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…

Erotica for Houseplants

Returning Minnesota Fringe Festival fan-favorite creator/performer, Tom Reed, is back with a brand new one-man show: Erotica for Houseplants. Playing at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, Erotica for Houseplants is a glorious hybridization of a love letter to home gardening, a cabaret of botanical love-song covers, and a series of erotic stories by (and for) houseplants that are steamier than a tropical arboretum.

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…

RENT

by ERIKA SASSEVILLE I did contemplate reviewing Inver Grove Heights Community Theatre’s production of RENT with a simple, “Everything was perfect. Period.” but that would be a disservice to everyone, since this show deserves to be gushed over in long-form. The show IS perfection, and you only have one more opportunity to catch it (Sunday,…

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…