John Middleton

John Middleton, belovèd Twin Cities actor and unhappy news aggregator.

Articles by this author

Holiday Interview: John Novak and Bradley Greenwald

John Novak and Bradley Greenwald talk about doing a show together during the holidays at the Jungle Theater.

Holiday Interview: Autumn Ness and Reed Sigmund

Autumn Ness and Reed Sigmund talk about performing How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Children's Theatre Company

Super Powered Interview

Joseph Scrimshaw talks to Bill Corbett about the intersection of theater, comic books and Christmas

Politics and Theater - the Federal Theater Project

Tradition

A look back at the Federal Theater Project

The job of the artist

Vision

Responses to Václav Havel's view of the artist's job.

May Theater Cocktails

Vision

Drinks inspired by current theatrical productions.

Nice, Nice, Baby

A sorry defense of Minnesota Nice

Tuesdays with Gary

Gary Gisselman - saving civilization, one student at a time.

Occupied!

Management

Wall Street, politics and a word for our sponsors.

Gary's Kids

Training

Why are there so many Saint Olaf alums working in Twin Cities theaters and what do they want from the rest of us?

The big art ball

Tradition | Vision

What does it mean to think like an artist?

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Meaning and nothingness

Criticism

People spout shameless nonsense just for attention. Regular Playlist contributor John Middleton begs you not to be one of those people.

Mown

Audience

Regular MinnesotaPlaylist contributor John Middleton returns with his thoughts on the grassroots.

Healing arts: The documentary

Social Service

Better late than never, John hunts down his own example of April's issue. Get an inside look at a healing artist at work. Sort of.

A huddle of Greek gods

Vision

Forget the intersection of film and theater. If we can't figure out what makes theater different than film, expect theater to get run over even more.

Anti-anxiety of influence

Criticism | Process

Minnesota Style is the sum total of the people who live here. Regular contributor John Middleton explores how we learn the style we call our own.

Too sappy?

Tradition

Are the biggest cynics really just wounded romantics? John Middleton demonstrates to the Morris Squill that he isn't really Scrooge.

Be thankful you aren't the Morris Squill

Vision

We asked one of our favorite writers for his thoughts on surviving as a performing artist. Now, we're not sure whether he'll ever talk to us again.

Ignore This!

Fringe

John tries to write about dance, stalks technicians, peeks into the guts of the Fringe, fixes its iniquities - all while making us laugh.

How to be a critic

Criticism

Clarity is not your friend; foreign-sounding words are - and other tricks of the critical trade from John Middleton.

They, the people

Audience

Does demography make you cringe? How can they put numbers on art? Relax.

Another actor prepares

Process

A comprehensive, sequential warm-up from breath to yoga to centering—um, does anyone else feel a little numb right now?

Blog posts by this author

BLOG: Reviewing the debate

Posted Oct. 17

After words |

Was the presidential debate good theater?

BLOG: Election Night

Posted Nov. 6

Special focus |

How are theater folk spending election night?

BLOG: End of May Theater Cocktails

Posted May. 30

Special focus |

Theater Mixologist John Middleton designs drinks for a few current local productions.

BLOG: And I don't much care for the Electoral College

Posted Oct. 16

News and notes | Social Service

I'll be your substitute editor for the next few months but I want you to treat me like your regular editor. No, we can't have Playlist outside.