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Chris Garza

Chris Garza hails from San Antonio, TX. He moved to the Great White North to attend Macalester College and graduated with a degree in theatre. Somewhere along the way the Twin Cities theater scene stole his heart and he’s been looking for it ever since.  He is a freelance director who spends far too much time thinking about contradictions. He is grateful every day for the network of friends and theatre makers that have accepted him. Tweet him @downwithgarza.

Photo from Middle Brother.
Mu Performing Arts' Lost and Found Middle Brother
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Mu Performing Arts' Lost and Found Middle Brother

23 October 2014

Chris Garza covers the Mu Performing Arts production Eric Sharp’s play, Middle Brother which tells the story of an adoptee searching for his roots in Korea.

Photo from Silkworms (a nun play).
Burning Down the House at Theatre Unbound
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Burning Down the House at Theatre Unbound

10 June 2014

Chris Garza reviews Theatre Unbound’s Silkworms (a nun play) and takes a look into the director Isabel Nelson's devising process.

Photo from Muy Very Authentico.
Muy Very Authentico is Entertaining and Más o Menos Genuine
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Muy Very Authentico is Entertaining and Más o Menos Genuine

11 February 2014

Chris Garza reviews Muy Very Authentico, from the Minneapolis based collective Theatre Forever. Garza shares his skepticism the production as it balances between absurdity/satire and offesnive misrepresentation.

Parhelion Stages Small Town Life, and Racial Tensions
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Parhelion Stages Small Town Life, and Racial Tensions

31 December 2013

Parhelion, a play about false starts and disappointment, marks a very promising beginning for Little Lifeboats in Minneapolis as their inaugural production.

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Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit visits rural Minnesota
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Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit visits rural Minnesota

24 September 2013

Chris Garza visits The Visit staged in rural Minnesota, and reflects on how immersive theater invites audiences complicity in a play about mob psychology, vengance, and greed.

Photo from These Old Shoes.
Minnesota Fringe and Minnesota Nice
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Minnesota Fringe and Minnesota Nice

12 September 2013

Chris Garza covers the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival and reports back on its selection lottery, aesthetics, and discusses some of the 42 performances he saw.

Photo from a production of Gross Indecency.
Oscar Wilde on Marriage Equality
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Oscar Wilde on Marriage Equality

2 July 2013

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde is an old story of Wilde’s relations with the Queen’s son yet, with the current politics, still holds discussion today of the morality of law.

The N-Word on Stage
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The N-Word on Stage

30 April 2013

Chris Garza discusses Intermedia Arts and Freestyle Theatre’s recent production about the politics of skin in the United States, which makes the audience question the validity in saying the US is a “post-racial” society.