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Rohan Preston

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Rohan 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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Minnesota sex abuse survivor finds healing in new play 'Trust'

Minnesota sex abuse survivor finds healing in new play 'Trust'

A new play opening this week in Minneapolis looks at clergy sex abuse from a victim's perspective.
Review: 'Paint Your Wagon' gets a polished reboot at Ordway

Review: 'Paint Your Wagon' gets a polished reboot at Ordway

The producers threw out Alan Jay Lerner's book, kept the songs by composer Frederick Loewe and lyricist Lerner, and enlisted Marans to craft a new story that's exciting and relevant.
'Paint Your Wagon' gets a fresh topcoat as it opens at Ordway Center

'Paint Your Wagon' gets a fresh topcoat as it opens at Ordway Center

A 1950s musical by the "My Fair Lady" team of Lerner and Loewe gets a 21st-century remake.
Guthrie's 'Disgraced' gets audiences to discuss Muslim-American divide

Guthrie's 'Disgraced' gets audiences to discuss Muslim-American divide

"Disgraced" is the talk of the summer, generating earnest post-show conversations about Islamophobia.
Obituary: Ken Hiller was the warm, inviting voice of radio's 'Star Wars' and much more

Obituary: Ken Hiller was the warm, inviting voice of radio's 'Star Wars' and much more

By the time Ken Hiller was asked to narrate George Lucas’ “Star Wars” trilogy for National Public Radio in 1981, he had already voiced hundreds…
Sensory-friendly production of 'Lion King' tempers the roar

Sensory-friendly production of 'Lion King' tempers the roar

Low-sensory show, where effects such as strobe lights and shattering sounds will be modulated, caters to an autistic audience.
Children's Theatre's 'Pinocchio' holds us by more than a nose

Children's Theatre's 'Pinocchio' holds us by more than a nose

The story of "Pinocchio" has always had us by the nose. But director Greg Banks' version at the Children's Theatre plumbs some deeper, contemporary themes.
Merce Cunningham anchors an ambitious Walker Art Center 2016-17 season

Merce Cunningham anchors an ambitious Walker Art Center 2016-17 season

The eclectic roster includes nine commissioned works, three of them tied to a Cunningham exhibit opening in February.
Touring 'Lion King' wears its crown well at Orpheum

Touring 'Lion King' wears its crown well at Orpheum

REVIEW: The tour production is royally entertaining, with only a few stumbles along the way.
Downtown Mpls. 'hostile to the arts,' says dance company founder

Downtown Mpls. 'hostile to the arts,' says dance company founder

Zenon Dance fundraising letter cites crime, parking and construction as factors in tough times.
With shootings in news, how do Twin Cities theaters stage tragedy?

With shootings in news, how do Twin Cities theaters stage tragedy?

For Twin Cities theater artists, real-world events such as the Orlando massacre can change the way a scene is seen.
Review: Broadway tour of 'The Bridges of Madison County' comes up short at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

Review: Broadway tour of 'The Bridges of Madison County' comes up short at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

REVIEW: The national tour of this Broadway musical, which landed Tuesday at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, is so feeble it needs more than an electric shock to give it life.
Review: Jungle Theater's 'Le Switch' is a crackling gay rom-com with philosophical depth

Review: Jungle Theater's 'Le Switch' is a crackling gay rom-com with philosophical depth

Jungle Theater's "Le Switch" offers a witty take on gay marriage.
'Sunny' composer Libby Larsen wins McKnight Distinguished Artist Award

'Sunny' composer Libby Larsen wins McKnight Distinguished Artist Award

The prolific Twin Cities artist is 2016 recipient of the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.
Actress and theater founder Sara Marsh is a true drama queen

Actress and theater founder Sara Marsh is a true drama queen

Fierce and driven, actress Sara Marsh has created a hot theater company – and a safe place to explore her own dark sensibilities.
Visceral 'Scapegoat' premieres in Minneapolis

Visceral 'Scapegoat' premieres in Minneapolis

Christina Ham's new play about race and violence puts pretty words to ugly truths.
Prolific Minnesota playwright confronts nation's troubled racial past

Prolific Minnesota playwright confronts nation's troubled racial past

Christina Ham builds her future as she digs into the nation's complicated racial past.
How Penumbra's father-daughter team is reshaping St. Paul theater

How Penumbra's father-daughter team is reshaping St. Paul theater

The theater's 40th anniv­ersary season illustrates how Sarah Bellamy is reshaping its future.
'Trouble in Mind' director offers timely take on race, bias at Guthrie

