This week in theater: 'Uncle Vanya,' 'Wicked' continue in Twin Cities


Continuing its run after opening last week is "Uncle Vanya" at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

The play is 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.

Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic P. 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.

After taking flight last week, "The Wizard of Oz" prequel musical "Wicked" continues with performances at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Star Tribune theater critic Rohan Preston says the production was "shaky" in its return to the Twin Cities last week, 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.

Also in theater this week:

The Childrens Theatre Company in Minneapolis continues its run of "Charlotte's Web." The play, based on the classic book by E.B. White, runs through Oct. 27.

The New Century Theatre presents "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus." The one-man stand-up performance starring Peter Story runs Tuesday through Sunday.

Also this week, the Ivey Awards celebrate the best of the Twin Cities' 76 professional theaters at the State Theatre Monday.

See the Star Tribune's Graydon Royce's predictions for the ceremony here.

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