Review

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Curiocity: Shhh, ‘Book Of Mormon’ — You Had Me At ‘Hello’

From the get-go, fresh-faced, wide-eyed young men in crisp white shirts and perfectly tightened black ties promised to share the story of a book — a book that would change our lives. Well, mission accomplished, boys.

02/07/2013

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Review: New Opera’s Success Is Beyond ‘Doubt’

“Only the children’s voices soothe me,” an anguished Sister Aloysius sings at the conclusion of “Doubt,” the new opera based on John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

01/27/2013

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Curiocity: All Caught Up In ‘Catch Me If You Can’

The life of Frank Abagnale, Jr. is perhaps the most shocking upon realizing its truth. While most of us were learning to drive and thinking about college, Frank was ditching his pilot uniform for a doctor’s lab coat, while shoving millions in counterfeit money into an empty suitcase.

12/12/2012

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Curiocity: ‘Elf’ Strays From Film, But Provides Festive Fun

Picking a favorite moment from the movie “Elf” is what I imagine it’s like picking a favorite child — impossible.

12/10/2012

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Curiocity: Pentatonix Packs A Pitch-Perfect Punch

It seems almost strange to see a crowd packed around a nearly completely empty stage — with only two small platforms and zero instruments. But half-way into the first song, you realize, you don’t miss the band at all.

11/08/2012

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Curiocity: Madonna Returns To St. Paul With A ‘Gang Bang’

It’s been 25 years since we’ve had the Material Girl live and in the flesh — and strangely enough, it appears she hasn’t aged a bit.

11/04/2012

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Curiocity: Beauty And The Beast Is True As It Can Be

For a tale that’s old as time, Beauty and the Beast never feels timeworn. As one of the classic stories from the Disney vault, this charming storyline proves once and again that it’s a favorite for a reason.

10/17/2012

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Curiocity: Friday Food Truck Feature — Nate Dogs

He may be wearing a different shirt and a new tie but there’s one thing that Nate Beck is never without — a friendly smile. Rain or shine, first-timers or loyal customers, Beck always serves up some of the finest hot dogs in Minnesota with a side of humility and charisma.

08/31/2012

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Curiocity: Kristin Chenoweth Hits A High Note

It’s not often that a performer receives a standing ovation, just for gracing the stage — and during a make-up concert, no less. But when you have as much talent that Kristin Chenoweth does, it seems more than deserved.

06/27/2012

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Curiocity: Roman Holiday Is Perfectly Bittersweet

If Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are the main stars of “Roman Holiday,” then the city of Rome is certainly the supporting actor. So what happens when you remove the city and are given a blank stage for a musical? Does it work — can it be recreated?

06/21/2012

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Curiocity: Blue Man Group Paints The Town

As it turns out, some of the best entertainment doesn’t need to rely on fancy costumes, individual stars or even words. As the Blue Man Group proved on Friday night, you don’t need much to wow an audience.

06/17/2012

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Curiocity: Fela! Packs A Powerful Punch

Prepare to emerge yourself in Fela Kuti’s world. You are no longer the quiet theater-goer, watching from a distance, simply taking in a show at the Ordway Center on Tuesday night. You are part of Fela’s shrine – and as such, part of the madness.

06/13/2012

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Curiocity: The Addams Family Musical, Not Quite As Creepy

We’re all familiar with The Addams Family — the jet black hair of mother Morticia, the sliver of a mustache that sits atop Gomez’s upper lip and the expressionless face of daughter Wednesday. But on stage, this family is not nearly as creepy as you may remember.

05/09/2012

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Curiocity: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ Is An Unbelievable Night

Everything about “Million Dollar Quartet,” which opened Tuesday night at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, is slightly unbelievable.

03/28/2012

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Restaurant Review: Peter’s Grill

Despite Minneapolis’s penchant for razing, there are numerous remnants from the city’s past that still stand. Some historic pieces are more hidden than others, but there is comfort — and fun to be had — in seeking the treasures that remain.

03/21/2012

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