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Rohan Preston

Reporter | Theater
Phone: 612-673-4390

Rohan Preston covers theater for the Star Tribune.


Rohan Preston has been theater critic at the Star Tribune since 1998. He led a Star Tribune team that won an Emmy for a documentary for the historic 2008 elections. He has served on the Pulitzer Prize jury for drama. Before coming to the Star Tribune, he wrote for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times.
Recent content from Rohan Preston
Old Log Theater owner Greg Frankenfield, who performed in "The Play That Goes Wrong" in 2021, bought the playhouse in 2013. After 84 years, the compan

The Old Log, Minnesota's oldest theater, is shutting down

The abrupt closure slated for March 2 has taken alumni by surprise.
Audrey Mojica plays Alice in Peter Brosius' production of "Alice in Wonderland" at the Children's Theatre Company.

Review: Children's Theatre offers a trippy 'Alice in Wonderland'

While inventive and far out, Peter Brosius' production tamps down comparisons to psychedelic jaunts.
A meditation-cum-performance, Bill Irwin shares his lifelong obsession with Irish dramatist Samuel Beckett in his solo show, “On Beckett.”

Tony winner Bill Irwin brings solo Samuel Beckett show to Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater

The masterful mime is marrying clowning to the stark works of the Irish dramatist.
From left, Christian Borle, Adrianna Hicks and J. Harrison Ghee perform with the ensemble in "Some Like It Hot" on Broadway.

4 recent Tony winners plus Prince musical 'Purple Rain' on tap for Minneapolis' new Broadway season

Hennepin Theatre Trust's 11-title roster includes "Kimberly Akimbo," "Some Like It Hot," "Parade" and "Life of Pi."
From left, Jalynn Steele (Tanya), Christine Sherrill (Donna) and Carly Sakolove (Rosie) are forces of nature as Donna and the Dynamos in the fun 25th

Review: Beneath its spandex and scuba gear, 'Mamma Mia!' offers unexpected insights at the Orpheum

Joshua Campbell, who acted in the Las Vegas production, joins in reviewing the staying power of the ABBA musical.
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. A year after Prince died of an accidental drug overdose, hi

Prince musical 'Purple Rain' to premiere in Minneapolis before moving to Broadway

The show will play multiple weeks at the State Theatre, a block from a Prince mural and two blocks from First Avenue.
The cast of "Crazy for You" perform George and Ira Gershwin's "Stiff Upper Lip" at Artistry in Bloomington.

Review: Artistry's 'Crazy for You' brings touches of Broadway to Bloomington

Ben Bakken's stylish production of this Gershwin musical gets a lush staging with Anita Ruth's 20-piece orchestra.
Greta Oglesby and Dennis Spears in the stage memoir "Handprints," which is being staged at St. Paul's History Theatre through Feb. 18.

Review: In History Theatre's 'Handprints,' Greta Oglesby converts hurt to honey

Richard Thompson's direction adds layers and depth to her memory play.
Reed Sigmund, left, and Tom Reed portray multiple characters in Theater Latte Da’s “Stones in His Pockets.”

Review: Theater Latte Da's 'Stones in his Pockets' shows how to break out of being an extra in your own story

Director Marcela Lorca's production offers a Gaelic sandbox for Tom Reed and Reed Sigmund, and boy, do they play.
From left, Gretchen Egolf (Margot Wendice), David Andrew Macdonald (Tony Wendice) and Lori Vega (Maxine Hadley) in Guthrie Theater's staging of "Dial

Review: Guthrie's 'Dial M for Murder' has a killer who's cool as ice

Tracy Brigden's stylish production puts the hmm in murder-mystery.
Sarah Bellamy, who is temporarily stepping aside as president and CEO of the Penumbra Center for Racial Healing, said that she wants to have something

Penumbra leader to temporarily step aside in wake of lawsuit over brother's death

It will be the first time in 48 years that a family member won't be in charge at the St. Paul company.
Lori Vega (Maxine Hadley) and Gretchen Egolf (Margot Wendice) in "Dial M for Murder" at the Guthrie Theater.

