Tuesday news and reviews

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

Books

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.

Dance

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.

Music

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.

People

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.

Theater

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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