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Exploring the tension

Left to right, director Nicole M. Smith, writer Amoke Kubat and actress Jennifer Johnson pose for portraits at Intermedia Arts on Wednesday, where their upcoming show

Jared Hemming

April 28, 2016

Amoke Kubat is the titular angry black woman in her new play “ANGRY BLACK WOMAN and Well Intentioned White Girl” — but she didn’t start out that way.     Kubat found inspiration for the piece after a community meeting in North Minneapolis, where other participants l...

400 years later, Henry VI restaged

The cast of Shakespeare's King Henry VI run through a dress rehearsal at the Rarig Center on Monday night. The play opens March 30 and runs through April 4.

Austen Macalus

March 29, 2016

Bickering factions, swaying loyalties, backstabbing betrayals and a whole lot of political ambition — “Henry VI” is the perfect play for this election season.      Although today’s politicians do not battle things out using broadswords, the play’s compellin...

Two critical

Sandra Struthers as Actress 1, John Catron as Actor, and Charity Jones as Actress 2 in The Critic, showing February 23-March 27, 2016 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Danylo Loutchko

February 23, 2016

Critics in the theater world have a reputation for being ruthless. So it’s no surprise that for hundreds of years, artists have written plays making fun of them.     Michael Kahn, director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, will direct back to back satirical one-acts “The Critic...

‘What womanhood is’

Actresses, left to right, Noa Beckham-Chasnoff, Simone Williams, Holo Lue Choy, Atlee Jensen, Alyssa DiVirgilio, and Jillian Duffy of GIRL Theatre rehearse

Austen Macalus

February 18, 2016

Scarlett Thompson and Alexandra Hatch, like most high school seniors, are busy handling school, applying to colleges and making time for friends.     But unlike most of their peers, the two students are the founders of an independent theater company: GIRL Theatre.     Created by ...

‘Deceptively simple’

Left to right, Paul Rutledge, Paul LaNave and Spencer H. Levin.

Austen Macalus

February 16, 2016

Although its title may suggest otherwise, “The Aliens” is a play about ordinary people in ordinary situations.      Set in a small Vermont town, the piece centers on an unlikely relationship between two regular customers loitering at a coffee shop and the young barista who wan...

The gentlewomen of the Jungle

The Jungle Theatre's interpretation of Shakespeare's

Danylo Loutchko

February 11, 2016

The 16th century wasn’t a great time to be a woman in general, let alone in the theater.     All productions at that time were cast entirely with men, and theater remained an exclusively male endeavor for hundreds of years.      In her debut production as the new resident artistic director at the Jungle Theater, Sarah Rasmussen flips his...

From tragedy to forgiveness

Jessica Dickey in The Amish Project, written and performed by Jessica Dickey, and originally directed by Sarah Cameron Sunday. Part of the Guthrie Theater's Singular Voices/Plural Perspectives series, The Amish Project plays February 2-14 in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis.

Danylo Loutchko

February 2, 2016

On Oct. 2, 2006, a gunman entered a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Penn., and shot 11 children, killing five girls, before turning the gun on himself.     Creating a piece of theatre is not most people’s reaction to a horrific tragedy, but Jessica Dickey responded to this...

Scientifically supported fun

Austen Macalus

January 28, 2016

Weather is no small talk for Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld.     Even on vacation off the coast of Biloxi, Miss., Blumenfeld couldn’t help discussing the impacts of Hurricane Camille in 1969 and Katrina in 2005 with A&E.      Revealing his vast knowledge about climate patterns, meteorology and natural phenomena, Blumenfeld is a man who loves...

Dating disasters on stage

Choreographer Brittany Shrimpton, center, looks on as Colleen Leeman and David Beukema rehearse a dance for upcoming show

Brenda Tran

January 26, 2016

A custom-made Ryan Gosling body pillow, a fake giant fish and a deer head are just a few of the props that can be found scattered around the rehearsal space at Sandbox Theatre.     A Saturday morning at the location usually consists of actors rehearsing jazzy musical numbers while w...

A night of comedic activism

Joy Dolo Anfinson, (left), bAndy Hilbrands, Kory LaQuess Pullam, John Gebratatose, and Alsa Bruno of the BLACKOUT improv troupe rehearse in the Phoenix Theater on Sunday afternoon. The troupe performs on the third Friday of every month, and their next show is on Friday at 10:30pm.

Brenda Tran

December 16, 2015

In light of recent events at Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct, laughter is the last response that comes to mind.    But on Friday night, Blackout Improv will present, “The Minority Report,” at Mixed Blood Theatre Company, which will address social issues w...