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Turtle Theater Collective elevates Native voices

Actor Ajuawak Kapashesit fires a prop rifle, while Marisa Carr stands behind him during a tech rehearsal at the Southern Theater on Tuesday, March 6. Almighty Voice and His Wife will open at the Southern Theater on Friday, March 9.

Maddy Folstein

March 8, 2018

The members of the Turtle Theater Collective frequently encounter misconceptions about their work as Native American theater artists in the Twin Cities. “There’s a narrative in the Twin Cities theater community that there’s no Native theater,” said Marisa Carr, a founding member of Turtle Th...

Review: Varsity Theater’s “soft” reopening

Kiss the Tiger perform at the Varsity Theater as part of their grand reopening show on Friday, Feb. 9.

Kate Drakulic

February 12, 2018

Friday night appeared to be just like any other. Underclassmen walked in tight-knit herds to frat-row, jocks ignored walk signs as they stormed Qdoba and odd characters tumbled from Ubers in front of the Kitty Cat Klub. To the uninformed eye, all was ordinary in Dinkytown, except for the handful of so...

Black Label Movement opens its 2018 season at the Ritz Theater

Black Label Movement opens its 2018 season at the Ritz Theater

Maddy Folstein

January 16, 2018

In its 11 years, the dance company Black Label Movement has collaborated with dancers, musicians, visual artists, composers and even biomedical engineers. As Black Label Movement moves into the next phase of its artistry in the Ritz Theater, the company chose to honor this history of collaboration.  Their 2018 seas...

‘Curious Incident’ at Mixed Blood Theatre opens on November 10

The cast of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' rehearses at Mixed Blood Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 1. The play won a Tony award in 2015 and will be showing at Mixed Blood Theatre Nov. 10 through Dec. 3.

Maddy Folstein

November 2, 2017

Mixed Blood Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” will be the fifth Mixed Blood-produced play that focuses on autism in the last 10 years. Jack Reuler, director of production and artistic director of Mixed Blood, has followed the script since its We...

Q&A: UMN Theatre Alumnus Ian Truitner

Kate Drakulic

October 26, 2017

Recently awarded the UMN Alumni of Notable Achievement Award for his work as a filmmaker and media entrepreneur, Ian Truitner was in town to see his film to its final destination at the Twin Cities Film Fest. The theater graduate sat down with A&E to discuss his past, the present and film’s fu...

At Fringe Festival, UMN students give new life to Shakespeare

The cast of

Gunthar Reising

August 2, 2017

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban, a group of University of Minnesota students aimed to present transgender voices in a traditionally patriarchal medium.Under the organization of senior theater major Henry Ellen Sansone, five students will perform Shakespeare’s “Twelft...

At LALA Festival, art and intimate conversation

Artist and attendees gather at the Red Eye Theater for the first LaLa festival. The festival featured artist who identify as women, LGBTQ or people of color and looked at the role of critical conversations and criticism within art.

Katie Lauer

July 31, 2017

A circle of wooden table chairs, beige floral ottomans and a red cloth couch set the stage for artful dialogue at the Red Eye Theater Saturday.Part of the three-day LALA Festival, a group of around 25 artists and attendees, discussed identity, voices and inspiration openly and cozily. Festival executive direct...

The rest is still unscripted: Minneapolis’ distinct improv comedy scene

Left Improv actors Hannah, and Taha perform an act based on a audiences annoyance with her phone not updating Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Katie Lauer

June 22, 2017

Long form improv is not “ComedySportz,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” or “Saturday Night Live.”The style moves away from games and skits, and features shows of multiple unscripted scenes, created from either initial audience suggestions or performers’ instincts on stage. Starting Wednesday...

The Southern Theater’s fringes of film-making

Audience members seat themselves before the Altered Esthetics Film Festival on Thursday, June 1 at the Southern Theater on West Bank.

Gunthar Reising

June 7, 2017

Inside the reception area, three dancers wove through the crowd shouting commands to each other like “Sustain!” while three people worked at separate keyboards. A girl waved her arms in the corner, occasionally emitting a soft wail. It was unclear if her participation was as an audience member or...