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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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Review: An energetic cast keeps 'Faith' alive in Minneapolis Musical Theatre show

Review: An energetic cast keeps 'Faith' alive in Minneapolis Musical Theatre show

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.
'A Night With Janis Joplin' brings down the house at Ordway

'A Night With Janis Joplin' brings down the house at Ordway

REVIEW: Tony nominee Mary Bridget Davies rocks the Ordway as 1960s hero Janis Joplin.
Facing the loss of its home, Patrick's Cabaret will close to do some soul-searching

Facing the loss of its home, Patrick's Cabaret will close to do some soul-searching

The arts venue will close May 31 but plans a fall return in some form.
Skylark Opera cancels its upcoming season

Skylark Opera cancels its upcoming season

The venerable Twin Cities company cited a "do-or-die" financial crunch.
Why Nina Simone's star is shining brighter than ever

Why Nina Simone's star is shining brighter than ever

To a new generation, the late Nina Simone represents the sound of freedom.

'Hedwig,' 'An American in Paris' top Ordway Center's eclectic 2016-17 season

"An American in Paris," "Hedwig" are among the Broadway shows.
Musical 'If/Then' at the Orpheum plays a game of chance

Musical 'If/Then' at the Orpheum plays a game of chance

REVIEW: Philosophical questions animate this touring show, which offers passion but is short on dramatic weight.
Children's Theatre alumni reunite around painful memories

Children's Theatre alumni reunite around painful memories

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.
'DJ Latinidad' premieres at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis

'DJ Latinidad' premieres at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis

The venerable playhouse on Minneapolis' West Bank is being reconfigured into an immersive nightclub for another themed production.
Review: Katie Guentzel bites into a juicy role at Penumbra

Review: Katie Guentzel bites into a juicy role at Penumbra

REVIEW: Kate Guentzel goes full-throttle in Lou Bellamy's gripping production of Amiri Baraka's "Dutchman" at Penumbra.
REVIEW: Mixed Blood Theatre's 'DJ Latinidad' interlaces serious issues with throbbing fun

REVIEW: Mixed Blood Theatre's 'DJ Latinidad' interlaces serious issues with throbbing fun

The anthology of short pieces by Hispanic authors had its throbbing premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre.
Penumbra stages one-acts by 'heavyweights of the '60s' Adrienne Kennedy, Amiri Baraka

Penumbra stages one-acts by 'heavyweights of the '60s' Adrienne Kennedy, Amiri Baraka

With staging of a 1965 Adrienne Kennedy play, the St. Paul theater turns up the volume on a sadly underheard voice.
Shapeshift dance company shifts into higher gear with concert at Cowles Center

Shapeshift dance company shifts into higher gear with concert at Cowles Center

Young dance company Shapeshift will turn "Grey Skies Blue" at the Cowles.
Mu's 'You for Me for You' offers North Korea, through the looking glass

Mu's 'You for Me for You' offers North Korea, through the looking glass

REVIEW: Mia Chung's play "You for Me for You" is an inventive mashup that recalls "Alice in Wonderland."
Ordway's 'A Chorus Line' serves up nostalgia with pizzazz

Ordway's 'A Chorus Line' serves up nostalgia with pizzazz

REVIEW: It may seem dated in the reality TV age, but Ordway's "Chorus Line" is a potent history lesson.
Twin Cities dancer Aparna Ramaswamy steps out as a solo artist

Twin Cities dancer Aparna Ramaswamy steps out as a solo artist

The artist who grew up on stage with her family's Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company brings her acclaimed solo work back home.
2 more suits filed against Children's Theatre and co-founder Donahue

2 more suits filed against Children's Theatre and co-founder Donahue

Two former students at Children's Theatre Company filed suit Tuesday against the theater and its co-founder, John Clark Donahue.
Review: Children's Theatre's 'Snowy Day' is a quiet joy

Review: Children's Theatre's 'Snowy Day' is a quiet joy

World premiere, adapted from Ezra Jack Keats' books, uses evocative puppetry.
A family history, writ large onstage

A family history, writ large onstage

"Only One Sophie," theater founder Michael Robins' musical about his Jewish grandmother.
A year after opening its new concert hall, St. Paul's Ordway is hitting high notes

A year after opening its new concert hall, St. Paul's Ordway is hitting high notes

The St. Paul venue is drawing new – and more diverse – audiences while achieving harmony behind the scenes, too.
Twin Cities restaurateur Jason McLean is target of fourth sex-assault lawsuit

Twin Cities restaurateur Jason McLean is target of fourth sex-assault lawsuit

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

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.
Franco-Belgian experimental show 'Germinal' tackles big ideas in simple ways

Franco-Belgian experimental show 'Germinal' tackles big ideas in simple ways

REVIEW: Vandalism takes the stage in the concluding show of Out There, which tackles big ideas in simple ways.
What 'Pericles' tells us about Joe Haj's new direction at Guthrie

