I would have come to see the show even if I hadn’t been required to. The show was written in 2006 by Barry Wyner. In one production, Aaron Tveit, who has played many famous Broadway characters, including Enjolras in the latest film version of Les Miserables, played Matt, the airheaded jock in love with Rosanna, the…Continue
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I’ve never really been a huge fan of the TV show “I Love Lucy”, so I wasn’t really looking forward to seeing it live on stage. In fact, I was rather dreading having to go see it. Especially when I learned that there would be live ads sprinkled throughout the show. The show was directed, co-adapted and musically staged by Rick Sparks. The performance dates are January 20-25 at 7:30 p.m. The show runs about 95 minutes with no…Continue
Before going to see this show, I had never really had much experience with the music of Motown. I had heard of some of their artists, but never really listened to any of their songs. “Motown The Musical” was a happy surprise for me. Although it felt a bit long, it kept my attention through the whole two hours and forty minutes. For an easily distracted person, that’s quite a feat. “Motown The Musical was directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and all of the music is from…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
Added by Emma Dalen on October 15, 2014 at 8:33pm — No Comments
The Four Humors Does Every Show In The Fringe was a comedic improv show that got it’s laughs by making fun of other Fringe shows, which is a great idea and I wish I’d thought of it. This was the very first improv show I’ve ever been to and I loved it. This time they tried to perform Blue Moon Theatre Company’s production Fish Stories. The actors recovered from bouts of laughter seamlessly. I especially liked the guest…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 10, 2014 at 2:57pm — No Comments
Negative Negative Production’s Habibi was a sad story of love and loss, and like some other beautiful stories, it did not have a happy ending. I’ve never understood why some people insist that all stories have happy endings. Life itself doesn’t have a happy ending, so why should every story? The three actors in this show were all extremely talented and they made their characters feel like living breathing people. I…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 10, 2014 at 2:19pm — No Comments
The Coldhart’s production Edgar Allan was bone tinglingly creepy and it gave me goosebumps within the first few minutes. I loved the use of the ukulele and the trumpet for the musical accompaniment. If it were possible for me to buy the soundtrack of this show, I would get it in a heartbeat. Katie Hartman, who played Edgar Allan had a beautifully creepy voice that made my spine shiver. Ms. Hartman’s portrayal of young…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 10, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments
Freshwater Theatre’s Rewind-A-Buddy was nothing like I expected it to be. It was both hysterically funny and heart wrenchingly sad all at the same time. Buddy, played by J. Merrill Motz, was relatable and everything that happened seemed to escalate naturally, nothing ever seemed forced. Motz had great facial expressions that really tied the show together. It was very interesting to watch Buddy getting more and more…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 10, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments
Homohotdish’s The Tucking of My Shrew was a beautifully choreographed train wreck. I have to say, this was the first time that I’ve ever been tied up by a drag queen and asked to read lines. The cast did a really good job of making it seem like the events that were happening in the play were happening in real life. The penis suit was incredibly funny, but it seemed to be having a bit of a problem staying erect. The costumes worn by the drag queens themselves were glittery and bedazzled and…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 8, 2014 at 10:08pm — No Comments
Loudmouth Collective’s Kitty Kitty Kitty was an amusing story about a cat named Kitty falling in love with his clone, named Kitty Kitty, before being rudely separated. It’s a story of love and loss. Death and cloning. Of what it is to be lonely. It was a beautiful story, full of laughter and tears. Katie Willer, who played Morris/Mrs. Person, was very good. The way that she showed the differences between her two…Continue
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Renegade Play-Reading Company’s What You Will is Twelfth Night from the perspectives of Sir Toby, Maria, Feste, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. RPRC took the scenes with those characters out of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and put together a coherent play. The idea of taking a well known Shakespearean play and dividing it in two so it fits in the Fringe Festivals tiny time slots is brilliant. The shows even make sense if you don’t see both of them, which is a feat unto…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 8, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments
Bollywood Dance Scene - Twin Cities’ Hi! Hello! Namaste? was a gaudy Bollywood romp with beautiful costumes and energetic dances. Instead of just having a show made up of only dancing, like most of the dance shows you see, they added a storyline. At times the plot was a bit hard to follow and the show understandably focused on the dance numbers. There were some strong actors in the cast. Jayanthi Kumar, who played…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 8, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments
I am a playwright. I write shows about the relationships between people, surprise twists and shows that get into peoples heads. Theatre Corrobora’s production Fig is the kind of show I dream of writing. Sweet, creepy, weird and psychological all at the same time. The interactions between the characters felt so real. All of the actors were perfectly cast. Aidan Gallivan, who played Fig, the imaginary girl, rounded out by…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 7, 2014 at 3:04pm — No Comments
Young Artists Council of Youth Performance Company’s Bottoms Up was a fun pop culture filled parody of Titanic, and although I have never seen the movie, I still really enjoyed the show. The cast didn’t seem to take themselves seriously, which was part of the charm. The pop culture references were cleverly sprinkled throughout the show. I loved the many dance sequences that accompanied some of the longer songs. The cast…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 7, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments
Mendota Theater Company’s Austen-tatious was an incredibly funny show where characters randomly burst into song all the time. The relationships were believable and Emma and George had great chemistry together. Camille Isadora Smith, who played Emma Woodhouse, had a lovely singing voice. Phillip Schramm, who played multiple characters, was wonderful at bringing each character to life. The show was very funny and although…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 7, 2014 at 2:17pm — No Comments
Rough Magic Performance Company’s production of Twelfth Night was an interesting version of Shakespeare's beloved comedy about love, mistaken identity, and dressing like a man. It’s never easy to rewrite a classic Shakespeare play and still have it make sense. You have to figure out what scenes and subplots to cut so that the finished product won’t confound your audience. Rough Magic Performance Company managed to…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on August 7, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I Love You, Bickwitus Productions’ Comic-Con Clue was a goofy show with an interesting concept. There were many parts in the show where the dialogue was well thought out, but there were other times when the writing seemed to be a bit lacking. The acting was pretty good and the actors played believable Comic-Con goers. Overall, Comic-Con Clue was a fun and interesting show with lots of nerd jokes and murder.
Added by Emma Dalen on August 5, 2014 at 9:51pm — No Comments
Under The Skin Theater Company’s Pecan Brown and the Seven ....’s was an interesting idea, but it was poorly executed. Two of the actors seemed very passionate about what they were saying, but the rest of the cast looked like they were about to fall asleep. The show could use a lot of work. It’s still got a ways to go till it’s not preachy anymore, but still sends a message. And I’m still confused as to why Thor was the narrator.
Added by Emma Dalen on August 5, 2014 at 9:50pm — No Comments