Monthly Archives: April 2013

La vida loco Lorca

La vida loco Lorca

Pangea World Theater & Teatro del Pueblo presented “Lorca In a Green Dress” at the Ritz Theatre in Northeast Minneapolis this April.  Thankfully, I was able to see it before it closed this past weekend.  Sometimes I enjoy walking into shows blindly which is exactly what I did with this play.  It allows me to… Continue Reading

Broadway Songbook: Cole Porter at the Ordway

Broadway Songbook: Cole Porter at the Ordway

The Ordway in St. Paul has been doing a small, intimate series in the McKnight theatre for the past two years called Broadway Songbook.  Each time they focus on different composers or eras.  Of the three I have seen, this one was my favorite which featured the music of Cole Porter.  Throughout the show we… Continue Reading

Video of the week for 4/22/13

Video of the week for 4/22/13

This week I am attending “Broadway Songbook: Cole Porter” at the Ordway.  Cole Porter wrote music for many well known shows including “Anything Goes” which is also coming to the Ordway soon.  In November of 2011 I saw my sister, Emma Stratton, play Kate in his show “Kiss Me Kate” (see pictures below).  When she… Continue Reading

“This Side of Paradise” at the History Theatre

“This Side of Paradise” at the History Theatre

“This Side of Paradise” a new musical about F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, opened this past weekend at the History Theatre in St. Paul.  Although it could have been a very interesting show, it unfortunately fell flat.  There were far too many times where I felt uncomfortable.  The acting was over the top,… Continue Reading

“Grease” at Hill-Murray High School

“Grease” at Hill-Murray High School

On Friday night I brought my cousins Grace (12) and Lyla (10) to the Hill-Murray High School’s production of “Grease”.  We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the show.  As much as we liked it, the audience was beaming even before the play began.  The theater was full of family and friends to support… Continue Reading

“Deathtrap” at the Jungle Theater

“Deathtrap” at the Jungle Theater

Although I do enjoy “Miss Marple” and “Clue”, murder mysteries are not my typical “go-to” type of show.  “Deathtrap” now playing at the Jungle Theater in Uptown was my first experience with a stage performance of this particular genre.  The show was written by Ira Levin in 1978, produced on Broadway and made into a… Continue Reading

Video of the week for 4/15/13

Video of the week for 4/15/13

A year or so ago I heard the song “Run Away With Me” with music by Brian Lowdermilk and lyrics by Kait Kerrigan.  It is from the musical “The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown”.  When done right, the song is very touching.  There are many men who have attempted to sing it but it is… Continue Reading

“To Kill a Mockingbird” at Park Square Theatre

“To Kill a Mockingbird” at Park Square Theatre

“To Kill a Mockingbird” was written by Harper Lee in 1960 and is an award winning book.  On Friday, I attended a matinee performance at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul which was filled with kids since many had read it in school.  The show takes place in segregated Alabama in the 1930’s where it… Continue Reading

“Joseph” at Chanhassen

“Joseph” at Chanhassen

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” takes the Biblical story from Genesis and brings it to life in a happy-go-lucky way.  Joseph is the favored son of Jacob.  His eleven brothers are unhappy that he gets all the attention so they decide to get rid of him.  A narrator brings us on Joseph’s journey where… Continue Reading