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Rohan Preston

Reporter | Theater
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Rohan Preston covers theater for the Star Tribune.

Preston spent his childhood in Jamaica and adolescence in New York before earning an English degree at Yale. He has served on the Pulitzer Prize jury for drama. He has been a Star Tribune theater critic since 1998.
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Walker kicks off Out There series with intense show

Review: Rabih Mroué's "Borborygmus" feels like a figurative self-immolation dressed up cleverly as experimental theater.
With homes in Burnsville, L.A. and Brainerd and three TV projects, Ernie Hudson says he’s “living my best life.”

Burnsville resident and 'Ghostbusters' star Ernie Hudson returns to Twin Cities stage

Screen star Ernie Hudson reflects on the ups and downs of a life launched on a Twin Cities stage.
Abdul Salaam el Razzac

Actor and founding member of Penumbra Theatre dies at 74

Abdul Salaam El Razzac, 74, was in Penumbra Theatre's very first main stage show and has been a pillar of the storied acting company ever since.
Joseph Morales as Alexander Hamilton in the tour of the blockbuster musical “Hamilton.”

'Hamilton' led the charge in a busy season on Twin Cities stages

1. “Hamilton”: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster hip-hop musical knocked socks off at the Orpheum Theatre with a cast every bit as good as the…
Sam Hartley stars as Buddy in “Elf: The Musical,” which opened over the weekend at Ordway Center in St. Paul.

You'll get a sugar high from musical 'Elf' at St. Paul's Ordway

The holiday musical is even more amped up in its return engagement at the Ordway.
Hunter Gullickson, access manager at the Guthrie Theater, talked with sign language interpreters Jan Radatz and Lauri Krouse before a recent matinee s

Guthrie staffer works to make the theater accessible to every body

Meet the Guthrie Theater staffer who works tirelessly to make shows available to all.
The investigation, which began after the theater received unspecified complaints, found no “unlawful conduct.”

Theater Mu fires artistic director following complaints about his conduct

A board investigation found artistic director Randy Reyes did not meet the theater's "high standards."
Taylor Collier and Jacob Lewis rehearse a dance number

In a time of unrest, Penumbra's 'Black Nativity' hits home with its quest for refuge

Songs like "No Room at the Inn" take on a special resonance in Penumbra's emotion-packed holiday show.
The cast of “West Side Story,” which was a box-office smash for the Guthrie Theater last summer.
Photo by T. Charles Erickson

'West Side Story' propels Guthrie to record-setting year

Despite turnover in top positions, the theater had its highest-grossing season.
The buyer of the former Intermedia Arts building said he plans to maintain its colorful murals.

Intermedia Arts sells its Minneapolis home for $3.5 million

A technology firm will move in after a deal that wiped out Intermedia's debts, leaving it with $1 million-plus.
Jamecia Bennett learned to play guitar for her role as Rosetta Tharpe in “Marie and Rosetta” at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul.

Sounds of Blackness singer learns guitar for role as 'Beyoncé of her time'

Jamecia Bennett summons the spirit of gospel/rock godmother Rosetta Tharpe in a new show.
“Angels We Have Heard Are High” features (clockwise from left) Lauren Anderson, Doug Neithercott, Taj Ruler and Denzel Belin.

BNW's 'Angels We Have Heard Are High' satirizes stress of the season

Brave New Workshop's sketch comedy revue satirizes the stress of the season.
Nathan Barlow, Kathryn Fumie and William Thomas Hodgson in “Hooded” at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis.

Black playwrights command the stage in thrilling festival at Mixed Blood

Festival at Mixed Blood offers a trio of hyper-contemporary plays by black men.
Natalie Tran as Young Max and Reed Sigmund as the Grinch in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at Children’s Theatre Company.

'Grinch' has grown as Children's Theatre raises the fun quotient

With new elements in dance and music, Children's Theatre Company's 2018 version is more fun, and also provides the warmth and reassurance of a good holiday show.
From left, Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay and Conner Peirson in “The Book of Mormon.”

