Art Hounds: Art, Measure for Measure, and three men challenged to re-make their lives

1409.jpg“The Brothers Size” by Pillsbury House Theatre (Credit: Michal Daniel)

An ‘all theater’ installment this week as the hounds dive into plays about men who are forced to examine their lives and friendships and a woman who is forced to choose between her virginity and her family.

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janefroiland.JPGMinneapolis actor Jane Froiland believes the plays of Shakespeare are in no better hands than those of Ten Thousand Things. The itinerant Minneapolis theater company, which also performs for low income and prison audiences, is staging “Measure for Measure” at Open Book in Minneapolis from Sept. 27 – Oct. 21. Jane expects Sonja Parks, in the lead role of Isabella, will give a magnificent performance.

Horton_headshot.jpgYes, that all white painting looks intriguing, especially if you’re trying to keep up with art market trends, but would you spend an entire year’s salary on it? St. Paul stage, screen and voice-over actor Leigha Horton says Phoenix Theater Project’s production of “Art,” the comedy written by playwright Yasmina Reza which premiered in 1994, is getting an injection of youth. Leigha says the play’s three male characters are usually played by older men, but this production, at the Minneapolis Photo Center through Sept. 30, features three male actors in their 30s.

pambroz.JPGPillsbury House Theatre’s production of “The Brothers Size” left a deep impression on Minneapolis fiber artist Pam Broz. Pam could identify with the human struggle of the African American male characters in the play, who are trying to transform their lives amidst the push and pull of friendships, familial relationships, and negative influences. On stage at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio through Sept. 29.

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