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Rohan Preston

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Rohan Preston has interviewed Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Bill Cosby and other luminaries who have made him giddy as a kid on candy. He thanks his high-school English teacher for telling him that if he wanted to get into concerts and Broadway shows for free, he should either usher or become a critic.
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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.”
Review: 'Peter Pan,' stripped of stereotypes, flies at Children's Theatre

Review: 'Peter Pan,' stripped of stereotypes, flies at Children's Theatre

Twin Cities theater audiences are well aware of the commanding stage presence of Tyler Michaels, the Ivey Award-winning actor who has wowed audiences with a…
This 'Peter Pan' flies energetically at Children's Theatre

This 'Peter Pan' flies energetically at Children's Theatre

Twin Cities theater audiences are well aware of the commanding stage presence of Tyler Michaels, the Ivey Award-winning actor who has wowed audiences with a…
Lee Blessing's 'For the Loyal' premieres at Illusion Theater

Lee Blessing's 'For the Loyal' premieres at Illusion Theater

Playwright Lee Blessing is back in Minneapolis for the premiere of “For the Loyal,” inspired by the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
Review: 'Detroit '67' gets searing production at Penumbra

Review: 'Detroit '67' gets searing production at Penumbra

REVIEW: Love and dreams are seared by social unrest in Penumbra's production of Dominique Morisseau's poetic “Detroit '67.”
Playwrights win McKnight, Jerome fellowships

Playwrights win McKnight, Jerome fellowships

Harrison David Rivers and Carson Kreitzer awarded McKnight fellowships; Erik Ehn named McKnight national resident playwright.
'Detroit '67' writer Morisseau became a playwright by necessity

'Detroit '67' writer Morisseau became a playwright by necessity

Celebrated young writer Dominique Morisseau came to plays in a roundabout manner.
Theater review: 'Pussy Valley'

Theater review: 'Pussy Valley'

Celebrated playwright Katori Hall explores the lives of pole dancers in her new play at at Mixed Blood Theatre.
What's next for Guthrie Theater as it enters next stage?

What's next for Guthrie Theater as it enters next stage?

The Guthrie Theater is getting ready to transition from the venerable Joe Dowling to incoming leader Joe Haj. Theater leaders across the spectrum share their insights on what they hope to see from the Minneapolis institution.
Review: New play 'Pussy Valley' gets a bold production at Mixed Blood

Review: New play 'Pussy Valley' gets a bold production at Mixed Blood

Celebrated playwright Katori Hall explores the lives of pole dancers in her new play, which premiered Friday at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis.
Linda Kelsey is a quicksilver powerhouse in 'The Other Place'

Linda Kelsey is a quicksilver powerhouse in 'The Other Place'

“The Other Place” is the right vehicle for powerhouse actor Linda Kelsey.
'Pussy Valley' readies for its premiere at Mixed Blood

'Pussy Valley' readies for its premiere at Mixed Blood

In a premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre, a daring new work by celebrated playwright Katori Hall looks at pole dancing.
'Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,' bows in Minneapolis

'Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,' bows in Minneapolis

The question at the center of Anne Washburn’s provocative play “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” is what do we carry with us when the world as we know it comes to an apocalyptic end?
Review: Guthrie's 'Mr. Burns' is legitimate the-a-ter

Review: Guthrie's 'Mr. Burns' is legitimate the-a-ter

"Simpsons"-inspired production deliver big laughs, ideas.
On top of the 'World' with director John Command

On top of the 'World' with director John Command

“And the World Goes 'Round” director John Command on Kander and Ebb and more.
Myron Johnson inches back into the light

Myron Johnson inches back into the light

Myron Johnson suffered a personal crisis that saw him hospitalized and his company, Ballet of the Dolls, go on hiatus.
'Annie' revival hits the right notes at the Orpheum

'Annie' revival hits the right notes at the Orpheum

REVIEW: Director and lyricist Martin Charnin's 20th production of the iconic musical "Annie," which opened Tuesday at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, manifests his intimacy with, and mastery of, the show.
Steven Dietz's 'Shooting Star' bows at Park Square Theatre

Steven Dietz's 'Shooting Star' bows at Park Square Theatre

Steven Dietz's “Shooting Star,” which opens Friday in St. Paul, plumbs the emotions of the road not taken.
'The Illusionists' comes from Broadway to the Ordway

'The Illusionists' comes from Broadway to the Ordway

Review: “The Illusionists” trick the eye, amuse and provoke tension at the Ordway.
'The Nature Crown' has its inventive premiere at the Guthrie

'The Nature Crown' has its inventive premiere at the Guthrie

Theatre Forever’s “The Nature Crown” premiered at the Guthrie with oodles of charm.
Broadway star Bernadette Peters will sing Sondheim at Ordway

Broadway star Bernadette Peters will sing Sondheim at Ordway

Bernadette Peters talks about her career ahead of her trip to the Twin Cities.
Italian escapologist talks about his life, near-death experiences

