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Graydon Royce

Reporter, theater critic | Theater/Arts
Graydon Royce has been in love with theater ever since he portrayed Crusher, Mad Dog Vachon and Wally Karbo to frenzied applause in the 6th grade talent show at Hilltop Elementary School. He is a freelance arts critic for the Star Tribune.
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Wizards behind the curtain make the Guthrie's 'Christmas Carol' fly

Wizards behind the curtain make the Guthrie's 'Christmas Carol' fly

Come backstage at the Guthrie's "Christmas Carol" to see who really runs the show.
Latte Da's 'Christmas Carole Petersen' wishes us a happy holiday, sincerely

Latte Da's 'Christmas Carole Petersen' wishes us a happy holiday, sincerely

REVIEW: After an eight-year absence, "A Christmas Carole Petersen" retains its funny-sweet, heart-on-sleeve appeal.
7th House Theater explores pain of growing up in poignant 'Passage'

7th House Theater explores pain of growing up in poignant 'Passage'

REVIEW: 7th House puts a fairy-tale spin on the real anxieties of children in a winning new musical.
Faith, ritual, drama: Religion is a hot topic in Twin Cities theaters

Faith, ritual, drama: Religion is a hot topic in Twin Cities theaters

Religion and theater come together to illustrate the power of ritual to penetrate our deepest core.
Review: Stick 'em up! This is a devised theater piece!

Review: Stick 'em up! This is a devised theater piece!

REVIEW: Transatlantic Love Affair applies its pantomiming style to a Prohibition gangster tale.
Park Square offers a sweet and beautiful 'Raisin in the Sun'

Park Square offers a sweet and beautiful 'Raisin in the Sun'

Review: Lorraine Hansberry's great story of African-Americans' aspirations gets a sterling production at Park Square.
Open Eye Figure Theatre remounts an exquisite 'Sorcerer's Apprentice'

Open Eye Figure Theatre remounts an exquisite 'Sorcerer's Apprentice'

REVIEW: A slim parable is lovingly staged by marionettes, humans and shadows.

Rarely staged musical 'The Baker's Wife' is a bit overbaked at Bloomington Center for the Arts

REVIEW: Told with fine music, "Baker's Wife" is a yeasty take on a small tale.
Taking the pulse of 'Stomp' after 30 years

Taking the pulse of 'Stomp' after 30 years

REVIEW: The percussive ballet still has the capacity to make some noise.
Ten Thousand Things views Pericles through his mistreatment of women

Ten Thousand Things views Pericles through his mistreatment of women

Review: Ten Thousand Things Theatre puts the focus on women in "Pericles," and the hapless hero is found to be lacking.
At 93, conductor Skrowaczewski remains a Minn. Orchestra powerhouse

At 93, conductor Skrowaczewski remains a Minn. Orchestra powerhouse

Will "Stan" Skrowaczewski's Minnesota Orchestra concerts this weekend be his last? Not if he has breath left in his body.
For better or worse, author Carl Hiaasen feels pull of Norwegian pedigree

For better or worse, author Carl Hiaasen feels pull of Norwegian pedigree

The writer will visit the Twin Cities this month to talk about his latest romp through the bizarre life of the Florida Keys.
New Minnesota Opera boss pledges 'Zen' leadership after years of tumult

New Minnesota Opera boss pledges 'Zen' leadership after years of tumult

The first time Ryan Taylor walked into Minnesota Opera he was an aspiring baritone. Now he's the boss.
'Ragtime' gives heart to a powerful American parable

'Ragtime' gives heart to a powerful American parable

Review: The old story turns on current issues like wealth, racial division and immigration.
Review: Guthrie's 'Sense and Sensibility' is a satisfying night of romance

Review: Guthrie's 'Sense and Sensibility' is a satisfying night of romance

REVIEW: The Guthrie's "Sense and Sensibility" sings with the spirit of noble characters in love.
Saucy or inane? Park Square's 'The Liar' will divide theatergoers

Saucy or inane? Park Square's 'The Liar' will divide theatergoers

REVIEW: Park Square's energetic season opener plays with language and hoary situation comedy.
New work is risky business for Twin Cities arts groups

New work is risky business for Twin Cities arts groups

Reruns are big on local stages, too. (Shakespeare again? Not more Beethoven!) Audiences can turn a cold shoulder to untested work, but sometimes the risk is its own reward.
Review: Walking Shadow lands a very small fish in 'The River'

