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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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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.
'The Wedding Singer': An '80s nostalgia party comes to the Old Log Theatre

'The Wedding Singer': An '80s nostalgia party comes to the Old Log Theatre

Old Log Theatre throws a big nostalgia party with this '80s-styled musical adapted from the hit film.
'Emilie/Eurydice' mashes up Greek myth and a contemporary story at Illusion

'Emilie/Eurydice' mashes up Greek myth and a contemporary story at Illusion

REVIEW: "Emilie/Eurydice," which premiered over the weekend at Illusion Theater in Minneapolis, is a tender show that grabs your emotions and, even though the grip is soft, never lets go.
'Wizard of Oz' opens at Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis

'Wizard of Oz' opens at Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis

Traci Allen Shannon soars in the Children's Theatre revival of "The Wizard of Oz."
New Guthrie Theater leader Joe Haj has been listening to voices of Minnesota

New Guthrie Theater leader Joe Haj has been listening to voices of Minnesota

Theater's artistic director hits the road to both introduce and educate himself.
'Oz' brings Traci Allen Shannon back to Children's Theatre

'Oz' brings Traci Allen Shannon back to Children's Theatre

Traci Allen Shannon is back at Children's Theatre with a child of her own now, and a fresh perspective on the wonderful world of "Oz."
Obituary: William Byrd Wilkins found a home on Twin Cities stages

Obituary: William Byrd Wilkins found a home on Twin Cities stages

William Byrd Wilkins, an actor who was prominent in the Twin Cities in the 1990s before leaving to perform in Alaska, London and New York,…
Marlon James Day celebrates the acclaimed novelist of 'A Brief History of Seven Killings'

Marlon James Day celebrates the acclaimed novelist of 'A Brief History of Seven Killings'

Author is celebrated by governor, Minneapolis.
A renovation, and provocation, at Mixed Blood Theatre

A renovation, and provocation, at Mixed Blood Theatre

It pulls back the curtain on a $1 million makeover with Friday's opening of the Obie-winning racial drama "An Octoroon."

Twin Cities dancers, choreographers and teachers honored at 11th annual Sage Awards

Acclaimed dancers, set designers, choreographers and educators take a bow.
'Doctor Faustus' gets astute modern staging

'Doctor Faustus' gets astute modern staging

‘Doctor Faustus’ gets astute modern staging The Faust legend, where a man sells his soul to the devil for knowledge and power, is one of…
See-worthy 'Little Mermaid' at Orpheum

See-worthy 'Little Mermaid' at Orpheum

Touring show features glitzy staging and entertaining performances but was marred by sound issues.
Ten Thousand Things flips the gender script on Shakespeare

Ten Thousand Things flips the gender script on Shakespeare

REVIEW: Casting is only part of what makes an all-female "Henry IV" remarkable.
Director Greg Banks gives 'The Jungle Book' an impressive update at Children's Theatre

Director Greg Banks gives 'The Jungle Book' an impressive update at Children's Theatre

British director Greg Banks energetically updates "The Jungle Book" for the 21st century at Children's Theatre.
Roger Guenveur Smith's 'Rodney King' is mesmerizing at Penumbra Theatre

Roger Guenveur Smith's 'Rodney King' is mesmerizing at Penumbra Theatre

Roger Guenveur Smith's solo show explores Rodney King the man as well as the moment that thrust him into world consciousness.
Children's Theatre actor has the bear necessities

Children's Theatre actor has the bear necessities

Opening Friday in "The Jungle Book," Detroit-bred actor and teacher H. Adam Harris makes a big impression off stage as well.
Roger Guenveur Smith, a master of the solo show, takes on 'Rodney King'

Roger Guenveur Smith, a master of the solo show, takes on 'Rodney King'

Rodney King was no MLK, but stage wizard Roger Guenveur Smith gives eloquent voice to his story in a solo show opening Thursday at Penumbra.
With 'U/G/L/Y,' actor and writer Sha Cage seeks to redefine beauty

With 'U/G/L/Y,' actor and writer Sha Cage seeks to redefine beauty

Sha Cage's solo show is a moving exploration of the rules of attraction.
'Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue,' has poetic regional premiere at Park Square

'Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue,' has poetic regional premiere at Park Square

Park Square's poetic show "Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue" outlines effects of war on a patriotic Puerto Rican clan.
TV writer Tracey Scott Wilson goes back to school in 'Prep'

TV writer Tracey Scott Wilson goes back to school in 'Prep'

Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson takes on the urban educational system in "Prep."
Review: Naomi Wallace's 'Things of Dry Hours' takes a poetic riff on history in a production in Minneapolis

Review: Naomi Wallace's 'Things of Dry Hours' takes a poetic riff on history in a production in Minneapolis

Naomi Wallace's "Dry Hours" is a dense look at communism and race in 1930s Alabama.
'Cinderella' for the millennial age opens at Orpheum in Mpls.

