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December 3
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Stage & Arts
September 24
Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool in “Sometimes There’s Wine” at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul.

Two old friends are uncorked in St. Paul staging of 'Sometimes There's Wine'

REVIEW: "Sometimes There's Wine" is a delicious pairing at Park Square.
Stage & Arts
September 10
Carl Swanson as Lucas, Kate Beahen as Elizabeth, Atim Opoka (background) and Elinor Strandskov as Kate in “If/Then” at Lyric Arts.

Women outshine men in Lyric Arts' take on musical 'If/Then'

Female characters and actors prove more compelling in "Sliding Doors"-esque musical.
Stage & Arts
August 24
Toni Morrison

Beautiful visuals make for a strong 'Blaq Presence' dance show

Review: A Toni Morrison children's book inspired this visually rich dance show.
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."
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.…
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