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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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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.
Review: 'Paint Your Wagon' gets a polished reboot at Ordway

Review: 'Paint Your Wagon' gets a polished reboot at Ordway

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.
'Paint Your Wagon' gets a fresh topcoat as it opens at Ordway Center

'Paint Your Wagon' gets a fresh topcoat as it opens at Ordway Center

A 1950s musical by the "My Fair Lady" team of Lerner and Loewe gets a 21st-century remake.
Guthrie's 'Disgraced' gets audiences to discuss Muslim-American divide

Guthrie's 'Disgraced' gets audiences to discuss Muslim-American divide

"Disgraced" is the talk of the summer, generating earnest post-show conversations about Islamophobia.
Obituary: Ken Hiller was the warm, inviting voice of radio's 'Star Wars' and much more

Obituary: Ken Hiller was the warm, inviting voice of radio's 'Star Wars' and much more

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…
Sensory-friendly production of 'Lion King' tempers the roar

Sensory-friendly production of 'Lion King' tempers the roar

Low-sensory show, where effects such as strobe lights and shattering sounds will be modulated, caters to an autistic audience.
Children's Theatre's 'Pinocchio' holds us by more than a nose

Children's Theatre's 'Pinocchio' holds us by more than a nose

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.
Merce Cunningham anchors an ambitious Walker Art Center 2016-17 season

Merce Cunningham anchors an ambitious Walker Art Center 2016-17 season

The eclectic roster includes nine commissioned works, three of them tied to a Cunningham exhibit opening in February.
Touring 'Lion King' wears its crown well at Orpheum

Touring 'Lion King' wears its crown well at Orpheum

REVIEW: The tour production is royally entertaining, with only a few stumbles along the way.
Downtown Mpls. 'hostile to the arts,' says dance company founder

Downtown Mpls. 'hostile to the arts,' says dance company founder

Zenon Dance fundraising letter cites crime, parking and construction as factors in tough times.
With shootings in news, how do Twin Cities theaters stage tragedy?

With shootings in news, how do Twin Cities theaters stage tragedy?

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: 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.
Review: Jungle Theater's 'Le Switch' is a crackling gay rom-com with philosophical depth

Review: Jungle Theater's 'Le Switch' is a crackling gay rom-com with philosophical depth

Jungle Theater's "Le Switch" offers a witty take on gay marriage.
'Sunny' composer Libby Larsen wins McKnight Distinguished Artist Award

'Sunny' composer Libby Larsen wins McKnight Distinguished Artist Award

The prolific Twin Cities artist is 2016 recipient of the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.
Actress and theater founder Sara Marsh is a true drama queen

Actress and theater founder Sara Marsh is a true drama queen

Fierce and driven, actress Sara Marsh has created a hot theater company – and a safe place to explore her own dark sensibilities.
Visceral 'Scapegoat' premieres in Minneapolis

Visceral 'Scapegoat' premieres in Minneapolis

Christina Ham's new play about race and violence puts pretty words to ugly truths.
Prolific Minnesota playwright confronts nation's troubled racial past

Prolific Minnesota playwright confronts nation's troubled racial past

Christina Ham builds her future as she digs into the nation's complicated racial past.
How Penumbra's father-daughter team is reshaping St. Paul theater

How Penumbra's father-daughter team is reshaping St. Paul theater

The theater's 40th anniv­ersary season illustrates how Sarah Bellamy is reshaping its future.
'Trouble in Mind' director offers timely take on race, bias at Guthrie

'Trouble in Mind' director offers timely take on race, bias at Guthrie

The drama "Trouble in Mind" brings the first black woman to direct on a Guthrie main stage.
Review: 'Olympus' scales new heights for composer Chan Poling

Review: 'Olympus' scales new heights for composer Chan Poling

New Chan Poling musical "A Night in Olympus" gets rocking premiere.
Why big Broadway shows are a big deal for Minneapolis

Why big Broadway shows are a big deal for Minneapolis

Blockbuster stage musicals such as "The Book of Mormon" are not just money machines, but engines for downtown revival.
Energetic cast keeps 'Faith' alive in Minneapolis Musical Theatre show

Energetic cast keeps 'Faith' alive in Minneapolis Musical Theatre show

REVIEW: The Alan Menken musical that fell flat on Broadway opens in a peppy revival.
Doris Duke Foundation honors Twin Cities dancers Aparna Ramaswamy and Morgan Thorson

Doris Duke Foundation honors Twin Cities dancers Aparna Ramaswamy and Morgan Thorson

Morgan Thorson, Aparna Ramaswamy get $275,000 Doris Duke Awards.
Chan Poling moves from the Suburbs to 'Olympus' with new musical

Chan Poling moves from the Suburbs to 'Olympus' with new musical

"A Night in Olympus" premieres just as his star in the theater is rising.
Review: 'Charm' at Mixed Blood Theatre is important, if messy, work

Review: 'Charm' at Mixed Blood Theatre is important, if messy, work

Mixed Blood sheds light on the life of homeless transgender youths.
Mixed Blood Theatre presents a charm school – with a difference

Mixed Blood Theatre presents a charm school – with a difference

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.
Review: CTC's 'Wimpy Kid the Musical' is an energetic winner

Review: CTC's 'Wimpy Kid the Musical' is an energetic winner

The production premiered Friday at the Children's Theatre.
Review: Penumbra Theatre's 'Sunset Baby' is tough, rough and magnetic

Review: Penumbra Theatre's 'Sunset Baby' is tough, rough and magnetic

Jasmine Hughes gives a performance to remember in Penumbra's gripping "Sunset Baby."
Broadway bound? 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' premieres at Children's Theatre

Broadway bound? 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' premieres at Children's Theatre

Children's Theatre banks on the "Wimpy Kid" franchise for a musical that might wind up on Broadway.
Guthrie hopes to take its 9th floor to a new level with $1 million grant

Guthrie hopes to take its 9th floor to a new level with $1 million grant

Mellon grant for theater's ninth-floor space will help underwrite $9 tickets.
'Bullets Over Broadway' aims low for laughs at the Ordway

'Bullets Over Broadway' aims low for laughs at the Ordway

The stage adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 film is an entertaining misfire.
Review: Nautilus Music-Theater's reimagined 'Fantasticks' has cuteness and charm

Review: Nautilus Music-Theater's reimagined 'Fantasticks' has cuteness and charm

Nautilus Music-Theater doesn't sacrifice charm in nontraditional production.
Everybody dance now! Children's Theatre finds a new groove in 'Animal Dance'

Everybody dance now! Children's Theatre finds a new groove in 'Animal Dance'

Ann Carlson's "Animal Dance" teaches kids how to be ready for anything.
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