Stage & Arts

Stage & Arts
July 25
Angela Steele (center) with Caitlin Featherstone, Mari Holst, Brittany Marie Wilson, Dorian Brooke, Sarah DeYong, Antonia Perez and Abigail Rose Sharp

Beneath all that pink, Bloomington staging of 'Legally Blonde' is seriously fun

REVIEW: Artistry's fetching staging of the Broadway musical offers a redemptive message beneath the glam.
Stage & Arts
July 23
Riley O’Toole and C. Michael Menge in “Hand to God” at Jungle Theater.

Jungle Theater's 'Hand to God' is the funniest show in town

A puppet with a mind of its own stars in the outrageous comedy "Hand to God" at the Jungle.
Stage & Arts
July 9
Nikhil Pandey, Peter Christian Hansen and Katherine Kupiecki in “Ideation” at Gremlin Theatre.

Death is the first order of business in the dark comedy 'Ideation'

REVIEW: It's not just another day at the office in Gremlin Theatre's darkly comic "Ideation."
Music
June 18
Hadleigh Adams as Hawkins “Hawk” Fuller, Adriana Zabala as Mary Johnson and Andres Acosta as Timothy Laughlin in Minnesota Opera’s staging of �

Minnesota Opera's 'Fellow Travelers' fails to capture fright of 1950s 'lavender scare'

REVIEW: Minnesota Opera staged a laudable production of an underwhelming new opera.
Stage & Arts
May 30
Joseph Haj, center, in the 1989 Guthrie staging of Jean Genet's "The Screens," directed by JoAnne Akalaitis.

Nov. 4, 1989 Star Tribune review: 'Screens' is a visionary tale of the oppressed

Jean Genet’s “The Screens,” which is getting a rare, rich and provocative production at the Guthrie Theater, is a sprawling, messy hurricane of a play.…
Stage & Arts
May 9
Yolande Bruce and Brian A. Grandison in Full Circle Theater’s “Under This Roof.”

Full Circle Theater's 'Roof' is built with care

REVIEW: But this new play by Barbara Kingsley at the Guthrie doesn't quite stand up, despite the work of a fine cast.
Stage & Arts
May 9
"This Bitter Earth" written by Harrison David Rivers and directed by Talvin Wilks at the Penumbra Theatre. Photo by Allen Weeks.

Witty interracial drama is another winner from St. Paul playwright

"This Bitter Earth" at Penumbra Theatre proves that Twin Cities playwright Harrison David Rivers is the real deal.
Stage & Arts
May 7
Molecules in motion inspired Black Label Movement’s “Hit.”

Minnesota choreographers serve up dance for times of duress at Candy Box festival

Review: Minnesota choreographers convey hope for humanity at the Candy Box Dance Festival.
Stage & Arts
May 7
Ricardo Chavira (Peter Stockmann) and Billy Carter (Tom Stockmann) in the "An Enemy of the People."

Guthrie's 'Enemy of the People' is a grim view of the whistleblower

The Guthrie presents a vital if chilly update of Henrik Ibsen's classic.
Stage & Arts
April 9
“Garden of Names” by Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre with Joe Chvala’s Flying Foot Forum and a cast of internationally renowned guest dancers, si

Zorongo's 'Garden of Names' conjures Argentina's 1970s 'Dirty War' with flamenco and tap

REVIEW: A gripping but imperfect dance show draws from Argentina's 1970s "Dirty War."
Stage & Arts
April 9
Azoralla Arroyo Caballero, center, with Michael Hanna and Thallis Santesteban, who play her parents, in “Mermaid Hour: ReMixed.“

Transgender girl is focus of new musical 'Mermaid Hour' at Mixed Blood Theatre

A new musical at Mixed Blood tells a compassionate, sensitive story about a transgender girl.
Stage & Arts
April 9
Hayley Sisler (Lily), Gabrielle Dominique (Josie), and Ariel Leaf (the Skriker) in "The Skriker" by Fortune's Fool Theatre. Photo by Phen Grant and Le

'The Skriker' is a discomforting fairy tale about the disruption of nature

REVIEW: In "The Skriker," Mother Nature has become a malevolent creature seeking revenge.
Stage & Arts
February 12
Tracey Maloney, M. Hajji Ahmed and Mikell Sapp in Harrison David Rivers’ “A Crack in the Sky,” now at the History Theatre in St. Paul.

Stories pour from 'A Crack in the Sky' at St. Paul's History Theatre

History Theatre premieres this remarkable autobiographical play about a Somali-American.
Stage & Arts
February 12
Audrey Park in Frank Theatre’s production of “Grounded.”

Frank Theatre's one-woman show 'Grounded' soars

Review: Audrey Park is ferocious as a drone pilot adapting to "Chair Force."
Stage & Arts
February 12
A.J. Swanson as Albert Einstein and Justin David Cervantes as Pablo Picasso in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin.

When Picasso met Einstein, as imagined by Steve Martin

Review: Chameleon Theatre gives solid staging of Steve Martin play.
Stage & Arts
February 5
Santino Craven and David Murray in “The Royale” at Yellow Tree Theatre.

Boxing drama 'The Royale' is a rhythmic knockout

This propulsive drama is inspired by Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion.
Stage & Arts
January 29
Ansa Akyea, Adelin Phelps and Kiara Jackson in "Cardboard Piano."

Two plays? One play? Either way, Park Square's 'Cardboard Piano' is a success

Park Square presents a bold work by an exciting writer in the Uganda-set drama "Cardboard Piano."
Music
January 29
Mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin as Sister Helen Prejean and baritone Seth Carico as Joseph de Rocher in Minnesota Opera’s “Dead Man Walking.”

Minnesota Opera's 'Dead Man Walking' soars with emotion, excellent singing

Review: Minnesota Opera's production proves musically rich and emotionally gripping.
Stage & Arts
January 17
Jack Weston (with musicians Kevin Kniebel, Jim Parker and Nate Sipe) plays Ishmael and other characters in “Ishmael” at the Jungle Theater.

Jungle Theater turns 'Moby-Dick' into a one-man whale of a tale

Solo "Moby-Dick" adaptation "Ishmael" at the Jungle Theater offers seaborne campfire story.
Stage & Arts
December 11, 2017
Ann Michels as Grace Ferrell, Lance Roberts as Oliver Warbucks, and Carly Gendell as Annie in "Annie" at the Ordway.

Ordway's stylish revival of 'Annie' proves a perfect antidote to troubled times

Director Austene Van's witty revival resonates at Ordway.
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