'Cinderella' for the millennial age opens at Orpheum in Mpls.

Review: A Broadway musical update provides a modern restyling for a well-worn tale.
Audra McDonald kicks off the Minnesota Orchestra's new season

Audra McDonald kicks off the Minnesota Orchestra's new season

The Broadway singer-actor, who has won a record six Tony Awards, comes to town this weekend to kick off the Minnesota Orchestra's new season.
'Akeelah and the Bee' triumphs on Children's Theatre stage

'Akeelah and the Bee' triumphs on Children's Theatre stage

Review: The world premiere of the stage adaptation of the film is full of life.
Broadway costuming star William Ivey Long dresses up 'Cinderella'

Broadway costuming star William Ivey Long dresses up 'Cinderella'

Six-time Tony winner William Ivey Long is the man Broadway looks to for color and style.
Children's Theatre dreams big for 'Akeelah and the Bee'

Children's Theatre dreams big for 'Akeelah and the Bee'

Children's Theatre has high hopes for "Akeelah and the Bee," which will get an East Coast showcase after its local premiere.
The fearless eyes of Twin Cities actress Tracey Maloney

The fearless eyes of Twin Cities actress Tracey Maloney

The Twin Cities actress has built a formidable career by fearlessly seeing the world through troubled souls.
New Griots Festival hopes to launch new black renaissance

New Griots Festival hopes to launch new black renaissance

The New Griots Festival gives voice to a diverse group of emerging Twin Cities talents.
New hire marks a dramatic turnaround at Heart of the Beast

New hire marks a dramatic turnaround at Heart of the Beast

The Minneapolis puppet troupe picked an executive director and is financially healthy again.
Funny girl Kersten Rodau chose family, Twin Cities stage over Broadway

Funny girl Kersten Rodau chose family, Twin Cities stage over Broadway

After laboring on local stages for two decades, actress/singer Kersten Rodau is finally getting her due as a bona fide star.
Cyndi Lauper's 'Kinky Boots' delivers plenty of kicks

Cyndi Lauper's 'Kinky Boots' delivers plenty of kicks

Review: With a high-powered lead performance, the Cyndi Lauper musical "Kinky Boots" delights audiences at the Orpheum.
Meet the man who polished 'Kinky Boots'

Meet the man who polished 'Kinky Boots'

The Cyndi Lauper musical, which debuts in Minneapolis on Tuesday, was shaped by a Broadway guru who got his start in the Twin Cities.
Nazi boxer's Jewish manager is the center of a new work by playwright-turned-doctor

Nazi boxer's Jewish manager is the center of a new work by playwright-turned-doctor

New play explores friendship between boxer seen as Nazi ideal and his Jewish manager.
Children's Theatre's '20,000 Leagues' is adrenaline-filled adventure

Children's Theatre's '20,000 Leagues' is adrenaline-filled adventure

REVIEW: Children's Theatre's 45-minute adaptation of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" thrillingly drops us into Capt. Nemo's realm.
Children's Theatre's '20,000 Leagues' is like a live-action movie

Children's Theatre's '20,000 Leagues' is like a live-action movie

Children's Theatre premieres a throttling interactive production that's more like an action movie than a play.