What 'Pericles' tells us about Joe Haj's new direction at Guthrie

Our critics look for lessons and signals in the new artistic director's first staging at the Guthrie Theater.
Jessica Dickey explores grace after gunfire in solo 'Amish Project' at Guthrie

Jessica Dickey explores grace after gunfire in solo 'Amish Project' at Guthrie

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.
Children's Theatre picks noted arts leader Kimberly Motes as managing director

Children's Theatre picks noted arts leader Kimberly Motes as managing director

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 '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.
Rabih Mroue's 'Cloud' collects pieces of a shattered life at Walker

Rabih Mroue's 'Cloud' collects pieces of a shattered life at Walker

REVIEW: Out There's "Riding on a Cloud" orbits the aftermath of a violent catastrophe.
Review: 'Frog Bride' at CTC jumps into action

Review: 'Frog Bride' at CTC jumps into action

David Gonzalez is joined by two spirited musicians in his animated retelling of the Eastern European folk tale.
Review: David Foster Wallace's meta-fiction gets a meta-theater treatment at Walker

Review: David Foster Wallace's meta-fiction gets a meta-theater treatment at Walker

The words of David Foster Wallace are brought to the stage at Walker Art Center.
U academic adviser sues Children's Theatre, alleging sexual abuse in '83

U academic adviser sues Children's Theatre, alleging sexual abuse in '83

Jeanette Simmonds is fifth former student to file suit under new law.
St. Paul's Ordway Center hires Toronto-bred Jamie Grant as CEO

St. Paul's Ordway Center hires Toronto-bred Jamie Grant as CEO

The Canadian-bred arts leader, who runs a similar facility in Austin, Texas, starts this spring.
Exit interview: Lessons from the Ordway's peacemaking leader Patricia Mitchell

Exit interview: Lessons from the Ordway's peacemaking leader Patricia Mitchell

"Don't forget to have fun," says Patricia Mitchell, who healed rifts, weathered conflict and helped build a sparkling concert hall.
Another suit filed against CTC, Jason McLean, alleging sex abuse

Another suit filed against CTC, Jason McLean, alleging sex abuse

Former student alleges she was the victim of sexual abuse from 1981-85 and was "coerced" to lie about it to a grand jury.
Review: William Mastrosimone's 'Sunshine' offers studies of characters in the shadows

Review: William Mastrosimone's 'Sunshine' offers studies of characters in the shadows

Damaged souls encounter one another in Dark & Stormy Productions' "Sunshine."
Obituary: John Bottoms, physical actor and Tony nominee left his mark in New York, Boston and Minneapolis

Obituary: John Bottoms, physical actor and Tony nominee left his mark in New York, Boston and Minneapolis

John Bottoms, a Tony-nominated stage and screen actor who was a member of the Guthrie Theater’s acting company in the 1980s and ’90s, died Nov.…
Review: Soaring voices lift 'The Sound of Music'

Review: Soaring voices lift 'The Sound of Music'

The Ordway's slow but steady holiday production gets a burst of sunshine from Billie Wildrick.
2nd sex-abuse suit filed against Jason McLean and CTC

2nd sex-abuse suit filed against Jason McLean and CTC

A second civil lawsuit has been filed against Twin Cities entrepreneur Jason McLean and Children's Theatre Company, alleging sexual abuse of a minor and institutional negligence.
Owner of Varsity, Loring Pasta accused in CTC sex abuse suit

Owner of Varsity, Loring Pasta accused in CTC sex abuse suit

Jason McLean, along with the Children's Theatre Company and co-founder John Clark Donahue, is named in a civil case that revisits the theater's 1980s sex scandal.
Children's Theatre, former director targets of sex-abuse suit

Children's Theatre, former director targets of sex-abuse suit

The suit, filed on behalf of former students at the company, names former CTC artistic director John Clark Donahue and an unnamed ex-employee.
Review: Carole King musical 'Beautiful' is one fine night

Review: Carole King musical 'Beautiful' is one fine night

The Carole King musical is more than a nostalgia trip, thanks to a deeply emotive performance by its star, Abby Mueller.
'The Trump Who Stole Christmas' comedy play pokes fun at holiday stress

'The Trump Who Stole Christmas' comedy play pokes fun at holiday stress

At Minneapolis' Brave New Workshop, the Donald has displaced the Grinch as our holiday grouch.
Abby Mueller follows Tony-winning sister in 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical'

Abby Mueller follows Tony-winning sister in 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical'

Abby Mueller stars in the tour of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" — a role that earned her little sister a Tony on Broadway.
'The Wedding Singer': An '80s nostalgia party comes to the Old Log Theatre

