This week in theater: 'Carrie: The Musical' opens in Minneapolis

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An updated movie version adapted from Stephen King's classic novel "Carrie" is set to open in theaters in the middle of October, but not before "Carrie: The Musical" hits the Twin Cities.

Presented by Minneapolis Musical Theatre & Hennepin Theatre, "Carrie: The Musical" runs Friday through Oct. 27 at the New Century Theatre in Minneapolis.

The production is based on a newly reworked version of the musical that opened on Broadway in 1988. Local reviews are forthcoming.

Cirque du Soleil's touring production "Amaluna" continues its run this week under the big top at the Mall of America's north parking lot in Bloomington.

The Pioneer Press' Dominic P. Papatola gives high praise to the show, saying there is "more story and more emphasis on finesse as opposed to eye-popping acts of derring-do."

"The performers and their otherworldly antics may not leave your chin on the floor, but it's almost assured you will walk out of Cirque's big-top tent slack-jawed," Papatola writes.

The Star Tribune's Rohan Preston was also high on"Amaluna," calling it a "mesmerizing and mythic show."

The show runs through Oct. 20.

Continuing its run at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is "Uncle Vanya," the Guthrie's first staging of the Anton Checkov's 1899 tragicomedy classic about unrequited love, thwarted ambition and enduring hope in nearly 25 years.

The Pioneer Press' Papatola says while the production isn't flawless, director Joe Dowling's "version is, in tone and performance, a telling that lightens and illuminates the story."

The production runs through Oct. 27.

"The Wizard of Oz" prequel musical "Wicked" also continues this week with performances at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Star Tribune theater critic Preston says the production was "shaky" in its return to the Twin Cities 10 days ago, but still "richly entertaining."

The Pioneer Press' Papatola admits it's hard to get hard to get excited about the production after five previous viewings, but the reaction will be different for others.

"Great theater? Not really, at least not after repeated viewings. But "Wicked" is not for Eeyores like me. It's a show for true believers and first-timers."

"Wicked" runs through Oct. 20.

The Childrens Theatre Company in Minneapolis continues its run of "Charlotte's Web."

The Star Tribune's Preston calls the production "a show worth seeing."

"It has heart and touching humanity courtesy of some fun and interesting farm animals," Preston writes.

Pioneer Press contributing critic says CTC's first-ever production of the play demands the patience of younger audience members "accustomed to high-speed stimulation."

"Exercising patience will be rewarded with an enjoyable and touching tale that provides its best teaching moments when addressing the issue of death," Hubbard writes.

The play, based on the classic book by E.B. White, runs through Oct. 27.

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