A mistress of shivers plunges into Guthrie's 'Dial M for Murder'

Senior artistic producer Tracy Brigden, who is staging the show, shares her passion for murder-mysteries with Minnesotans.
Greta Oglesby celebrates her relationship with her late father in her stage memoir "Handprints," which opens Saturday at the History Theatre.

History Theatre's 'Handprints' sketches an actor's life from church to stage

Greta Oglesby's old school memoir aims for heart and laughs.
From left, Mattea Mazzella, Hermenigildo Tesoro Jr. and Serina Dunham perform in "The Carp Who Would Not Quit" at Children's Theatre Company.

Review: 'The Carp Who Would Not Quit' has determined charm at Children's Theatre

Reiko Ho's retells Japanese folk tales to encourage humans to be better.
Tom Reed, left, and Reed Sigmund pal around on the set of Theater Latte Da’s “Stones in His Pockets.”

Theater Latté Da rolls with 'double Reeds' for 'Stones in His Pockets'

Longtime actors Tom Reed and Reed Sigmund get along like a house on fire in director Marcela Lorca's comedy.
Katerina McCrimmon sparkles as Fanny Brice in the national tour of “Funny Girl.”

Review: A superb 'Funny Girl' dazzles at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

Katerina McCrimmon clearly belongs on center stage, both when belting songs and rendering soulful ballads.
Trisha Kirk says working at the Guthrie Theater “has been and continues to be an incredible honor of my life.”

Trisha Kirk named Guthrie Theater's new managing director

She started as a reservationist in the box office 39 years ago.
'Funny Girl,' a Broadway star-maker, is minting a real one at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

'Funny Girl,' a Broadway star-maker, is minting a real one at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre

Katerina McCrimmon celebrates the character's "authentic, unconventional beauty" as her own.
Review: Gordon Parks' 'American Gothic' still resonates in Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit

Review: Gordon Parks' 'American Gothic' still resonates in Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit

An art critic and a theater critic walk into a museum...
Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis hires new artistic director

Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis hires new artistic director

Rick Dildine, 45, comes to Minneapolis from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
From Alan Page to Japanese American translators, History Theatre spotlights interesting Minnesotans

From Alan Page to Japanese American translators, History Theatre spotlights interesting Minnesotans

The St. Paul company kicks off its 2024 Raw Stages festival workshopping new plays Wednesday.
Prince performs in a scene in “Purple Rain,” which was his debut film.

Prince's 'Purple Rain' Broadway-bound?

Forty years after its debut, the movie is getting a live, theatrical adaptation with Broadway talent.
Review: Guthrie's entertaining 'Art' punches hard into men's feelings

Review: Guthrie's entertaining 'Art' punches hard into men's feelings

Yasmina Reza's 1994 play gets a taut and timely staging in Minneapolis.
Actress Regina Marie Williams photographed at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minn. Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startrib

Artist of the Year: Minneapolis' Regina Marie Williams triumphed onstage amid loss

The "artivist" channeled her grief into memorable performances.
From left, Robert O. Berdahl, Patrick Sabongui and Max Wojtanowicz play friends at odds over a painting in the Guthrie Theater’s production of “Ar

The Guthrie Theater's 'Art' wrestles with questions of the heart

Yasmina Reza's play comes to Minneapolis at a time when men seek more language to express emotions.
A little too much wine leads Jim Lichtscheidl and Sun Mee Chomet to have a few mishaps and a hilarious evening in “Dinner for One.”

What were the best theater productions you saw in 2023? Our critic names his top 10

Brilliant stagings included "Dolly," "Betty," "Hamlet" and "Peter Pan."
Cody Garcia plays Captain Hook as a fop and a dandy in Larissa FastHorse’s revised version of “Peter Pan” at St. Paul’s Ordway Center.

