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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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'Passion,' diversity and DIY spirit drive new Twin Cities theater companies

'Passion,' diversity and DIY spirit drive new Twin Cities theater companies

A new crop of theater troupes is rising, fueled by the energy of youth — but also the voice of experience.
Charlie Chan gets sharp, cutting treatment in Mu production at Guthrie

Charlie Chan gets sharp, cutting treatment in Mu production at Guthrie

REVIEW: Playwright Lloyd Suh's murder mystery about stereotypes opens with gusto at the Guthrie.
Review: 'Red Velvet' looks at the first black actor to play Othello

Review: 'Red Velvet' looks at the first black actor to play Othello

Walking Shadow stages the regional debut of "Red Velvet," about the first black actor to play Othello.
Review: 'Intimate Apparel' gets a fine as silk staging by Ten Thousand Things

Review: 'Intimate Apparel' gets a fine as silk staging by Ten Thousand Things

REVIEW: Ten Thousand Things stages an engaging revival of Lynn Nottage's "Intimate Apparel."
Actor Sally Wingert artfully channels a cancer patient in 'Wit'

Actor Sally Wingert artfully channels a cancer patient in 'Wit'

Revival of 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner features extraordinary performance by Sally Wingert.
Play at Guthrie confronts ghost of Charlie Chan while battling Asian stereotypes

Play at Guthrie confronts ghost of Charlie Chan while battling Asian stereotypes

The fictional detective is exhumed, and dissected, in a murder mystery staged by Mu Performing Arts.
Minnesota musical 'Sweet Land' is uneven but offers plenty of charm

Minnesota musical 'Sweet Land' is uneven but offers plenty of charm

REVIEW: New musical at History Theatre tells a Minnesota immigrant's tale with poignant tunes and a star turn by Ann Michels.
Years in the making, Minnesota movie 'Sweet Land' is now a musical

Years in the making, Minnesota movie 'Sweet Land' is now a musical

As first a story, then a film and now a show opening Saturday in St. Paul, this Minnesota yarn continues to capture the imagination.
'Wiesenthal' confronts evil with humor, pathos

'Wiesenthal' confronts evil with humor, pathos

REVIEW: Tom Dugan's solo show about the Nazi-hunting "Jewish James Bond" stirs emotions at Illusion.
Guthrie brings 'Bluest Eye' from page to stage with poetic power

Guthrie brings 'Bluest Eye' from page to stage with poetic power

REVIEW: Playwright Lydia R. Diamond's must-see adaptation of Toni Morrison's breakout novel, which opened Friday, animates the Guthrie's biggest space with aching beauty.
'Frog and Toad' is still hopping at Children's Theatre

'Frog and Toad' is still hopping at Children's Theatre

REVIEW: The musical remains a winner in its fourth go-round at Children's Theatre Company.
What's next for pioneering Twin Cities director Michelle Hensley? Not theater, she says

What's next for pioneering Twin Cities director Michelle Hensley? Not theater, she says

After nearly three decades, the pioneering theater director prepares to step away from her troupe Ten Thousand Things.
Charming 'Girl' shakes a leg at Penumbra Theatre

Charming 'Girl' shakes a leg at Penumbra Theatre

REVIEW: World premiere adds new voices to the musical theater canon.
Playlets at Pillsbury House speak intimately to 'The Great Divide' revealed by last fall's election

Playlets at Pillsbury House speak intimately to 'The Great Divide' revealed by last fall's election

REVIEW: They're small works with big hearts: five 10-minute playlets by a passel of Twin Cities writers that respond to the anger and dissonances revealed by last fall's election.
'Frog and Toad' brings Arnold Lobel's daughter back to Mpls. with 'magical' memories

'Frog and Toad' brings Arnold Lobel's daughter back to Mpls. with 'magical' memories

When producer/designer Adrianne Lobel arrives at Children's Theatre for Friday's revival of the Broadway musical "A Year With Frog and Toad," it will revive memories she describes as "magical."
Is Penumbra's 'Girl Shakes Loose' the stage equivalent of Beyonce's 'Lemonade'?

Is Penumbra's 'Girl Shakes Loose' the stage equivalent of Beyonce's 'Lemonade'?

An all-female team writes a new chapter at Penumbra Theatre with the world premiere of a musical, "Girl Shakes Loose."
Questions linger in Peter Brook's 'Battlefield' at the Guthrie

Questions linger in Peter Brook's 'Battlefield' at the Guthrie

Director Peter Brook goes small in his storytelling chamber piece based on the epic "Mahabharata."
Cuban troupe to open 2017-18 dance season at Northrop in Mpls.

Cuban troupe to open 2017-18 dance season at Northrop in Mpls.

