SLOWING THE RACING MIND Spotlight: A Proud Mama Moment
Walking up to the Orpheum Theatre on Monday night, I noticed that
my heart started to pump with excitement when I saw on the marquee that the show was sold out!
How exciting to know that my daught... Posted on 6/14/12 at 6:30 AM
A MINNESOTAN IN CHINA Better Music, Better Life
On two occasions music festivals were held in Zhuhai. The real awesome part was that both these events were organized by my school. I turned out, the founder of TPR English was quite the involved comm... Posted on 3/31/12 at 7:43 AM
RELUCTANT STAGE MOM Dressing Room Adventures: Back of House at Annie Jr.
At the back of the house on the Annie Jr. set it's: hot rollers, hairspray, braids, pig tails, nylons, shoelaces, hats. Eyeliner, blush, lipstick and microphone tape these have been my surroundings fo... Posted on 2/9/12 at 12:04 PM
THE FLENSBURGER FILES Christmas Market Tour 2011 Nr. 2: Weimar
Weimar is one of those hidden treasures that we never know about until the first words come to mind: The Weimar Republic, the period between 1919 and 1932 where democracy was in its trying times bec... Posted on 12/15/11 at 4:10 PM
“Off the Record,” the UMD Dance Concert that opened Thursday night on the Mainstage at the Marshall Performing Arts Center, brought together different combinations of dance artists and live musicians vividly demonstrating the range of what can happen when you are doing choreography.
There was a concise 11-hyphenated-word-sentence describing “Private Eyes” that appeared in the News Tribune’s Wave on Thursday. While clever and cute, it did, for my money, constitute too much information. It did not ruin the play that opened Thursday night at the Underground, but it did turn what should have been a thrilling fill-in-the-blank experience into a less exciting multiple-choice question. Consequently, I will not be compounding the damage by giving too much away in this review.
David Ives adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s “The Liar” keeps the skeleton of the original 1643 play intact while fleshing it out with jokes an audience in this century will laugh at. Ives treats words as playthings and while maintaining the classical metric sensibilities of the text comes up with sentences that pivot, somersault, reverse and often find their comic logic in non sequiturs whose sole virtue is to complete the rhyme. Those rhymes run the gamut from cleverly cute to absolutely awful.
I had a completely new perspective on the Minnesota Ballet’s “Manhattan Nutcracker” this holiday season for two significant reasons. First, because for reasons that passeth understanding, my seat in the DECC Symphony Hall moved from the left side to the right side. Second, Alana Gergerich as this year’s grown-up Clara made the familiar story seem decidedly more romantic this time around.
Those who showed up for opening night of “Everything You’ve Done to Hurt Me: A Spiteful Break Up Letter” at Teatro Zuccone expecting some homegrown and homespun version of that viral classic, “The Most Deranged Sorority Girl Email You Will Ever Read,” certainly got more than they bargained for.
Shame on the News Tribune for the wildly imbalanced reporting on the upcoming Duluth Festival Opera production of “Pocahontas,” which is to be staged Thursday evening in Marshall School (“Critic blasts opera’s non-Indian casting,” Sept. 19). The newspaper took the personal gripe of one disaffected woman and blew it up into some kind of racial turmoil.
As the opinions of Fond du Lac musician Lyz Jaakola were the sole source of criticism levied against the Duluth Festival Opera’s Midwestern premiere of “Pocahontas,” in a front-page article Monday by the News Tribune’s Christa Lawler, I appreciate the opportunity to respond. For the record, there are five Fond du Lac musicians and dancers who are performing traditional tribal music in the production.
Anderson, a Rubber Chicken regular, is the type of guy who could make fun of your mother and you’d laugh along, because, with a wink and a nod, he can bring every single audience member in on every single joke.
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