Minneapolis show proves 'Book of Mormon' is still uproarious, even in a changed world

The rude humor is no longer as shocking, but it still captivates in touring show at Orpheum.
T. Mychael Rambo performs.

Minnesota entertainer T. Mychael Rambo shows grace, gratitude in new show after carjacking

The showman sings about his life and survival in "Present," a solo show at Illusion Theater.
Nathan Keepers plays the hapless director, with Sally Wingert and Laura Jordan as actors, in the Guthrie Theater production of “Noises Off.”

Guthrie Theater's inventive comedy 'Noises Off' offers escapist laughs aplenty

Guthrie's staging of the classic "Noises Off" offers a timely diversions from our troubles.
Church founders William Huff, Valeda Huff and Fredia Jordan cut the ribbon Sunday at Kingdom Life Church in north Minneapolis.

Fast-growing black church finds its home in Mpls. but admits it's a 'work in progress'

Fast-growing Kingdom Life puts down roots in north Minneapolis.
David Fraher plans to step down from Arts Midwest next summer.

Minnesotan who brought millions of arts dollars to the Midwest prepares to bow out

Arts Midwest boss is retiring after more than three decades (and $200 million in funding).
From left, theater founders Elena Giannetti (of Prime Productions), Austene Van (New Dawn Theatre Company) and Sara Marsh (Dark & Stormy Productions).

Minnesota's top theater women are creating stages of their own

To create new opportunities, Minnesota women are founding their own theater troupes.
Sara Marsh, founder of Dark & Stormy.

Actress and theater founder Sara Marsh is a true queen of drama

Fierce and driven, Marsh has created a hot theater company – and a safe place to explore tough-minded plays.
Heidi Fellner and Matt Sciple in “The Last Schwartz.”

Minnesota Jewish Theatre finds laughs in drama about a fractured family

Minnesota Jewish Theatre finds the comedy in a fractured family in "The Last Schwartz."
Ayssette Muñoz and Nora Montañez play daughter and mother in Children’s Theatre’s “I Come From Arizona.”

Children's Theatre play about immigrants brings a young 'Dreamer' out of the shadows

New play at Children's Theatre provides a youthful perspective on the immigration debate.
Tony Vierling and Ann Michels in “Holiday Inn” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres turns flimsy 'Holiday Inn' into celebration

With "Holiday Inn," Chanhassen Dinner Theatres serves up a seasonal spritzer to mark its 50th anniversary.
Carlo Alban, Steve Key and Kate Nowlin in the Public Theater's production of "Sweat," currently touring to 18 cities across the Midwest.

New Yorkers bring 'heartbreaking' free play to politically divided Minnesota cities

The company that premiered "Hamilton" is touring the state with an economic tear-jerker.
Becca Hart and C. Ryan Shipley are well matched as Mary Poppins and Bert.

Bloomington's Artistry aims high with the musical 'Mary Poppins'

But an odd casting choice mars the magic in a show offering strong lead performances.
Kahlil Burge, an eighth grader at Folwell School, accepted tickets from Project Success employee Kiah Eide to see the matinee performance of Hamilton

5,000 'little Hamiltons' get their shot at hottest ticket in Twin Cities

Students scored tickets through a Twin Cities-based program that uses theater to help kids unlock their potential and an initiative launched by the family of Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Ayssette Muñoz in “I Come From Arizona.”

Children's Theatre hopes to spark 'conversation' about immigration with 'Arizona'

New play fits into the broad mission of the nation's largest theater company for youth and family, which does not shy away from weighty or sensitive subjects.
Mikell Sapp plays Frederick Douglass while Emily Gunyou Halaas is Susan B. Anthony.

'Agitators' explores friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

Park Square's "The Agitators" looks at long relationship between freedom fighters Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.
Katherine Ferrand stars in Frank Theatre’s “The Visit” as a woman who returns to the town where she was wronged as a girl.

