Do Edgy And Popular Have To Be Mutually Exclusive?

Minneapolis-based Illusion Theater is one of the theater-rich Twin Cities’ edgiest and most innovative venues, and yet, in an area which embraces modern art and modern music, Illusion can’t seem to draw a crowd. “This 30th season finds Illusion mulling its identity and wondering what it takes to get people in the seats. Among [local] theaters its size, Illusion cuts the slightest swath through the public’s consciousness.” The company faces an array of obstacles to creating a more prominent regional identity, but with such a high percentage of the Cities’ theater community pulling for it, some observers are saying that it’s time for Illusion to do more to help itself.