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Monday, March 30th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7 (Part 2) Preview
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In anticipation of next week’s season premiere, Todd O’Dowd examines the promotional pictures for clues on the new season of the acclaimed drama.




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Tuesday, March 24th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 4
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A parody-driven musical episode ends with a surprising elimination.




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Tuesday, March 17th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7 Episode 3
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Brush up on your Shakespeare as the first acting challenge sees a breakthrough for local queen Max and RuPaul breaking out her reading glasses.




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Thursday, March 12th


In Review: “The Manchurian Candidate”
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Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s adaptation of the iconic political thriller gets a stirring world premiere at Minnesota Opera.




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Tuesday, March 10th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 2
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After a lackluster season opening, the show takes off with an inspired challenge.




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Tuesday, March 3rd


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 1
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Even a slightly lackluster season opening can’t completely quash the for the beloved reality television competion.




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Saturday, February 14th


In Review: “American Midget”
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Shadow Horse Theatre’s regional premiere of Jonathan Yuckich’s dark comedy is a gloriously deranged carnival-inspired marvel.




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Friday, February 13th


In Review: “The Coward”
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Walking Shadow Theatre Company’s new production straddles the thin line between good and great.




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Wednesday, February 11th


In Review: “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark”
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Lynn Nottage’s poignant Hollywood farce is getting a pitch-perfect production at Penumbra Theatre.




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Saturday, January 31st


In Review: “Rehearsing Failure”
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Theatre Novi Most’s newest play, part of the launch of the Southern’s ARTshare program, finds success in examining the life of Bertolt Brecht and his collaborators.




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Thursday, January 29th


In Review: “Gertrude Stein And A Companion”
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The Jungle Theater kicks off its twenty-fifth anniversary season with a thrilling remount of its most acclaimed production.




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Thursday, January 29th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Premieres March 2
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Halleloo! Miss RuPaul’s School for Wayward Girls re-opens its doors March 2.




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Wednesday, January 28th


We Will Rock You: Happy Anniversary. You’re fired.
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In his column, Jon Hunt weighs in on the firing of Barb Abney from The Current.




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Monday, January 26th


The Idiot Box: “Downton Abbey” Series 5, Episode 4
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Everyone at the house that Lord Crawley built has gone lovesick! Literally!




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Monday, January 12th


The Idiot Box: “Downton Abbey” Series 5, Episode 2
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This episode is brought to you by the letters on everyone’s minds at Downton: S, E, and X




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Friday, January 9th


The Culturator: Girl Germs – Celebrating the Badasses
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In the second part of our spotlight on this year’s Girl Germs’ Live Tribute to Women in Music, Juleana Enright talks to the bands performing about their musical muse for Saturday’s tribute set and why this artist remains a powerful influence in modern music.




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Thursday, January 8th


The Culturator: Another Bout of Girl Germs
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Juleana Enright chats with Sally Hedberg and Dana Raidt about the second edition of their Live Tribute to Women in Music, happening this Saturday at the Turf Club




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Thursday, January 8th


The Idiot Box: “Empire” Building
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Todd O’Dowd takes in the compelling debut of the new hip-hop soap opera.




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Monday, January 5th


The Idiot Box: “Downton Abbey” Series 5, Episode 1
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The Crawley clan and their legion of servants returns in a strong season opener




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Monday, December 29th


In Review: Betty Danger’s Country Club
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Allison Shilinski reviews the opening of the new sister venue of Psycho Suzi’s and Donny Dirk’s; complete with mini-golf course and mechanical tree!




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Friday, December 26th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Christmas Special 2014
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This year’s Christmas Special goes off like a dream. Literally.




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Monday, December 22nd


A Few of Our Favorite Things: The Best of 2014
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l’étoile presents its list of the best people, events, and things in the Twin Cities in 2014!




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Monday, December 22nd


The Idiot Box: The Well-Read Television Viewer
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In his column, Todd O’Dowd offers up some great last-minute gift ideas (namely books) for the television fan in your life.




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Friday, December 12th


In Review: A Christmas Story – The Musical
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In its first in-house production in three years, The Ordway has delivered a fabulous Christmas gift.




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Wednesday, December 3rd


In Review: “Love’s Labour’s Lost”
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The Moving Company returns home to Minneapolis with a magical, if slightly muddy, adaptation of this early Shakespearian comedy.




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Thursday, November 20th


In Review: “On Golden Pond” and “Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”
Bain Boehlke and Wendy Lehr in the Jungle Theater's production of On Golden Pond.

The Jungle Theater and Theatre Coup d’Etat serve up different courses of theatrical comfort food.




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Friday, November 14th


The Culturator: A Cultural Common Room – The Soap Factory Celebrates 25 Years
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In honor of their 25th Anniversary celebration, Juleana chats with The Soap Factory’s Executive Director Ben Heywood ,for an in-depth look into its unique history and its vision of engaging artist and viewer in consumable art.




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Thursday, November 13th


Le PSA: Give To The Max!
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In honor of the sixth annual Give To The May Day, we have a public service announcement.




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Wednesday, November 12th


In Review: “Disenchanted!”
Stephanie Bertumen as Hua Mulan, Jen Burleigh-Bentz as Snow White, Bonni Allen as Cinderella, Joy Dolo as The Princess Who Kissed The Frog, and Kim Kivens as Ariel in Disenchanted!

A charming production and brilliant cast give the kiss of life to this remount of the New York-bound musical revue.




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Tuesday, November 11th


The Idiot Box: “Doctor Who” Series 8, Episode 12
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The dead are returning in an emotionally complex and satisfying end to the season.




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