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Entertainment in the dark

Syniva Whitney and Will Courtney embrace during rehearsal on Wednesday for their new project, which will be featured at the Pitch Dark Cabaret at Patrick's Cabaret. Their project, Gender Tender, is an interdisciplinary performance  that prioritizes the transgender and genderqueer experience in process and presentation.

Brenda Tran

December 10, 2015

For most people, it’s difficult to imagine enjoying a dance performance without being able to see it. But this weekend, Patrick’s Cabaret finds a way to make it happen.   On Friday and Saturday night, the local nonprofit arts organization presents the Pitch Dark Cabaret. Performing art...

Satan for Christmas

Laverne Seifert(left), and Noah Sommers Haas, perform a dress rehearsal of The Holiday Pageant in the Open Eye Theatre on Wednesday night. The Holiday Pageant opens on Friday and runs until the 21st.

Danylo Loutchko

December 10, 2015

Open Eye Figure Theatre captures Satan in an uncommon mood — he’s bored.   The theater’s upcoming revival of “The Holiday Pageant” is an all-ages comic retelling of the Nativity story from Satan’s point of view. Michael Sommers, founder of Open Eye and a theater ...

The Twin Cities’ toughest women

Members of the Minnesota Rollergirls participate in a league-wide scrimmage on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The Minnesota Rollergirls' season debut is Saturday at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.

Isabella Romano

October 8, 2015

Meg Gronau, aka Fannie Tanner, is a mom. She drives a minivan. She’s charming and friendly. She covers her mouth when she chews. She wears Lulu Lemon and keeps her hair in cute, mini, twisty buns.   She can also take a punch. Gronau is the jammer for the Minnesota RollerGirls All-Stars travel te...

Life as a ski rat

Jackie Renzetti

August 5, 2015

Donning a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume, Abe Cass zipped along the Mississippi River on water skis, completing a few back flips along the way.   The stunt was part of the Twin Cities River Rats show. The water ski team has performed shows in the Twin Cities since 1985, and this summer, the...

Recycling the past

Actor Damiian Lang poses in the backyard of his house, the future venue for his one-man show

Jackie Renzetti

July 29, 2015

Minnesota native Damiian Mario Lang’s childhood home in Dinkytown will serve as the backdrop of his show for this year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival.   Since first performing the show at the Nugget Fringe Festival in January, Lang has taken his piece to four other cities. The show, ti...

A cardboard galaxy

A cardboard galaxy

Jackie Renzetti

April 30, 2015

Bent over a paint-splattered table, Justin Spooner and Peter Lincoln Rusk weighed whether to paint a space diamond or a DNA helix on their cardboard space computer.    The two University of Minnesota alums labored over the cardboard set for their original play, “Space Girl,” which opens&n...

Sophomores on Shakespeare

Jackie Renzetti

April 2, 2015

From scansion to songwriting, sophomores from the University of Minnesota and Guthrie Theater BFA program will show off their Shakespeare studies this weekend. The students present two Shakespeare productions every year as part of the program’s sophomore curriculum. This year, the students will perf...

Anarchy abounds in ‘EF! The Musical’

Jared Hemming

March 3, 2015

The cast of “EF! The Musical” read the show’s script for the first time last Tuesday. And one week later, the experimental musical about the anarchic environmental group, Earth First!, is ready to premiere at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center. The show’s director Maren W...

Huck Finn to open at the Children’s Theatre Company

Performers Ansa Akea, Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund rehearse for Huck Finn on Sunday at The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. Director Greg Banks chose to use just three actors to play all parts in the famous story, which opens on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Jackie Renzetti

March 3, 2015

Three actors are reviving the story of raft-fording companions Huck Finn and Jim in director Greg Banks’ adaptation of the classic novel this month. Banks’ adaptation of Mark Twain’s story stars Ansa Akyea, Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund, along with a bluegrass duet. The play premiered...

Coffee, halibut and whiskey: Davey Steinman’s world of puppets

Actor Peter Lincolnrusk plays a singing chalkboard with other actors' hands in Davey Steinman's show

Jackie Renzetti

February 26, 2015

As a mechanical engineering freshman at the University of Minnesota, Davey Steinman wandered into the Rarig Center and found a spiral staircase, beckoning him to explore his first catwalk. When he was a sophomore, free food attracted Steinman to a former art professor’s lecture, where he saw a ...