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The Super Bowl Survival Guide for Minnesota Theater Fans

After months of preparation and weeks of street closings, Super Bowl LII is almost here. Events throughout the region start January 26 for residents and fans alike leading up to the big game on February 4 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. If you’re looking to experience a different kind of drama on a big stage, we’ve got you covered. Here are some plays and musicals on stage during the Super Bowl hoopla. (Note: some of the companies are...

Adam Savage and Michael Stevens Satiate the Mind with Brain Candy Live

For generations, being interested in science made you an outcast—forced into the depths of basement laboratories, backyard telescopes, and dusty library sections. But over time, popular science started to break through to the masses, with shows like Mr. Wizard, Beakman’s World, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. The last decade in particular has seen a science boom in what is cool, thanks in large part to Mythbusters on television and Vsauce on the interwebs. So in some ways, it’s only natural that hosts...

Twin Cities Playwright Duck Washington Reflects on a Caucasian-Aggressive Controversy

Derek “Duck” Washington is a local theater artist and fellow geek. He moved to the Minneapolis area in 1995 and has been doing theater here ever since, working in a variety of roles with Blackout Improv, Fearless Comedy, Vilification Tennis, and more. Besides theater, Duck geeks out over Star Wars (so much so that he says he keeps it in an IV in his arm so he can take it anywhere he goes) and Dungeons & Dragons (he was...

Fire Up the TARDIS for a Trip to Nerdville

Nerdville is not so much a place as it is an experience—and a familiar one, at that. The latest original show from Arts Garden in Hugo, just a 20-minute drive north of St. Paul, is the ultimate crossover between some of sci fi and fantasy’s most classic films and television shows, including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Harry Potter. The show follows The Big Bang Theory characters Penny and Sheldon,...

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came Mixes Scholarship and Swordplay

The “Childe Rowland” (or Roland) story comes from a mishmash of sources: the Song of Roland, a chanson de geste probably written about 1040 CE; a Scottish ballad; a line from a (fake) madman ending a scene in Shakespeare’s King Lear; a Robert Browning poem (audio version) arguably more about the poet than Childe Rowland; and a fairy tale retelling of the Scottish ballad, in chronological order. Steve Schroer, founder of the Hardcover Theater and prolific playwright, adapter, and professor,...

Build Your Own Inferno Is Devilishly Entertaining

What better way to spend Friday the 13th than with an opening-night performance filled with comedy, sin, and Satan himself? Build Your Own Inferno by Fearless Comedy Productions, an original play written by Matt Allex and Megan Slawson that opened this past weekend, is part improv, part scripted play, and all entertaining. You are involved in the show the moment you walk into the Historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul: to keep the performance flowing, guests are given three...

Assume the Board! The Human Combat Chess All-Star Game

“Human Combat Chess is an individual combat team sport with with its roots in medieval warfare and tactics.  While descended from a feudal festival game of entertainment, the sport has undergone many changes in the process of modernization.” —Midwest Combat Chess League Wiki I did not know what to expect when I walked into the “arena” for opening night of the Midwest Combat Chess League (MCCL) Human Combat Chess All-Star Series, produced by Six Elements Theatre. I had just...

Gadfly Theatre’s Cassandra Snow Talks Geeky Queer Feminism and the Final Frontier Festival

Minnesotans like to boast that the Twin Cities boasts the most theater seats per capita after New York City. While the veracity of this claim may be called into question, there is no doubt that the Twin Cities are a friendly space for theater-minded folks. Where else could you find an inclusive queer and feminist theater that hosts an annual geeky one-act-play festival? Cassandra Snow is a cofounder and senior staff member of the organization in question: Gadfly Theatre. By...

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 Fringe 2015: Recommendations from a Fringe Addict

The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival runs Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, August 9, and features nearly 175 theater, dance, and other experimental performances. All shows are 60 minutes or shorter and are being hosted at 25 venues throughout Minneapolis. Having made it through the first five days of Fringe as a performer (Tony ’N’ Cleo’s Wedding), volunteer, and festival attendee, I am proud to say I’ve sacrificed sleep to make it to a handful of shows so far (with...
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