Tuesday news and reviews

In response to a conversation about criticism and arts reporting, I’m paring down what I choose to post in the daily news and reviews column. Anything that looks like a slightly padded press release is passed over; so are pieces that do no more than regurgitate calendar listings. Also, if an article consists of one or two paragraphs followed by five or six photographs, it will not make this round-up. That being said, enjoy the many reviews and news stories that do make the list!

Art

Wing Young Huie: 100 Creatives

[Huie’s] projects are a fascinating exploration and documentation of neighborhoods that are constantly changing, and serve as an important reminder of just how diverse Minnesota truly is.

– Jessica Armbruster

Music

Daryl Hall and John Oates make dreams come true at the State Theatre

Anyone who wonders whether Hall & Oates can still cut it had the question answered. These living legends, after decades and decades of going at it, continue to deliver pop R&B with a world of authority, finesse, and passion–even if they’ve always been pretty slick about it.

– Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet

Theater

These musicians can act

Or should we say, “these actors can play the piano”? A dynamic, funny duo does it all at Park Square Theatre.

– Larry Fuchsberg, Star Tribune

Nimbus Theatre plans new theater for Northeast Minneapolis

Nimbus Theatre’s new space on Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis doesn’t look like much now. It’s a big, empty, cavernous room with fluorescent lights and concrete floor.

– Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet

With Anthony Fedorov, the Ordway brings “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” back to its roots

The challenge for James Rocco, the producing artistic director of the Ordway, was to give this production a fresh look, knowing that most of the show’s likely audience have probably seen this show at least once.

– Jean Gabler, TC Daily Planet

Technicolor Dreamcoat custom tailored for a family friendly fit

The latest production of Dreamcoat, now running at the Ordway Center, exemplifies family friendly entertainment with a dazzling array of set pieces, each vividly hued and impressively choreographed, that hold attention despite a meandering storyline in the conspicuously padded second act.

– Brad Richason, Examiner.com

Kevin Kling’s “Tales From the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log” entertains, proudly, at the Guthrie Theater

Kevin Kling’s recollections of holiday seasons past, in his one-man show Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, provide a window straight back into both a personal and collective history.

– Leslie Kruempel, TC Daily Planet

The 1419 dream: What is the future of Minneapolis’s hottest DIY art space?

1419, the DIY interdisciplinary arts space, is at a crossroads.

– Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet

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