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Manners and Misconduct Classes Up the Bryant-Lake Bowl with Jane Austen Improv

Improvised Jane Austen? Set in Regency England, with all its myriad rules for ladies about how they may go about in society? As Mrs. Bennet (the mother of Lizzy Bennet in Pride and Prejudice) might say, “Preposterous!” But then again, she wasn’t well known for thinking outside of the box and breaking rules. However, Jane Austen fans Meghan Wolff and Maggie Sotos thought it was a perfect fit. After coming up with the idea a couple years ago, they...

Vilification Tennis Takes on the War on Christmas

Yule Regret This: The Vilification Tennis War on Christmas, the insult-battle group’s November 26 holiday special at the Bryant-Lake Bowl, was disturbingly comical. If you haven’t heard of Vilification Tennis—who have appeared at CONvergence, Transvestite Soup’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, and other events in addition to their own dedicated performances—you owe it yourself to catch one of their shows. Their usual fare is not the family-friendly version you may have seen at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. At Yule Regret This,...

Hard Wired is a Comedic Tale of Crossed Signals

Hard Wired is a tale about how technology brings people together in the digital age, even if they can’t stand each other in the analog world. In it, Noel (played by Spencer Faust) and Jesse (Matt Alex) have just had a bad break up and they’re both getting on with life as well as you’d expect. Jesse takes the sanguine approach, his heart on his sleeve as he spirals deep into a cyclone of abandonment issues. Noel withdraws, goes...

MN Theater Genius: February 2015

More than any other month, February offers the gift of brevity. Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! You’ll have to be on your toes to catch some of that good Twin Cities theater before March is at the door, demanding your attention. Fear not! I have returned to help you out with my second list of five shows to catch before the month is over, for I am the Theater Genius (Sophomroricitae Efforticus)! Let’s start with The Gentlemen’s Pratfall...

MN Theater Genius Special: The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver

I got to see a special preview of Jon Stark‘s upcoming show The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver. Based on the show’s promotional material, I kind of didn’t really know what to expect. Having now seen it, I’m excited to share what I experienced and why folks should (or should not) go see this performance. But I’m kind of not going to tell you what to expect. The Insufferable Spiteness of Beaver (Creaturea Complexitus) Stark is a standup comedian. The show was born...
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