'Trouble in Mind' director offers timely take on race, bias at Guthrie

The drama "Trouble in Mind" brings the first black woman to direct on a Guthrie main stage.
Review: 'Olympus' scales new heights for composer Chan Poling

Review: 'Olympus' scales new heights for composer Chan Poling

New Chan Poling musical "A Night in Olympus" gets rocking premiere.
Why big Broadway shows are a big deal for Minneapolis

Why big Broadway shows are a big deal for Minneapolis

Blockbuster stage musicals such as "The Book of Mormon" are not just money machines, but engines for downtown revival.
Energetic cast keeps 'Faith' alive in Minneapolis Musical Theatre show

Energetic cast keeps 'Faith' alive in Minneapolis Musical Theatre show

REVIEW: The Alan Menken musical that fell flat on Broadway opens in a peppy revival.
Doris Duke Foundation honors Twin Cities dancers Aparna Ramaswamy and Morgan Thorson

Doris Duke Foundation honors Twin Cities dancers Aparna Ramaswamy and Morgan Thorson

Morgan Thorson, Aparna Ramaswamy get $275,000 Doris Duke Awards.
Chan Poling moves from the Suburbs to 'Olympus' with new musical

Chan Poling moves from the Suburbs to 'Olympus' with new musical

"A Night in Olympus" premieres just as his star in the theater is rising.
Review: 'Charm' at Mixed Blood Theatre is important, if messy, work

Review: 'Charm' at Mixed Blood Theatre is important, if messy, work

Mixed Blood sheds light on the life of homeless transgender youths.
Mixed Blood Theatre presents a charm school – with a difference

Mixed Blood Theatre presents a charm school – with a difference

The theater field often is a lagging indicator of cultural changes, but "Charm" truly reflects the zeitgeist as a play about etiquette lessons for LGBT kids.
Review: CTC's 'Wimpy Kid the Musical' is an energetic winner

Review: CTC's 'Wimpy Kid the Musical' is an energetic winner

The production premiered Friday at the Children's Theatre.
Review: Penumbra Theatre's 'Sunset Baby' is tough, rough and magnetic

Review: Penumbra Theatre's 'Sunset Baby' is tough, rough and magnetic

Jasmine Hughes gives a performance to remember in Penumbra's gripping "Sunset Baby."
Broadway bound? 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' premieres at Children's Theatre

Broadway bound? 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' premieres at Children's Theatre

Children's Theatre banks on the "Wimpy Kid" franchise for a musical that might wind up on Broadway.
Guthrie hopes to take its 9th floor to a new level with $1 million grant

Guthrie hopes to take its 9th floor to a new level with $1 million grant

Mellon grant for theater's ninth-floor space will help underwrite $9 tickets.
'Bullets Over Broadway' aims low for laughs at the Ordway

'Bullets Over Broadway' aims low for laughs at the Ordway

The stage adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 film is an entertaining misfire.
Review: Nautilus Music-Theater's reimagined 'Fantasticks' has cuteness and charm

Review: Nautilus Music-Theater's reimagined 'Fantasticks' has cuteness and charm

Nautilus Music-Theater doesn't sacrifice charm in nontraditional production.
Everybody dance now! Children's Theatre finds a new groove in 'Animal Dance'

Everybody dance now! Children's Theatre finds a new groove in 'Animal Dance'

Ann Carlson's "Animal Dance" teaches kids how to be ready for anything.
'A Night With Janis Joplin' brings down the house at Ordway

'A Night With Janis Joplin' brings down the house at Ordway

REVIEW: Tony nominee Mary Bridget Davies rocks the Ordway as 1960s hero Janis Joplin.
Facing the loss of its home, Patrick's Cabaret will close to do some soul-searching

Facing the loss of its home, Patrick's Cabaret will close to do some soul-searching

The arts venue will close May 31 but plans a fall return in some form.
Skylark Opera cancels its upcoming season

Skylark Opera cancels its upcoming season

The venerable Twin Cities company cited a "do-or-die" financial crunch.
Why Nina Simone's star is shining brighter than ever

Why Nina Simone's star is shining brighter than ever

To a new generation, the late Nina Simone represents the sound of freedom.