Review: Walking Shadow lands a very small fish in 'The River'

REVIEW: Walking Shadow's "The River" is an enigma that teases but doesn't quite satisfy.
Theater Latté Da buys historic Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis

Theater Latté Da buys historic Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis

Troupe had been using the old theater in northeast Minneapolis since 2014.
Review: "Bars and Measures" at the Jungle Theater contemplates the uniting power of music in these divided times

Review: "Bars and Measures" at the Jungle Theater contemplates the uniting power of music in these divided times

Jungle Theater explores the power of music in sincere but under-investigated new play.
Review: 'DAI,' at Minnesota Jewish Theatre, contemplates violence in a civil society

Review: 'DAI,' at Minnesota Jewish Theatre, contemplates violence in a civil society

"DAI" brings us to the front lines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a coffee shop in a teeming city.
168 shows, 850 performances, 11 days: Why the Minnesota Fringe Fest matters

168 shows, 850 performances, 11 days: Why the Minnesota Fringe Fest matters

It's like an Uber for theater lovers, with artists taking the wheel for thousands of joy-riding Minnesotans.
1,700 dinners a night: Show starts in kitchen at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

1,700 dinners a night: Show starts in kitchen at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

The show starts long before the curtain rises as dinner is served at the ultra-busy Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.
End of an era: Minn. Centennial Showboat opens final show in St. Paul

End of an era: Minn. Centennial Showboat opens final show in St. Paul

"Under the Gaslight," which opens Friday at Harriet Island in St. Paul, concludes a tradition that began in 1958 with university students and staff producing summer melodramas on the boat.
Review: Guthrie's 'South Pacific' is a reflection of America

Review: Guthrie's 'South Pacific' is a reflection of America

Director Joseph Haj draws distinct pictures of what's great and what's not in America.
Orchestras grapple with how to boost diversity

Orchestras grapple with how to boost diversity

The orchestral world wants to change the face of classical music — both on stage and in the seats at concert halls.
Joe Haj happy to be back in director's chair for 'South Pacific' at Guthrie

Joe Haj happy to be back in director's chair for 'South Pacific' at Guthrie

After a year in waiting, Guthrie boss Joe Haj finally digs into the musical "South Pacific."
Arias and jazz hands: What's the difference between opera and musical theater?

Arias and jazz hands: What's the difference between opera and musical theater?

"Hamilton" reignites the debate about the boundary between musical theater and opera.
What's your favorite 'Pet Sounds' song? Cantus sounds off on Beach Boys

What's your favorite 'Pet Sounds' song? Cantus sounds off on Beach Boys

The group picks its favorite songs as it prepares to sing "Pet Sounds."
Park Square staging of Karam's 'Prophet' falls short on revelations

Park Square staging of Karam's 'Prophet' falls short on revelations

REVIEW: Stephen Karam's comedy feels loud and ungainly in a Park Square staging.
Review: Walking Shadow's 'The Christians' is a thoughtful, gripping take on religious ideology

Review: Walking Shadow's 'The Christians' is a thoughtful, gripping take on religious ideology

"The Christians" is a gripping story of people caught in a crisis of ideology and comity.
Actor Kurt Kwan is a low-key performer who does his acting on stage, not off stage

Actor Kurt Kwan is a low-key performer who does his acting on stage, not off stage

Actor Kurt Kwan likes the spotlight when he's on stage, not when he's off.
Review: 'Trouble in Mind' a rich tale well told at the Guthrie Theater

Review: 'Trouble in Mind' a rich tale well told at the Guthrie Theater

"Trouble in Mind" exposes the real, stinging emotions raised when black actors confront stereotypes.
DIY theater: How Minneapolis ensemble Sandbox builds plays from scratch

DIY theater: How Minneapolis ensemble Sandbox builds plays from scratch

Step into Sandbox Theatre's kitchen to see how such ensembles build work from the bottom up.
Wickedly funny 'Book of Mormon' preaches a story of love

Wickedly funny 'Book of Mormon' preaches a story of love

REVIEW: The wickedly cutting satire masks a message that – heaven forfend – has an enduring heart.
Meet the anti-diva: Minn. native Kelly Kaduce stars in 'The Shining' opera

Meet the anti-diva: Minn. native Kelly Kaduce stars in 'The Shining' opera

Minnesota-bred soprano Kelly Kaduce has succeeded in opera by hitting the high notes with a joyous attitude.
How Minnesota Opera scored Stephen King's OK for 'The Shining'

