John Townsend

Allison Witham on Playing The Magician in the Coming Out Themed Solo Play, “Open”

By John Townsend / October 7, 2019

                            Allison Witham has been a significant…

MN Opera’s “Elektra” – Larger Than Life & Absolutely Thrilling

By John Townsend / October 7, 2019

Sabine Hogrefe utterly soars in the title soprano role of Minnesota Opera’s Elektra at Ordway Center. She jolts with primal power and cavernous emotion…

Latte Da’s “Chicago” – Brazen Corruption Sharply Satirized to Song and Dance by Peter Rothstein’s Creative Team

By John Townsend / October 4, 2019

Corruption and decadence rule the ramparts in Chicago, the vaudevillean-style Roaring 20s musical, now in a savagely sharp-edged revival by Theater…

“Where’s My Roy Cohn?” – Magisterial Documentary About a Transgressive Gay Machiavelli Who Knew No Limits

By John Townsend / October 3, 2019

“I should say, a pixie is a close relative of a fairy.”                …

“Circus Abyssinia” – Joyous Feats of Wonder from Ethiopia

By John Townsend / October 2, 2019

A troupe of Ethiopian acrobats are performing a mesmerizing presentation at the Children’s Theatre Company. Co-creators Bibi and Bichu Tesfamarian…

“Back to Before” – Women’s Perspectives from Musicals at the Ordway Cabaret Series

By John Townsend / October 1, 2019

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’s Cabaret Series will be presenting ways in which women are portrayed in the Broadway musical in Back to Before.…

Lost Cole Porter Revue Features Christopher Hopkins – “The Ambassador Revue” at the Minnsky

By John Townsend / September 30, 2019

Acclaimed gay baritone vocalist Christopher Hopkins was nominated for two 1999 Gay Lesbian Music Awards and appeared on PBS with…

Musical Actress Wendy Short-Hays on “Gypsy” at the New Hanifl Performance Center

By John Townsend / September 30, 2019

Wendy Short-Hays is one of those top-notch Twin Cities musical actresses who seems to always be under too many theatergoers’…

A Time Capsule of the Civil Rights Era – “Jimmy and Lorraine” Beguiles at Pillsbury House

By John Townsend / September 27, 2019

Talvin Wilks has written a beguiling time capsule of a play that re-imagines two iconic people and how the time…

Arts Spotlight: 635

By John Townsend / September 26, 2019

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Through Oct. 20 Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis 612-874-0400 www.childrenstheatre.org Circus Abyssinia is…

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