This week in theater: 'Flashdance' Broadway tour stops in Minneapolis


The touring Broadway production of "Flashdance" is coming to Minneapolis this week for a six-day run.

Based on the 1983 hit movie of the same name, "Flashdance" will put on eight shows at the Orpheum Theater, running Tuesday through Sunday.

In addition, the Hennepin Theatre Trust and Cowles Center for Dance are celebrating "Flashdance" coming to Minneapolis with a free, open dance event at New Century Theatre, where cast members will teach choreography from the show.

The show debuted in Pittsburgh -- where the story is set -- in early January, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was lukewarm in its reception. The paper in its review of the show -- about a steel mill worker who aspires to be a ballet dance -- said the book of the musical "is efficient but pretty predictable, except for an occasional touch of tonic realism and some welcome laughs" and calls the story "likeable."

At the same time, the reviewer calls the score a "mixed bag" and says the musical feels "cluttered."

Access Atlanta, on the other hand, raved about the musical in a review of the production in February, calling it an "astonishing musical spectacle." The publication added that it's "a time capsule of '80s kitsch that flexes some surprising emotional muscle. What a feeling."

Ending its run Sunday is Theater Latte Da's presentation of "The Light in the Piazza" at the Ordway McKnight Theatre in St. Paul.

Graydon Royce's review of the production in the Star Tribune was mixed, as he called it "lovely," but pointed out the tedium. He also said the production has "art, elegance, perfectly calibrated timing, lovely stage pictures and music," but "all this ambition does not demand ardor."

Chris Hewitt of the Pioneer Press has hit troubles with the show, but overall praises the complex romantic drama, saying it "fits perfectly in the Ordway's intimate McKnight Theatre."

“The Taming of the Shrew,” in repertory with “Twelfth Night” by England’s all-male Propeller Company are both ending this week at the Guthrie Theater. "Twelfth Night" will end Friday, while "The Taming of the Shrew" will end Saturday.

The Pioneer Press says “The Taming of the Shrew” is “brilliantly executed” and “bursting with imagination,” while Star Tribune says the play comes off as an “antiquated curio pulled from the closet.” The Star Tribune adds that “Twelfth Night” is slow in the first act becomes entertaining in the second.

Playing through April 14 at the Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis is the Jackie Robinson-themed baseball fantasy drama “Jackie and Me.”

Dominic P. Papatola praises the production in his review for the Pioneer Press, saying while can't call "Jackie and Me" a "feel-good play, given its subject matter," audience members "might come out with a new sense of history -- and maybe a refreshed sense of hope."

Meanwhile, Lisa Brock calls "Jackie and Me" an "engaging production" in her Star Tribune review of the show, and an "insightful look at America’s game and what a very different game it used to be."

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