Performance Arts

  • CTC stages 'Average Family'
    A new play at the Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis looks at Native American life through the lens of reality television.September 28, 2007
  • Does community equal quality?
    Minnesota has an estimated 300 community theaters across the state. They outnumber professional theaters 2-1. But community theaters often have a reputation for being of a lesser artistic standard than their professional colleagues.September 27, 2007
  • Volunteers make community theater happen
    Putting on a play involves a lot more people than just the actors on stage. That's especially true with community theater, where volunteers are the life blood of every production.September 26, 2007
  • A budding actress takes the stage
    Community theater is alive and well in Minnesota. We meet an aspiring young starlet who's using community theater to help launch her career.September 25, 2007
  • Community theater welcomes all
    Minnesotans have long had a love affair with community theater. There are approximately 300 such theaters across the state, from Grand Marais to Fergus Falls to Owatonna, and many have thrived for decades. This week we look at the success of community theaters in the region.September 24, 2007
  • Community theater fans like the intimacy
    It's opening night at the Lakeshore Players Theatre, as the curtain rises on its production of "Harvey." Audiences appreciate the intimacy and convenience they find in community theaters.September 24, 2007
  • Coffinating Dr. Strangelove
    Over the past decade, Skewed Visions has staged theatrical productions in vacant office buildings, two-story houses and moving cars. The group's latest production uses the basement of an old coffin factory for a sequel to the satirical Cold War movie, "Dr. Strangelove."September 20, 2007
  • Pipaashaa means thirst
    Concerns about industrial waste and the havoc it's causing in impoverished communities around the world is at the heart of a new dance that's being performed in Minneapolis this weekend.September 4, 2007
  • 'Triangle of Need' -- beautiful and agonizing
    Nigerian e-mail scams, figure skating, and a Neanderthal language all play a part in a new work at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The complex video installation is called "Triangle of Need."August 28, 2007
  • Laurent Tirard seeks Moliere's missing months
    The French hold the playwright Moliere in the high esteem the English-speaking world reserves for Shakespeare. Like the Bard of Avon, there is mystery about Moliere's life. Now a new film explores what may have happened during a six-month period in 1644, when Moliere disappeared.August 10, 2007
  • Manna Fest blends religion and theater
    Manna Fest at Augsburg College features a variety of plays and performances, all with a spiritual theme.August 6, 2007
  • Paul Zaloom's puppets may push your buttons
    A "Puppet Rampage" has overtaken the Twin Cities this week. It's brought to town a play by an American puppet master that skewers post-9/11 America.July 20, 2007
  • Lynn Redgrave reflects on her life's work, and fighting for her life
    Stage and film star Lynn Redgrave talks about her career, working through illness and growing up in a famous acting family.Midmorning, July 19, 2007
  • Nautilus joins year-long theater marathon
    The St. Paul-based Nautilus Music-Theater is one of hundreds of theater companies across the country participating in a year-long floating theater festival. They're staging the work of a writer who challenged herself to write a play a day for an entire year.July 10, 2007
  • The Commonweal unveils a new theater
    For 19 seasons the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro has performed in a small, cinder-block former movie house. Now the regional theater is opening a new, $3.5 million building, and looking to the future.July 5, 2007

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