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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.
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.
REVIEW: Director Noël Raymond proves herself up to the task in an exquisite production that opened last weekend at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis.
American dreams and despair mingle in the musical, getting a revival by Theatre Latté Da.
‘The Parchman Hour’ Mike Wiley’s play uses music, movement and ritual to illuminate the plight of Freedom Riders who were imprisoned in Mississippi’s Parchman Farm…
CTC season opener "Elephant & Piggie" comes off as an experiment that doesn't click until the end.
The Twin Cities theater scene turned the spotlight on itself Monday, celebrating its best and brightest at the annual Ivey Awards.
Playwright injects the classic bummer "Medea" with humor and hope.
Review: Mu Performing Arts offers a tough and touching production of Carla Ching's edgy play.
His performance, "The Trump Card," covers Donald and smug liberals.
TV scribe Carla Ching aims to rewrite a wrong in Mu Performing Arts' 25th season opener.
Sean Neely accuses the festival of "false advertising" because it claims to be nonjuried.
A new play opening this week in Minneapolis looks at clergy sex abuse from a victim's perspective.
The producers threw out Alan Jay Lerner's book, kept the songs by composer Frederick Loewe and lyricist Lerner, and enlisted Marans to craft a new story that's exciting and relevant.
A 1950s musical by the "My Fair Lady" team of Lerner and Loewe gets a 21st-century remake.
"Disgraced" is the talk of the summer, generating earnest post-show conversations about Islamophobia.
By the time Ken Hiller was asked to narrate George Lucas’ “Star Wars” trilogy for National Public Radio in 1981, he had already voiced hundreds…
Low-sensory show, where effects such as strobe lights and shattering sounds will be modulated, caters to an autistic audience.
The story of "Pinocchio" has always had us by the nose. But director Greg Banks' version at the Children's Theatre plumbs some deeper, contemporary themes.
The eclectic roster includes nine commissioned works, three of them tied to a Cunningham exhibit opening in February.
REVIEW: The tour production is royally entertaining, with only a few stumbles along the way.
Zenon Dance fundraising letter cites crime, parking and construction as factors in tough times.
For Twin Cities theater artists, real-world events such as the Orlando massacre can change the way a scene is seen.
Review: Broadway tour of 'The Bridges of Madison County' comes up short at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre
REVIEW: The national tour of this Broadway musical, which landed Tuesday at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, is so feeble it needs more than an electric shock to give it life.
Jungle Theater's "Le Switch" offers a witty take on gay marriage.
The prolific Twin Cities artist is 2016 recipient of the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.
Fierce and driven, actress Sara Marsh has created a hot theater company – and a safe place to explore her own dark sensibilities.
Christina Ham's new play about race and violence puts pretty words to ugly truths.
Christina Ham builds her future as she digs into the nation's complicated racial past.
The theater's 40th anniversary season illustrates how Sarah Bellamy is reshaping its future.
The drama "Trouble in Mind" brings the first black woman to direct on a Guthrie main stage.
New Chan Poling musical "A Night in Olympus" gets rocking premiere.
Blockbuster stage musicals such as "The Book of Mormon" are not just money machines, but engines for downtown revival.
REVIEW: The Alan Menken musical that fell flat on Broadway opens in a peppy revival.
Morgan Thorson, Aparna Ramaswamy get $275,000 Doris Duke Awards.
"A Night in Olympus" premieres just as his star in the theater is rising.
Mixed Blood sheds light on the life of homeless transgender youths.
The theater field often is a lagging indicator of cultural changes, but "Charm" truly reflects the zeitgeist as a play about etiquette lessons for LGBT kids.
The production premiered Friday at the Children's Theatre.
Jasmine Hughes gives a performance to remember in Penumbra's gripping "Sunset Baby."
Children's Theatre banks on the "Wimpy Kid" franchise for a musical that might wind up on Broadway.
Mellon grant for theater's ninth-floor space will help underwrite $9 tickets.
The stage adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 film is an entertaining misfire.
Nautilus Music-Theater doesn't sacrifice charm in nontraditional production.
Ann Carlson's "Animal Dance" teaches kids how to be ready for anything.
REVIEW: Tony nominee Mary Bridget Davies rocks the Ordway as 1960s hero Janis Joplin.
The arts venue will close May 31 but plans a fall return in some form.
The venerable Twin Cities company cited a "do-or-die" financial crunch.
To a new generation, the late Nina Simone represents the sound of freedom.
"An American in Paris," "Hedwig" are among the Broadway shows.
REVIEW: Philosophical questions animate this touring show, which offers passion but is short on dramatic weight.
Years of bottled-up emotions are fueling a new wave of civil lawsuits — eight plaintiffs so far — over allegations involving the theater and former staff workers.
The venerable playhouse on Minneapolis' West Bank is being reconfigured into an immersive nightclub for another themed production.
REVIEW: Kate Guentzel goes full-throttle in Lou Bellamy's gripping production of Amiri Baraka's "Dutchman" at Penumbra.
The anthology of short pieces by Hispanic authors had its throbbing premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre.
With staging of a 1965 Adrienne Kennedy play, the St. Paul theater turns up the volume on a sadly underheard voice.
Young dance company Shapeshift will turn "Grey Skies Blue" at the Cowles.
REVIEW: Mia Chung's play "You for Me for You" is an inventive mashup that recalls "Alice in Wonderland."
REVIEW: It may seem dated in the reality TV age, but Ordway's "Chorus Line" is a potent history lesson.
The artist who grew up on stage with her family's Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company brings her acclaimed solo work back home.
Two former students at Children's Theatre Company filed suit Tuesday against the theater and its co-founder, John Clark Donahue.
World premiere, adapted from Ezra Jack Keats' books, uses evocative puppetry.
"Only One Sophie," theater founder Michael Robins' musical about his Jewish grandmother.
The St. Paul venue is drawing new – and more diverse – audiences while achieving harmony behind the scenes, too.
Twin Cities restaurateur is the target of a fourth lawsuit by a ex-student at Children's Theatre. This one does not name CTC.
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.
REVIEW: Vandalism takes the stage in the concluding show of Out There, which tackles big ideas in simple ways.
Our critics look for lessons and signals in the new artistic director's first staging at the Guthrie Theater.
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.
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 new play gets its regional premiere at Pillsbury House Theatre.
REVIEW: Out There's "Riding on a Cloud" orbits the aftermath of a violent catastrophe.
David Gonzalez is joined by two spirited musicians in his animated retelling of the Eastern European folk tale.
The words of David Foster Wallace are brought to the stage at Walker Art Center.
Jeanette Simmonds is fifth former student to file suit under new law.
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