Month: September 2017

Prune Restaurant is French Country infused and all Gabrielle Hamilton

Quote of the Day: I came to see hunger as being as important a part of a stage as knife skills. Because so much starving on that trip led to such an enormous amount of  fantasizing about food, each craving became fanatically particular. Hunger was not general, ever, for just something, anything, to eat. My hunger grew so specific I could name every corner and fold of it. Salty, warm, brothy, starchy, fatty, sweet, clean and crunchy, crisp and water, and so on. Chef Gabrielle Hamilton in her memoir Blood, Bones, and Butter.  The Biker Chef and I traveled to New York...

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Review of The Nether at the Jungle Theater

Quote of the Day: Write what makes you angry. Writing advice by Playwright Paula Vogel to her student Jennifer Haley, which she uses in her psychological thriller play, The Nether, playing now at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, MN.  Are you anonymous on the internet? Have you ever pretended to be someone different in “The Nether” than in the real physical world? What would you do if you knew there were no consequences? These are the questions that come to mind as you watch The Nether by Jennifer Haley. Have you heard of, or experienced, chat rooms, virtual worlds, or fantasy...

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Review of The Abominables at the Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis, MN

Quote of the Day: I want speed and excitement, and I want our players to go out there and have the times of their lives. We’re not going to be hanging around waiting for something to happen. We’re going to make things happen ourselves. Herb Brooks, MN Gophers hockey coach, 1972-1979, and Head Coach of US Hockey team in the 1980 Olympics, and more.  The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis commissioned work with The Civilians to create a Minnesota Hockey Musical, a very appropriate subject for Minnesota families. Not all of us are hockey families, or even all members of the...

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Review of In the Heights at The Ordway in St. Paul, MN

Quote of the Day: Because of the success of “Hamilton” and “On your feet” [and In the Heights], you can’t hide behind the old argument of “It needs to be bankable, so we can’t put all these people of color in the show.” We are bankable. Lin-Manuel Miranda on producing theatrical productions. In the Heights, which I saw at The Ordway Performing Arts Center in St. Paul, MN is full of color, the real people who populate America, specifically an El Barrio in New York City, their relationships, struggles, and varied cultures.  Before his Broadway hit Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote In the Heights,...

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Bandstand on Broadway is Jazzy and Sweet

Quote of the Day: Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. Elton John. In the musical Bandstand’s song Breathe, the WWII vets, who are suffering from PTSD sing about how they “breath through the instrument,” and lose themselves in the songs, and for those moments, they don’t think about the horrors of war, the loss, their buddies blown to bits. The music brings them together and gives them new meaning for life, connection, and healing.  To celebrate my 50th Birthday, I traveled to NYC with the Biker Chef. My trip...

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