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This week in theater: 'Primrose Path,' 'Alice in Wonderland' continue in Mpls.

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The Guthrie Theater's newest production, "The Primrose Path," officially opened over the weekend at Wurtele Thrust Stage in Minneapolis after preview shows last week.

Playwright Crispin Whittell bittersweet romance is based upon the novel "Home of the Gentry" by Ivan Turgenev. Tony Award winner Roger Rees directs.

The world premiere production got a mixed review from Pioneer Press critic Dominic Papatola, who writes Whittell's script "has some lovely language and sketches out a number of interesting ideas and characters."

However, the critic adds, the long first act drags on and the play "can't ever decide if it wants to be a comedy of manners, a melodrama, a proto-Chekhovian study of tortured provincial Russian country folk striving mightily to be sophisticated ... or something else."

The play runs through June 15.

The Children's Theater Company's latest, the stage adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" continues this week in fully re-imagined production of Lewis Carroll's classic tale.

Critic Lisa Brock gives high praise to the production in her Star Tribune review, saying "CTC's foray into Wonderland sizzles with surprises, from kitchens and tea parties that pop out of the floor to chairs that fly through the air and bottles that mysteriously empty themselves and then vanish altogether."

Brock also calls the production is" a scenic wonder, with set pieces and puppets taking on lives of their own."

"Alice in Wonderland" at the CTC runs through June 15.

Running through May 18, the ice fishing comedy “Nice Fish” is keeping winter alive at the Guthrie Theater’s McGuire Proscenium Stage.

The creation of two-time Tony Award-winning actor Mark Rylance in collaboration with Duluth poet Louis Jenkins ("A Prairie Home Companion"), the world premiere play is about two men (Rylance and Jim Lichtscheidl) who have gone ice fishing on the last day of the season, as the ice is melting and DNR is watching.

Papatola calls the the play "a decent catch" in his review for the Pioneer Press, but does note the production has some issues.

Graydon Royce's review in the Star Tribune is also mixed, who, like Papatola, criticizes the show's run time, saying it's "too long and undisciplined, overreaching its scope and ambitions."

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