Arts & Culture

“In the Heights” Inspires at the Ordway – James A. Rocco’s Loving Swan Song

Before he commanded notoriety for the Broadway sensation, Hamilton, its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was inspired by his struggling Manhattan neighborhood, Washington Heights. Out of this he created the musical, In the Heights. It won the 2008 […]

Arts Spotlight: 582

Aladdin Through Oct. 8 Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 800-982-2787 Broadway’s version of the 1992 Disney film is rolling in a hot North American tour. At the Orpheum ride the magic carpet to […]

5Q: Aladdin

“5Q” is an online-only column featuring five questions about stage productions in the Metro Area. Periodically, “5Q” will take the form of an interview with actors, directors, writers, etc. to shed some light on the […]

Destructive Passion, Sam Shepard Style – “Fool for Love” at Grain Belt Warehouse

The late, great playwright Sam Shepard was an indelible recorder of the decline of the American West and the mythology sprung from it. Shepard also held a core connection to the roots of western drama, […]

Fun! Cantankerous Fun! – “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay” at Black Forest Inn

An anarchist spirit permeates Dario Fo’s 1974 farce We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! in a Candid Theater production at the Black Forest Inn’s banquet hall. When a community of traditional housewives gets fed up with […]

Beneath the Surface of the Collapse of Mubarak’s Egypt – “The Nile Hilton Incident”

Certain films shine light through a window into a turbulent era that we may have thought little about previously. Director-writer Tarik Saleh’s The Nile Hilton Incident definitely does that. Though it takes place only six […]

2017 Fall Arts & Dining Pairings

Produced by Linda Raines & Andy Lien Arts Pairings by John Townsend Dining Pairings by Bradley Traynor Fool For Love Dark & Stormy Productions through Sept. 16, 2017 The great Sam Shepard passed away […]

On the Runway with Rei

This article has been rewritten to update the Project Runway viewing party location and setting in light of controversy that has arisen with its original location, Clubhouse Jager, since we went to press with the […]

Outside the Box

Irving Berlin’s Music Box Revue 1921 is bringing next level jazz to the Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd this Oct. 12-14. Set in the beginning of the Jazz Age, Irving Berlin’s Music Box Revue 1921 […]

Homophobia and Alien Sexuality Portrayed Vividly in “The Untamed”

Filmmaker Amat Escalante’s compelling family/sci-fi drama set in Mexico runs on two tracks. Track One: A highly charged sexual affair between Angel, a straight-identified husband and Fabian, his openly gay brother-in-law who works as a […]

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