John Townsend

Jennifer Van Dyck Brings Gritty Splendor to Guthrie’s “The Glass Menagerie” 

By John Townsend / September 25, 2019

Jennifer Van Dyck sails in a stirring performance in the major role of Amanda Wingfield in the Guthrie Theater revival…

“The Sound of Silence” – A Low-Key Film About “House Tuning”

By John Townsend / September 25, 2019

An article in The New Yorker advances the unusual career of Peter Lucian in the Michael Tyburski film, The Sound of…

Broadway Titan Kevin McCollum on the Jungle’s “Ride the Cyclone” & the State of the Art

By John Townsend / September 23, 2019

When the Twin Cities met Kevin McCollum in 1995, it was a big enough event as it was. He had…

Fellowes has Traversed from Indictment to Embrace with a Magnificent Big Screen “Downton Abbey”

By John Townsend / September 20, 2019

On rare occasions, one sits in a movie theater and from the moment that rare film starts, one is plunged…

“Smokey Joe’s Cafe” at the Ordway Illuminates an Era

By John Townsend / September 19, 2019

From the early 1950s to the mid-1960s, no songwriting duo stands out like lyricist Jerry Leiber and composer Mike Stoller.…

Darling Boyz!—”Pray the Gay Away” is Vibrant Farce that Crackles and Sparkles!

By John Townsend / September 17, 2019

Endless love and endless mischief turn, twist and shout in what is surely one of the best farces of the…

Artistry’s Lovely “Our Town” Sheds Light on its Women – By Gay Master Playwright Thornton Wilder

By John Townsend / September 17, 2019

“There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.”                  …

“This Is Not Berlin” – Under Age in Mexico City’s Club Scene during the Rise of AIDS

By John Townsend / September 12, 2019

That period in the early to mid-1980s when word was still getting out about a lethal virus known as HIV…

Off-Broadway Star Shavey Brown Tells About “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” at the Ordway

By John Townsend / September 12, 2019

  Shavey Brown qualifies as a bona fide Off-Broadway star. The acclaimed actor was the first African-American to play the lead in…

Arts Spotlight: 634

By John Townsend / September 12, 2019

Chicago Sept. 18-Nov. 3 Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis (612) 339-3003 latteda.org Theater Latte Da, renowned for its…

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