The 2017-18 schedule brings nine troupes from across the nation and around the world.
British theater legend Peter Brook brings his 'Battlefield' to Guthrie

British theater legend Peter Brook brings his 'Battlefield' to Guthrie

Director Peter Brook has distilled his epic "Mahabharata" into a 70-minute work coming to the Guthrie.
Energetic revival of 'West Side Story' sets new standard for Ordway

Energetic revival of 'West Side Story' sets new standard for Ordway

REVIEW: This electric revival harks back to Jerome Robbins' original staging 60 years ago.
Mighty 'Matilda' takes over Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

Mighty 'Matilda' takes over Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

A magnetic Broadway tour sweeps into town for a brief run this week.
Want fries with that? Park Square presents a speeded-up 'Macbeth'

Want fries with that? Park Square presents a speeded-up 'Macbeth'

REVIEW: You might call this a drive-through "Macbeth." Already one of Shakespeare's shortest plays, this condensed version takes just 90 minutes.
Minnesota theater icon Lou Bellamy reflects on 40 years of Penumbra

Minnesota theater icon Lou Bellamy reflects on 40 years of Penumbra

Lou Bellamy stepped down from his leadership role with Penumbra in January. But he took a couple of hours recently to tour a historical exhibit about the theater with his successor, daughter Sarah Bellamy.
Review: Hardly anything rotten about Nautilus Music-Theater's 'Twisted Apples'

Review: Hardly anything rotten about Nautilus Music-Theater's 'Twisted Apples'

Intimacy adds power to "Twisted Apples," a view of old-time small-town life adapted from Sherwood Anderson's short stories.
New boss of Hennepin theaters is a veteran arts leader raised in Wisconsin

New boss of Hennepin theaters is a veteran arts leader raised in Wisconsin

The veteran arts leader and professor comes to the Twin Cities from upstate New York.
Frank Theatre's 'Citizen' approaches touchy subject of race with grace

Frank Theatre's 'Citizen' approaches touchy subject of race with grace

REVIEW: Claudia Rankine's words reach deep in a theatrical adaptation of her lyric poem "Citizen."
'Grease' brings the heat in Chanhassen revival

'Grease' brings the heat in Chanhassen revival

A beautiful and energetic cast enlivens Michael Brindisi's revival at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.
How the Guthrie is ushering in a new era for Minnesota theater

How the Guthrie is ushering in a new era for Minnesota theater

The new leader is pulling in fresh faces and generating goodwill as he ponders the Guthrie's relationship to greater Minnesota.
Meet the 'dream team' that's transforming the Guthrie Theater

Meet the 'dream team' that's transforming the Guthrie Theater

New leader Joe Haj has assembled a quartet of dynamos to move the Guthrie forward.
Actress Sally Wingert returns to 'Six Degrees' this weekend at Theater Latté Da

Actress Sally Wingert returns to 'Six Degrees' this weekend at Theater Latté Da

The Twin Cities actress revisits the famous play, opening Saturday at Theater Latté Da.
New play takes over St. Paul Saints stadium, putting audience in middle of action

New play takes over St. Paul Saints stadium, putting audience in middle of action

Racial and immigration issues are in play in a baseball-themed drama at the Saints stadium.
Guthrie's 2017-18 season will feature a play by 'Walking Dead' star Danai Gurira

Guthrie's 2017-18 season will feature a play by 'Walking Dead' star Danai Gurira

The Guthrie Theater announced a 2017-18 season Thursday mixing old and new plays that speak to social unease, truth-telling and moral courage in the face of fear.
Guthrie delivers historical gut punch with Jackie Sibblies Drury's 'Proud to Present'

Guthrie delivers historical gut punch with Jackie Sibblies Drury's 'Proud to Present'

"Proud to Present" holds a mirror to our troubled past.
Obituary: Warren Frost was 'Twin Peaks' doc, plus a mentor to Twin Cities actors

Obituary: Warren Frost was 'Twin Peaks' doc, plus a mentor to Twin Cities actors

The 91-year-old Frost spent two decades in the Twin Cities, serving as artistic director of Chimera Theatre in St. Paul while working at such playhouses as Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Children's Theatre and the Guthrie.
Review: Joe Haj stages a 'Lear' for our times at the Guthrie

Review: Joe Haj stages a 'Lear' for our times at the Guthrie

Director Joseph Haj's first homegrown Shakespeare is simple and memorable.
Park Square's restaging of 'Nina Simone' rises on song

Park Square's restaging of 'Nina Simone' rises on song

REVIEW: Last year's Park Square hit returns with added music and a sharpened script.
CTC staging of Seuss' 'Sneetches' offers a pun-filled parable for our era

CTC staging of Seuss' 'Sneetches' offers a pun-filled parable for our era

Children's Theatre adaptation of Dr. Seuss' segregation-era tale offers some timely lessons.
Two kings, one role: Yoakam and Fuller double up as 'Lear' at Guthrie

Two kings, one role: Yoakam and Fuller double up as 'Lear' at Guthrie

Twin Cities actors Nathaniel Fuller and Stephen Yoakam share the role of a lifetime in the Guthrie's "King Lear." How are they making that work?
History Theatre play 'Highwaymen' shows how a St. Paul neighborhood paid the price of progress

History Theatre play 'Highwaymen' shows how a St. Paul neighborhood paid the price of progress

"The Highwaymen" details the human cost of building I-94 through a St. Paul neighborhood.

