More from the Homepage
Staff Directory 10645836

Graydon Royce

Reporter, theater critic | Theater/Arts
phone: 612-673-7299
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. His most embarrassing moment in life was a dance audition at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in 1974. So many steps, so few feet. Now he just likes to watch.
Recent content from Graydon Royce
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.
Welcome to the new Jungle: Sarah Rasmussen takes over Mpls. theater

Welcome to the new Jungle: Sarah Rasmussen takes over Mpls. theater

Sarah Rasmussen begins her tenure as artistic director with a reputation for decency and inclusiveness – and an all-female "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."
'Newsies' at Orpheum is a dance-happy celebration of youth

'Newsies' at Orpheum is a dance-happy celebration of youth

REVIEW: The dance-happy Disney musical tells of scruffy kids who fought for their rights.
Review: History Theatre's 'George Bonga' a low-key portrait of a Minnesota legend

Review: History Theatre's 'George Bonga' a low-key portrait of a Minnesota legend

History Theatre's "George Bonga: Minnesota Voyageur" explores questions of identity and justice.
Twin Cities actor Tod Petersen is living life one chapter at a time

Twin Cities actor Tod Petersen is living life one chapter at a time

Local stage star Tod Petersen took a break to get off the grid and explore his love of life.
History Theatre show presents a multicultural hero from Minnesota's past

History Theatre show presents a multicultural hero from Minnesota's past

"We talk about Paul Bunyan — well, this guy was that mythic," playwright Carlyle Brown says. "He was like Minnesota's Daniel Boone."
What 'Pericles' tells us about Joe Haj's new direction at Guthrie

What 'Pericles' tells us about Joe Haj's new direction at Guthrie

Our critics look for lessons and signals in the new artistic director's first staging at the Guthrie Theater.
Hennepin Trust to bring Tony winners 'Fun Home' and 'Curious Incident' to Minneapolis

Hennepin Trust to bring Tony winners 'Fun Home' and 'Curious Incident' to Minneapolis

Ten shows are announced for the Hennepin Theatre Trust's 2016-17 season — but not "Hamilton."
'Great Expectations' brings Dickens' novel to Park Square Theatre in St. Paul

'Great Expectations' brings Dickens' novel to Park Square Theatre in St. Paul

Joel Sass brings Dickens' big book to the theater.
Stunning imagery in 'Pericles' inaugurates Haj era at Guthrie

Stunning imagery in 'Pericles' inaugurates Haj era at Guthrie

REVIEW: Joseph Haj opens his Guthrie tenure with an arresting staging of Shakespeare's episodic adventure.
Whittling 'Expectations': Joel Sass tells how he adapted Dickens for stage

Whittling 'Expectations': Joel Sass tells how he adapted Dickens for stage

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.
Act One for Joe Haj: 'Pericles' gives Guthrie audiences a look at his work

Act One for Joe Haj: 'Pericles' gives Guthrie audiences a look at his work

Guthrie audiences at last get to see the stage work of new artistic director Joseph Haj in "Pericles," opening Friday.
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre to get a change of scenery with planned face-lift

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre to get a change of scenery with planned face-lift

Big update planned for decor at quirky, vintage dinner theater.
'Lullaby' doesn't soothe in world premiere at Theater Latte Da

'Lullaby' doesn't soothe in world premiere at Theater Latte Da

New work is too loud and feels like a movie-of-the-week in a production by Theater Latté Da.
Loudmouth Collective looks at brotherly love in 'The Best Brothers' in Minneapolis

Loudmouth Collective looks at brotherly love in 'The Best Brothers' in Minneapolis

A small, familiar familial premise reunites siblings without too much grief.
Guthrie's new managing director will be 'last person in the room with Joe'

Guthrie's new managing director will be 'last person in the room with Joe'

The Guthrie Theater's new managing director talks about her aim to be an impact player on Joe Haj's team.
Ryan Taylor, new president of Minnesota Opera, is a baritone too

Ryan Taylor, new president of Minnesota Opera, is a baritone too

Ryan Taylor comes from Arizona but has roots with the Twin Cities company.
New shows bring in the new year in Twin Cities theater

New shows bring in the new year in Twin Cities theater

There is a great range of work opening on Twin Cities stages this weekend. Here's a rundown of what's in store.
Review: Sally Wingert brings an antic dimension to 'Beauty Queen of Leenane'

Review: Sally Wingert brings an antic dimension to 'Beauty Queen of Leenane'

Playwright Martin McDonagh offers an emotional look at Ireland in dysfunction drama.
Minneapolis-bred actor Karen Landry dies at 65 at her Los Angeles home

Minneapolis-bred actor Karen Landry dies at 65 at her Los Angeles home

A Minneapolis native who built a career in Los Angeles, she never trumpeted her success.
Review: 'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' is more fun than foul play

Review: 'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' is more fun than foul play

"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" has its charms as an inconsequential night out.
More from Star Tribune