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Tricycle Theatre’s The Great Game: Afghanistan begins three-week run at the Guthrie Theater

TRICYCLE THEATRE’S EPIC PRODUCTION

THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN

BEGINS THREE-WEEK RUN AT THE GUTHRIE THEATER

Minnesota Public Radio’s Euan Kerr interviews director Nick Kent

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“A laudably ambitious effort to use theater as a lens for achieving clarity and insight about one of the world’s most important current conflicts”

— Tad Simons, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

The Great Game: Afghanistan is a stunning theatrical achievement”
— Ed Huyck, MinnPost

“Tricycle Theatre’s The Great Game: Afghanistan is an absorbing epic”

— Jay Gabler, TCDailyPlane

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) Tricycle Theatre’s epic production The Great Game: Afghanistan kicked off a limited three-week engagement last week at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The ambitious theatrical experience, nominated for a prestigious Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement, explores Afghan culture and history in an enthralling three-part event. The Great Game: Afghanistan was recently remounted at the Tricycle in London and comes to the Guthrie Theater as part of a four-city U.S. tour that also includes the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater in New York. Continue reading

Variety raves for Guthrie’s Master Butchers Singing Club

VARIETY LAUDS MARSHA NORMAN’S STAGE ADAPTATION OF

THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB

NOW ENJOYING ITS WORLD PREMIERE RUN AT THE GUTHRIE THEATER

View production images here:

http://www.proofsheet.com/guthrie/butchers

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater’s world premiere stage production of THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright MARSHA NORMAN (‘night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Red Shoes, The Color Purple) opened to rave reviews on Sunday, September 19 on the theater’s signature Wurtele Thrust Stage in Minneapolis. Norman brings acclaimed Minnesota author LOUISE ERDRICH’s novel to the stage under the direction of FRANCESCA ZAMBELLO (Little House on the Prairie, Disney’s The Little Mermaid).

Chicago critic Steven Oxman reviewed the production for Variety

The Master Butchers Singing Club
(Guthrie Theater; Minneapolis; 1,110 seats; $69 top)
By STEVEN OXMAN, Sept. 21, 2010

A Guthrie Theater presentation of a play in two acts by Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Louise Erdrich. Directed by Francesca Zambello.

This elegant adaptation by Marsha Norman (“‘night, Mother”) of a sweeping multi-decade novel, “The Master Butchers Singing Club,” puts forth impressive contributions all around. Norman’s script captures the essential delicate nature of Midwestern author Louise Erdrich’s prose, and spreads just enough narration among characters to keep things moving without making it feel like you’re being read to. And Francesca Zambello, the driving force behind the production, directs with a flair for simple theatricality and with a tone that stays likably light even while it depicts believably wrenching events.

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GUTHRIE THEATER/BERKELEY REP PRODUCTION OF TINY KUSHNER MAKES BRITISH PREMIERE AT TRICYCLE THEATRE

View and download production images here:

http://www.guthrietheater.org/media_room/image_library/tiny_kushner

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater/Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of Tiny Kushner, a collection of five one-act plays written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner, received rave reviews at Tricycle Theatre (producers of The Great Game: Afghanistan), where it made its British premiere on September 1.

Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

“SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL AND BOLD in Tiny Kushner. This quintet of one-act plays shows Tony Kushner at his most fanciful and eclectic … fierce, strange and clever theatre. It isn’t “tiny” at all.”

Michael Billington, The Guardian

“In these five short plays [KUSHNER] REVEALS HIS GIFT for blending the hallucinatory and the political”

Paul Taylor, The Independent

“Vibrant tales of angels and sinners. Radical politics and erudite, high-camp fancifulness inform these five short but IMAGINATIVELY OUTSIZED WORKS”

Jeremy Austin, The Stage

“There is such clarity conveyed not just in the language but in the rhythm and the nuance. Ideas and phrases honey drip from the script. Listening is an indulgence. This is enriched by the FOUR STRONG PERFORMANCES FROM THE SMALL CAST.”

