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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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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.
Choreographer Maija Garcia worked with dancers during a rehearsal of the Guthrie’s “West Side Story.”

Cuban-American choreographer puts a new kick into Guthrie's 'West Side Story'

A dynamo who worked on Broadway's "Fela!" turns up the heat on an old chestnut.
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.
Adam Pascal as a preening Shakespeare in “Something Rotten.” JEREMY DANIEL

'Something Rotten' is a zany musical journey to Shakespeare's England

With Adam Pascal as a rock-star Shakespeare, the Broadway tour of "Something Rotten" offers loads of laughs.
Singer/actor T. Mychael Rambo uses his talent to spread love with his birthday serenades. “Music is something that heals us.”

Meet the Twin Cities' birthday man: T. Mychael Rambo

He may be a Twin Cities theater celebrity. But he's a grounded figure who does lots of big-hearted things to uplift his community. Singing his singular versions of "Happy Birthday" to friends, family, co-workers and strangers is part of his service.
Kory LaQuess Pullam and Briana Patnode are the meth-addicted parents of a neglected baby in Underdog Theatre’s “Luna Gale.”

A baby falls victim to the meth crisis in the drama 'Luna Gale'

Drugs, family, religion and social services converge in Underdog Theatre's potent drama "Luna Gale."
The cast of the Guthrie Theater’s production of “Familiar” by Danai Gurira.

Laughter turns to tears in Guthrie Theater drama by 'Black Panther' star Danai Gurira

Guthrie staging of Danai Gurira's play is riotous but also poignant.
Sarah Bellamy, artistic director of Penumbra Theatre.

Penumbra Theatre to revive 'For Colored Girls' and premiere 'Emmett Till' follow-up next season

"For Colored Girls" kicks off a 2018-19 schedule that includes a new work by the writer of "The Ballad of Emmett Till."

Penumbra Theatre to revive 'For Colored Girls' and premiere 'Emmett Till' follow-up next season

"For Colored Girls" kicks off a 2018-19 schedule that includes a new work by "Emmett Till" playwright.
Leslie Odom Jr.

It's Aaron Burr, sir: 'Hamilton' star talks about shows with Minnesota Orchestra

"Now it feels like we're in the good part of the story," says Leslie Odom Jr., headed to Minneapolis for a two-night stand at Orchestra Hall.
Tracey Maloney, left, and Audrey Park in Pillsbury House Theatre’s “The Great Divide II: Plays on the Politics of Truth.”

Pillsbury House Theatre's 'Great Divide II' explores ideas of truth in the Trump era

Series of short plays at Pillsbury House explores the "politics of truth" in the Trump era.
Jack Kelly (Aleks Knezevich) and Katherine Plummer (Ruthanne Heyward) are at the heart of "Disney's Newsies."

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's high-kicking 'Newsies' hits its mark

Ho-hum movie has become a high-octane musical at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.
Aleks Knezevich as Jack Kelly, leading a crew of newsboys in “Disney’s Newsies” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Star of musical 'Newsies' dropped out of medical school to pursue a life in theater

"Newsies" star Aleks Knezevich could have been a doctor. He chose theater instead.
Rob Colletti and the cast of the touring production of “School of Rock.”

Review: Kids rule 'School of Rock' at the Orpheum

Andrew Lloyd Webber musical amps up the fun at the Orpheum.
Ivey Awards marquee at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

Minnesota theater scene loses its sparkling showcase as Ivey Awards call it quits

After 13 years, funding woes shut down local version of Broadway's Tony Awards.
Ifrah Mansour is part of the Guthrie’s emerging-artist celebration.

Guthrie's new solo theater festival features testimonies from the middle of crisis

Actors stand between extremes in the Guthrie Theater's new solo festival.
Richard Cook PETRONELLA J. YTSMA

Park Square Theatre's artistic director ready to leave after 43 years

Park Square's "accidental artistic director" Richard Cook will retire this fall on his 70th birthday.
Sun Mee Chomet, Eric Sharp and Kathryn Fumie in “Two Mile Hollow.”

Theater Mu play 'Two Mile Hollow' laughs at race and manners

Send-up of upper-class white families features all Asian-American actors.
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” returns for the 2018-2019 season at Children’s Theatre Company.

Children's Theatre promises four premieres in a wide-ranging 2018-19 season

It plans a globe-trotting 2018-19 season, including four world premieres.
Fans of the blockbuster musical “Hamilton” crashed the ticketing system nationwide Wednesday morning as they jammed the website and phone lines, t

Season packages sell out amid heavy demand for 'Hamilton' tickets; single tickets yet to go on sale

Not to fret: More will be available at a later date.
“Hamilton” is coming to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis Aug. 29, 2018.

