Arts & Culture

A Groundbreaking Woman – Jeannette Rankin Celebrated on Stage at MN Fringe Fest

Montana Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the US House of Representatives, and to even be elected to U.S. federal office. Before that, she was highly instrumental in women getting the right […]

Two Twilight Zone-Style Spoofs Twinkle at Fringe – “Vert-O-Graph” & “Inescapable”

The notion of parallel realities works very entertainingly and in very different ways in two shows at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Beloved master of camp, Dennis LeFebvre, has written and directed Marvel Ann Theatre’s delightfully […]

Sublime Comedy – Heidi Arneson’s visionary “Itchy Tingles” at MN Fringe

Heidi Arneson isn’t getting older. She’s getting better. The writer-performer renowned for a career that examines the psyche of girls has created one of her finest works yet. Few adult actors can pull off the […]

Demons Within an Innovative Gay Fashion Designer – “McQueen” – A Documentary That Doesn’t Shy Away From That

Lee Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was a sweet gay London lad who rose from humble working class origins to become a one of the most daringly innovative designers in the elite world of fashion. That ascent […]

A Masterful Gay Solo Performance & Tribute to Motherhood – The Hilarious & Wise “Dangerous When Wet” at MN Fringe Fest

Personal stories performed by solo actors have long permeated the theater scene. The notion that everyone who creates one has attained the technique, artfulness and the real insight to make such stories worth an audience’s time […]

Marvel Ann and other Queer Icons Return to the 25th Annual Fringe Festival – Along with Talented Younger Artists As Well!

The 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival sees the return of three beloved performers who gave us some of the event’s most iconic queer performances in years past: Minneapolitan Heidi Arneson, “Les from Los Angeles”, and Dennis […]

Arts Spotlight: 605

Chanhassen Dinner Theaters Concert Series Memories – The Music of Barbra Streisand Aug. 17 & 18 Rumours & Dreams: The Music of Fleetwood Mac Aug. 23-25 Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Fireside Theatre, 501 W. 78th St., […]

A Word In Edgewise: Still Star-Crossed, After All These Years

I saw West Side Story in 1957. I still have my Playbill. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the drama of star-crossed lovers that opened the Guthrie’s 2017-2018 season. Their season’s finale, fittingly, is West Side Story, Montagues […]

“Under the Tree” – An Icelandic Film Masterpiece With Astounding Insights on Gender at the Lagoon

Iceland’s most renowned literary achievement is Njal’s Saga, which rightly rates up there with Homer, Ovid, Shakespeare, and Dostoevsky. Some scholars consider this anonymously written historical reflection on that island’s culture, as the looming literary […]

Park Square’s Cross-Gender “Baskerville” is Triumphantly Entertaining

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is playwright Ken Ludwig’s kinetic spoof on the famous Arthur Conan Doyle novel, first serialized in 1901-02. At Park Square Theatre, two women play the legendary male roles of Sherlock […]

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