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All content by Amy Danielson

Bobby Z’s shuts down

July 21, 2004

The ever-changing landscape of Dinkytown shifted again last week when the owners of Burrito Loco bought local bar Bobby Z's. Bobby Z's closed on July 12, and the owners have no current plans of re-opening...

Wrasslemania

May 8, 2003

ODB stormed the ring to a barrage of cheers from the zealous crowd at First Avenue last Wednesday night during Downtown Championship Wrestling's "April Apocalypse." Her black spandex shorts, embroidered...

Rough beasts and happy children

May 1, 2003

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, or HOBT, is a frenzied workshop just one week and a day before the beloved May Day parade, ceremony and festival. The event is known in the Twin Cities...

Don’t blame the mirror if your face is awry

April 24, 2003

Akaky Akakievich, (whose name is a scatological pun) adores the simplest language. Phrases such as "we regret to inform you" leave the aging clerk snickering and quivering in orgiastic delight. "Isn't...

Break the chains of your thought

March 27, 2003

Ironically, the first performance of "The Seagull" in 1896 was a disaster and almost resulted in Chekhov's complete disillusionment with playwriting. Just two years later, however, a revival of the work...

Gay is in the heart

March 13, 2003

All work and no play make Margaret Cho Ö something something (incredibly funny and rich). She doesn't like parties. There is no time in her life for hobbies. Yet somehow, Margaret Cho manages to be one...

Their eyes were watching gods

March 13, 2003

The principal characters in John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation," now playing at the Guthrie Theater, are obsessed with money and notoriety. So much so that they fall for the ruse of a young man who...

Time marches on

March 6, 2003

Serene Madeline Adams, or Granny as she is better-known, holds her family together with an unwavering sense of morality, a selfless commitment to family and an incredible recipe for a traditional Guyanese...

Security!

February 13, 2003

Playwright Kenneth Lonergan was born in the Bronx to a couple of psychoanalysts. This might seem like a dismal plight to some. Yet there is some indication it was the catalyst that imbued Lonergan's writing...

Women, power, freedom and Islam

February 13, 2003

Sheherazade, a character of Middle Eastern mythology, saved the lives of other women by telling stories to distract a malicious ruler. The title of the contemporary art exhibit by Muslim women, "Sheherazade:...

Cruelty and Resistance

February 6, 2003

Sun Hee loves reading books and filling her teenage mind with knowledge, but her mother forces her to do chores instead. Living in Korea prior to World War II, she clashes with her mother and is conflicted...

A perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire

January 30, 2003

Director and choreographer Martha Clarke envisions a pre-World War I Vienna, Austria, in a wash of beauty and eroticism. In her dance-theater production, "Vienna: Lusthaus (Revisited)," inspired by the...

The Daring Young Folks on the Flying Trapeze

January 23, 2003

It seems natural that Theatre de la Jeune Lune, a company so devoted to physical theatrics, would incorporate aerialist performers in a production. The company's founders were trained in the circus arts...

What Are We Waiting For?

December 12, 2002

Sure, you probably already have plans for your month away from the hectic drudgery that defines our lives as college students. I, for one, plan to spend oodles of time getting reacquainted with one of...

Long Year’s Journey into Night

December 12, 2002

The theater scene in the Twin Cities is constantly expanding, with new theater companies emerging at a rapid pace. At least once per week I get an e-mail or phone call from an artistic director, publicist...

Actors Are the Opposite of People

December 5, 2002

The Twin Cities' theater scene definitely has a future, and with any luck Nathan Keepers will stick around for it. The actor has made himself known for his adept physicality in multiple roles at Theatre...

Everything You Can Imagine Is Real

November 27, 2002

Widely deemed to be ballet's greatest living choreographer, Yuri Grigorovich originally planned to stage his interpretation of "Swan Lake" for Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet in 1969. But the Soviet Minister of...

Viva Villa!

November 14, 2002

The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 in the state of Chihuahua as peasants reacted to elevated food prices and exploitation by affluent landowners. Revolutionaries elected Pancho Villa as their First Commander,...

Master of Surprise

October 24, 2002

If you have seen one puppet show, or if you have seen 1,000, this is a show that you cannot justify skipping. Puppetry aficionados around the country have discovered the artistry of Michael Sommers. Now...

Old-School Mixmaster

October 17, 2002

Innovative pianist, technology entrepreneur and pioneer of jazz-funk fusion, Herbie Hancock surges musical invention. His last tour promoted his Future 2 Future album and featured electronic manipulation,...

Crouching Guthrie, Hidden Shakespeare

October 10, 2002

The last few Guthrie productions have fallen short of their potential, so a dramatic recovery for their current production, The Comedy of Errors, could not have been anticipated. However, with Theatre...

Sublime Circus

October 3, 2002

Hashirigaki begins with a nearly pitch black stage. Three female performers - incidentally the show's entire cast, consisting of Marie Goyette, Charlotte Engelkes and Yumiko Tanaka - dressed in black stroll...

Rude, Crude and Coming Unglued

October 3, 2002

Moe Flaherty was in New York City on Sept. 11. She lucidly recalls the horrific sight of a giant cloud of dust and debris as it hurled around a building. She describes in a phone interview that she captured...

Dressed to Bore

October 3, 2002

Here's a refreshing image: a gently flowing river surrounded by grass, trees and furry little animals. A deer stands in a shallow spot. His tail twitches. The camera moves in on his fuzzy, lightly-colored...

Of Demons and Strange Encounters

September 26, 2002

Of Hope and Courage, the new play by Theatre Mu, is only vaguely about hope and courage. More precisely, I would say it is about terror and soul-searching. Two unique folk tales compose this two-act show:...

