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REVIEW: This take on the Marx Brothers huffs and puffs far too much for its laughs.
The piece, written by Twin Cities performer Bob Stromberg, was named “Best One-Man Show”
The Guthrie opens its 41st production of Charles Dickens’ classic essay on Christmas.
Groucho, Chico, Harpo and, uh, the other guy return in a Guthrie staging of “The Cocoanuts.”
Park Square’s staging of Fugard’s “My Children! My Africa!” tests assumptions about protest.
Playwright Conor McPherson’s latest play spins a small yarn out of a chance encounter.
Regina Marie Williams leads a great cast that finds the emotional core of the fluffy “Sister Act” at Chanhassen.
Noted Irish playwright deals with fate and the mysteries of life in his third staging at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis.
REVIEW: This staging of the rom-com about a cook and a waitress needs a side order of soul.
The Swedish musician, who was the orchestra's newest artistic partner, has been sidelined by Meniere's Disease.
President Bruce Coppock is stepping aside for a new team that includes a musician — a first for major U.S. orchestras.
For his latest book, “Avenue of Mysteries,” the novelist found inspiration in dreams, religion and the vividness of childhood.
A professor at St. Cloud and actor in Twin Cities theater, he will forever be known for his work on the original “Star Trek” TV series.
Twin Cities stage vet Michael Kissin honors his Jewish roots in a play about Stalin's purge of Yiddish writers.
New work is prominent in Sarah Rasmussen's first season as the theater's artistic director.
Minneapolis companies open their 2015-16 seasons with work that defines their diverse missions.
REVIEW: The musical about the Congdon murders in Duluth has a droll edge and sensibility.
“The Events” invites its audience to participate in the real-life drama of mass terror and tragedy.
The Minnesota Orchestra has begun rebuilding after its bruising lockout. Here are five players who represent the orchestra's path forward.
Theater Latte' Da's staging of the Sondheim masterwork demands our attention.
Contract will give larger increases to lower-paid musicians and raise the minimum salary to $66K.
“Fargo” was still just a North Dakota city when Roger Caldwell and his then-wife, Marjorie, slammed into the center of one of Minnesota’s most notorious murder cases. Now their story is a musical at History Theatre in St. Paul.
Razor-sharp actor Mark Benninghofen takes on “Sweeney Todd,” his first musical.
The retired Guthrie director won the Ivey Lifetime Achievement award.
Review: The Guthrie show reminds us that we must teach our kids well.
Playwright Eric Coble spins his wheels in telling the story of a 79-year-old woman fighting removal from her apartment.
‘Dreams of the Fallen’ Jake Runestad, one of the choral world’s hot young composers, set music to the words of Iraq war veteran and poet…
Yellow Tree ably presents Brian Friel’s warmest, most-accessible play.
For the first time in 20 years, an artistic director not named Joe Dowling will lead the Guthrie into a new season.
Strong fundraising helped the Minnesota Orchestra finish its 2015 season with a balanced budget, according to preliminary figures released Thursday morning.
Theater companies large and small offer many options as fall begins in earnest this weekend.
The play’s dusty characters are in search of something that is just short of redemption.
St. Paul theater/club needs $400,000 by end of year to stay in business.
Director Joel Sass brings a life-size house trailer to the Jungle Theater stage for “Annapurna.”
REVIEW: The solo show by Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company reveals the woman behind an icon.
REVIEW: James Rocco’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” which opened Thursday in St. Paul, satisfies the broad outlines of our expectations of Gilbert & Sullivan's opera. But in some regards, it might be a little too respectful.
Who says a kiss is just a kiss? One of the top playwrights of our time dissects the strange phenomenon of the “Stage Kiss.”
Some of the Twin Cities’ best-known actors have moved on to different stages in their lives.
At age 96, Elliott Royce attended trampoline class three times per week. The hobby fit with his retirement routine of falling five times every morning…
Sarah Ruhl’s play has summery fun with actors who stumble into something like love.