Italian escapologist talks about his life, near-death experiences

Italian escapologist Andrew Basso, who has toured the world as part of “The Illusionists” and will perform at the Ordway starting this week, talks about his life, near-death experiences and the meaning of magic.
Thurgood Marshall was a storied man

Thurgood Marshall was a storied man

“Thurgood” is well-acted by James Craven, despite a weak script.
It's been a storied life for actor James Craven

It's been a storied life for actor James Craven

Actor James Craven came to theater almost accidentally, but it has become his true calling.
Park Square's 'The Color Purple' breaks box-office records

Park Square's 'The Color Purple' breaks box-office records

The monthlong musical drew a diverse audience.
Jasmine Guy brings her Harlem renaissance show to the Twin Cities

Jasmine Guy brings her Harlem renaissance show to the Twin Cities

The star of TV's “A Different World” talks about her life, career and Harlem Renaissance-themed show, “Raisin' Cain.”
Ordway ushers in its new concert hall with glittering gala

Ordway ushers in its new concert hall with glittering gala

St. Paul’s “world-class” 1,100-seat concert hall opened to high praise Saturday with a gala and inaugural concert by local arts partners.
Gender gets a gander in 'Hir,' other shows opening in Twin Cities

Gender gets a gander in 'Hir,' other shows opening in Twin Cities

Shows such as “Hir,” “Girls Only” and “Other Desert Cities” open on Twin Cities stages in one frenetic weekend.

Ordway expands its own production program with American classics

The St. Paul venue will produce three classics in a season that begins in August.
Family saga, passion fuel new Guthrie director

Family saga, passion fuel new Guthrie director

Joseph Haj is nationally respected as a transformative leader with a zeal for inclusivity and knitting theater into the community.
'Wimpy Kid,' 'Akeelah' top Children's Theatre's 2015-16 season

'Wimpy Kid,' 'Akeelah' top Children's Theatre's 2015-16 season

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Akeelah and the Bee” are among shows eyed for transfers to other cities.
Guthrie zeroes in on a replacement for Joe Dowling

Guthrie zeroes in on a replacement for Joe Dowling

The Guthrie Theater has identified a successor to Joe Dowling, who will retire June 30 after leading one of Minnesota’s cultural cornerstones for 20 years. An announcement is expected “before March.”
OWN star Crystal Fox returns to Penumbra

OWN star Crystal Fox returns to Penumbra

Crystal Fox of TV's “Haves and the Have Nots” will headline “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.”
Smorgasbord of shows opens on Twin Cities stages

Smorgasbord of shows opens on Twin Cities stages

You can’t swing an umbrella without hitting a Playbill this weekend. Here are some of the shows opening on Twin Cities stages.
'Motown' director to stage 'Akeelah and the Bee,' with Children’s Theatre premiere

'Motown' director to stage 'Akeelah and the Bee,' with Children’s Theatre premiere

Celebrated Broadway director Charles Randolph-Wright (“Motown the Musical”) has been tapped to stage the theater adaptation of Doug Atchison’s 2006 film, “Akeelah and the Bee.”…
Loads of plays open in the Twin Cities

Loads of plays open in the Twin Cities

You can’t swing an umbrella without hitting a Playbill this weekend.
North Minneapolis congregation welcomes new pastor

North Minneapolis congregation welcomes new pastor

Twin Cities arranger and composer Sanford Moore played the piano while conductor Yolande Bruce led the choir in an especially spirited service on Sunday, Jan.…
Southern Theater kicks off Nextflix-style program with two new plays

Southern Theater kicks off Nextflix-style program with two new plays

The Southern Theater hopes to revive itself by letting subscribers pay $18 a month to see two to four new shows — from 15 companies.
Silent stage show 'Snowflake' bows at Children's Theatre

Silent stage show 'Snowflake' bows at Children's Theatre

Master clown and physical comedian Gale LaJoye brings his tender, world-toured show to the theater where it was born 25 years ago.
How to improve the theater scene in 2015

How to improve the theater scene in 2015

We should draw audiences with a worldly festival and help artists financially.
A wishlist for Twin Cities theater in 2015

A wishlist for Twin Cities theater in 2015

Commentary: We should draw audiences with a worldly festival and help artists financially.
Holiday leftovers? Strong shows continue to draw audiences

Holiday leftovers? Strong shows continue to draw audiences

Shows such as “Motown,” “A Christmas Story” and “Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas” continue to draw audiences as the holiday season winds down.
Theater: Exploring how Americans are trying to get along

Theater: Exploring how Americans are trying to get along

Twin Cities theater companies in 2014 offered works that made this a banner year for diverse excellence.
'Motown the Musical' jogs memories and creates new ones

'Motown the Musical' jogs memories and creates new ones

Review: Smooth Broadway show transcends the jukebox musical.
'Motown: The Musical' opens at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis

'Motown: The Musical' opens at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis

The Broadway show “Motown: The Musical” celebrates a record label that united Americans across racial divides.
Big-budget production of 'A Christmas Story' goes up at Ordway