Tickets to 'Hamilton' in Minneapolis on sale Wednesday – here's how not to get shut out

Only season-ticket packages are being sold initially; single tickets later.
Khanisha Foster in “Joy Rebel,” a solo show Feb. 8-18 at Penumbra.

In solo show at Penumbra, biracial artist embraces both sides of her heritage

Khanisha Foster embraces both sides of her biracial heritage in a solo show.
Tracey Maloney, M. Hajji Ahmed and Mikell Sapp in Harrison David Rivers’ “A Crack in the Sky,” now at the History Theatre in St. Paul.

Stories pour from 'A Crack in the Sky' at St. Paul's History Theatre

History Theatre premieres this remarkable autobiographical play about a Somali-American.
David and Tovah Feldshuh team up for “Dancing With Giants,” about a colorful 1930s Jewish boxing manager.

Broadway star Tovah Feldshuh returns to Minneapolis with a new play by her brother

Tovah Feldshuh headlines the premiere of her brother's play about cross-cultural friendship.
Sally and George Pillsbury.

Sally Pillsbury, active promoter of women, the Guthrie, the U, dies at 93

Pillsbury, a political and philanthropic force in Minnesota for decades, died Saturday night at 93. An active Republican, she fought for gender equity and supported female candidates at a time when women were largely absent from the State Capitol.
Santino Craven and David Murray in “The Royale” at Yellow Tree Theatre.

Boxing drama 'The Royale' is a rhythmic knockout

This propulsive drama is inspired by Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion.
Jamecia Bennett, as Glinda, holds her daughter, Paris Bennett, starring as Dorothy, in the Children’s Theatre production of “The Wiz.”

Star-studded 'Wiz' wows at Children's Theatre

All-star cast warms up the African-American musical version of Oz at Children's Theatre.
Roger Guenveur Smith in “Frederick Douglass Now.”

Actor/writer brings 1800s abolitionist Frederick Douglass to modern life at Penumbra Theatre

Review: Writer/performer Roger Guenveur Smith brings Frederick Douglass into the present at Penumbra.
Paris Bennett, left, with her mother, Jamecia — who’s co-starring as Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wiz” — and daughter, Egypt.

Twin Cities native Paris Bennett's long road from 'American Idol' to 'The Wiz'

The singer/actor has had a wild ride with TV stardom, early motherhood and, recently, health struggles.
Jack Weston (with musicians Kevin Kniebel, Jim Parker and Nate Sipe) plays Ishmael and other characters in “Ishmael” at the Jungle Theater.

Jungle Theater turns 'Moby-Dick' into a one-man whale of a tale

Solo "Moby-Dick" adaptation "Ishmael" at the Jungle Theater offers seaborne campfire story.
Clockwise from far left: Cathy Fuller, Sue Scott, Katherine Ferrand, Caroline Innerbichler, Wendy Lehr and Peggy O’Connell rehearsed “Sisters of

Do you like your theater 'Naked' or 'Raw'? Two series offer a taste of adventure

Two performance series provide a taste of adventure for artists and audiences alike.
Photo by GlassWorks Multimedia. Havana's Teatro El Público performs “Antigonón, un contingente épico" at Walker Art Center.

Cuban theater troupe ponders price of progress in provocative Walker Art Center show

Provocative theater from Havana opened the Walker Art Center's annual Out There festival.
A more nuanced 'Phantom' still thrills in Minneapolis tour stop

A more nuanced 'Phantom' still thrills in Minneapolis tour stop

The retooled Andrew Lloyd Webber juggernaut went off without a hitch in its return to the Orpheum Theatre.
“Light the World” is described as “a club, a concert, a circus, a show.”

Lab Theater lights up a joyful antidote to 'news fatigue'

Lab Theater show combines music, dance and circus arts to put a youthful spin on the holidays.
Ann Michels as Grace Ferrell, Lance Roberts as Oliver Warbucks, and Carly Gendell as Annie in "Annie" at the Ordway.

Ordway's stylish revival of 'Annie' proves a perfect antidote to troubled times

Director Austene Van's witty revival resonates at Ordway.
Shá Cage in “Khephra: A Hip Hop Holiday Story.”

Twin Cities holiday shows get funky new addition with Shá Cage's 'Khephra'

Shá Cage adds excitement to the holiday mix with "Khephra."
A scene from the Guthrie Theater’s 2017 staging of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park With George,” directed by Joseph Haj. (Photo by T. C

Guthrie balances budget despite drop in ticket sales

Contributions also down, but theater increased its donors and subscribers.
Greta Oglesby in “Black Nativity” at Penumbra.