'Hedwig,' 'An American in Paris' top Ordway Center's eclectic 2016-17 season

"An American in Paris," "Hedwig" are among the Broadway shows.
Musical 'If/Then' at the Orpheum plays a game of chance

Musical 'If/Then' at the Orpheum plays a game of chance

REVIEW: Philosophical questions animate this touring show, which offers passion but is short on dramatic weight.
Children's Theatre alumni reunite around painful memories

Children's Theatre alumni reunite around painful memories

Years of bottled-up emotions are fueling a new wave of civil lawsuits — eight plaintiffs so far — over allegations involving the theater and former staff workers.
'DJ Latinidad' premieres at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis

'DJ Latinidad' premieres at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis

The venerable playhouse on Minneapolis' West Bank is being reconfigured into an immersive nightclub for another themed production.
Review: Katie Guentzel bites into a juicy role at Penumbra

Review: Katie Guentzel bites into a juicy role at Penumbra

REVIEW: Kate Guentzel goes full-throttle in Lou Bellamy's gripping production of Amiri Baraka's "Dutchman" at Penumbra.
REVIEW: Mixed Blood Theatre's 'DJ Latinidad' interlaces serious issues with throbbing fun

REVIEW: Mixed Blood Theatre's 'DJ Latinidad' interlaces serious issues with throbbing fun

The anthology of short pieces by Hispanic authors had its throbbing premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre.
Penumbra stages one-acts by 'heavyweights of the '60s' Adrienne Kennedy, Amiri Baraka

Penumbra stages one-acts by 'heavyweights of the '60s' Adrienne Kennedy, Amiri Baraka

With staging of a 1965 Adrienne Kennedy play, the St. Paul theater turns up the volume on a sadly underheard voice.
Shapeshift dance company shifts into higher gear with concert at Cowles Center

Shapeshift dance company shifts into higher gear with concert at Cowles Center

Young dance company Shapeshift will turn "Grey Skies Blue" at the Cowles.
Mu's 'You for Me for You' offers North Korea, through the looking glass

Mu's 'You for Me for You' offers North Korea, through the looking glass

REVIEW: Mia Chung's play "You for Me for You" is an inventive mashup that recalls "Alice in Wonderland."
Ordway's 'A Chorus Line' serves up nostalgia with pizzazz

Ordway's 'A Chorus Line' serves up nostalgia with pizzazz

REVIEW: It may seem dated in the reality TV age, but Ordway's "Chorus Line" is a potent history lesson.
Twin Cities dancer Aparna Ramaswamy steps out as a solo artist

Twin Cities dancer Aparna Ramaswamy steps out as a solo artist

The artist who grew up on stage with her family's Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company brings her acclaimed solo work back home.
2 more suits filed against Children's Theatre and co-founder Donahue

2 more suits filed against Children's Theatre and co-founder Donahue

Two former students at Children's Theatre Company filed suit Tuesday against the theater and its co-founder, John Clark Donahue.
Review: Children's Theatre's 'Snowy Day' is a quiet joy

Review: Children's Theatre's 'Snowy Day' is a quiet joy

World premiere, adapted from Ezra Jack Keats' books, uses evocative puppetry.
A family history, writ large onstage

A family history, writ large onstage

"Only One Sophie," theater founder Michael Robins' musical about his Jewish grandmother.
A year after opening its new concert hall, St. Paul's Ordway is hitting high notes

A year after opening its new concert hall, St. Paul's Ordway is hitting high notes

The St. Paul venue is drawing new – and more diverse – audiences while achieving harmony behind the scenes, too.
Twin Cities restaurateur Jason McLean is target of fourth sex-assault lawsuit

Twin Cities restaurateur Jason McLean is target of fourth sex-assault lawsuit

Twin Cities restaurateur is the target of a fourth lawsuit by a ex-student at Children's Theatre. This one does not name CTC.
Grace after gunfire: 'The Amish Project' has its must-see regional premiere at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater

Grace after gunfire: 'The Amish Project' has its must-see regional premiere at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater

Playwright-actor Jessica Dickey plays all the parts in a compelling drama based on a true crime.
Franco-Belgian experimental show 'Germinal' tackles big ideas in simple ways

Franco-Belgian experimental show 'Germinal' tackles big ideas in simple ways

REVIEW: Vandalism takes the stage in the concluding show of Out There, which tackles big ideas in simple ways.
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.
Jessica Dickey explores grace after gunfire in solo 'Amish Project' at Guthrie

Jessica Dickey explores grace after gunfire in solo 'Amish Project' at Guthrie

Dickey knew right off the bat that she did not want to craft a docudrama. For one thing, that would've been too painful. Instead, she opted for a fictional meditation on the people and the events.
Children's Theatre picks noted arts leader Kimberly Motes as managing director