The evening of short plays was originally comissioned by Guthrie artistic director Joe Dowling, and premiered at the Guthrie on May 20, 2009 as part of the theater’s landmark Kushner Celebration

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Guthrie’s Streetcar Named Desire in its final two weeks

Guthrie Theater’s A Streetcar Named Desire
Enters Final Two Weeks!

Gretchen Egolf lauded for her stirring portrayal of Blanche DuBois

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater’s production of Tennessee Williams’ iconic American play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by John Miller-Stephany, is now in its final two weeks of performances in Minneapolis. Film and television actress Gretchen Egolf leads the cast in a critically acclaimed portrayal of Blanche DuBois. “Desperate Housewives” star Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Stanley Kowalski), New York actor Brian Keane (Harold “Mitch” Mitchell) and Twin Cities mainstay Stacia Rice (Stella Kowalski) join Egolf in the production, heralded by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as “one of those more-or-less definitive productions that people will remember for some time to come.”

READ WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT

GRETCHEN EGOLF’S PERFORMANCE!

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The Scottsboro Boys soars in pre-Broadway run at the Guthrie Theater

KANDER & EBB’S BROADWAY-BOUND NEW MUSICAL

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

SOARS IN MINNEAPOLIS AT THE GUTHRIE THEATER

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Broadway-bound production of The Scottsboro Boys received rave reviews in Minneapolis, where it opened August 6 and continues performances through September 25, 2010 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater. From there, the production will move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, beginning performances on October 7 in advance of its official October 31, 2010 opening.

Graydon Royce, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“AN ASTONISHING MUSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT, with biting wit and entertaining showmanship.  Director Susan Stroman finds the perfect sensibility for this musical from the legendary team of Kander and Ebb.  The singing and dancing is first rate.  Joshua Henry ignites the role of Haywood Patterson.  The Scottsboro Boys is a brilliant invocation of a story that commemorates nine fellow Americans.”

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John Kander discusses The Scottsboro Boys with Pioneer Press, American Jewish World

JOHN KANDER FINE-TUNES PRODUCTION OF

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

DURING PRE-BROADWAY RUN AT THE GUTHRIE THEATER

American Jewish World

http://www.ajwnews.com/archives/6827

St. Paul Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/ci_15633678

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Scottsboro Boys began preview performances this past weekend at the Guthrie Theater, kicking off an eight-week engagement through September 25. The critically-acclaimed production, directed by five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman and featuring a book by David Thompson, comes to the Guthrie following a sold-out Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre earlier this year. Immediately following its Guthrie run, the production will move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, where it will begin performances on October 7 in advance of its official October 31, 2010, opening.

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The Scottsboro Boys featured in Minneapolis Star Tribune

GUTHRIE THEATER READIES FOR PRE-BROADWAY RUN OF
KANDER & EBB’S

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

Minneapolis Star Tribune chronicles the show’s journey to Broadway via Minneapolis

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/onstage/99557929.html

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Scottsboro Boys began preview performances this past weekend at the Guthrie Theater, kicking off an eight-week engagement through September 25. The critically-acclaimed production, directed by five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman and featuring a book by David Thompson, comes to the Guthrie following a sold-out Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre earlier this year. Immediately following its Guthrie run, the production will move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, where it will begin performances on October 7 in advance of its official October 31, 2010, opening.

Minneapolis Star Tribune theater writer Graydon Royce recently spoke with members of the cast and creative team in chronicling the show’s journey to Broadway.

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SONGS OF INNOCENCE

by Graydon Royce

Star Tribune (July 30, 2010)

(Minneapolis) Producer Barry Weissler remembers that it was cold in 2005 when he launched a show in Minneapolis. Perhaps icy critical reaction to “Sweet Charity” colored his memory, because it was 40 degrees that balmy February when the revival opened at the Orpheum Theatre.

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