Review: Ordway's 'Peter Pan' has that twinkling magic

Lonny Price's production, which kicks off a 50-city tour in St. Paul, is entertaining and transporting.
Grammy-winning star of Penumbra's 'Black Nativity' quits show over 'sound issues'

Grammy-winning star of Penumbra's 'Black Nativity' quits show over 'sound issues'

Jamecia Bennett posted her reason Friday on social media.
Review: Jungle Theater's 'Dinner for One' one-ups British original

Review: Jungle Theater's 'Dinner for One' one-ups British original

The Americanization of the import makes the play comically savory.
7 most striking things about the Ordway's new 'Peter Pan'

7 most striking things about the Ordway's new 'Peter Pan'

Playwright Larissa FastHorse has updated the 1954 musical to take out the toxins.
Review: Yikes! 'Disney's Aladdin' underwhelms at Minneapolis' Orpheum

Review: Yikes! 'Disney's Aladdin' underwhelms at Minneapolis' Orpheum

The romantic leads lack vocal power but the Genie shines in a mixed production that runs through Sunday.
Hallmark picks a St. Paul Santa's helper for lead part in a Christmas movie

Hallmark picks a St. Paul Santa's helper for lead part in a Christmas movie

In "Rescuing Christmas," actor/singer T. Mychael Rambo plays a character he's often compared to in real life.
Here's how 'Friend Like Me' came to be in 'Aladdin'

Here's how 'Friend Like Me' came to be in 'Aladdin'

The show's Tony-winning director and Genie talk about how the showstopper was built.
Stephen DiMenna, the new executive artistic director of St. Paul’s Park Square Theatre, said his goal is to not duplicate quality offerings that pat

Curtains to rise again at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul

The company is reopening after a fiscal crisis nearly closed its doors for good.
From left, Camryn Buelow, Tiffany Cooper, Lynnea Doublette, Anna Hashizume, Erin Capello, Ruthie Baker and Kiko Laureano perform in “I am Betty,”

Review: Betty Crocker musical 'I Am Betty' sizzles at History Theatre

Director Maija Garcia's electric production feels contemporary and deeply resonant.
Portrait of Bill and Penny George at their home Tuesday September 19.,2023 in Minneapolis, Minn. ] JERRY HOLT • jerry.holt@startribune.com For 50 ye

Power couple Penny and Bill George believe in doing 'a force of good in the world'

The Minnesota philanthropists talk about love, leadership and finding their deep purpose.
Lynnea Doublette, passes by as Camryn Buelow and Olivia Kemp dance off in the Hamburger Helper scene in St. Paul, Minn., on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. For

The many faces of Betty Crocker are unveiled in History Theatre's 'I Am Betty'

The musical charts the journey taken by women who were influenced and inspired by the first lady of the kitchen.
Kurt Kwan, left, is the Ghost of Christmas Past and Matthew Saldivar plays Scrooge in the 2023 production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Th

Review: A more festive 'Christmas Carol' lights up the Guthrie stage

The production's music and laughter amplify the spirit of the season.
Director Addie Gorlin-Han consulted with artistic director Joseph Haj during rehearsal of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Guthrie Theater.

'A Christmas Carol' breaks surprising new theater ground at the Guthrie

The holiday classic marks the solo directing debut of new mother Addie Gorlin-Han.
Britney Coleman plays Bobbie and Jacob Dickey is Andy, one of her beaus, in the Tony-winning revival of “Company” at the Orpheum Theatre.

Review: Broadway's 'Company' offers 'Bachelorette,' 'Sex and the City' updates to Sondheim classic

The Tony-winning production feels more relevant than the 1970 original.
Reed Sigmund is expressive and funnily haunting as the title character in “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Children’s Theat

Review: CTC's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' steals hearts with TV-esque staging

Director Peter Brosius achieves longheld dreams with his farewell production of the holiday classic.
In this April 7, 2011 photo provided by the New York Philharmonic, Patti LuPone performs "The Ladies Who Lunch," in Stephen Sondheim's "Company," with

Patti LuPone is 'done with Broadway but not giving up on theater'

The actor, who won a Tony for "Company," will belt out famous numbers on the Ordway stage.
Reed Sigmund, playing the Grinch, chats with Matthew Woody and Audrey Mojica, left to right, child actors playing young Max, during a break on set Thu

Outgoing CTC director Peter Brosius on making 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' a holiday tradition

The departing Children's Theatre Company artistic director on the Dr. Seuss classic: "Every time I come back to it, it's like opening a box of candies."
Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen on the set of “Rebel Girl,” their indie film shot in Minnesota in summer.

