Aug 4, 2009
FRINGE SHORTS: "The Three Bonnies" by DA Dance
Lightsey Darst took in the horse-filled, cowboy-themed dance show "The Three Bonnies" by founding Zenon member Denise Armstead and found it to be an ambitious but puzzling production.
Aug 3, 2009
FRINGE SHORTS: "Fearsome Critter" by Mother/Destroyer
Playwright Matthew Everett will be sending back dispatches from the festival all week. Here's his take on "Fearsome Critter," a show, which he was happily surprised to discover, that totally faked him out.
Aug 3, 2009
FRINGE SHORTS: Cathy Wright's "Thrower of Light"
Dance critic Lightsey Darst will be sending in dispatches and short reviews throughout this year's Fringe Festival. Here, she kicks off our Fringe coverage with a brief on Cathy Wright's itch-and-grit movement piece, "Thrower of Light."
Jul 29, 2009
Agony and Ecstasy: Inside the Fringe
Jaime Kleiman's engaging feature gives an inside glimpse into the pressure-cooker of making a Fringe show, as seen through the eyes of a few first-time producers.
Jul 28, 2009
MOMENTUM: Sally Rousse and Megan Mayer
In this, the second in her two-part review of this year's MOMENTUM: New Dance Works offerings, Lightsey Darst gives her thoughts on the performances created by Sally Rousse and Megan Mayer.
Jul 21, 2009
MOMENTUM: Vanessa Voskuil and Sachiko Nishiuchi
Lightsey Darst took in the first weekend's MOMENTUM: NEW DANCE WORK performances, and she weighs in on the madding crowd and fiery flamenco of this year's first shows, by Vanessa Voskuil and Sachiko Nishiuchi.
Jul 7, 2009
The Accidental Playwright
Actor and theater critic Jaime Kleiman profiles Aditi Kapil -- an Ivey Award-winning writer, actor, and director -- about her new work, the benefits of an international perspective, and the lucky happenstance that's bolstered her career crafting plays.
Jun 18, 2009
Spoken Word that Really Rocks
Matthew Everett chats up the Rockstar Storytellers, accomplished solo performers who come together once a month to rock the BLB with inventive evenings of spoken word. The Rockstars' next show (with special guests, 2008 miniStories winners) is June 23.
May 26, 2009
Being Philip K. Dick
Jaime Kleiman takes you behind the scenes of Workhaus Collective's latest production, "800 Words," an intriguing stage adaptation of Philip K. Dick's life, written by 2008 McKnight grantee, Victoria Stewart. (May 28 - June 7 at the Playwrights' Center)
May 26, 2009
Crash and Jump: The Thrill of Black Label Movement
Dance critic Lightsey Darst previews Black Label Movement's new production "Field Songs," which will make its world premiere at the Southern Theater this week with a limited-edition run from May 29 -- June 7.
May 26, 2009
Little Did You Know
Joey Kantor points you to some MN artists-made-good whose hometown gigs may have slipped under your radar--the Mpls-rooted band backing Andrew Bird and MN native jazz chanteuse Erin Bode.
May 15, 2009
A Handyman for All Seasons
Writer Maggie Sandford profiles Hardy Coleman, a well-received writer and playwright (with a new play in the Bedlam's 10-Minute Play Fest)--and he's a storied, unlikely character in his own right.
May 13, 2009
Dance that Doesn't Run on Pretty: Chris Schlichting
Dance critic Lightsey Darst gives a close reading of Chris Schlichting's singular body of work. You can see Schlichting's "love things" on stage as part of this year's SCUBA at the Southern May 15-16.
May 7, 2009
A Crisp New Take on 'Crime and Punishment'
Theater critic and performer Jaime Kleiman offers an engaging preview of Ten Thousand Things' new stage adaptation of Dostoevsky's classic tome -- RASKOL by Kira Obolensky.
May 5, 2009
The Nuts and Bolts of 'Making Music:' Jason Moran
Writer Sari Gordon previews the May 7 'Making Music' conversation and performance with jazz musician Jason Moran and offers a bit of background on this intimate, accessible five-year-old music series presented by The Whole and series host JG Everest.
Apr 21, 2009
A View on Chris Yon's "Infinite Multiverse"
Dance critic Lightsey Darst took in Chris Yon's new show at the BLB, "The Infinite Multiverse," his first performance since moving to Minnesota from NYC. Her verdict? It's a hellishly complex, energetic, accomplished flux of movement.
Apr 8, 2009
Inside the Guthrie's "Kushner Celebration"
Performance critic Jaime Kleiman offers a behind-the-scenes look into the Guthrie's preparations for a three-month-long festival exploring playwright Tony Kushner's body of work, which kicks off April 18 with the musical "Caroline, or Change."
Apr 2, 2009
The Wages of Passion
Playwright Cass Erickson weighs in on Frank Theatre's staging of Marina Carr's "By the Bog of Cats"- a gorgeous, if disquieting, reimagining of the Medea story set in the Irish midlands - on stage at the Guthrie's Dowling Studio through April 5.
Mar 18, 2009
"Renovate" Makes Good on the Promise of Novelty and Shine
Dance critic Lightsey Darst probes beneath the shiny surfaces of the new works performed in the recently staged "Renovate" dance showcase. In addition to an abundance of novelty, she found a few surprises with unexpected depths yet to fathom.
Mar 6, 2009
Taking "Beautiful Stories" from Page to Stage
Playwright Matthew Everett goes behind the scenes of a new co-production by Hardcover Theater and Workhouse Theatre--a stage adaptation of the cult hit illustrated series of books by Dave Louapre and Dan Sweetman, "Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children."
Feb 26, 2009
Bend Your Ear
A defense of esoteric art by musician Joey Kantor, and an ode to the hard-won pleasures to be found in the complex melodies and improvisational riffs of contemporary jazz, with a nod to homegrown virtuosos of the style, the James Buckley Trio.
Feb 9, 2009
DANCE: Go Straight to the Good Parts
Review by Lightsey Darst
Lightsey Darst assesses the "The Dream Channel" (Episode 2), an atmospheric dance spectacle by Ballet of the Dolls' Zhauna Franks, and finds the production moody and satisfying, if not revelatory.
Jan 22, 2009
2008 YEAR IN REVIEW: Theater, Music and Dance
Compiled by Susannah Schouweiler
Minnesota actors, dancers, choreographers, and theater-goers respond to the year that was, taking stock of the moments, both personal and public, from the last year in performance that are lingering with them into 2009.
Jan 12, 2009
DANCE: For the Love of "Questionable" Art
Review by Lightsey Darst
Lightsey Darst reports back on the new ensemble performance presented by Mad King Thomas, "Love Me, Love My Questionable Art," a rollicking mix of new dance work which features some of the scene's brightest stars.
Dec 11, 2008
THEATER: Art Imitates Life at Yellow Tree Theatre
Profile by Matthew Everett
Playwright Matthew Everett heads out to Osseo to profile a new company, Yellow Tree Theatre, founded by a couple of actors who, after a few years working in NYC, have returned to their native Minnesota to start a distinctive new theater of their own.