Review: Frank Theatre launches its 30th season with indelible production of 'The Visit'

Frank Theatre launches its 30th season with an eerie, moving show.
Alejandro Vega in the role of CJ (left) and Calvin Zimmerman as Jojo in the Children’s Theater Company production of "Last Stop on Market Street."

New rap-infused Children's Theatre musical 'Last Stop' could be 'Hamilton Jr.'

New rap-infused musical "Last Stop on Market Street" by a Motown legend and his son is like "Hamilton" for kids.
Ashe Jaafaru is the Lady in Brown in Penumbra Theatre’s revival of “For Colored Girls.”

St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre brings new colors to 1970s landmark 'Colored Girls'

Review: The revival has a broader cast and contemporary resonance.
Alejandro Vega as CJ, Autumn Ness as Madam Butterfly and Greta Oglesby as Nana in the Children's Theater Company production of "Last Stop on Market St

New musical by 'a Motown god' opens Children's Theatre season in Minneapolis

Motor City music great Lamont Dozier helps drive a new Children's Theatre musical that blends soul, Latin and hip-hop into a teaching moment about urban life.
Harry Waters Jr. and Austene Van play a detective couple.

Wild and witty 'West of Central' gets a stylish premiere at Pillsbury House in Minneapolis

Christina Ham's film-noir-inspired play is suffused with charm — and social history, too.
Shawn Hamilton as MLK and Pearce Bunting as LBJ in “The Great Society” at History Theatre.

Twin Cities' 10 can't-miss theater productions of the fall

Shows offer food for thought and fodder for laughs.
Dame-Jasmine Hughes will reprise her Obie-winning role as a wronged twin sister in “Is God Is.”

Powerhouse actor turns her New York moment into a Twin Cities homecoming event

Obie-winning actor Dame-Jasmine Hughes has grown into a fine artist in front of our eyes.
Raye Birk and Candace Barrett in the Sidekick Theatre production of “The Gin Game.”

Terrific acting lifts fraught 'Gin Game' for Minnesota's Sidekick Theatre

The throwback play features notable performances by married couple Candace Barrett and Raye Birk.
Benjamin Rosas, dressed as George Washington, and his brother Drew Rosas, dressed as John Quincy Adams, waited while their mom snapped their picture i

'Hamilton' lands in Minneapolis to euphoric fans, lucky ticket buyers

The show opened Wednesday at the Orpheum with a frenzy.
Kim Kivens in the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company’s “What I Thought I Knew.”

Pregnancy rocks a middle-aged woman's world in Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company show

The one-person show is performed with immediacy, power and occasional humor.
Joseph Morales and Nik Walker play Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the national tour of “Hamilton” coming to Minneapolis.

Daily lottery for $10 tickets to Minneapolis 'Hamilton' begins Aug. 27 — here's how to enter

Lottery of 40 tickets for each show to be drawn during Twin Cities run.
Laura Osnes will reprise her turn as Cinderella in Saturday’s show.

Minnesota's Broadway Cinderella throws a Princess Party

Will Cinderella end up owning the ball? Perhaps, if Twin Cities-raised Broadway star Laura Osnes has her way. In her first major performance in…
Dexieng Yang as Gao Hlee and Brian Kim as Benedict in “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity.”

Lively cross-cultural comedy 'Korean Drama Addict' gets its premiere in St. Paul

Theater Mu premieres a new work by Twin Cities playwright May Lee-Yang.
On Saturday, noted Twin Cities entertainer T. Mychael Rambo was carjacked, pistol-whipped and left on a St. Paul street with a concussion after giving

Famed Twin Cities actor and singer recovering after a bloody carjacking in St. Paul

"I'm saddened that there are so many who are lost," T. Mychael Rambo said of St. Paul attack.
Shanan Custer laughed with pianist Keith Hovis as they rehearsed one of her five Fringe Festival shows, “Couple Fight: The Musical!”

5 shows, one Fringe Festival: How this Twin Cities actor/director gets ready for 'marathon'

Shanan Custer has no fewer than five shows in Minnesota's largest performing arts fest: "It's like theater sports."
Cameron Folmar (Tracy) and Jayson Speters (Casey) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of "The Legend of Georgia McBride."

