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This week in theater: Shakespeare continues at Guthrie, wraps up at Ordway

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After their successive debuts last week, the William Shakespeare classic "The Taming of the Shrew," in repertory with "Twelfth Night," both continue this week at the Guthrie Theater's Wurtele Thrust Stage in Minneapolis.

Rob Hubbard in his review for the Pioneer Press is smitten with "The Taming of the Shrew," saying it's "brilliantly executed" and "so bursting with imagination and energy that it might be the best Shakespeare you'll encounter this decade or the next."

Rohan Preston is not so kind in his Star Tribune review of the play, which he says "comes off like an antiquated curio pulled from the closet." As for "Twelfth Night" Preston says the play "has a slow first act but becomes entertaining in the second."

Both "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Twelfth Night" are being presented by England's all-male Propeller Company. "The Taming of the Shrew" plays Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and "Twelfth Night" plays Thursday through Sunday.

The Minnesota Opera will wrap up its production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" this week at the Ordway Center for the Arts in St. Paul, with shows Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

In his Pioneer Press review, Hubbard notes the show is noteworthy because it's tweaked to include modern sensibilities and attire, but it's the "magnificent voices that make this 'Hamlet' a production well worth experiencing."


Performing on the comedy stage this week is "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" star Jeff Foxworthy, who is doing one show Saturday at Black Bear Casino in Carlton.

The Black Bear show is the second public date on Foxworthy's 2013 tour, which comes a night after he plays in Biloxi, Miss.

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