An early winter in Minneapolis

September 19, 2002

When I try to imagine the severe climate in Antarctica, I think back to one of the coldest winters I can remember in Minnesota, during 1996: After an ice storm, temperatures suddenly plummeted below zero....

Smiles, but no laughs

September 12, 2002

Until this past season's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Outward Spiral Theater Company seemed to be in decline. This 6-year-old company had a string of non-hits, including David's Redhaired...

Two Characters in Search of an Answer

September 5, 2002

Are parents fully responsible for their child's actions? Or, more specifically, is a father guilty when he fails to prevent his son from shooting his classmates? These are the knotty questions raised in...

Summer of Ballyhoo

September 5, 2002

Few things in life genuinely terrify me. But when the possibility of missing a traveling circus enters my mind, my heart palpitates and I develop an unsightly rash.My mind races, as I compare my calendar...

The acts are great, so why is Cirque du Soleil so disappointing?

August 26, 2002

In my mind, going to the circus should transcend the marvels of fantasy. The circus is at once an opportunity to be dazzled by the talents of circus performers and a chance to be inspired to refocus one's...

Fashion in the time of the West Nile Virus

August 19, 2002

Here's the buzz on Monique the Mosquito Takes First Runner Up: It is a one-act play about a striking young mosquito named Monique (Connie Ross) whose entire first few days on earth have been devoted to...

The Miller’s Tale

August 12, 2002

After spending an entire week crammed into tiny spaces to watch Fringe Festival artists present brief (albeit alluring) shows with tight budgets, I found it peculiar to dress-up, get lost in a massive...

on the fringe

August 5, 2002

  Another year, another Fringe Festival (nine years running now!), and how are we to choose which of the 135 shows offered this year might be worth the $8 student ticket price? (For those who plan...

Theater: Living the lush life

July 29, 2002

It is Thursday night, and my mother and I arrive at the Bryant-Lake Bowl theater just minutes before Women Who Drink is scheduled to begin. It is a popular show, having played on and off for quite a few...

Theater: Oh you naughty nurse!

July 22, 2002

It's getting hot in here. The fans blow, but do not assist in cooling us. From behind a clear plastic curtain decorated with rubber hospital gloves, performer John Francis Bueche saunters in. He wears...

Everything’s coming up Odin

June 17, 2002

In this age of mindless entertainment, much of which flaunts indistinct humor as superior, it is refreshing to witness the rare and rich comedy of one of the most unique characters in the Twin Cities. The...

We All Live in the Palace of Dreams

May 6, 2002

  Shawn McConneloug, inspired by the intriguing history of American vaudeville and the unique tales behind Minneapolis vaudeville houses (the Heights Theater in particular), decided to explore the...

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

April 29, 2002

  The temporary union of two theater companies gives birth to one of the most daedal interpretations of Alice in Wonderland. The Jeunelunization of The Children's Theatre ñ by director Dominique...

Temple of My Familiar

April 15, 2002

It is a few minutes prior to the start of Theater Mu's production of Temple of Dreams, and the audience, including myself and my companion, numbers ten. Initially, I am astonished at how few people are...

Blinded me with science

February 18, 2002

  I am speechless. The play I saw his past Friday, if you can call it a play, was among the most unusual and awe-invoking experiences I have ever encountered in a theater. The show caters to those...

I fought the law

February 11, 2002

  Carson Kreitzer's new script, currently produced by the Frank Theatre has a jokey title that is unexpectedly similar to the bipartite titles created for shows at the Brave New Workshop: SELF-DEFENSE,...

Walk like an Egyptian

February 4, 2002

  Despite massive amounts of water invading the ancillary areas of the Guthrie Theater on January 2 from a leaky city water line, Antony and Cleopatra opened on-time and proceeded seamlessly, but...

Meet Andrew Kim, Lens’ Theater Artist of the Year

December 13, 2001

  Andrew Kim is preparing to leave Minneapolis for Vashon Island, just outside of Seattle. To the uninitiated, this statement might seem like nothing special, but to Andrew Kim devoteesñconsisting...

He’s like the creepy uncle you never had

November 29, 2001

    Last week, I saw an episode of Dateline in which a man who was supposedly possessed by demons received an exorcism. This man appeared to be heavily influenced by the power of suggestion....

She’s like the doting aunt you never had

November 29, 2001

  Every January 6, Italian children rise from their beds in expectation of finding that La Befana had been in their homes during the night. Just as children in the United States anticipate discovering...

Of unicorns and gentlemen callers

November 15, 2001

  I am grateful not to have my mother in search of my future husband. I cannot even image who she would bring homeñprobably some poor sap in a Mr. Roger's cardiganñbut no doubt someone more suitable...

Have you seen my Balls?

November 8, 2001

What did you do this past Saturday night? I witnessed a man singing songs about fratricide and animal husbandry, a toy theater act performed by the editor of The Lens, a hip hop dance routine performed...

The better to eat you with

November 1, 2001

  You know how gossip gets around: The story always changes a little from one person to the next. The same is true with storytelling: After many years of oral tradition, a story gets warped and bent...

Love in the time of lunacy

October 25, 2001

Have you met women who get so desperate to meet a good man that they become irrational, seething wretches? Now you have, in the character of Libby in The Maiden's Prayer, currently playing at the Directors...

Back to blah

October 25, 2001

After seeing the Guthrie Lab's production of Merrily We Roll Along, I was reminded of a passage in The Catcher in the Rye. J.D. Salinger's caviling antihero, Holden Caulfield, wanders into a bar. The bar's...