Big-budget production of 'A Christmas Story' goes up at Ordway

When “A Christmas Story” opens Friday at Ordway Center in St. Paul, with little Ralphie trying his hardest to get a toy gun from Santa, it won’t be just another big production on the roster of Broadway tours.
Kenneth H. Washington, Guthrie guru who taught and mentored actors, dies

Kenneth H. Washington, Guthrie guru who taught and mentored actors, dies

From Utah to New York to the Guthrie, he helped guide acting careers. He was 68.
'White Christmas' opens in Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre

'White Christmas' opens in Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre

The production is like a giant Christmas card come to life
'White Christmas' performer dances her way home

'White Christmas' performer dances her way home

“Irving Berlin's White Christmas” brings dancer Maria Briggs back to Minneapolis.
Wayzata native teaches 'Grinch' to dance

Wayzata native teaches 'Grinch' to dance

Wayzata native Wendy Seyb pushed pause on her New York career to inject color and heat into CTC's holiday show.
'Relics' premieres at Guthrie Theater

'Relics' premieres at Guthrie Theater

The creators of “Relics” wondered what today would look like when viewed from the future.
Shá Cage tackles high-tech warfare in 'Grounded'

Shá Cage tackles high-tech warfare in 'Grounded'

Shá Cage bears the weight of a drone pilot's complex ethical and moral issues in the solo show “Grounded.”
Longtime Jerome Foundation president to step down

Longtime Jerome Foundation president to step down

Cynthia Gehrig grew the foundation’s endowment and invested early in artists with promise.
Ex-model brings prison tale 'Peculiar Patriot' to Penumbra

Ex-model brings prison tale 'Peculiar Patriot' to Penumbra

Liza Jessie Peterson modeled before becoming an actor and writer. She will perform her prison drama “The Peculiar Patriot” at Penumbra.
Ritz Theater looks at life without Ballet of the Dolls

Ritz Theater looks at life without Ballet of the Dolls

Officials says that despite lingering debt at the northeast Minneapolis theater, other bookings are coming in and “things are looking up.”
Macalester's Marlon James writes Jamaican epic

Macalester's Marlon James writes Jamaican epic

The writer, who lives in Minneapolis and teaches at Macalester, is the toast of fall for his sweeping tale of politics, violence and reggae superstar Bob Marley.
Busy theater weekend: '33 Variations,' 'On the Way to Timbuktu,' 'New Jerusalem,' '1984'

Busy theater weekend: '33 Variations,' 'On the Way to Timbuktu,' 'New Jerusalem,' '1984'

A busy weekend in theater includes an area premiere of “On the Way to Timbuktu,” a work about the philosopher Spinoza and an adaptation of that feel-good novel, “1984.”
'Nice Work' takes a delightful bow in the Twin Cities

'Nice Work' takes a delightful bow in the Twin Cities

REVIEW: Jazz Age meets Gershwin tunes and bootleggers in the fun-and-glitzymusical “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
It's kickoff time for gridiron drama 'Colossal'

It's kickoff time for gridiron drama 'Colossal'

Mixed Blood tackles a new play about the excesses, demands and contradictions of football — with four quarters and halftime.
Solo shows take over two stages

Solo shows take over two stages

Sonja Parks and Jeffrey Hatcher on two very different solo shows that open this weekend.
Twin Cities theater producer underwrites quality

Twin Cities theater producer underwrites quality

Quietly, Frances Wilkinson uses her astute eye, impeccable taste – and her checkbook – to bring groundbreaking plays to the Twin Cities.
Ralph Lemon unveils new work at Walker Art Center

Ralph Lemon unveils new work at Walker Art Center

He uses art, music, movement – and erotica – to explore female icons.
Michael Koerner charts long career in charming music for theater

Michael Koerner charts long career in charming music for theater

Michael Koerner uses music to tell stories that amuse and transport theater audiences. If he has a specialty, file it under whimsy, magic, comedy. His latest work, “Busytown The Musical,” opens Friday in Minneapolis.
Remembered glories, in 'The New Electric Ballroom'

Remembered glories, in 'The New Electric Ballroom'

REVIEW: Wendy Knox of Frank Theatre stages another strangely engrossing play by Enda Walsh.
Theater: Kate Wetherhead makes it on her own

Theater: Kate Wetherhead makes it on her own

A new Web series has made Kate Wetherhead, who stars in the Guthrie’s fall production of “The Heidi Chronicles,” an underground celebrity in her business. Plus fall theater picks.
'Marcus,' final play in Tarell McCraney's trilogy, opens at Guthrie

'Marcus,' final play in Tarell McCraney's trilogy, opens at Guthrie

“Genius” writer’s Brother/Sister plays have unspooled at the Guthrie as a multiyear epic.
Programming announced for Ordway Center's new concert hall

Programming announced for Ordway Center's new concert hall

The 1,100-seat venue will host more than a dozen concerts in its opening month, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, indie singer-songwriter Haley Bonar and Broadway songstress Bernadette Peters.
Brave New Workshop to expand in downtown Minneapolis

Brave New Workshop to expand in downtown Minneapolis

Improv comedy troupe to purchase former Teener building on Hennepin Avenue for its school and offices.
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