What makes a classic?

Is there such a thing as an instant classic? No, but there are elements that help explain why some pieces of art demand to be seen again while others fade away.

by GRAYDON ROYCE, Star Tribune

Tyrone Guthrie might have dismissed this critic's opinion last December that after a single performance, All Is Calm was "likely to become a classic." Guthrie famously argued that new work required at least 50 years simmering in the theatrical stew pot before it could be considered a classic.

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Michael Hefty
Giving peace a chance

by GRAYDON ROYCE, Star Tribune

December 20, 2007

The Christmas Truce of 1914 was long a bizarre blip on history's timeline — obscured by governments embarrassed by their soldiers' unwillingness to wage war on the holiest day of the year. Slowly, though, the story has spread into public discourse, and now Theatre Latté Da and the vocal ensemble Cantus have collaborated to tell the tale in a theatrical concert.

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Michael Hefty
All Is Calm stages the true story of a heavenly truce.

by DON LEE, Minnpost.com

December 20, 2007

Along with at least two recent books, this piece of history has inspired a new stage depiction: "All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914," by Twin Cities director Peter Rothstein. The premiere production, opening Friday, combines three actors from Rothstein's company, Theater Latté Da, with eight singers from the men's vocal group Cantus. (Friday's 10:30 a.m. performance at Westminster Presbyterian Church will be broadcast live on Minnesota Public Radio.)

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Michael Hefty