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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.
The performer brings an evening of song and stories to Orchestra Hall on Saturday.
Poignant play relates the humanity and sad tales of teenagers who were forced to give up their babies.
The musical theater troupe is negotiating with foundation that owns the building.
A rarely performed 1934 opera by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein gets a Twin Cities staging.
"Beauty and the Beast" roars to life at the Chanhassen.
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.
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.
The 2016-17 stage slate promises that the St. Paul company will stay busy.
This is Jonathan Cohen's first engagement as an artistic leader with a major U.S. orchestra.
Open Eye's production finds the optimism in Samuel Beckett's bleak representation of life.
The first slate chosen by new artistic director Joseph Haj mixes classics with fresh faces.
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…
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…
"The Critic" and "The Real Inspector Hound" skewer theater's unsacred cows.
Osmo Vänskä tries to downplay the significance of his orchestra's return to New York's fabled Carnegie Hall next Thursday.
New work from Stephen Hough is a highlight.
Michelle Barber and Cat Brindisi headline Peter Rothstein's beautiful production.
Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher offers up a critique of his relationship with critics.
REVIEW: Sandy Spieler and her crew spin an artistic tale that reminds us why Heart of the Beast matters.
"The Allergist's Wife" isn't great drama, but Minnesota Jewish Theatre makes it wickedly funny.
Review: Walking Shadow slows things down with Annie Baker's "The Aliens."
Artistic director Sarah Rasmussen gets off to a raucous start .
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.
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