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Bedlam Theatre presents its annual 10-minute play festival.
For three decades, from 1930 to 1961, Rafael Trujillo ruled the Dominican Republic, creating a brutal dictatorship where life for everyday citizens was full of fear. His rule eventually ended with an ... More »
In attempting an overview of political dissent, the lives at the center of the conflict are frequently neglected. Julia Alvarez's groundbreaking novel In the Time of the Butterflies was a memorial to such casualties, centering on the Mirabel... More »
Over the past few years, California-based director Mark Valdez has come to the cold of Minneapolis to direct at Mixed Blood Theatre, from adapting The Pajama Game into a bilingual piece to helming las... More »
Mixed Blood Theatre never shies away from tackling the troubles of the day head on, often with sharp wit and outlandish comedy, such as in recent shows like Learn to be Latina, Neighbors, and Avenue Q. The ongoing class war is up next for the... More »
Mu Performing Arts looks to the Hmong experience in Minnesota — specifically, small-town rural Minnesota — in its latest production, The Tiger Among Us. Playwright Lauren Yee, who had a hit with the world premiere of Ching Chong Chinaman in 2009... More »
Event Review: Elemeno Pea
I liked this play, but I felt a little misdirected. The play is less about sibling rivalry or class warfare than it is about people getting in each others faces about each others lives. The discussion group that was to be held afterward wa billed as a discussion about sibling rivalry so I assumed the play would be about that, but instead I took away a feeling of "Why do people always have to try and direct other people's lives when we can't even direct our own" I marginally endorse this play.
Event Review: Neighbors
Go into this one with a OPEN MIND.. It's not what I expected, initially, and can come off very SHOCKING and OVER THE TOP.. But if you can put all of the Symbolism together and step back to understand the message you may be surprised at what you learn.. I think it makes a point by making you feel UNCOMFORTABLE!
It's not just that Mixed Blood Theatre is coming off a particularly strong season, though its 2011 offerings were excellent from beginning to end. Mixed Blood hit particular highs with its return-to-its-roots production of Avenue Q and the end-of-the-year Center of the Margin festival, which tackled disability issues with the same verve and understanding the company has brought to other topics over the last 30 or more years. That alone was enough to push Mixed Blood to the fore, but it was a... More »
Pro wrestling seems like a perfect target for a comedy. After all, the adventures of overmuscled, heavily greased men in tight, colorful costumes--produced for straight men, by the way--is funny enough on its own without any outside spoofing. Still, the best comedy comes from deep knowledge and, very often, a love of the material being spoofed. Playwright Kristoffer Diaz obviously loves professional wrestling, but he can also see how this super-sized sport is a fine way to look at... More »
Mixed Blood Theatre is on a roll. Last fall, the company enjoyed a surprise sellout with Stephen Sachs's Sweet Nothing in My Ear, a family drama told largely in American Sign Language. They followed that one with a fiery production of Suzan-Lori Parks's Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy of fraternal rivalry, Topdog/ Underdog, an area premiere that played to regular standing ovations. And this past February, Mixed Blood teamed with Michael Bigelow Dixon, the Guthrie's literary director, for Bill... More »
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