Weekend Arts Roundup: Shapeshift, Tales from Rashomon and The Critic, The Real Inspector Hound

SHAPESHIFT presents "Grey Skies Blue,' the story of a summer of friendship, at The Cowles Center. (SHAPESHIFT)
Weekend Arts Roundup: Shapeshift, Tales from Rashomon and The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jade and Sean McPherson to talk about three happenings in the local art world.

Here's this week's rundown:

SHAPESHIFT presents "Grey Skies Blue" — At the Cowles Center, a bustling city subway, a romantic starry night, and a soulful celebration are just some of the places SHAPESHIFT will take audiences in "Grey Skies Blue." The stories are as diverse as the SHAPESHIFT dancers, but they share common themes of family, race, love, and betrayal. Come explore your own identity and examine your own personal relationships with SHAPESHIFT this February.

Tales from Rashomon — At The Historic Mounds Theater, "Tales from Rashomon" is an original dramatic adaptation of several of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short stories, made famous by Akira Kurosawa's award winning, 1950 film, "Rashomon." A colorful band of refugees from natural and man-made disasters gather under civilization's ruins to wait out a storm. To pass the time, they read testimonies from an unusual murder trial. The play features live music with traditional Japanese instruments: koto, shakuhachi and taiko will be played under the musical direction of Miriam Gerberg.

The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound — At The Guthrie, comes two comedies in one night directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Kahn. From local comic mastermind/adaptor Jeffrey Hatcher (The Government Inspector) comes The Critic, a whirlwind comedy about bad theater, worse playwrights and - worst of all - critics. Over-the-top antics continue with Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound, an ingenious play-within-a-play in which two critics find themselves as unsuspecting suspects while watching a classic whodunit.

Marianne Combs joins The Current's Morning Show for the Weekend Arts Roundup every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Read all the latest arts news from MPR News.

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