Guthrie Theater gets into the drag race with the gleefully campy 'Georgia McBride'

Guthrie summer show offers costumes, confetti and clap-along music.
Sara Richardson, left, is Watson and McKenna Kelly-Eiding is Holmes in “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” at Park Square.

The secret of one of America's most prolific playwrights

Ken Ludwig has a hands-off policy once he's done with a play, like Park Square Theatre's "Baskerville."
Kevin Kling in CTC's "Best Summer Ever!"

Kevin Kling presents a breezy 'Summer' at Children's Theatre

This two-man show sparkles with his usual folksy brilliance.
Audra McDonald performed with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2015.

TV/theater superstar Audra McDonald to sing with Minnesota Orchestra

Audra and orchestra Broadway powerhouse and TV star Audra McDonald could rest on her laurels. After all, she’s won a record six Tonys for a…
The cast of “French Twist” at Park Square Theater.

Flying Foot Forum dancers ham it up for gleefully overstuffed 'French Twist'

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Flying Foot Forum adds new elements to its revival of a popular dance show.
"I’ll feel like we’ve turned the corner when this gets done," said Omar Akbar, co-president of the Intermedia Arts’ board.

Intermedia Arts finds buyer for Lyn-Lake property

RightSource Compliance bought the distressed art organization's building.
A work by choreographer Morgan Thorson, who will team up with Low guitarist Alan Sparhawk for a new piece, “Public Love.”

Walker Art Center celebrates award-winning artists in a global season

Its 2018-19 performing arts season reflects a variety of world concerns.
Meghan Picerno as Christine and Sean Thompson as Raoul in “Love Never Dies.”

'Phantom' sequel 'Love Never Dies' lands like leftovers in the Twin Cities

"Love Never Dies" picks up the stalker narrative 10 years later.
Mia Pinero (Maria) and Marc Koeck (Tony) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of “West Side Story.”

Guthrie revival infuses 'West Side Story' with fresh urgency and electricity

The message of the Leonard Bernstein classic feels fresh in Joseph Haj's Guthrie revival.
Fans packed the State Theatre box office to get tickets for “Hamilton.”

Some win, some lose, as Minnesota 'Hamilton' fans fight for 100,000 tickets

More than 200 lined up at the State Theatre and thousands more battled online for the roughly 100,000 tickets that went on sale Thursday morning.
Kristen Blodgette

Minnesota show was shaped by the woman they call Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'ear'

Meet the woman overseeing Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Never Dies"
Chita Rivera, who comes to the Guthrie on Monday after winning a lifetime Tony Award, says one thing keeps her going in her 66-year stage career: “l

'Call me Chita': At age 85, stage legend Chita Rivera finally makes her Guthrie debut

Chatty stage legend Chita Rivera — one of the original "West Side Story" stars — makes her Guthrie debut at 85.
Flordelino Langudino will become the artistic director of Park Square Theatre in St. Paul.

New York-based theater leader takes over St. Paul's Park Square

Flordelino Lagundino has also worked at the Guthrie and Mixed Blood theaters.
Fans of “Hamilton” jammed the State Theatre box office in downtown Minneapolis Feb. 14 to get their shot at season tickets.

Single-show 'Hamilton' tickets on sale June 21, but you need to register now

Twin Cities fans of "Hamilton" will no longer have to wait for it.Single tickets for the musical's Minneapolis debut go on sale June 21 —…
Touring production of “Chicago.”

Review: Razzle-dazzle 'Chicago,' now onstage at Orpheum, is a smooth, sexy throwback

Fetching performances bring this Broadway museum piece to life.
Guthrie managing director Jennifer Bielstein, second from right, with artistic director Joseph Haj (center) and the rest of theater’s leadership tea

Guthrie Theater loses top female leader as managing director heads to Bay Area

Jennifer Bielstein becomes the second woman to leave the leadership team in a month.
Sally Wingert in "Under the Lintel" by Theater Latte Da.

