A Shared Experience: How Do We Discuss Art?

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be writing on the topic of theater criticism. In this selection, I’ll be looking at how we think about the shows we watch and how our use of labels cam be harmful. On March 19th, I attend Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music:Continue reading “A Shared Experience: How Do We Discuss Art?”

Audition Quandaries in the Twin Cities

This morning, a section of my Facebook feed was filled with people discussing the general auditions at the Guthrie. They had recently been announced and, not long after the sign-up form went live this morning, all available slots were full. A very good friend of mine missed the chance to sign up while another landedContinue reading “Audition Quandaries in the Twin Cities”

Audience Development

When I said I wanted to write about audience development, a co-worker replied, “What do you mean when you say that?” As an emerging dramaturg, I’ve come to understand it as providing additional resources and opportunities for theater audiences, from play guides to post-show discussions to behind the scenes workshops and/or panel discussions with expertsContinue reading “Audience Development”

The Rehearsal Room

For the last couple of weeks, I haven’t be seeing any shows as I’m working on one myself. I’m dramaturging for Park Square’s Nina Simone: Four Women, which as been a phenomenal experience so far and a show I’m very excited about. I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about the rehearsal process aContinue reading “The Rehearsal Room”

Review: A Chorus Line

  A Chorus Line has had a certain allure to me since my grandmother complained about seeing a local production of it in her hometown. She hated it, deploring the foul language and sexual subject matter. Naturally I assumed it was right up my alley. I was thrilled to see that the Ordway would beContinue reading “Review: A Chorus Line”

Black History Month in Theater

It’s Black History Month and what better way to celebrate with some great theater? Here’s three shows not to miss in the Twin Cities Area: Ruby!: The Story of Ruby Bridges at Steppingstone Theater – With a charming cast of local actors (including Charla Maria Bailey, Misti Koop, Nic Delcambre, and Joseph Miller) and youngContinue reading “Black History Month in Theater”

Review: The Amish Project

For a show representing a fictionalized account of an event that occurred nearly ten years ago, it is breathtaking how relevant Jessica Dickey’s The Amish Project is to current affairs. Based upon the shooting in Nickel Pines, PA in October of 2006, this one-person show explores the the effects the shooting had on the communityContinue reading “Review: The Amish Project”

Review: Dear World

Ten Thousand Things Theater Company is unique in many ways. With simplistic sets, touring shows that visit places such as shelters, prisons, and mental health clinics, and performing pieces in fully lighted spaces, they produce shows that resist certain theater norms. Dear World is no different. A show that hit Broadway in 1969 starring AngelaContinue reading “Review: Dear World”

Review: Lullaby

At the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis, Theater Latte Da is presenting a world premiere new show, Lullaby. A play with music directed by Jeremy B. Cohen and written by Michael Elyanow, this show is a tour de force. With four actors, two guitars, and a world of emotions, Lullaby tells the story of aContinue reading “Review: Lullaby”

Theater in the Twin Cities

I’m a rather new member of the theater community here in the Twin Cities, only being highly active for the last year and a half or so. I started with an internship at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis during the spring and summer of 2013, but it took me a while to find my wayContinue reading “Theater in the Twin Cities”