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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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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.
Uber actor James Craven transports people, onstage and in his car

Uber actor James Craven transports people, onstage and in his car

"As actors, we're in the business of transporting people," says the star of "Jitney," who spends his days ferrying passengers.
Race issues taking center stage at Twin Cities theaters

Race issues taking center stage at Twin Cities theaters

At major theaters across the Twin Cities, one delicate subject is suddenly at center stage: Race. No fewer than 16 shows this fall are addressing…
This sexy 'Cabaret' revival was worth the wait

This sexy 'Cabaret' revival was worth the wait

The classic Kander and Ebb musical returns in an electric, sexy, Tony-winning revival.
Sage Awards honor Twin Cities dance

Sage Awards honor Twin Cities dance

Performers Christine Maginnis and Judith Howard among winners.

SPCO leader, Mexican dance troupe win Sally Awards

Kyu-Young Kim, the respected violinist who became artistic director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in January, has another feather in his cap. Kim has…
August Wilson's 'Jitney' gets a smooth, sublime production at Penumbra

August Wilson's 'Jitney' gets a smooth, sublime production at Penumbra

REVIEW: Lou Bellamy returns to a landmark play in a superb staging for Penumbra.
Chanhassen's 'Camelot' a fairy tale for troubled times

Chanhassen's 'Camelot' a fairy tale for troubled times

REVIEW: Michael Brindisi's staging is an apt reminder of the resilience of human ideals.
Powerful 'Parchman Hour' at the Guthrie tells story of Freedom Riders

Powerful 'Parchman Hour' at the Guthrie tells story of Freedom Riders

REVIEW: Show connects 1960s civil rights fight to contemporary struggles.
How Mpls.-based Playwrights' Center gets U.S. theaters to stage new works

How Mpls.-based Playwrights' Center gets U.S. theaters to stage new works

Minneapolis-based Playwrights' Center has made itself a connector for playwrights and theaters nationwide.
Hennepin theater boss, Minneapolis booster Tom Hoch is stepping down

Hennepin theater boss, Minneapolis booster Tom Hoch is stepping down

The man who helped save three historic theaters and create the Bob Dylan mural will leave sometime next year.
Another era when black lives mattered gives birth to Guthrie show

Another era when black lives mattered gives birth to Guthrie show

The Guthrie's "Parchman Hour" hopes to inspire a new generation with songs and tales of civil rights.
Review: 'Barbecue' at Mixed Blood is a problematic stew

Review: 'Barbecue' at Mixed Blood is a problematic stew

Play at Mixed Blood sets out to skewer stereotypes, even as it reinforces them.
Review: Naomi Iizuka's 'The Last Firefly' shines a big light in Children's Theatre premiere

Review: Naomi Iizuka's 'The Last Firefly' shines a big light in Children's Theatre premiere

Naomi Iizuka's new play opens in a taut, 70-minute tour-de-force premiere at the Children's Theatre.
Children's Theatre's epic 'Last Firefly' literally was born in the playwright's belly

Children's Theatre's epic 'Last Firefly' literally was born in the playwright's belly

When playwright Naomi Iizuka was pregnant, she spoke constantly to the boy kicking and growing inside her, telling him stories that drew on her Japanese and Latina heritage. A decade later, she has shaped some of those tales into an 80-minute epic.
Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk' fails to take flight at Target Center

Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk' fails to take flight at Target Center

REVIEW: Cirque du Soleil's retelling of "Avatar" lands like a dud at Target Center. There's a lot of eye candy, but ultimately the production fails to soar.
'The Children' is a must-see show at Pillsbury House Theatre

'The Children' is a must-see show at Pillsbury House Theatre

REVIEW: Director Noël Raymond proves herself up to the task in an exquisite production that opened last weekend at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis.
Election season means it's the right time for 'Ragtime'

Election season means it's the right time for 'Ragtime'

American dreams and despair mingle in the musical, getting a revival by Theatre Latté Da.
Review: 'Elephant & Piggie' struggles to connect

Review: 'Elephant & Piggie' struggles to connect

CTC season opener "Elephant & Piggie" comes off as an experiment that doesn't click until the end.
Ivey Awards honor 'Oz,' 'Switch' and 'Glensheen' for excellence

Ivey Awards honor 'Oz,' 'Switch' and 'Glensheen' for excellence

The Twin Cities theater scene turned the spotlight on itself Monday, celebrating its best and brightest at the annual Ivey Awards.
Greek tragedy gets a happy ending in 'The Children' at Pillsbury House

Greek tragedy gets a happy ending in 'The Children' at Pillsbury House

Playwright injects the classic bummer "Medea" with humor and hope.
Review: Mu Performing Arts' 'Two Kids' asks us not to judge

Review: Mu Performing Arts' 'Two Kids' asks us not to judge

Review: Mu Performing Arts offers a tough and touching production of Carla Ching's edgy play.
Review: In 'The Trump Show,' Mike Daisey takes on a political character, and his detractors

Review: In 'The Trump Show,' Mike Daisey takes on a political character, and his detractors

His performance, "The Trump Card," covers Donald and smug liberals.
Mu Performing Arts kicks off its 25th season with Carla Ching's 'The Two Kids That Blow S--- Up'

Mu Performing Arts kicks off its 25th season with Carla Ching's 'The Two Kids That Blow S--- Up'

TV scribe Carla Ching aims to rewrite a wrong in Mu Performing Arts' 25th season opener.
Actor sues Minn. Fringe Festival for refusing play about pedophile

Actor sues Minn. Fringe Festival for refusing play about pedophile

Sean Neely accuses the festival of "false advertising" because it claims to be nonjuried.
Minnesota sex abuse survivor finds healing in new play 'Trust'

Minnesota sex abuse survivor finds healing in new play 'Trust'

A new play opening this week in Minneapolis looks at clergy sex abuse from a victim's perspective.
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