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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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Guthrie Theater offers a refreshed, ringing 'Christmas Carol'

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…
'Sister Act' has a rapturous second coming 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.
Children's Theatre rekindles its Dr. Seuss connection with 'Grinch'

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

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

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

"Finding Neverland" tour tries hard to entertain.
Talking Volumes guest Jacqueline Woodson grew up in 'Another Brooklyn'

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

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

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

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

Penumbra explores interracial romance in the superb "Wedding Band."
'Hamlet' star is the fast-rising prince of Twin Cities theater

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

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

With powerful performances, "Electra" epitomizes what sets Ten Thousand Things apart.
Guthrie Theater's 'Watch on the Rhine' issues a clarion call for moral clarity

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.
Financial analysis shows steep debt, revenue dropoff for Intermedia Arts

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

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.
How the genie in 'Disney's Aladdin' at Orpheum had his own wish come true

How the genie in 'Disney's Aladdin' at Orpheum had his own wish come true

How the star of "Disney's Aladdin" at the Orpheum got the biggest role of his career.
Twin Cities theater stars shine at Ivey Awards

Twin Cities theater stars shine at Ivey Awards

The Twin Cities theater community gathered Monday for the 13th Ivey Awards, a spirited shindig that some liken to a "theater prom."
Intermedia Arts slashes staff and may sell its Minneapolis site

Intermedia Arts slashes staff and may sell its Minneapolis site

A financial crisis has forced a "freeze" of operations at Intermedia Arts, the kinetic Minneapolis theater and gallery that has been a mainstay of the arts community for 44 years.
'Henry & Alice' rekindle laughs, if not romance, in Park Square's season opener

'Henry & Alice' rekindle laughs, if not romance, in Park Square's season opener

REVIEW: Comedic couple "Henry and Alice" return in Park Square's season opener.
Ivey Award caps a life in theater for founder Michelle Hensley

Ivey Award caps a life in theater for founder Michelle Hensley

Michelle Hensley of Ten Thousand Things honored at Monday's bash in Minneapolis.
Guthrie hosts regional premiere of 'Mala' about caring for ailing parent

Guthrie hosts regional premiere of 'Mala' about caring for ailing parent

Guthrie presents Melinda Lopez's solo show about caring for an ailing parent.
Pillsbury House Theatre's '[Almost Equal To]' illustrates economic insecurity

Pillsbury House Theatre's '[Almost Equal To]' illustrates economic insecurity

REVIEW: Regional premiere of Swedish playwright's "[Almost Equal To]" at Pillsbury House taps into global financial insecurity.
'Disney's Aladdin' launches Broadway season in Mpls. with verve and pizazz

'Disney's Aladdin' launches Broadway season in Mpls. with verve and pizazz

REVIEW: "Disney's Aladdin" opened the Broadway season in Minneapolis with flash and pizazz.
New CTC musical 'Abominables' blows whistle, sweetly, on youth sports

New CTC musical 'Abominables' blows whistle, sweetly, on youth sports

REVIEW: Children's Theatre's made-in-Minnesota hockey musical offers insights and humor.
Guthrie Theater's 'Romeo and Juliet' is lusty, modern and free-spirited

Guthrie Theater's 'Romeo and Juliet' is lusty, modern and free-spirited

Joseph Haj elaborates on his approach to Shakespeare with a lusty production of the classic.
Composer and lyricist of new CTC play, Obie-winner Michael Friedman dies at 41

Composer and lyricist of new CTC play, Obie-winner Michael Friedman dies at 41

His death came days before "The Abominables" opened.
Obituary: Angus Wurtele, arts donor and former CEO of Valspar

Obituary: Angus Wurtele, arts donor and former CEO of Valspar

Angus and Margaret Wurtele gave generously to the Walker Art Center and Guthrie Theater.
After years as a thug, Twin Cities actor finally gets to play the romantic lead

After years as a thug, Twin Cities actor finally gets to play the romantic lead

James Rodríguez finally plays the romantic lead after a decade of "thuggishly scary" roles.
Former Minnesota Orchestra chair Nicky Carpenter, 82, put faith into practice

Former Minnesota Orchestra chair Nicky Carpenter, 82, put faith into practice

Board chair from 1990 to 1995, she was instrumental in solving a budget crisis, strengthening the orchestra's endowment and hiring Eiji Oue.
Theater legend Annette Garceau, 103, was the final living member of Guthrie's founding team

Theater legend Annette Garceau, 103, was the final living member of Guthrie's founding team

The English-born dressmaker built costumes for nearly 40 years at the Guthrie and helped establish the theater's high standards.
Jazz is a path to salvation for manic DJ in Guthrie's 'Holler Sessions'