Myron Johnson will bring back his “Nutcracker” to a new home: Cowles Center with James Sewell Ballet.
When Scott Mayer created the Ivey Awards 11 years ago, he wanted an advisory board steeped in the local theater community.“Who can you think of…
Thornton Wilder’s play “The Matchmaker” comes to life in a well-made production.
Artists from St. Paul-based Interact will meet the princess in Thailand and promote their program of using performance and art can benefit people living with disabilities.
Musicals about Duluth murder and Minneapolis music are among three premieres for 2015-16 History Theatre season.
Small theater company heads to Park Square to tackle its third Thornton Wilder play.
Summer theater has become part of the “destination” for “destination vacation spots.” Those who want to fish, play golf, bike, hike or camp can also scratch the itch for some performance. You might even see former Twin Cities anchor Don Shelby as Mark Twain.
The music and movement pulse with energy, but Prof. Harold Hill doesn’t cut a wide swath in “The Music Man.”
Five shows are on the slate next season, including two world premieres and a revival of “Gypsy.”
“The Music Man” brings its rural mythology and transformational story to the Guthrie stage for the first time.
REVIEW: “You Can’t Take It With You” loses the effervescence that once made it au courant.
Ten years after it launched a theatrical brand, “Church Basement Ladies” returns.
Our daughter Addie was 10 months old when we made our first trip to Crow Wing Crest Lodge. This summer will be her 25th. Addie…
A Hollywood star seeks meaning in his chaos in “H2O” at Gremlin Theatre
The Guthrie director stages an Irish play with deep meaning for him.
The harp has a bad reputation in Cuba, but four young students hope to change that with help from the Minnesota Orchestra.
Pulitzer-winning author Richard Ford comes to St. Paul with a new book about his most enduring character, Frank Bascombe.
The music director will be here through August 2019; union contract goes to 2020. Donors contributed $6.5 million to help fund the agreements.
The new artistic director will direct two shows in a 2015-16 season that mixes the familiar with more adventurous works.
Musicians left a gift of music in the Cuban capital and came home with a new purpose.
The 160-person Minnesota contingent won the hearts of schoolchildren, university students and music lovers with educational visits, gifts of musical supplies and concerts on Friday and Saturday night that sold out quickly to audiences eager to witness this moment.
“Cultural ambassadors” are healing rifts within the Minnesota Orchestra while building ties to Cuba.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s visit to Havana this week has drawn crews from Al Jazeera America, the BBC and other U.S. and Latin American news outlets. "They killed it" at the first concert Friday night, one observer said.
As they prepare for a historic concert Friday night, musicians and board members find a groove together.
Minnesota Orchestra becomes the first from U.S. to visit Cuba since the thaw in relations.
Costumed dancers on stilts, accompanied by congas and cowbells, greeted the Minnesota Orchestra on a walking tour of Old Havana on Wednesday evening.
Minnesota Orchestra will carry state’s banner to Havana this week.
Lee Henderson was excited about joining the Minnesota Orchestra on its upcoming historic trip to Cuba from May 13-17.Henderson and his wife, Polly, attended an…
The new Guthrie Theater season announced Wednesday gives the theatergoing public its first glimpse at some of the work that interests new Artistic Director Joseph Haj, who takes over from Joe Dowling on July 1.
REVIEW: “Jersey Boys” is not showing its age in the national tour that hit Minneapolis on Tuesday.
Lee Blessing’s new play “For the Loyal” escapes the bounds of reality to shine a light on a complex subject.
Director Joe Dowling finds the relevance in a play that seems so familiar.
REVIEW: Director Joe Dowling finds the urgent message and relevance resting within a play that seems so familiar.
Caution: Do not chew gum if you attend “Late Nite Catechism.” The Sister has a keen eye out for gum chewers and if she catches…
This weekend Joe Dowling opens “The Crucible,” the seventh time he has put Arthur Miller on a Guthrie stage — more than any writer not named William Shakespeare.