Theater Latté Da's 'Peter and the Starcatcher' offers magic straight on till morning

The fanciful Peter Pan origin story gets a fun staging by Theater Latté Da.
Review: 'Black Light' at Penumbra offers a way out of darkness

Review: 'Black Light' at Penumbra offers a way out of darkness

REVIEW: Jomama Jones kicks off Penumbra fest with music and stories of healing.
An inventive immigrants' journey to 'Promise Land' at Guthrie

An inventive immigrants' journey to 'Promise Land' at Guthrie

REVIEW: With delicacy and subtle feeling, "Promise Land" illustrates the basic but lofty dreams that immigrants carry as they give up their homelands for a new life.
The puck stops at Children's Theatre: Hockey musical will open its next season

The puck stops at Children's Theatre: Hockey musical will open its next season

Hockey musical to join Dr. Seuss show and "Corduroy" in new season.
Review: 'La Mélancolie des Dragons' at the Walker

Review: 'La Mélancolie des Dragons' at the Walker

The final show in Walker's Out There series pokes gentle fun at consumerism and the performance-art world.
Startling Walker show explores women's search for peace in a troubled world

Startling Walker show explores women's search for peace in a troubled world

Okwui Okpokwasili brings all her gifts to "Poor People's TV Room," a piece she created with commissioning help from the Walker.
Want to see 'Hamilton' here? First comes a lot of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Want to see 'Hamilton' here? First comes a lot of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Subscribers for the full 2017-18 Twin Cities Broadway season will get first dibs on tickets to the 2018-19 presentation of "Hamilton."
Review: Seinfeld did not miss at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

Review: Seinfeld did not miss at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

The 62-year-old master comic and keen observer of human foibles, got something of a workout onstage Friday.
For Twin Cities troupe Mu, 'Flower Drum Song' will be a celebration

For Twin Cities troupe Mu, 'Flower Drum Song' will be a celebration

The theater troupe marks its anniversary with a piece of Asian-American history.
Tom Hoch to leave Hennepin theaters early; former General Mills exec named interim boss

Tom Hoch to leave Hennepin theaters early; former General Mills exec named interim boss

Former General Mills exec to replace CEO Tom Hoch on interim basis.
Twin Cities actor and director Richard Iglewski dies at 61

Twin Cities actor and director Richard Iglewski dies at 61

The versatile actor, who died at 61, was known for dozens of roles at the Guthrie and elsewhere.
Review: Whitney Houston's spirit haunts 'Bodyguard' musical now playing Minneapolis

Review: Whitney Houston's spirit haunts 'Bodyguard' musical now playing Minneapolis

But R&B star Deborah Cox does the diva proud in a touring show at Orpheum.
Fit for a queen: How the star of Chanhassen's 'Camelot' stays in shape

Fit for a queen: How the star of Chanhassen's 'Camelot' stays in shape

Theater can be a marathon, so "Camelot" star Helen Anker works out to stay sharp.
'She charged the air around her': Remembering Twin Cities theater artist Laurie Carlos

'She charged the air around her': Remembering Twin Cities theater artist Laurie Carlos

APPRECIATION: The late Laurie Carlos was revered for her stage work, but her biggest legacy may be the voices she encouraged.
Andrew Schneider plays with space and time in 'Youarenowhere' at Walker

Andrew Schneider plays with space and time in 'Youarenowhere' at Walker

Walker Art Center opens its Out There series with a disruptive show inspired by quantum physics.
'Disgraced' topped a season to savor on Twin Cities stages

'Disgraced' topped a season to savor on Twin Cities stages

2016 served up muscular, resonant, well-crafted theater.
Dark and Stormy's 'Norwegians' mines stereotypes and irony for laughs

Dark and Stormy's 'Norwegians' mines stereotypes and irony for laughs

The comedy is both a sendup and a tribute to the hardy settlers of Minnesota.
Ordway Center to stage Miranda's 'In the Heights' as it refocuses on original productions

Ordway Center to stage Miranda's 'In the Heights' as it refocuses on original productions

