Friday, February 16, 2007

A perfectly enchanting evening

Everyone knows what a treasure the Jungle Theater is. And now that the city's finest indie playhouse has a common-law partner, the totally awesome J.P. American Bistro, can there really be a better night on the town than this: a cosmopolitan at JP's followed by whatever's playing at the Jungle, followed by a cosmopolitan at JP's?

Not to say every single production is a standing-O, but Bain Boehlke and his crew certainly have one helluva batting average. Their current offering, The Swan by Elizabeth Egloff, is a perfect Jungle vehicle: an intellectual and emotional provocation requiring great acting. And great acting it shall have.

Jennifer Blagen is one of the cities' finest professional actors, and her long association with both the Guthrie and the Jungle have produced many memorable performances. We last saw her in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, and we can't make plans fast enough to see her in the lead role of what's been described as a "fairytale for grownups."

We'll interpret that as a fairytale that begins and ends with a nice cocktail across the alley.

The Jungle Theater,, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.822.7063

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