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Friday, May 22nd


In Review: Revival Fever
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In this review, Todd O’Dowd looks at the trend of revivals this season, including Sandbox Theatre’s revisitation of “War With The Newts” and Frosty Bob and J’s Summer Camp’s remount of “Utopiacopia.”




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Tuesday, May 19th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 12
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The final four must face the de rigeur music video challenge (and de rigeur producer manipulation) in this lackluster episode.




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Monday, May 18th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 14
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The acclaimed series ends on a reflective – and controversial – note.




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Thursday, May 14th


What’s What: Guide to Art-A-Whirl 2015
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Here now is l’étoile’s annual guide to the hottest events and exhibits at the 2015 Art-A-Whirl




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Tuesday, May 12th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 11
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In this rollercoaster of an episode, we say “konichiwa” to a special guest judge, and “dasvidaniya” to a beloved competitor.




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Monday, May 11th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 13
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In this gut punch of a penultimate episode, two characters face the future while Don is haunted by his past




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Tuesday, May 5th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 10
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It’s time to prance as the remaining six queens must perform dance mashups.




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Monday, May 4th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 12
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The SC&P gang finally joins with McCann-Erickson, and it goes as well as you would expect in this hilarious and horrifying episode that has a surprising local connection.




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Wednesday, April 29th


We Will Rock You: A Few Words On Bullying
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This week, We Will Rock You takes a break from the Top 40 to talk just briefly — and with music involved, we promise — about something near and dear to this writer’s heart: bullying. Which sucks. A lot.




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Tuesday, April 28th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 9
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RuPaul’s Drag Race finally (!) pays homage to arguably America’s First Drag Superstar.




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Monday, April 27th


Report: #localqueerTC questioning the motives of The Welcoming Committee
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In an open letter, a collective of Twin Cities LGBTQAI event producers question the motives of the Boston-based company trying to make inroads in the Twin Cities market.




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Monday, April 27th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 11
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It’s the end of SC&P as we know it, and not everyone feels fine in this haunting episode.




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Tuesday, April 21st


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 8
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A surprise return or seven leads to one of the most insane (and insanely awesome) episodes of the season.




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Tuesday, April 21st


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 10
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The future is the topic of the day, but many characters’ futures are up in the air in this episode.




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Tuesday, April 14th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 7
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The return of an audience-favorite challenge leads to a controversial elimination.




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Monday, April 13th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 9
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A slightly disappointing episode examines the wreckage of Don Draper’s life through the women he shared it with.




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Friday, April 10th


In Review: “Mr Burns…” Electrifies The Guthrie
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Anne Washburn’s witty post-apocalyptic comedy on cultural survival is getting a fantastic production at the Guthrie.




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Tuesday, April 7th


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 6
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A long awaited return of our favorite judge breathed life into a lackluster challenge.




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Monday, April 6th


The Idiot Box: “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 8
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The mid-season premiere asks (and answers!) a very important musical question.




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Thursday, April 2nd


In Review: “In Which…” A Collaborative Success Is Achieved
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The ambitious collaboration between SuperGroup, Brute Heart, artist Liz Miller, and playwright Rachel Jendrzejewski,is a challenging and moving collaboration.




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Thursday, April 2nd


In Review: The “‘Art'” Of Friendship
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Theatre Coup d’État’s bracingly intimate production of ‘Art’ is a gloriously dark comedy of the foibles of friendship




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Tuesday, March 31st


The Idiot Box: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7, Episode 5
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Awards! Guest Judges! Shady Queens! Shady Ru!! This episode has it all!




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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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