Tuesday news and reviews

Here’s a look at the arts stories making headlines…


Michael Chabon named director of board of MacDowell artist colony

Hillel Italie, Associated Press

Michael Chabon, novelist, screenwriter and father of four, has a new responsibility.


Cinderella gets a Dolls makeover

– Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune

In Ballet of the Dolls’ reboot of a comedy classic, a Beverly Hills mansion becomes a gilded cage.

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” lives up to its name

– Betsy Gabler, TC Daily Planet

It was a perfect event to start out a season of joy and goodwill, fantasy and legend, faith and beauty.


Carols are key in two holiday songfests

– William Randall Beard, Star Tribune

VocalEssence and The Singers each present multiple concerts featuring old and new holiday songs.

Concert at the Capri: ‘It’s all baby steps, but it’s happening’

– Michael Anthony, MinnPost.com

The Capri began presenting concerts and musical plays three years ago, invoking the venerable notion that the arts can have a positive effect on the environment — and perhaps even stimulate some much-needed business development in the area.

Tony Ortiz’s “Someday”: Hear him, feel him

– Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet

Ortiz’s vocals, no matter what mode he’s in, be it sweet ballad or you-know-what to the walls rocking, demonstrate pure, unbridled passion.


Motes tapped for a top role at College of St. Benedict

– Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

The former head of the Minnesota Shubert Center, she leaves Theater Latté Da for a major fund-raising job.


Funny bits in alt-Xmas legend

A witty concept and some funny moments make for laughs, but less would be more in this Christmas spoof.

– Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

Joking Envelope’s “Super-Powered Revenge Christmas #1”: Superheroes save Christmas with Minneapolis Theatre Garage logic

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

If the premise amuses you, you’ll get a kick out of the execution. If you’re not so sure, you’re unlikely to be convinced.

Cleverly conceived Revenge Christmas a mixed bag of Yuletide mayhem – Brad Richason, Examiner.com

A consistently witty holiday mash-up that impresses with its concept, but struggles to make an emotional connection.

Miss Richfield 1981’s ‘Bingo Bonanza’ offers too much

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

There really can be too much of a good thing, as was made clear Friday evening at the Miss Richfield 1981 holiday show, Bingo Bonanza.

At the Old Log Theater, “Jeeves in Bloom” droops

– Elizabeth Lofgren, TC Daily Planet

Jeeves in Bloom has some of the elements of a successful farce, but inconsistency in style and energy prevent it from being the breezy romp that we hoped to enjoy.

Playwright Carson Kreitzer awarded NEA grant

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

Local playwright Carson Kreitzer has earned a National Endowment for the Arts grant to aid in developing her latest play, Behind the Eye.

“Miracle on Chrismas Lake” at Yellow Tree Theatre: Osse-awesome!

– Bev Wolfe, TC Daily Planet

A last-minute loss of rights to a different holiday play resulted in co-founder Jessica Lind writing the last-minute holiday play “Miracle on Christmas Lake,” which has become a holiday staple.

The Golden Girls get into the spirit with ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the BLB

– Shelby Meyers, City Pages

A Christmas Carol by Dickens is indeed a timeless tradition, but the Golden Girls are just as capable of offering up some holiday magic too.

The Guthrie’s new Scrooge: More cynical, less curmudgeonly

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

Daniel Gerroll has made a splash in town with his fresh interpretation of the role in the Guthrie Theater’s latest production of their longstanding holiday offering.

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