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Your turn to play the arts critic

Welcome to week two of the arts version of Monday-morning quarterbacking. If you managed to leave your home last weekend, we’re interested in what you thought were the most compelling shows and whether you’d recommend them to the rest of us. We also want to know which shows you thought didn’t measure up to the hype or your expectations.

Week one brought comments from a reader singing the praises of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus and another from MinnPost writer Dan Haugen about an impromptu tour through Virginia, Minn.’s century-old Lyric Theater for the Arts, which supporters hope to renovate.

What’s on your entertainment list next weekend? Anything you’re looking forward to in the New Year?

What did I do? A friend and I unearthed my video of the classic “Miracle on 34th Street” of 1947, starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and a young Natalie Wood. This version won three Academy Awards for best supporting actor (Edmund Gwenn for his Kris Kringle role), best original story and best screenplay. This is an annual ritual for me — it’s not really the season until I watch this movie. One scene continues to make me misty-eyed: Kris Kringle singing with a Dutch orphan in Dutch at Macy’s. Another still makes me laugh: Bags of letters being poured onto the judge’s bench as proof that the fellow on trial is indeed Santa Claus.

Call me sentimental. This was a movie made well before I was born, yet it stays with me year after year. What are your favorites?

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Helen Rubenstein on 12/22/2008 - 03:36 pm.

    I saw the last performance of Fool for Love at the Gremlin Theater. Both Stacia Rice & Peter Hansen were terrific! They had great chemistry and brought depth to this layered story of 2 people who just can’t quit each other depite the destructiveness of their taboo relationship.

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