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Plays within plays and other theatrical madness from Theatre Terra Firma.
For the second time in the last week or so, a local show had me heading home with images of the cult British TV show Sapphire and Steel running through my head. (Short description: Two mysterious agen... More »
Alan Berks has long been an admirer of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, and was surprised to find an interesting parallel with the absurdist work from the 1920s and modern-day... More »
Whether lauded as sociological studies or chastised as voyeuristic exploitation, pioneering efforts in reality television were generally considered nonfiction. But a funny thing happened on the road to authenticity: The purveyors of reality... More »
While the folks at Gremlin Theatre don't set out to produce an anti-holiday show each year, it usually turns out that way. "We have gotten into the unofficial habit of doing 'not-holiday' shows," says... More »
Event Review: A Behanding in Spokane
I saw "A Behanding in Spokane" today and I have to say I was rather disappointed. I was disappointed in the writing. I'm no prude and I can take a lot of swearing and sexual innuendo, but the swearing in this play was way over the top. The f-word was repeated several times in almost every sentence, and it wasn't just spoken. It was usually yelled at the top of the voice. It really detracted from the show. I don't know if it was meant to illustrate the anger of all of the characters or what, but it was just too much. I went thinking that I was ready for some dark humor, and there were some funny lines and situations, but the use of the f-word really made the show seem angry and unfunny. I would not recommend this show until it is rewritten with the f-word removed from about 3/4ths of the lines. I think a more judicious use of the f-word might make the show more enjoyable. I have no objection to its use in the right places, just tone it down a bit.
Everyone in the theater will tell you that the economics of the art form continually churn and bubble beneath the surface of everything they do, and the Twin Cities community sustains so many companies that finding a workable home can be as daunting as mounting the productions themselves. Gremlin Theatre took on the matter directly in 2008, opening its own theater at the midway point between our two downtowns, configuring an inviting space and cannibalizing the late Loading Dock for seats.... More »
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