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The Symphony Ball, with help from Dessa, opens its doors to a new audience.
REVIEW: What starts as a small, innocent, love story loses its glow in the second act.
REVIEW: Premiere by Moving Company is a nearly three-hour patchwork with much to say.
REVIEW: A new company for women launches with a wobbly, self-important drama.
REVIEW: A new play mixes technology into relationships in a time-traveling swirl.
REVIEW: Qui Nguyen offers a Vietnamese take on a lost war.
REVIEW: A daughter's visit to a small-town juke joint stirs the plot and memories that will make you laugh and cry in seconds.
Once a target for criticism, Orchestra Hall's expansion has proved to be a success, both economically and artistically.
Veterans featured in "She Went to War" testify to the dramatic power of real lives.
Best known for musicals, Theater Latté Da stretches out in a highly theatrical drama.
THEATER REVIEW: A take on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale is raw and inscrutable — and delightful fun.
REVIEW: "Anna in the Tropics" is a lovely piece of literature, but on stage it rarely comes to life.
THEATER REVIEW: Sara Marsh gives an antic performance as a woman who's unlucky in love.
REVIEW: Craig Wright's work takes on a heavy topic with some humor.
REVIEW: Production by Mu Performing Arts and Park Square retains earnest soul and charm.
REVIEW: Illusion Theater's "Miranda" frustrates any attempt to understand the secretive world.
Artists are the original small-business folk, cobbling together a living from any number of pursuits that employ their skills and talents.
REVIEW: Sandbox Theatre's take on a bizarre game-show contestant doesn't reach deep enough.
Minnesota Orchestra conductor Roderick Cox believes music can cross any boundary. Can the orchestra reach diverse audiences, too?
From big to small, "Jews" to "Christians," here are 10 favorites from 2016.
REVIEW: The Ordway's staging of "White Christmas" glitters, but ultimately fails to satisfy.
REVIEW: Show about the composer's roots in Jewish music finds its way back to Park Square Theatre.
What's the state of Minnesota's arts scene? Exit interview with McKnight veep Neal Cuthbert.
Come backstage at the Guthrie's "Christmas Carol" to see who really runs the show.
REVIEW: After an eight-year absence, "A Christmas Carole Petersen" retains its funny-sweet, heart-on-sleeve appeal.
REVIEW: 7th House puts a fairy-tale spin on the real anxieties of children in a winning new musical.
Religion and theater come together to illustrate the power of ritual to penetrate our deepest core.
REVIEW: Transatlantic Love Affair applies its pantomiming style to a Prohibition gangster tale.
Review: Lorraine Hansberry's great story of African-Americans' aspirations gets a sterling production at Park Square.
REVIEW: A slim parable is lovingly staged by marionettes, humans and shadows.
REVIEW: Told with fine music, "Baker's Wife" is a yeasty take on a small tale.
REVIEW: The percussive ballet still has the capacity to make some noise.
Review: Ten Thousand Things Theatre puts the focus on women in "Pericles," and the hapless hero is found to be lacking.
Will "Stan" Skrowaczewski's Minnesota Orchestra concerts this weekend be his last? Not if he has breath left in his body.
The writer will visit the Twin Cities this month to talk about his latest romp through the bizarre life of the Florida Keys.
The first time Ryan Taylor walked into Minnesota Opera he was an aspiring baritone. Now he's the boss.
Review: The old story turns on current issues like wealth, racial division and immigration.
REVIEW: The Guthrie's "Sense and Sensibility" sings with the spirit of noble characters in love.
REVIEW: Park Square's energetic season opener plays with language and hoary situation comedy.
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's "The River" is an enigma that teases but doesn't quite satisfy.
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
Jungle Theater explores the power of music in sincere but under-investigated new play.
"DAI" brings us to the front lines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a coffee shop in a teeming city.
It's like an Uber for theater lovers, with artists taking the wheel for thousands of joy-riding Minnesotans.
The show starts long before the curtain rises as dinner is served at the ultra-busy Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.
"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.
Director Joseph Haj draws distinct pictures of what's great and what's not in America.
The orchestral world wants to change the face of classical music — both on stage and in the seats at concert halls.
After a year in waiting, Guthrie boss Joe Haj finally digs into the musical "South Pacific."
"Hamilton" reignites the debate about the boundary between musical theater and opera.
The group picks its favorite songs as it prepares to sing "Pet Sounds."
REVIEW: Stephen Karam's comedy feels loud and ungainly in a Park Square staging.
"The Christians" is a gripping story of people caught in a crisis of ideology and comity.
Actor Kurt Kwan likes the spotlight when he's on stage, not when he's off.
"Trouble in Mind" exposes the real, stinging emotions raised when black actors confront stereotypes.
Step into Sandbox Theatre's kitchen to see how such ensembles build work from the bottom up.
REVIEW: The wickedly cutting satire masks a message that – heaven forfend – has an enduring heart.
Minnesota-bred soprano Kelly Kaduce has succeeded in opera by hitting the high notes with a joyous attitude.
Saturday's opening of "The Shining" will be its fifth world premiere in the past decade.
History Theatre's latest is a tame pageant about the Minneapolis music scene of the 1980s.
The Moving Company explores acculturation summary in a still-thin new piece of work.
"Complicated Fun" is a musical love letter to the 1980s Twin Cities music scene.
Several debuts mix with work by Merce Cunningham, the Eifman and the Scottish Ballet.
Adaptation of Pirandello's work is a better idea than stage show.
"Constellations" allows two characters to play life over and over again.
It's easy to miss the innocent message embodied by Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible friend.
A summer tradition that traversed more than 50 years will end in August, after the Minnesota Centennial Showboat concludes its final season.
I am a child of western Hennepin County — rural hobby farm country, not the Lake Minnetonka swell set. So even though I have loved…
At the Star Tribune Arts Forum, hear from Twin Cities cultural leaders during a round-table April 26 at Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis.
The old story of Cyrano de Bergerac retains its charm in premiere by Latté Da.
There's more performance video than ever, but it's better for study than entertainment.
The theater world is getting new audiences to tune in, on screens big and small.
REVIEW: A touring production at the Orpheum relies on the show's popularity to keep a lackluster effort afloat.
Just "jump on," advises the new-music-loving violinist, here for concerts this weekend.
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