John Townsend Posts

An Intriguing and Illuminating “Mary Queen of Scots” – Homoerotic Elements Included

Director Josie Rourke has directed a truly intriguing and visually splendid new film about a fabled chapter in world history: the 16th century rivalry between Scotland’s Mary Stuart and England’s Elizabeth I. Saoirse Ronan’s title […]

Steven LaVigne’s Twisted Take on Snow White Still Promises a Happy Ending

  Playwright Steven LaVigne is taking liberties with the Snow White fairy tale. In his new holiday panto version, produced by Classics Lost ‘N’ Found, the Queen re-adjusts her attitude toward Snow White. The Magic […]

“Nutcracker (Not So) Suite” – Fabulous Mischief & Bradley Greenwald in a Glorious Drag Performance

James Sewell Ballet has staged the uproarious Nutcracker (Not So) Suite, a campy spoof which originated in Myron Johnson’s fabled camp dance troupe, Ballet of the Dolls, several years ago. It continues a holiday tradition […]

Electrifying Productions of Two 17th Century Dramas that Still Push the Limits and Here’s Why They Still Do

Those who think that the modern Sexual Revolution, pioneered by Magnus Hirschfeld and Alfred Kinsey, is totally unprecedented, should look to the past. In two riveting productions of 17th century works in alternating performances, Classical […]

Arts Spotlight: 614

  A Christmas Carol Through Dec. 29 Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis 612-377-2224 Once again, Nathaniel Fuller reprises his acclaimed lead performance as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in the Guthrie Theater’s annual production […]

Religious Themes Expressed on Local Stages

Black Nativity The holiday season is a time when reflection on faith-based ideas takes place within hearts and minds of people of all kinds of backgrounds. Penumbra Theatre is presenting one of the region’s most […]

Mixed Blood Contrasts Style in New Plays About Black Masculinity

Idris Goodwin is a deep observer who probes beneath the surface to address questions outside conventional wisdom. A few years ago, The Jungle Theater staged his thought-provoking Bars and Measures, a play that wrestles with differences between […]

Gay Undercurrent in the Acidly Witty “Gloria” at Mixed Blood’s Prescient Harbingers Festival

Words are weaponized in Gloria by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, a selection from Mixed Blood Theatre’s Prescient Harbingers Trilogy of plays by black men that reflect on gun violence. A longtime female employee, who is also the title role […]

Holiday Entertainment For the 2018 Holiday Season

1. Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!) Through Jan. 26 Brave New Workshop Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 612-332-6620 The region’s premiere comedy theater, now in its 60th year, delivers its […]

Queerness, Criminality, and the Subtlety of Eros – “El Angel” produced by the Almodovar Brothers

Eros permeates the world of filmmaker Luis Ortega’s beguiling El Angel (The Angel) , an uncompromising observation of the actual Argentinian teenaged serial killer and thief, Carlos Robledo Puch, who wreaked havoc in the early 1970s. He […]

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