The Ordway 2017 musical-theater slate announced Thursday sends a clear message: The St. Paul venue generally won't compete for touring Broadway shows.
Joseph Haj's first season leading Guthrie is a hit

Joseph Haj's first season leading Guthrie is a hit

The people have spoken. Joseph Haj's first year at the helm of the Guthrie Theater is a hit.
Twin Cities actor Luverne Seifert kills them with kindness

Twin Cities actor Luverne Seifert kills them with kindness

A master of nastiness on stage, actor Luverne Seifert is nothing but a pussycat in real life.
A new star is born in Penumbra's 'Black Nativity' as understudy PaviElle French steps up

A new star is born in Penumbra's 'Black Nativity' as understudy PaviElle French steps up

Understudy PaviElle French stepped into a lead role in Penumbra's annual holiday show.
Tony-winning 'Curious Incident' has bracing opening in Minneapolis

Tony-winning 'Curious Incident' has bracing opening in Minneapolis

REVIEW: The Broadway tour, which touched down Tuesday in Minneapolis for a weeklong run at the Orpheum Theatre, retains the luster of the original Tony-winning production.
Guthrie's 'Lion in Winter' savors a no-love-lost royal family

Guthrie's 'Lion in Winter' savors a no-love-lost royal family

REVIEW: James Goldman's play savors dysfunction as royals tear into each other.
Now here's a genuine 'Curious Incident': Meet the other Felicity Jones

Now here's a genuine 'Curious Incident': Meet the other Felicity Jones

The Twin Cities-bred stage veteran — no, not the budding film star — returns with the Broadway tour of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."
'Homeland' star Laila Robins returns to her home stage: The Guthrie

'Homeland' star Laila Robins returns to her home stage: The Guthrie

Actor Laila Robins returns to the theater that inspired her dreams as the Guthrie opens "The Lion in Winter" this week.
Brave New Workshop spoofs holiday traditions in 'What the Elf'

Brave New Workshop spoofs holiday traditions in 'What the Elf'

Workshop roasts chestnuts old and new.
Judge bars Mixed Blood Theatre's claim against Prince estate

Judge bars Mixed Blood Theatre's claim against Prince estate

The Minneapolis theater, which took a financial hit when a benefit at Paisley Park was canceled, still hopes for a settlement of its $348,000 dispute.
Girl with autism searches for the perfect orange in Mixed Blood Theatre's trippy new play

Girl with autism searches for the perfect orange in Mixed Blood Theatre's trippy new play

REVIEW: Aditi Brennan Kapil takes us inside the mind of a teenage girl on the autism spectrum in the coming-of-age play "Orange."
Minnesota Orchestra conductor Skrowaczewski in stable condition after stroke

Minnesota Orchestra conductor Skrowaczewski in stable condition after stroke

The conductor, 93, who led the Minnesota Orchestra, is recovering after surgery.
Review: Children's Theatre revival of 'Cinderella' offers humor and sweet romance

Review: Children's Theatre revival of 'Cinderella' offers humor and sweet romance

REVIEW: Leave it to director Peter Brosius and his team at Children's Theatre Company to find new ways to make "Cinderella" fresh and winning.
How do parents let go of a child? So asks 'The Oldest Boy' at Jungle in Minneapolis

How do parents let go of a child? So asks 'The Oldest Boy' at Jungle in Minneapolis

Small gestures convey sizable questions in Sarah Ruhl's play "The Oldest Boy" at the Jungle.
'Orange' is the new Kapil: Playwright presents latest work at Mixed Blood

'Orange' is the new Kapil: Playwright presents latest work at Mixed Blood

Busy playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil prepares for her seventh premiere at Mixed Blood in Minneapolis while shuttling from coast to coast.
Colson Whitehead on new novel: 'It's not just about slavery; it's about oppression'

Colson Whitehead on new novel: 'It's not just about slavery; it's about oppression'

Novelist Colson Whitehead aims to change our heads with "The Underground Railroad."
Twin Cities puppet master Masanari Kawahara investigates mysteries of life

Twin Cities puppet master Masanari Kawahara investigates mysteries of life

Theater artist Masanari Kawahara brings light and soulfulness to inanimate objects.
Bill Conner, who steered Ordway and CTC through crisis, dies at 64

Bill Conner, who steered Ordway and CTC through crisis, dies at 64

Theater leader Bill Conner was instrumental in expanding Broadway tours in the Twin Cities and steadying the Children’s Theatre after its 1980s sex-abuse scandal. “Bill…
Review: 'Aunt Raini' asks big questions about art and Nazis

Review: 'Aunt Raini' asks big questions about art and Nazis

Minnesota Jewish Theatre's "Aunt Raini" explores the legacy of German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl.
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