Review: Sally Wingert soars as a librarian/detective in 'Underneath the Lintel' at Latté Da

Sally Wingert soars in "Underneath the Lintel."
Legendary theater auteur JoAnne Akalaitis.

JoAnne Akalaitis' 'Bad News' premiere at Guthrie Theater marked by magisterial beauty

Review: The heavy content of the show is leavened by magisterial artistry, including powerful acting and gorgeous music.
JoAnne Akalaitis beamed at a recent rehearsal of “Bad News! I Was There ...,” which is her first Guthrie show since 1994.

'Bad News' is good news for Guthrie fans as a theater legend returns to Minnesota

Theater legend JoAnne Akalaitis returns for one weekend only to present a world premiere.
Thomasina Petrus stars as jazz icon Billie Holliday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” at the Jungle Theater.

Review: Billie Holiday is brought back to gorgeous life in 'Lady Day' at Jungle Theater

In a gorgeous revival at the Jungle, Thomasina Petrus embodies Billie Holiday.
Thomasina Petrus reprises her role as jazz icon Billie Holliday in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill' at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis.

'Singing was her salvation': Twin Cities actress brings Billie Holiday back to stage

Singer/actor Thomasina Petrus revisits her signature role as jazz icon Billie Holiday.
Theater Latté Da will present a two-city holiday production of “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” starting in November.

Latté Da's 2018-19 season is heavy on musicals ('Once,' 'Night Music') but includes a new Rivers play

The theater's 21st season also includes a new play by Harrison David Rivers.
Linda Kelsey and John A.W. Stephens in “Taking Shakespeare” at Gremlin Theatre.

Review: Aging professor and young student stage a duet over Shakespeare and coffee

An aging professor and questioning student square off in the drama "Taking Shakespeare."
From left, Cameron Reeves, Dorothy Owen, Taras Wybaczynsky and Zarah Nesser rehearsed “High Fidelity” at the Electric Fetus last Sunday.

Minneapolis' famed Electric Fetus will host musical about a record shop

"High Fidelity," about an obsessive record-store owner, sets up shop at the Electric Fetus, a legendary haven for music geeks.
Noel Raymond and Faye Price, co-directors of Pillsbury House Theatre.

Two leaders combine arts and social services at Pillsbury House in Minneapolis

Social services and the arts go hand-in-hand at Pillsbury House in south Minneapolis.
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner": David Manis, JaBen Early, Maeve Coleen Moynihan and Sally Wingert are part of a superb cast.

'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' gets gorgeous refresh at Guthrie Theater

Director Timothy Bond's funny, wry production at the Guthrie is gentle but unmistakable as it confronts ugly truths.
Lita Malicsi, center, with Lyra Hernandez and Mar Alojado, is the narrator of “Isla Tuliro.”

Review: Colorful 'Isla Tuliro' makes the story of Filipino conquest a universal one

"Isla Tuliro" at Southern Theater tells a universal story in a Filipino context.
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”: Maeve Coleen Moynihan and JaBen Early are the central couple in the Guthrie Theater production, running through

Love in black and white: 3 Twin Cities plays wrestle with interracial marriage

In ways large and small, these plays are in conversation over issues that have roiled the soul of America.
Azoralla Arroyo Caballero, center, with Michael Hanna and Thallis Santesteban, who play her parents, in “Mermaid Hour: ReMixed.“

Transgender girl is focus of new musical 'Mermaid Hour' at Mixed Blood Theatre

A new musical at Mixed Blood tells a compassionate, sensitive story about a transgender girl.
Ballet Hispanico will perform “Sombrerisimo” in October at Northrop.

Return of its mighty organ will highlight Northrop auditorium's 2018-19 season

Restored instrument figures heavily in music series while dance season includes a new work from Joffrey Ballet.
Aparna Ramaswamy, left, and Ranee Ramaswamy. ORG XMIT: MIN1404220936490498

Three Twin Cities artists win prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

Prestigious fellowships go to mother-daughter dance team, multimedia artist.
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