Minnesota-raised 'Walking Dead' actor Erik Jensen battles stage 4 cancer

The Detroit Lakes native filmed the indie "Rebel Girl" in his home state this summer.
Nathan Keepers and Tracey Maloney in “Say All the Truth,” the Moving Company’s adaptation of Moliere’s “The Misanthrope.” The play opens F

'Say All the Truth'? Moliere's 'Misanthrope' finally gets Moving Company treatment

The deconstruction and reconstruction of the classic opens Friday at the Jungle Theater.
Skol! Beautiful Garden winners' landscape includes Vikings-themed patch

Skol! Beautiful Garden winners' landscape includes Vikings-themed patch

The Mankato garden that Sue and Bob Olson have created over the course of 24 years is a reflection of their life, good and bad.
Laura Esping, left, plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Patty Mathews plays Sandra Day O’Connor in “Sisters in Law” at Six Points Theater.

Pioneering justices empower women in Six Points' 'Sisters in Law'

Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were so different and yet allies when it came to women's rights.
Misfits find a place in Artistry’s comical “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Review: 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' offers antic fun at Artistry

Tyler Michaels King's production has panache, style and "a magic foot."
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress at the Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sunday, October 8, 2023

Review: CTC's 'Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress' offers a study in surety

A pre-adolescent hero takes on bullying and ignorance with grace in this world premiere.
Sheri Foster Blake, left, Wes Studi and Katie Anvil Rich in the premiere of “For the People,” a comedy by Larissa FastHorse and Ty Defoe at the Gu

Review: Guthrie Theater's 'For the People' finds the funny in Native American foibles

The Minneapolis-set play brings laughs, sweetness and fresh perspectives.
Shá Cage stars in Nambi E. Kelley’s “Re-Memori,” which kicks off Penumbra Theatre’s 47th season in St. Paul.

Review: In Penumbra's 'Re-Memori,' the past punches into the present

Shá Cage delivers a brilliant performance in Nambi E. Kelley's one-act play.
Taylor Swift performs during The Eras Tour at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on Aug. 7, 2023. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS) ORG XMI

Taylor Swift's Eras Tour concert film opening a day earlier

Theaters are encouraging people to use their cellphones and make some noise during the movie.
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress at the Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sunday, October 8, 2023

Groundbreaking 'Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress' premieres at CTC

The one-act play orbits an imaginative kid who likes to dream and play dress-up.
Ben Biggers, Sharaé Moultrie, Jennifer Blood and John Schiappa play the inn-keeping family in “Girl From the North Country,” whose Broadway tour

Review: Bob Dylan-infused 'Girl From the North Country' hits high notes, then stalls

Conor McPherson's production kicks off its 26-city tour at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre.
Wes Studi, center, headlines “For the People,” the first Indigenous-helmed play to get a mainstage production at the Guthrie Theater. Studi stars

Contemporary Native American comedy 'For the People' bows at the Guthrie

The show by Native writers Larissa FastHorse and Ty Defoe breaks new ground at Minnesota's flagship theater.
The cast of Keith Hovis’ “The Boy Wonder,” with Evan Tyler Wilson, foreground, as Minnesota Gov. Harold Stassen, at the History Theatre.

Review: History Theatre's 'Boy Wonder' burns bright around Minnesota's youngest governor

Keith Hovis' new Harold Stassen musical gets tangled up by its subject, which comes in like a meteor then peters out.
Gabrielle Dominique (left), Tom Reed, Brendan Nelson Finn, Emma Schuld, Wesley Mouri and Jillian Sjoquist are part of the cast of Artistry’s “The

Help! It's 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' at Artistry

The Artistry theater brings William Finn's comic musical about belonging to its Bloomington stage.
Harold Stassen and his wife, Esther Glewwe Stassen, circa 1939, are said to have had a beautiful and equal partnership.

History Theatre's 'Boy Wonder' spotlights Harold Stassen, the groundbreaking governor

Keith Hovis' new musical is about the Minnesota politician who unsuccessfully ran for president nine times.
The Broadway cast of “Girl from the North Country,” based on Bob Dylan’s music.