Penumbra Theatre's 'Black Nativity' sets spirits alight

Singer Greta Oglesby returns to the 30th "Black Nativity," which is setting spirits alight at Penumbra.
The Ordway Center’s Jamie Grant , left, and the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Mark Nerenhausen.

New theater bosses in St. Paul and Minneapolis set old conflicts aside

Once fierce rivals, Ordway Center and Hennepin Theatre Trust have forged a partnership under their new bosses.
The nuns rally around Deloris Van Cartier (Regina Marie Williams, foreground) in “Sister Act” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Nuns in Chanhassen's 'Sister Act' forge a true sisterhood

The nuns in Chanhassen's hit show have formed bonds that aren't just a matter of habit.
Charity Angél Dawson, Desi Oakley and Lenne Klingaman dish the dirt in “Waitress.”

Review: 'Waitress' serves up an unexpected slice of soulfulness at Orpheum

Sara Bareilles' musical is about love and marriage and, of course, pie.
The cast of the Guthrie Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” includes Nathaniel Fuller (Ebenezer Scrooge) and Sophie Jones (Tiny Tim).

Guthrie Theater offers a refreshed, ringing 'Christmas Carol'

Good ol’ Ebenezer Scrooge is still crotchety and given to the kind of monosyllabic bleating that makes him sound like a gored ungulate. When his…
Regina Marie Williams, center, in “Sister Act” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

'Sister Act' has a rapturous second coming at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

A revival of the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres smash finds new ways to thrill.
Reed Sigmund as the Grinch and Natalie Tran as young Max in the Children’s Theatre Company’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Children's Theatre rekindles its Dr. Seuss connection with 'Grinch'

Dr. Seuss and the Children's Theatre have a relationship that goes back nearly 40 years.
John Stephens, Antonio Duke, Heather Bunch, Nora Montañez, China Brickley, Allison Witham and Eric Marinus in “The Privateer.”

Transatlantic Love Affair offers entertaining slice of piracy with 'Privateer' at Illusion Theater

Transatlantic Love Affair stages a funny, flippant take on history's notorious criminals.
Author J.M. Barrie (Billy Harrigan Tighe) is reinvigorated when he meets a young widow (Lael Van Keuren) and her four free-spirited boys in “Finding

Review: Pixie dust is hard to find in 'Neverland' at Orpheum

"Finding Neverland" tour tries hard to entertain.
Jacqueline Woodson

Talking Volumes guest Jacqueline Woodson grew up in 'Another Brooklyn'

To fill a "yawning gap" in books about black girlhood, Jacqueline Woodson turned to the Brooklyn of her youth.
Intermedia Arts will sell its two-parcel property in the trendy Lyn-Lake area of Minneapolis.

Intermedia Arts to sell its Minneapolis home, saying debts 'leave us no choice'

The building near Lyn-Lake could raise more than $1 million for the deficit-burdened arts organization.
Maeve Coleen Moynihan as Ophelia and Kory LaQuess Pullam as Hamlet in Joel Sass’ production at Park Square Theatre.

Review: Park Square puts its modern Hamlet in a 'House of Cards'

Writer/director Joel Sass offers a remix of the tale of the revenge-addled prince.
Dame-Jasmine Hughes and Peter Christian Hansen play pained lovers in “Wedding Band.”

Review: Penumbra's superb 'Wedding Band' explores tension between private love and public intolerance

Penumbra explores interracial romance in the superb "Wedding Band."
Kory LaQuess Pullam rehearsed for his role as Hamlet at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul.

'Hamlet' star is the fast-rising prince of Twin Cities theater

The starring role in "Hamlet" crowns a busy year for Kory LaQuess Pullam, whose ambition has energized the theater scene.
Audrey Park as “Electra” in an adaptation by Ten Thousand Things.

Ten Thousand Things' 'Electra' finds humanity in horrible people

With powerful performances, "Electra" epitomizes what sets Ten Thousand Things apart.
Elijah Alexander and Sarah Agnew in “Watch on the Rhine” by Lillian Hellman.

Guthrie Theater's 'Watch on the Rhine' issues a clarion call for moral clarity

Guthrie's first production of a Lillian Hellman play calls out for moral clarity.
Murals adorned the outside of the Intermedia Arts building in September.

Financial analysis shows steep debt, revenue dropoff for Intermedia Arts

The organization's leaders failed to cut spending in recent years despite a steep decline in revenue.
Raúl Ramos, Zach Myers and Ansa Akyea in “How to Use a Knife.”

Mixed Blood Theatre pulls a double-edged 'Knife' in season opener

REVIEW: The theater opens its season with a comedy, set in a New York kitchen, that quickly turns dark.
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