How Minnesota Opera scored Stephen King's OK for 'The Shining'

Saturday's opening of "The Shining" will be its fifth world premiere in the past decade.
Theater review: 'Complicated Fun' can't catch the spirit of Minneapolis music scene

Theater review: 'Complicated Fun' can't catch the spirit of Minneapolis music scene

History Theatre's latest is a tame pageant about the Minneapolis music scene of the 1980s.
Theater review: 'Every Sentence Is For The Birds' by Moving Company at the Lab Theater

Theater review: 'Every Sentence Is For The Birds' by Moving Company at the Lab Theater

The Moving Company explores acculturation summary in a still-thin new piece of work.
History Theater musical 'Complicated Fun' is a Minneapolis mixtape

History Theater musical 'Complicated Fun' is a Minneapolis mixtape

"Complicated Fun" is a musical love letter to the 1980s Twin Cities music scene.
Northrop announces 2016-17 dance season in Minneapolis

Northrop announces 2016-17 dance season in Minneapolis

Several debuts mix with work by Merce Cunningham, the Eifman and the Scottish Ballet.
Theater review: "Six Characters in Search of an Author" at Park Square in St. Paul

Theater review: "Six Characters in Search of an Author" at Park Square in St. Paul

Adaptation of Pirandello's work is a better idea than stage show.
Review: The stars hold an infinite fate in 'Constellations' at Jungle Theater

Review: The stars hold an infinite fate in 'Constellations' at Jungle Theater

"Constellations" allows two characters to play life over and over again.
Theater review: "Harvey" at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis

Theater review: "Harvey" at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis

It's easy to miss the innocent message embodied by Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible friend.
After more than 50 years, U of M is shuttering its Showboat

After more than 50 years, U of M is shuttering its Showboat

A summer tradition that traversed more than 50 years will end in August, after the Minnesota Centennial Showboat concludes its final season.
Graydon Royce: My Perfect Saturday

Graydon Royce: My Perfect Saturday

I am a child of western Hennepin County — rural hobby farm country, not the Lake Minnetonka swell set. So even though I have loved…
What's the future of Minnesota's cultural institutions? An all-star cast weighs in

What's the future of Minnesota's cultural institutions? An all-star cast weighs in

At the Star Tribune Arts Forum, hear from Twin Cities cultural leaders during a round-table April 26 at Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis.
Review: Cyrano truly sings in Latté Da's poetic new musical 'C.'

Review: Cyrano truly sings in Latté Da's poetic new musical 'C.'

The old story of Cyrano de Bergerac retains its charm in premiere by Latté Da.

Not all that glitters online is theater gold

There's more performance video than ever, but it's better for study than entertainment.
Is it live or is it YouTube? Theater goes digital

Is it live or is it YouTube? Theater goes digital

The theater world is getting new audiences to tune in, on screens big and small.
Review: Minneapolis' Orpheum gets a 'Joseph' that's done on the cheap

Review: Minneapolis' Orpheum gets a 'Joseph' that's done on the cheap

REVIEW: A touring production at the Orpheum relies on the show's popularity to keep a lackluster effort afloat.
SPCO catches a new-music wave with violinist Pekka Kuusisto

SPCO catches a new-music wave with violinist Pekka Kuusisto

Just "jump on," advises the new-music-loving violinist, here for concerts this weekend.
Life is still a cabaret for Alan Cumming, who brings a new show to Minneapolis

Life is still a cabaret for Alan Cumming, who brings a new show to Minneapolis

The performer brings an evening of song and stories to Orchestra Hall on Saturday.
Review: 'Watermelon Hill' offers poignant tale of unwed mothers at History Theatre in St. Paul

Review: 'Watermelon Hill' offers poignant tale of unwed mothers at History Theatre in St. Paul

Poignant play relates the humanity and sad tales of teenagers who were forced to give up their babies.
Theater Latte Da hopes to buy Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis

Theater Latte Da hopes to buy Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis

The musical theater troupe is negotiating with foundation that owns the building.
Twin Cities chorus, dance troupe take on Thomson-Stein opera

Twin Cities chorus, dance troupe take on Thomson-Stein opera

A rarely performed 1934 opera by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein gets a Twin Cities staging.
'Beauty and the Beast' roars to life at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

'Beauty and the Beast' roars to life at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