'The Wedding Singer': An '80s nostalgia party comes to the Old Log Theatre

Old Log Theatre throws a big nostalgia party with this '80s-styled musical adapted from the hit film.
'Emilie/Eurydice' mashes up Greek myth and a contemporary story at Illusion

'Emilie/Eurydice' mashes up Greek myth and a contemporary story at Illusion

REVIEW: "Emilie/Eurydice," which premiered over the weekend at Illusion Theater in Minneapolis, is a tender show that grabs your emotions and, even though the grip is soft, never lets go.
'Wizard of Oz' opens at Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis

'Wizard of Oz' opens at Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis

Traci Allen Shannon soars in the Children's Theatre revival of "The Wizard of Oz."
New Guthrie Theater leader Joe Haj has been listening to voices of Minnesota

New Guthrie Theater leader Joe Haj has been listening to voices of Minnesota

Theater's artistic director hits the road to both introduce and educate himself.
'Oz' brings Traci Allen Shannon back to Children's Theatre

'Oz' brings Traci Allen Shannon back to Children's Theatre

Traci Allen Shannon is back at Children's Theatre with a child of her own now, and a fresh perspective on the wonderful world of "Oz."
Obituary: William Byrd Wilkins found a home on Twin Cities stages

Obituary: William Byrd Wilkins found a home on Twin Cities stages

William Byrd Wilkins, an actor who was prominent in the Twin Cities in the 1990s before leaving to perform in Alaska, London and New York,…
Marlon James Day celebrates the acclaimed novelist of 'A Brief History of Seven Killings'

Marlon James Day celebrates the acclaimed novelist of 'A Brief History of Seven Killings'

Author is celebrated by governor, Minneapolis.
A renovation, and provocation, at Mixed Blood Theatre

A renovation, and provocation, at Mixed Blood Theatre

It pulls back the curtain on a $1 million makeover with Friday's opening of the Obie-winning racial drama "An Octoroon."

Twin Cities dancers, choreographers and teachers honored at 11th annual Sage Awards

Acclaimed dancers, set designers, choreographers and educators take a bow.
'Doctor Faustus' gets astute modern staging

'Doctor Faustus' gets astute modern staging

‘Doctor Faustus’ gets astute modern staging The Faust legend, where a man sells his soul to the devil for knowledge and power, is one of…
See-worthy 'Little Mermaid' at Orpheum

See-worthy 'Little Mermaid' at Orpheum

Touring show features glitzy staging and entertaining performances but was marred by sound issues.
Ten Thousand Things flips the gender script on Shakespeare

Ten Thousand Things flips the gender script on Shakespeare

REVIEW: Casting is only part of what makes an all-female "Henry IV" remarkable.
Director Greg Banks gives 'The Jungle Book' an impressive update at Children's Theatre

Director Greg Banks gives 'The Jungle Book' an impressive update at Children's Theatre

British director Greg Banks energetically updates "The Jungle Book" for the 21st century at Children's Theatre.
Roger Guenveur Smith's 'Rodney King' is mesmerizing at Penumbra Theatre

Roger Guenveur Smith's 'Rodney King' is mesmerizing at Penumbra Theatre

Roger Guenveur Smith's solo show explores Rodney King the man as well as the moment that thrust him into world consciousness.
Children's Theatre actor has the bear necessities

Children's Theatre actor has the bear necessities

Opening Friday in "The Jungle Book," Detroit-bred actor and teacher H. Adam Harris makes a big impression off stage as well.
Roger Guenveur Smith, a master of the solo show, takes on 'Rodney King'

Roger Guenveur Smith, a master of the solo show, takes on 'Rodney King'

Rodney King was no MLK, but stage wizard Roger Guenveur Smith gives eloquent voice to his story in a solo show opening Thursday at Penumbra.
With 'U/G/L/Y,' actor and writer Sha Cage seeks to redefine beauty

With 'U/G/L/Y,' actor and writer Sha Cage seeks to redefine beauty

Sha Cage's solo show is a moving exploration of the rules of attraction.
'Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue,' has poetic regional premiere at Park Square

'Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue,' has poetic regional premiere at Park Square

Park Square's poetic show "Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue" outlines effects of war on a patriotic Puerto Rican clan.
TV writer Tracey Scott Wilson goes back to school in 'Prep'

TV writer Tracey Scott Wilson goes back to school in 'Prep'

Playwright Tracey Scott Wilson takes on the urban educational system in "Prep."
Review: Naomi Wallace's 'Things of Dry Hours' takes a poetic riff on history in a production in Minneapolis

Review: Naomi Wallace's 'Things of Dry Hours' takes a poetic riff on history in a production in Minneapolis

Naomi Wallace's "Dry Hours" is a dense look at communism and race in 1930s Alabama.
'Cinderella' for the millennial age opens at Orpheum in Mpls.

'Cinderella' for the millennial age opens at Orpheum in Mpls.

Review: A Broadway musical update provides a modern restyling for a well-worn tale.
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