Cindy Gehrig of Jerome Foundation is among this year's Sally Award winners

Awards go to Jerome Foundation leader, the Steele family and more.
Review: Peter Rothstein stages a taut, compelling 'Choir Boy' at the Guthrie

Review: Peter Rothstein stages a taut, compelling 'Choir Boy' at the Guthrie

"Choir Boy," Tarell Alvin McCraney's one-act play about music, friendship and homophobia at a black boarding school, gets a compelling staging at the Guthrie.
'Once' is not enough: Musical returns to Minneapolis

'Once' is not enough: Musical returns to Minneapolis

The musical that won eight Tonys in 2013 brings its charm and simplicity back to the Twin Cities.
Ordway knocks 'Damn Yankees' out of the park

Ordway knocks 'Damn Yankees' out of the park

REVIEW: Skill and heart also help to make Ordway Center's zippy production of "Damn Yankees" a splashy success.
Tarell Alvin McCraney's 'Choir Boy' makes regional premiere at Guthrie

Tarell Alvin McCraney's 'Choir Boy' makes regional premiere at Guthrie

Tarell Alvin McCraney explores black gay life in the church in "Choir Boy," making its regional premiere at the Guthrie.
Walker Art Center offers a 2015-16 season for all ages

Walker Art Center offers a 2015-16 season for all ages

While still challenging, its 2015-16 slate has some shows with family appeal.
Ali Rose Dachis lives her Broadway dreams in Larry David's 'Fish in the Dark'

Ali Rose Dachis lives her Broadway dreams in Larry David's 'Fish in the Dark'

St. Louis Park's Ali Rose Dachis has made it to Broadway, acting alongside "Seinfeld" creator Larry David.
Marcus Gardley offers a biblical overlay to his 'Gospel of Lovingkindness'

Marcus Gardley offers a biblical overlay to his 'Gospel of Lovingkindness'

Marcus Gardley's play "Lovingkindness" is lyrical and affecting, if preachy.
Guthrie's Joe Dowling takes final curtain call at theater he reinvented

Guthrie's Joe Dowling takes final curtain call at theater he reinvented

Not since Tyrone Guthrie founded the company that would bear his name has someone become more associated with the Guthrie Theater, one of the nation's acclaimed regional theaters.
Ordway's peacemaking leader to retire

Ordway's peacemaking leader to retire

Patricia Mitchell helped calm tenants, rev up patrons at the St. Paul arts center.
Obituary: Cherie Lovelace Price was a rock for her family and community

Obituary: Cherie Lovelace Price was a rock for her family and community

For Cherie Lovelace Price, helping people and the community was both a source of employment and a faith calling. Price, matriarch of an influential extended…
Play at Pillsbury House resonates in age of 'Black Lives Matter'

Play at Pillsbury House resonates in age of 'Black Lives Matter'

Marcus Gardley's "The Gospel of Lovingkindness" shows the humanity of a killer and his victim – both young black men – and their families.
U cancels summer theater season on Centennial Showboat

U cancels summer theater season on Centennial Showboat

The University of Minnesota is canceling its summer season at the Minnesota Centennial Showboat this year, citing financial shortfalls.
Mu Performing Arts co-founder Rick Shiomi wins top McKnight award

Mu Performing Arts co-founder Rick Shiomi wins top McKnight award

As the co-founder of Mu Performing Arts wins a lifetime achievement award, he's hatching plans for a new multicultural theater company.
'Ah, Camelot, where the tables are round and the relationships triangular'

'Ah, Camelot, where the tables are round and the relationships triangular'

REVIEW: Director Michael McFadden has re­imagined "Camelot" for a millennial generation more familiar with "Spamalot," the Monty Python spoof, than the four-hour-long original.
Obolensky's play, 'Forget Me Not When Far Away' is memorably funny

Obolensky's play, 'Forget Me Not When Far Away' is memorably funny

REVIEW: Kira Obolensky's insightful, witty new play follows a combat veteran who returns to an all-female town.
'Camelot' makeover at Ordway mashes up 'Bachelorette,' 'Game of Thrones'

'Camelot' makeover at Ordway mashes up 'Bachelorette,' 'Game of Thrones'

It's all part of an effort by the creative team to make us see "Camelot" less as an abstracted fairy tale and more as a contemporary story that commands our attention at a time of increasing social anxiety.
Alanna Saunders takes flight in CTC's 'Peter Pan'

Alanna Saunders takes flight in CTC's 'Peter Pan'

Alanna Saunders, star of "Peter Pan" at Children's Theatre and in last winter's live NBC telecast, was made for the stage.
At Penumbra, love, revolution take center stage

At Penumbra, love, revolution take center stage

Penumbra Theatre's new season includes "Sunset Baby" and "Rodney King."
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