Stage & Arts

Stage & Arts
March 18
Dean Holt as Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit” at Children’s Theatre Company.

Children's Theatre Company stages minimalist, magical 'Hobbit'

Review: A new staging conjures a world of magic and light.
Stage & Arts
March 10
Gracie Anderson and C. Ryan Shipley star in Old Log Theatre’s “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical.”

Old Log Theatre channels Rosemary Clooney with nostalgic jukebox musical

Old Log Theatre channels a 20th-century legend with a clumsy but tuneful jukebox musical.
Stage & Arts
February 25
“Agbara Obirin (Strong Women)" by Contempo Physical Dance.

Contempo Physical Dance builds robust sisterhood with 'Strong Women' show

REVIEW: A new work by Contempo Physical Dance shows female solidarity.
Stage & Arts
February 18
Max Wojtanowicz (Le Beau/Silvius) and Sun Mee Chomet (Phoebe) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of "As You Like It."

Guthrie offers a lusty rom-com 'As You Like It'

Guthrie production sets play in the present — and in a sunnier part of Shakespeare's world.
Stage & Arts
February 4
Isabella Star LaBlanc, Megan Burns and Rosey Lowe return for a second shot at “The Wolves,” a Jungle Theater production.

Jungle Theater's 'Wolves' comes back stronger for second Minneapolis run

Last year's superb production is back, and it's better than ever.
Stage & Arts
February 4
Jessica Lind Peterson and Zachary Stofer in "Flowers for the Room" at Yellow Tree Theatre.

Yellow Tree Theatre's new 'Flowers for the Room' musical is too jumbled to jell

REVIEW: A Yellow Tree Theatre premiere indulges too many tangents.
Music
January 28
Lisa Marie Rogali as Elena and Andrew Stenson as Fadinard in Minnesota Opera’s "The Italian Straw Hat."

Minnesota Opera delivers shallow, hollow 'Italian Straw Hat'

REVIEW: A little-known work by "Godfather" composer Nino Rota proves fatally frivolous.
Stage & Arts
January 21
Kurt Kwan (Wen Chang) and Lawrence Kao (Manford) in "The Great Leap."

Guthrie Theater's basketball-themed 'The Great Leap' is too cluttered to prevail

At least the actors give plenty of assists in this basketball-themed comedy/drama.
Stage & Arts
December 3, 2018
Rajané Katurah Brown and Jamecia Bennett in “Marie and Rosetta.”

Sounds of Blackness singer wows in play about music legend

Review: Rajané Katurah Brown and Jamecia Bennett kill it in "Marie and Rosetta."
Stage & Arts
December 3, 2018
Eva Gemlo as Bianca in "Women Beware Women" by Classical Actors Ensemble.

Women play a deadly game of sexual politics in St. Paul theater revival

REVIEW: Classical Actors Ensemble presents bracing revival of a little-known 17th-century work.
Stage & Arts
November 23, 2018
Tyler Michaels returns as Bobby Vee in “Teen Idol.”

Crowd-pleasing, tuneful tribute to Bobby Vee returns to St. Paul's History Theatre

Tyler Michaels dazzles in musical tribute to Fargo singer/songwriter Bobby Vee.
Stage & Arts
November 19, 2018
Nathan Barlow, Kathryn Fumie and William Thomas Hodgson in “Hooded” at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis.

Black playwrights command the stage in thrilling festival at Mixed Blood

Festival at Mixed Blood offers a trio of hyper-contemporary plays by black men.
Stage & Arts
November 5, 2018
Nathan Keepers plays the hapless director, with Sally Wingert and Laura Jordan as actors, in the Guthrie Theater production of “Noises Off.”

Guthrie Theater's inventive comedy 'Noises Off' offers escapist laughs aplenty

Guthrie's staging of the classic "Noises Off" offers a timely diversions from our troubles.
Stage & Arts
November 5, 2018
“Hot Funky Butt Jazz” explores the birth of jazz amid Jim Crow and disenfranchisement.

With help of a voodoo queen, Minnesota theater troupe conjures birth of jazz

REVIEW: New musical by Interact revisits 1900s New Orleans, with help from a voodoo queen.
Stage & Arts
October 24, 2018
Heidi Fellner and Matt Sciple in “The Last Schwartz.”

Minnesota Jewish Theatre finds laughs in drama about a fractured family

Minnesota Jewish Theatre finds the comedy in a fractured family in "The Last Schwartz."
Stage & Arts
October 15, 2018
Tony Vierling and Ann Michels in “Holiday Inn” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres turns flimsy 'Holiday Inn' into celebration

With "Holiday Inn," Chanhassen Dinner Theatres serves up a seasonal spritzer to mark its 50th anniversary.
Stage & Arts
October 12, 2018
Carlo Alban, Steve Key and Kate Nowlin in the Public Theater's production of "Sweat," currently touring to 18 cities across the Midwest.

New Yorkers bring 'heartbreaking' free play to politically divided Minnesota cities

The company that premiered "Hamilton" is touring the state with an economic tear-jerker.
Stage & Arts
October 12, 2018
Clashes in the Oval Office take center stage in History Theatre’s “The Great Society,” starring Pearce Bunting as Lyndon Johnson, Andrew Erskine

History Theatre's LBJ play buoyed by 'Great' performances

Pearce Bunting's charismatic LBJ leads a large cast at St. Paul's History Theatre.
Stage & Arts
October 8, 2018
Sasha Andreev and Adelin Phelps star in “Understood.”

A couple on the rocks try to bridge the political divide in the play 'Understood'

REVIEW: A disaffected liberal couple engage with the "enemy" in the new play "Understood."
Stage & Arts
September 26, 2018
Alejandro Vega in the role of CJ (left) and Calvin Zimmerman as Jojo in the Children’s Theater Company production of "Last Stop on Market Street."

New rap-infused Children's Theatre musical 'Last Stop' could be 'Hamilton Jr.'

New rap-infused musical "Last Stop on Market Street" by a Motown legend and his son is like "Hamilton" for kids.
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