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Rohan Preston

Reporter | Theater
Phone: 612-673-4390

Rohan Preston covers theater for the Star Tribune.


Preston spent his childhood in Jamaica and adolescence in New York before earning an English degree at Yale. He has served on the Pulitzer Prize jury for drama. He has been a Star Tribune theater critic since 1998.
Recent content from Rohan Preston
Regina Williams stars in Theater Latte Da’s production of “Hello Dolly.”

Review: Regina Marie Williams leads a triumphant 'Dolly!'

Theater Latté Da's lavish revival distills the soul of the musical for unrestrained joy.
Actors Lamar Jefferson, Brittany Bellizeare, Stephen Conrad Moore and Kimberly Marable in “Blues for an Alabama Sky.”

Review: Guthrie's 'Blues' a work to savor

Director Nicole A. Watson's production has Broadway glamour wrapped in heartbreak.
The cast of “A Soldier’s Play,” playing at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

Pulitzer- and Tony-winning 'Soldier's Play' lands on tour in St. Paul

The tour stars Norm Lewis and Eugene Lee.
The rustic retreat is nestled in southwestern Wisconsin’s Driftless Area of sweeping farmland and river valleys. The metal roof draws inspiration fr

Wisconsin country retreat is 'rough and rustic' outside, warm and modern inside

An AIA Home of the Month in southwestern Wisconsin emphasizes green living principles while catering to a passion for outdoor activities.
Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO, Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Hennepin Theatre Trust head Mark Nerenhausen to step down

Mark Nerenhausen will retire in September after a six-year tenure.
Broadway actor Kimberly Marable, left, makes her Guthrie Theater debut in Pearl Cleage’s “Blues for an Alabama Sky” in a cast that also includes

Guthrie opens the new year singing 'Blues for an Alabama Sky'

A companion piece to "A Raisin in the Sun," the Pearl Cleage play stars Broadway actor Kimberly Marable.
Mollie Allen plays Lili and Junie Edwards is Lonnie in Jacqueline Woodson’s “Locomotion” at the Children’s Theatre Company.

Review: In Children's Theatre's 'Locomotion,' some kids find their lyrical groove

Director Talvin Wilks' cinematic production marks the regional premiere of Jacqueline Woodson's poetic play.
Autumn Ness and Reed Sigmund with their dog Kermit outside their home in Stillwater in May 2021.

Celebrated Twin Cities acting couple cherish life after fire guts Stillwater home

Children's Theatre Company members Autumn Ness and Reed Sigmund also are grateful for community support.
Hayley Finn has produced about 900 workshops of new plays during her time in the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities lose more theater talent

Hayley Finn is leaving Playwrights' Center and Red Eye Theater for Washington, D.C.
Jacqueline Woodson’s poetry-infused play, “Locomotion,” will be staged by Children’s Theatre Company.

'Locomotion' at Children's Theatre Company slings rhymes for better times

Youngsters cope with trauma of losing their parents through poetry in the play.
Terry Bellamy

Penumbra founding company member Terry Bellamy, part of famed arts family, dies at 70

The actor originated roles in the works of August Wilson and helped form the DNA of the St. Paul theater.
Peter Rothstein says his tenure at Theater Latté Da has made him “a better artist and a better human being.”

Theater Latté Da founder Peter Rothstein leaving for new job in Florida

He has been named the producing artistic director of Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Fla.
Aimee K. Bryant in “The Bull-Jean Stories” at Pillsbury House Theatre.

Review: 'Bull-Jean Stories' dips into history with blues-toned poetry

Aimee K. Bryant delivers fluid performances in Sharon Bridgforth's new play at Pillsbury House Theatre.
Greta Grosch, “The Carol Burnett of Twin Cities theater,” calls comedy a celebration.

'Church Basement' lady swings for comic gold with new show 'Plowin' Through'

Actor/director Greta Grosch seeks to entertain from a secure place with ninth "Church Basement Ladies" show at Ames Center.
Aimee K. Bryant plays a character seeking authentic love in Pillsbury House Theatre’s “The Bull-Jean Stories.”

Pillsbury House drops some theatrical jazz with 'Bull-Jean Stories'

The theater kicks off 2023 with the premiere of a solo show by Sharon Bridgforth.
Monica Sunderman, 5, and Harriet Deering, 5, dressed as Belle before a performance of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” on Dec. 10 at the Ordway C

Twin Cities audiences return, arts groups not out of woods

Millennials are coming back, but older fans remain cautious. The concerns are widely shared across the country.
Prospera (Regina Marie Williams) has revenge on her mind in the Guthrie Theater’s “The Tempest.”

