Pippi Longstocking may be the archetype for the truly liberated woman. She's strong, livers on her own, doesn't conform to current fashion trends, and has a little bit of magic about her.
Children's Theatre Company has brought back the classic tale, and Pippi appears to be as beloved as ever. Scroll down to read excerpts of reviews; click on the links to read them in full.
Katie Adducci is Pippi Longstocking at Children's Theatre Company
Pippi Longstocking, the mischievous, independent-minded youngster who thwarts authority for pleasure, has returned to the Children's Theatre stage with freshness and fun. Director Peter Brosius' production... with newcomer Katie Adducci as the rambunctious title character, teems with physical humor, including door-slamming and pratfalls.
Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund in Pippi Longstocking at Children's Theatre Company
Photo: Dan Norman
Brosius takes the energy level to 11 and leaves it there for long stretches. No one taps anyone on the shoulder without a scream and pratfall. The two bungling burglars, Bloom and Thunder (played brilliantly - as always - by Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund), are so over-the-top they make the Three Stooges look Chekhovian. Autumn Ness's Mrs. Prysselius (one of the finest character names in theatrical history) is a bumbling and shrieking hoot and a half. She tries so hard to be nasty you want to kiss her on the nose.
The cast of Pippi Longstocking
Photo: Dan Norman
CTC's version of "Pippi" includes serious scenes not found in Astrid Lindgren's lighthearted book, such as a stunning interlude in which Pippi dreams of her missing parents. Swirling dancers and changes in lighting and sound skillfully move the fantastical sequence from joyful to nightmarish.
Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking may be a little long for very young children, but the two-hour show will fly by for older ones - because every child would like to meet her - or be her.
Pippi Longstocking runs through June 10 at Children's Theatre Company. Have you seen Pippi Longstocking? If so, what did you think? Share your review in the comments section.
Art4Shelter is one of those rare creations in which everybody wins.
Prospective art buyers peruse the hundreds of original works on sale at last year's Art4Shelter event
This coming Wednesday night people will flock to Burnet Gallery in downtown Minneapolis to buy art.
There they will be treated to over 1000 original works of art on paper, all priced at the incredibly reasonable $30 each.
Granted the works are small - 5x7 inches - but many of them will be by well known artists such as Alec Soth, Andrea Stanislav, and Paul Shambroom. However signatures will be on the back of the artwork, so buyers will have to buy according to taste, not reputation - and isn't that the way it should be?
The proceeds will go to Simpson Housing Services.
1000 works of art at $30 each... that adds up to $30,000.
Art4Shelter is the brain child of artist Megan Rye, inspired by a similar fundraiser in New York City. The first year the event was held at Circa Gallery, and the art flew off the walls in just minutes. Rye says the price point is important:
At $30 for each piece of artwork, and no entry fee, almost everyone would feel welcome to attend. Homelessness and poverty are universal concerns, and our goal is to involve and educate as many people as possible.
One of the works of art on sale this year at Art4Shelter
So the shelter gets $30,000, and art lovers get great art at a more than reasonable price. But what do the artists get out of it?
Artists are the most compassionate people I know. Their generosity makes this event possible. One artist said to me, "I could never write a $1000 check. But by making 33 pieces of artwork, I am able to contribute that much to a homeless shelter."
In addition, Rye says contributing artists are listed on the Art4Shelter website, with links to their websites.
Art4Shelter takes place this Wednesday night at Burnet Gallery in downtown Minneapolis. People can peruse the art from 5-7pm; the sale begins at 7pm.