Dominic Papatola talks about women in local theater
This weekend in St. Paul, Starting Gate Productions opens a production of the comedy "Anton in Show Business." In Minneapolis, Mixed Blood Theatre continues a run of the dramatic comedy "The Clean House." Both companies have dedicated their current seasons to plays by and about women, which got Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola thinking about the status of women on the local theater scene. He joined Cathy Wurzer this morning to share some of those thoughts.8:24 a.m.
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