Stage & Arts

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.…
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.
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