Sally & Tom

by Christine Sarkes The history and truth surrounding the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, have been scrutinized, debated and researched extensively over two centuries. Sally & Tom, premiering at the Guthrie Theater through November 6, adds to the canon by offering a powerful and heart-wrenching exploration of the debilitating inhumanity of…

Wicked

by CHRISTINE SARKES Wicked at the historic Orpheum Theatre is so good on so many levels, there really is no need to write a review – just go see it, if you can. The songs are achingly beautiful, the messages touchingly resonant and topical, and the lighting, costumes and sets visually stunning. I love this…

Emma

BY Erika Sasseville and Christine Sarkes, a daughter and mother review There are times when you just need to roar your lungs out. Friday’s world premiere opening of Kate Hamill’s Emma at the Wurtele Thrust Stage, Guthrie Theater (now through August 21) was one of those nights for many of us. For a blissful few…

Twelfth Night

by Christine Sarkes The cast and creative team of Guthrie Theater’s Twelfth Night squeeze every ounce of humor, romance, and physicality out of Shakespeare’s great comedy; it is a zany, madcap delight. Many aspects of this production were so well and cleverly done that I can’t find a single negative thing to say. When we were…

Zafira and the Resistance

by Christine Sarkes Zafira and the Resistance at the Guthrie Theater is a production of the New Arab American Theater Works and part of Artistic Director Joseph Haj’s vision to present groundbreaking theater that inspires dialogue and expands the diversity of community voices on Guthrie stages. This season’s focus brings an eclectic mix of local,…

Cosi Fan Tutte

by Christine Sarkes Mill City Summer Opera at the renovated Mill City Museum Ruin Courtyard is a breathtaking and unique summer treat. The stage is set amidst the outdoor ruins of the old factory. The nearby river sounds and evening light cast a magical spell over the production. This will be your last chance to…

Dirty Business: The Spy Musical

by CHRISTINE SARKES “Dirty Business: The Spy Musical” at the History Theatre is an entertaining and enjoyable take on the world of females spies during World War II. The packed Sunday matinee performance attests to public fascination with the topic, which coincides with several new books, a television series and a possible movie focusing on…

The Great Leap

by CHRISTINE SARKES The Great Leap at the Guthrie Theater, now through February 10, is funny, heartfelt and very entertaining. The play is about basketball players and the coaches who love the game but also about identity, the American Dream and overcoming cultural barriers. The dialogue is amusingly sharp and the quirky characters immensely likeable.…

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

by CHRISTINE SARKES The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley at the Jungle Theater through December answers the age-old Jane Austen fandom questions; “Does Wickham ever get his just deserts?” and “Who is the real Lord of Pemberley?” I won’t spoil the former, but the latter is a resounding “Mrs. Reynolds the housekeeper!” In this clever, delightful and…

The Book of Mormon

by CHRISTINE SARKES The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum Theatre is a seriously funny satire that pokes fun at organized religion, group-think and know-it-all white boys. The musical is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Direction from the creators of “South Park,” Trey Parker and…