"Beauty and the Beast" roars to life at the Chanhassen.
Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana will reunite for Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest

Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana will reunite for Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest

Twin Cities-bred Broadway star Laura Osnes will make her first professional Minnesota performance in nearly a decade as part of the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest.
Burden of 'Beast': Chanhassen show puts heavy load on costume shop

Burden of 'Beast': Chanhassen show puts heavy load on costume shop

For "Beauty and the Beast," which opens in a new production Friday at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, it's the costume shop's turn to step up and take a bow.
Park Square ups the ante with a 13-show season in downtown St. Paul

Park Square ups the ante with a 13-show season in downtown St. Paul

The 2016-17 stage slate promises that the St. Paul company will stay busy.
SPCO names Jonathan Cohen, a British Baroque specialist, as artistic partner

SPCO names Jonathan Cohen, a British Baroque specialist, as artistic partner

This is Jonathan Cohen's first engagement as an artistic leader with a major U.S. orchestra.
Review: Beckett's 'Happy Days' at Open Eye offers hope in the face of absurdity

Review: Beckett's 'Happy Days' at Open Eye offers hope in the face of absurdity

Open Eye's production finds the optimism in Samuel Beckett's bleak representation of life.
Diversity is key as Joseph Haj unveils Guthrie Theater's 2016-17 season

Diversity is key as Joseph Haj unveils Guthrie Theater's 2016-17 season

The first slate chosen by new artistic director Joseph Haj mixes classics with fresh faces.
Young performers inspired by Dennis Swanson pay tribute

Young performers inspired by Dennis Swanson pay tribute

Long before Laura Osnes would star in "Grease" on Broadway and years before she would earn two Tony nominations for her performances in "Bonnie and…
David Chase, actor, singer, commercial talent, dies at 79

David Chase, actor, singer, commercial talent, dies at 79

In a business of egos, high stress and expectations, David Chase brought a spirit of warmth, generosity and rascally charm. Chase, who went by the…
Review: Theater is the target of a delightful Guthrie double-header

Review: Theater is the target of a delightful Guthrie double-header

"The Critic" and "The Real Inspector Hound" skewer theater's unsacred cows.
Minnesota Orchestra preps for a high-stakes return to Carnegie Hall

Minnesota Orchestra preps for a high-stakes return to Carnegie Hall

Osmo Vänskä tries to downplay the significance of his orchestra's return to New York's fabled Carnegie Hall next Thursday.
VocalEssence announces its 2016-17 choral season in Minneapolis

VocalEssence announces its 2016-17 choral season in Minneapolis

New work from Stephen Hough is a highlight.
Theater review: Theater Latte Da opens 'Gypsy' in Minneapolis

Theater review: Theater Latte Da opens 'Gypsy' in Minneapolis

Michelle Barber and Cat Brindisi headline Peter Rothstein's beautiful production.
Playwrights, with help from Jeffrey Hatcher, take aim at critics in Guthrie double bill

Playwrights, with help from Jeffrey Hatcher, take aim at critics in Guthrie double bill

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher offers up a critique of his relationship with critics.
'Crow Boy' takes flight at Heart of the Beast

'Crow Boy' takes flight at Heart of the Beast

REVIEW: Sandy Spieler and her crew spin an artistic tale that reminds us why Heart of the Beast matters.
Review: Minnesota Jewish Theatre's 'Allergist's Wife' is pitch-perfect absurdity

Review: Minnesota Jewish Theatre's 'Allergist's Wife' is pitch-perfect absurdity

"The Allergist's Wife" isn't great drama, but Minnesota Jewish Theatre makes it wickedly funny.
Walking Shadow gives a quietly powerful production of 'The Aliens'

Walking Shadow gives a quietly powerful production of 'The Aliens'

Review: Walking Shadow slows things down with Annie Baker's "The Aliens."
High-volume Shakespeare ushers in new era Jungle at Jungle Theater

High-volume Shakespeare ushers in new era Jungle at Jungle Theater

Artistic director Sarah Rasmussen gets off to a raucous start .
It's Stagezilla! Is this the Twin Cities' busiest theater weekend ever?

It's Stagezilla! Is this the Twin Cities' busiest theater weekend ever?

Here on the drama desk we're referring to this weekend as "Stagezilla!" So if your best boo says they'd love to take you out but there's nothing going on, take the hint — it's time to browse eHarmony.com.
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