Month: June 2017

Review of On Golden Pond, Stage North in Brainerd, MN

Quote of the Day: Ethel: Come here, Norman, hurry up. The Loons! The Loons! They’re welcoming us back. from the classic play On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson, on stage at Stage North in Brainerd, MN through Saturday, July 1, 2017, directed by Liz Davies. If opening night audience is an indicator, this is a well-loved play. The audience was ready to laugh at the zingers, especially slung by Norman and young Billy Ray. They gasped at the dramatic scenes, and might have even wiped at a few tears at the sentimental parts. Stage North had a nice sized house on opening night,...

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Review of Sunday in the Park with George at the Guthrie Theater

Quote of the Day: Why would I try to paint like everyone else? George, in Sunday in the Park with George.  Director Joseph Haj and his cast, crew, and phenomenal orchestra have created an exquisite production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at the Guthrie Theater. Everything about this show is complicated, and beautiful. We are watching an artist at work. In the opening number, George’s lover and model, Dot, sings “Sunday in the Park with George,” which is funny and clever. She’s standing there, posed and poised, yet filled with expression, as she sweats and sings, and...

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Review of An American in Paris at the Ordway in St. Paul, MN

Quote of the Day: From the ashes of war, new friendships are born. from the opening monologue by the character Adam Hochberg (Etai Benson) in the Gershwin ballet musical An American in Paris, by the Broadway Touring Company, performing this week at The Ordway Performing Arts Center in St. Paul, MN. I had the divine pleasure of attending press night. It was a dream. If you want to see where the producers of the film La La Land got some of their ideas, watch An American in Paris, or Singin’ in the Rain. Both have gorgeous dance sequences and sweet story lines....

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The (Almost) Totally True Story of Hansel & Gretel at CLC

Quote of the Day:  “I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.” – Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education I had the pleasure this evening of seeing a play in the Brainerd lakes area for kids with many kids cast in parts for The...

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Review of Rent 20th Anniversary Tour at the Orpheum in Minneapolis

Quote of the Day: So many young composers and theater talents have told me that “Rent” enabled them to begin to see themselves as part of the American Theater. Michael Greif, director of the original Off-Broadway and Broadway productions. The modern rock musical Rent has a huge following and is much loved. You could tell by the response of the crowd on the opening night of the tour at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, MN. People were there in their Rent t-shirts, Bohemian style shirts, and with groups of friends. They went wild after the opening number, and as each of...

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