Bob Dylan musical 'Girl from the North Country' kicks off national tour in Minneapolis

Playwright Conor McPherson was inspired by the wintry memories of his visits to Minnesota.
McKnight 'distinguished artist' Mukherjee savors $100,000 prize

McKnight 'distinguished artist' Mukherjee savors $100,000 prize

Minnesota's richest arts award goes to Pangea World Theater founder whose artistry is deeply embedded in building community.
Yellow Tree Theatre goes for murder with 2 Agatha Christie whodunits

Yellow Tree Theatre goes for murder with 2 Agatha Christie whodunits

"The Rats" and "The Wasp's Nest" make suspects out of well-composed humans who could well be cretins.
Serena Brook and Eric Morris are in a therapy session after her husband leaves her for a younger man in “Falsettos.” The show is directed by Mered

Review: Latte Da reaches for high notes with 'Falsettos'

The production at the Ritz Theater is notable for its humor and pinpoint performances.
“Falsettos” opens Theater Latte Da’s 26th season and will be staged at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.

7 memorable lines to note from Theatre Latté Da's 'Falsettos'

The James Lapine-William Finn cult musical is about AIDS, love and newfound family.
The production of Cookin' at The Children's Theatre Company. Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Review: What's 'Cookin'' at Children's Theatre? Plenty of laughs, chopping and stomping

The grab bag of gags would feel right at home on "America's Got Talent."
The Broadway tour of “Beetlejuice” is playing at Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre through Sunday.

Review: This 'Beetlejuice' is loud, brash and garish

The Broadway tour looks at death as an amusement ride of carnival fun.
Review: Jungle Theater's 'Rich Dogs' has lots of barks, no bite

Review: Jungle Theater's 'Rich Dogs' has lots of barks, no bite

Conflicted in tone, the new play doesn't know if it wants to be a romantic comedy or Chekhovian drama.
Review: Guthrie gets giddy with 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

Review: Guthrie gets giddy with 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

The theater's fourth production of the Oscar Wilde classic is, well, wildly witty.
Jay Eisenberg, left, and Chelsie Newhard play butlers to upper-crust canines in “Rich Dogs” at the Jungle Theater.

5 quirky things to know about 'Rich Dogs' at Jungle Theater

Take in the fluffy production through a dog's eyes — and see a blue and yellow world.
Larissa FastHorse got her first commission as a playwright at Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre Company for “Average Family,” staged in 2007.

Broadway playwright Larissa FastHorse returns to her 'artistic home' for 2 shows

She has co-written a Minneapolis-set comedy for the Guthrie and adapted "Peter Pan" for the Ordway.
Jim Lichtscheidl and Sun Mee Chomet in Jungle Theater’s “Dinner for One.”

Top 10 dramas and musicals onstage to be giddy about this fall

Gov. Harold Stassen, Bob Dylan and Patti LuPone all get their moment in Twin Cities playhouses.
Isabella Esler plays Lydia and Justin Collette is the title character the the Broadway tour of “Beetlejuice.”

'Beetlejuice' movie fans will be surprised by the musical at the Orpheum

How the Broadway show, now in Minneapolis, differs from the movie.
'Cookin'' and 'Table' dish out laughs, tunes and food

'Cookin'' and 'Table' dish out laughs, tunes and food

The two productions launch seasons at the CTC and Sod House theaters, marrying theater and eats.
Michael Doherty plays Algernon in the Guthrie Theater’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Guthrie cast sees 'The Importance of Being Earnest' as an elixir for laughs

The acting company is expected to go a bit Wilde, as in Oscar, to mine the humor in the show.
Katie Bradley plays Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman in America, in Lloyd Suh’s “The Chinese Lady” at Open Eye Theatre.

Open Eye Theatre gives voice to the forgotten 'Chinese Lady'

Lloyd Suh's wry, poignant drama conjures the first Chinese woman in America.
Nicole Fenstad, who has a theater background, performs in character for a range of events, from preschools to senior-citizen birthday parties.

Meet the hardest working actor in Minnesota you may never have heard of

Playing 700-plus gigs in a year, Nicole Fenstad takes her talent from beaches and parks to country clubs.