We here at Minnesota Theater Love have dropped the ball on the AMAZING amount of theater in February and March 2017. Our apologies and thank goodness our friends at Twin Cities Theater Bloggers are ON IT. They are doing amazingly fun backstage videos and interviews in addition to reviews, so follow them on Facebook. All the cool theater kids are doing it.
So here's a super short look at some things we've seen lately--for posterity's sake.
|Look at that fabulous set! Photo by Dan Norman|
|Dreamy Justin Kirk|
The 24 Hr. Plays at Pantages Theater - The 24 Hour Play Project brings together theater artists to create time-limited theater around the world that benefits various organizations. Playwrights come together and have 24 hours to write six short plays, which are cast and performed the following day. An amazing array of Twin Cities actors and playwrights were featured, as well as a few out-of-towners, like Justin Kirk. The evening was hosted by the charming and talented David Darrow, and his guitar, and benefited Spotlight Education and UMD Theatre Scholarships. Above all else, though, it was so lovely to be in an audience of people who LOVE theater and were so enthusiastic and appreciative. It made my bitter old theater heart grow two sizes.
|Bradley Greenwald in The Sneetches. |
Photo by Dan Norman
The Sneetches: The Musical at Children's Theatre Company - Attended this sensory-friendly performance partly for work, and partly for fun. CTC works with the Autism Society of MN to put on regular sensory-friendly performances of their shows, featuring quiet spaces, low lighting in the house during the show, fidgets and noise-cancelling headphones and plenty of friendly volunteers. The show, featuring another fabulous cast including Max Wojtanowicz, Paul R. Coate, George Keller, Natalie Tran, Kim Kivens, Ryan Colbert and way more, was charming and beautifully designed. It seemed to go on a bit long though, belaboring the same points (but hey, it's children's theater). Then Bradley Greenwald showed up in a red wig, and a green plaid suit and livened things up immeasurably. Good fun and yay inclusiveness!
|Kimberly Richardson in The Red Shoes. |
Photo by Ron Ravensborg.
Whew. Caught up now and ready to attack a new season of theater. Happy theatergoing, theater friends!