This week in theater: 'Light in the Piazza' continues

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Theater Latte Da's presentation of "The Light in the Piazza" continues its run this week 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."

While noting the production was not perfect, Chris Hewitt of the Pioneer Press overall praises the complex romantic drama, saying it "fits perfectly in the Ordway's intimate McKnight Theatre." He also notes that scale of the production of the chamber-sized musical with a small cast and orchestra, "feels exactly right.

"The Light in the Piazza" plays through April 7.

Also continuing its run is the baseball fantasy drama “Jackie and Me” at the Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis.

Playing through April 14, “Jackie and Me” tells the story of a Little League player who uses his baseball card collection to travel back in time to meet Jackie Robinson when given an assignment to write a school report on the groundbreaking African-American player who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier.

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."

Also this week, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis continues to stage William Shakespeare classic “The Taming of the Shrew,” in repertory with “Twelfth Night,” which are both being presented by England’s all-male Propeller Company.

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.

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