Children's Theatre picks noted arts leader Kimberly Motes as managing director

The highly respected leader in arts and education comes to the theater at a time of crisis over allegations of sexual abuse in the 1980s.
Tanya Barfield's 'Bright Half Life' has its regional premiere at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis

Tanya Barfield's 'Bright Half Life' has its regional premiere at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis

Tanya Barfield's new play gets its regional premiere at Pillsbury House Theatre.
Rabih Mroue's 'Cloud' collects pieces of a shattered life at Walker

Rabih Mroue's 'Cloud' collects pieces of a shattered life at Walker

REVIEW: Out There's "Riding on a Cloud" orbits the aftermath of a violent catastrophe.
Review: 'Frog Bride' at CTC jumps into action

Review: 'Frog Bride' at CTC jumps into action

David Gonzalez is joined by two spirited musicians in his animated retelling of the Eastern European folk tale.
Review: David Foster Wallace's meta-fiction gets a meta-theater treatment at Walker

Review: David Foster Wallace's meta-fiction gets a meta-theater treatment at Walker

The words of David Foster Wallace are brought to the stage at Walker Art Center.
U academic adviser sues Children's Theatre, alleging sexual abuse in '83

U academic adviser sues Children's Theatre, alleging sexual abuse in '83

Jeanette Simmonds is fifth former student to file suit under new law.
St. Paul's Ordway Center hires Toronto-bred Jamie Grant as CEO

St. Paul's Ordway Center hires Toronto-bred Jamie Grant as CEO

The Canadian-bred arts leader, who runs a similar facility in Austin, Texas, starts this spring.
Exit interview: Lessons from the Ordway's peacemaking leader Patricia Mitchell

Exit interview: Lessons from the Ordway's peacemaking leader Patricia Mitchell

"Don't forget to have fun," says Patricia Mitchell, who healed rifts, weathered conflict and helped build a sparkling concert hall.
Another suit filed against CTC, Jason McLean, alleging sex abuse

Another suit filed against CTC, Jason McLean, alleging sex abuse

Former student alleges she was the victim of sexual abuse from 1981-85 and was "coerced" to lie about it to a grand jury.
Review: William Mastrosimone's 'Sunshine' offers studies of characters in the shadows

Review: William Mastrosimone's 'Sunshine' offers studies of characters in the shadows

Damaged souls encounter one another in Dark & Stormy Productions' "Sunshine."
Obituary: John Bottoms, physical actor and Tony nominee left his mark in New York, Boston and Minneapolis

Obituary: John Bottoms, physical actor and Tony nominee left his mark in New York, Boston and Minneapolis

John Bottoms, a Tony-nominated stage and screen actor who was a member of the Guthrie Theater’s acting company in the 1980s and ’90s, died Nov.…
Review: Soaring voices lift 'The Sound of Music'

Review: Soaring voices lift 'The Sound of Music'

The Ordway's slow but steady holiday production gets a burst of sunshine from Billie Wildrick.
2nd sex-abuse suit filed against Jason McLean and CTC

2nd sex-abuse suit filed against Jason McLean and CTC

A second civil lawsuit has been filed against Twin Cities entrepreneur Jason McLean and Children's Theatre Company, alleging sexual abuse of a minor and institutional negligence.
Owner of Varsity, Loring Pasta accused in CTC sex abuse suit

Owner of Varsity, Loring Pasta accused in CTC sex abuse suit

Jason McLean, along with the Children's Theatre Company and co-founder John Clark Donahue, is named in a civil case that revisits the theater's 1980s sex scandal.
Children's Theatre, former director targets of sex-abuse suit

Children's Theatre, former director targets of sex-abuse suit

The suit, filed on behalf of former students at the company, names former CTC artistic director John Clark Donahue and an unnamed ex-employee.
Review: Carole King musical 'Beautiful' is one fine night

Review: Carole King musical 'Beautiful' is one fine night

The Carole King musical is more than a nostalgia trip, thanks to a deeply emotive performance by its star, Abby Mueller.
'The Trump Who Stole Christmas' comedy play pokes fun at holiday stress

'The Trump Who Stole Christmas' comedy play pokes fun at holiday stress

At Minneapolis' Brave New Workshop, the Donald has displaced the Grinch as our holiday grouch.
Abby Mueller follows Tony-winning sister in 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical'

Abby Mueller follows Tony-winning sister in 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical'

Abby Mueller stars in the tour of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" — a role that earned her little sister a Tony on Broadway.
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