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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.
Sarah Rasmussen begins her tenure as artistic director with a reputation for decency and inclusiveness – and an all-female "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."
REVIEW: The dance-happy Disney musical tells of scruffy kids who fought for their rights.
History Theatre's "George Bonga: Minnesota Voyageur" explores questions of identity and justice.
Local stage star Tod Petersen took a break to get off the grid and explore his love of life.
"We talk about Paul Bunyan — well, this guy was that mythic," playwright Carlyle Brown says. "He was like Minnesota's Daniel Boone."
Our critics look for lessons and signals in the new artistic director's first staging at the Guthrie Theater.
Ten shows are announced for the Hennepin Theatre Trust's 2016-17 season — but not "Hamilton."
Joel Sass brings Dickens' big book to the theater.
REVIEW: Joseph Haj opens his Guthrie tenure with an arresting staging of Shakespeare's episodic adventure.
How does one find the stage play within a sprawling novel spanning years and locations and myriad characters? Director Joel Sass talked about his process.
Guthrie audiences at last get to see the stage work of new artistic director Joseph Haj in "Pericles," opening Friday.
Big update planned for decor at quirky, vintage dinner theater.
New work is too loud and feels like a movie-of-the-week in a production by Theater Latté Da.
A small, familiar familial premise reunites siblings without too much grief.
The Guthrie Theater's new managing director talks about her aim to be an impact player on Joe Haj's team.
Ryan Taylor comes from Arizona but has roots with the Twin Cities company.
There is a great range of work opening on Twin Cities stages this weekend. Here's a rundown of what's in store.
Playwright Martin McDonagh offers an emotional look at Ireland in dysfunction drama.
A Minneapolis native who built a career in Los Angeles, she never trumpeted her success.
"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" has its charms as an inconsequential night out.
Jennifer Bielstein, who managed the nationally prominent Actors Theater, will be Joseph Haj's partner in running Minneapolis' leading theater.
It took perseverance, but "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" ultimately won a Tony for best musical.
A benefit concert Sunday including Osmo Vänskä will go to relief efforts in the war-torn country.
REVIEW: A lovely score and fine voices cannot save this disjointed, unfocused musical.
The Guthrie director went out with a bang, and great musical productions sprouted all over town.
Kevin Smith had been answering questions about himself for nearly two hours. Grew up outside L.A., middle-class parents, got his degree in music and went…
REVIEW: Using 12 musical actors brings unity and greater illumination to this quiet holiday classic.
Actor Ross Young has returned from the dead for a busy holiday season, playing Clarence the angel.
"Liberty Falls" is full of clowning – including a funny corpse – but the show lacks bite.
There will be "Christmas Carols" and "Nutcrackers," solstice dramas and Hanukkah plays this month — more than you can possibly hope for.
Money came from musicians' group that was formed during lockout and is now dissolved.
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.
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