Posted at 8:52 AM on April 18, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Trylon Premiere Tuesdays: The Anchorage
While the film's conviction is admirable, the spell is dependent upon audiences willing to endure the absence of a conventional narrative.
- Brad Richason, Examiner.com
The Civil Wars at the Varsity Theater, 4/17/11
Joy Williams and John Paul White are incredibly charming performers. They specialize in heartbreaking, sparse, bluegrass-inspired folk music, with White's acoustic guitar serving as their only accompaniment, and it left all kinds of space in the performance for their voices to mingle and cling together like magnets.
- Andrea Swensson, City Pages
Review: Far from raggedy 'Annie'
Children's Theatre offers a gorgeous rendition of the classic musical that rivals the original Broadway show.
- ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
'Wuthering Heights' soars musically while shortchanging its lead singers
Cathy and Heathcliff upstaged by spouses in take on Bronte's tale
- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
Bernard Herrmann's "Wuthering Heights" gets a stormy, spotty production by the Minnesota Opera
Wuthering Heights recalls Oscar Wilde's famous criticism of Richard Wagner's operas: it has "great moments and very dull quarters of an hour."
- Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Sally Wingert ready for Guthrie return
After a year of performing in London and New York, and with side trips to prisons and community centers around Minnesota, Sally Wingert is returning "home." The veteran actor stars as one of the murderous sisters in Arsenic and Old Lace, which opened this weekend at the Guthrie Theater.
- Ed Huyck, City Pages
Lightsey Darst won the Minnesota Book Award this past Saturday for her debut collection of poems "Find the Girl." In addition to her poetry, you can often find her writing about dance for mnartists.org and Mpls-St.Paul magazine, or see her dancing on stage herself. She also runs the writing salon "The Works" at Bryant Lake Bowl.
[Follow the red silk thread]
Beautiful as a plum, my girl--
& just as keen to be bitten.
Mother will you keep her in
On a vase she tumbles into the arms of the god
of underneath: "he will crown me in granite & ruby"
Sweet thing, you have made it all simpler
& more brightly colored,
lovely through your kaleidoscope,
Do you think
I went too far, the dead girl whispers, her nails
scraping down your window, her skinless smile--
The sister: You will take, take, eat.
"She stepped into the clear trap,
she picked the wrong rose, alarms
of bees & earth
swallowed her whole."
Yes. Persephone you plummet, no one smiling as he lifts
his iron sickle your braids falling in wheat heaps
- "Follow the red silk thread" by Lightsey Darst, as it appears in her collection of poems Find the Girl, published by Coffee House Press. Reprinted here with permission from the publisher.
Posted at 8:57 PM on April 18, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Theater
Here's the latest, from MPR's Euan Kerr:
Minneapolis, Minn. -- The Guthrie Theater will present 14 plays, including three U.S. premieres, in its 2011-2012 season announced Monday.
The season includes "Over the Rainbow," about Judy Garland's final performances, a new musical adaptation of "Roman Holiday" and a new adaptation of the short story upon which Alfred Hitchcock based "The Birds."
Guthrie Artistic Director Joe Dowling says the season also includes works by William Shakespeare, Noel Coward and Tennessee Williams.
"The balance between the classics, the contemporary, the new and so on -- I think is what we feel is fulfilling the promise of the new building," Dowling said.
A mixture of the new and classic might be "The Birds," adapted by Connor McPherson.
Joe Dowling"He's taken the original Daphne Du Maurier story on which Hitchcock based his film, and he's gone back to the story and created this play which is all set in this house where the birds are attacking. And so its much more of a psychological play," Dowling explained.
The season includes a production by Penumbra Theater of "Amen Corner," and a new production of "The Burial at Thebes" by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. Dowling is slated to direct Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."
The season begins in September.