This week in theater: 'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus' Live in Mpls. - Bring Me The News

This week in theater: 'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus' Live in Mpls.


Actor-comedian Peter Story brings his one-man fusion of theater and stand-up when he brings "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live" to the New Century Theatre Friday and Saturday in Minneapolis.

Based on the author John Gray's New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade, the show swiftly moves through a series of vignettes and covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

The show -- which debuted in Paris in 2007 and went on to play for more than 1 million people across Europe -- made in the U.S. in February. Since its publication in 1992, Gray's tome that explores the differences between the sexes has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 40 different languages.

New at the Children's Theatre Company is a production of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," a stage adaptation of Laura Joffe Numeroff's best-selling children's book. The play opened Friday in Minneapolis.

Pioneer Press contributing critic Renee Valois says the show is appealing for both children and adults.

"Director Peter C. Brosius keeps the pace mostly manic, as befits a show aimed at very young children," Valois writes. "There's no time for anyone to get bored."

"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" plays through July 21.

Continuing this week is the Guthrie Theater’s latest production, “Clybourne Park” at the venue's McGuire Proscenium stage in Minneapolis.

“Clybourne Park” — which in 2012 earned playwright Bruce Norris a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play — is a satiric comedy that deals with race and class in response to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Beginning in 1959, “Clybourne Park” follows a black family as they move into a white neighborhood in Chicago — and in the second act takes us to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed.

Chris Hewitt calls the play an “exemplary production” in his review for the Pioneer Press.

Hewitt also likens “Clybourne Park” to an orchestra performance, saying it it’s “a work of art where the ‘conductor,’ director Lisa Peterson, and the players are so united in their efforts that we hardly notice the dozens of talents who contributed to the production.”

The play runs through Aug. 4.

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