Jazz is a path to salvation for manic DJ in Guthrie's 'Holler Sessions'

REVIEW: In a Guthrie solo show, a DJ preaches the sacred sounds that move him.
New boss of Minnesota Fringe Fest seems comfortable in hot seat

New boss of Minnesota Fringe Fest seems comfortable in hot seat

Formerly boss of the icebound Art Shanty Projects, Dawn Bentley talked about her shift to a job focused on the dog days of summer.
Controversial pedophilia-themed show back in Minnesota Fringe Festival

Controversial pedophilia-themed show back in Minnesota Fringe Festival

Festival officials say the show was billed to them simply as "Sean Neely."
Review: Guthrie's 'Native Gardens' is the best stage comedy of the summer

Review: Guthrie's 'Native Gardens' is the best stage comedy of the summer

Guthrie staging of "Native Gardens" is the summer's comedy winner.

Brave New Workshop's 'Guardians of the Fallacy' takes aim at Trumpworld

REVIEW: Its latest sketch-comedy revue aims zingers at Washington.
African 'Purple Rain' kicks off a globe-spanning season at Walker Art Center

African 'Purple Rain' kicks off a globe-spanning season at Walker Art Center

Performing-arts lineup for 2017-18 features artists from four continents.
Blackout Improv troupe shows sparks of genius in New Griots Festival at Guthrie

Blackout Improv troupe shows sparks of genius in New Griots Festival at Guthrie

The 10-day event reflects a renaissance of talented young black performers.

Girl Friday Productions does admirable job with simplistic 1936 play 'Idiot's Delight'

REVIEW: Reviewing a 1986 revival of "Idiot's Delight," New York Times critic Frank Rich called the play a "clumsy" "theatrical antique." It hasn't gotten better.
Every two years she puts on a big show – meet Twin Cities theater impresario Kirby Bennett

Every two years she puts on a big show – meet Twin Cities theater impresario Kirby Bennett

That's how often Kirby Bennett puts on a big show. This summer she unearths the 1930s classic "Idiot's Delight."
Guthrie Theater's 'Sunday in the Park' is an elegant stroll with art and heart

Guthrie Theater's 'Sunday in the Park' is an elegant stroll with art and heart

Review: Sondheim musical "Sunday in the Park With George" is a beaut at the Guthrie.
Faces on Minnesota stages are becoming more diverse — but hardly 'colorblind'

Faces on Minnesota stages are becoming more diverse — but hardly 'colorblind'

Actors on Twin Cities stages increasingly reflect the diversity of their audiences. But they're hardly "colorblind."
NY stars of Guthrie's 'Sunday in the Park' make a home in Twin Cities

NY stars of Guthrie's 'Sunday in the Park' make a home in Twin Cities

Two N.Y. actors make a temporary home here to play "Sunday in the Park With George."
'An American in Paris' offers old-fashioned charms at Ordway

'An American in Paris' offers old-fashioned charms at Ordway

REVIEW: Fueled by graceful dance and Gershwin melodies, the stage reincarnation of the Gene Kelly musical is a vehicle for romance.
Minnesota rocker Chris Koza takes it to the next stage with Jungle Theater musical

Minnesota rocker Chris Koza takes it to the next stage with Jungle Theater musical

Acclaimed singer-songwriter makes his Twin Cities theater debut in the Jungle musical "Fly by Night."
'Rent' revival rocks Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

'Rent' revival rocks Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

Energetic revival proves that the landmark 1996 musical is still resonant, even if sometimes quaint.
Review: One actress conjures an entire world in the solo show 'Pike St.'

Review: One actress conjures an entire world in the solo show 'Pike St.'

Writer/actor Nilaja Sun delivers a bevy of colorful characters in this tour de force solo show.
Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' '365 Days/365 Plays' remixed in Twin Cities by new company Full Circle Theater

Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' '365 Days/365 Plays' remixed in Twin Cities by new company Full Circle Theater

Review: Full Circle Theater makes something of a splash with a "remix" of the Pulitzer Prize winner's playlets.
Flint Hills Children's Festival offers 'a smorgasbord of fun'

Flint Hills Children's Festival offers 'a smorgasbord of fun'

A preview of what's in store this weekend as the Flint Hills Children's Festival blooms in St. Paul.
New troupe debuts with a boy's bloody coming of age in 'Robin Hood'

New troupe debuts with a boy's bloody coming of age in 'Robin Hood'

REVIEW: "The Boy and Robin Hood" marks the successful debut of Trademark Theater.
'Amy's View' at Park Square is all talk and little drama

'Amy's View' at Park Square is all talk and little drama

Without a high-voltage star, David Hare's wordy, half-baked play is a tough slog at Park Square.
'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."
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