A plethora of revelatory and moving performances lit up Twin Cities stages in 2022

1. "Beauty and the Beast." Eyepopping design, a lush orchestra and sublime performances by title players Rajané Katurah and Nathaniel Hackmann helped make Michael Heitzman's…
Richard D. Thompson takes over as the History Theatre’s new artistic director Jan. 10.

History Theatre's new leader is opera and theater director Richard Thompson

He succeeds Ron Peluso, who led the company for 27 years.
Joe Charley, second from right, and members of the ensemble of Park Square Theatre’s “The Snowy Day.”

Review: 'Snowy Day' at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul seeks warm wonder

Director Ansa Akyea's production of "Snowy Day" at Park Square, grounded in music and a sense of play, suspends time.
Tale as old as time: Nathaniel Hackmann and Rajane Katurah star in the Ordway’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Review: Ordway's smoking 'Beauty and the Beast' sparks a real fire

The sparkling homegrown production is a highwater mark for the Ordway's Broadway at the Ordway series.
Christine Heesun Hwang as Eponine in the national tour of “Les Miserables,” playing at the Orpheum Theatre in Dec. 2022.

Minnetonka grad brings powerhouse talent to Broadway tour of 'Les Miz'

Christine Heesun Hwang is grateful that her high school helped in honing her craft and finding her voice.
Nathaniel Hackmann and Rajane Katurah In “Beauty and the Beast.” Hackmann has played the Beast twice before while Katurah is a newbie as Belle.

Ordway gets into a 'Beast' mode for the classic fairy tale

The Disney musical will feature a talent pool that includes veterans and newbies.
Matthew Saldivar plays a contemporary Scrooge  in “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theater.

Review: Guthrie's updated 'A Christmas Carol' is spirited and lyrical

The production maintains its poise, even with technical hiccups.
The cast of “A Christmas Carol” during a recent rehearsal at the Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie sets scene for existential angst in 48th 'Christmas Carol'

After a pandemic delay, the theater was able to achieve its creative vision of the retooled holiday classic.
The 2022 cast of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Children’s Theatre Company.

Review: The 'Grinch' does the Griddy — and stays fresh at Children's Theatre

The holiday show uses humor and heart to show the transformation of the mean, green one.
Reed Sigmund as the Grinch in the Children’s Theatre Company’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

A Q&A with the Grinch before his Children's Theatre show

The green, mean one's personality comes through loud and clear.
A pair of fire-breathing dragons carved from ice were positioned outside the entrance to the Ice Palace Maze at the Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater in Ja

Stillwater theater's implosion leaves community wondering what went wrong

The Zephyr Theatre met a need for performing arts in the St Croix Valley.
J.C. Cutler plays several characters in Matty Selman’s “Uncle Philip’s Coat.’

Review: 'Uncle Philip's Coat' is worn, but he is not weary

Actor J.C. Cutler vividly sketches all the characters in this solo play about trauma and resilience.
In “Love Letters” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Don Shelby (as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III) and Nancy Nelson (as Melissa Gardner) read letters that

This just in: Don Shelby and Nancy Nelson exchange 'Love Letters' onstage

He calls her his lifeline. She pins the lifelong relationship on trust.
The cast of the Broadway tour of “Six,” rocking the Ordway

Review: 'Six' diva queens light up Ordway stage

The show is more polished, confident and fun than the engagement three years ago.
Ross Gay

Writer Ross Gay's new book is about finding joy in the face of loss

The poet and essayist will discuss his works in St. Paul at the Fitzgerald Theater Nov. 2.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats” is being staged at Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre through Sunday.

Touring Broadway musical 'Cats' aims to help cats in Minnesota

An adoption awareness event will be a companion to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
Terica Marie is Anna of Cleves, center, in the Boleyn tour of “Six.”

Here are five things you should know about 'Six,' coming to the Ordway

Henry VIII's ill-fated wives have their say in this Tudor theatrical concert.
Actor J.C. Cutler in Matty Selman’s “Uncle Philip’s Coat” at Six Points Theater.

For actor J.C. Cutler, 'Uncle Philip's Coat' is a personal mountain

The solo show about immigration, history and survival opens Saturday at Six Points Theater in St. Paul.
Vinecia Coleman, left, plays Woman/Lena and Austene Van is the Church Lady/Margaret Wilson in “Weathering,” which debuts Thursday at Penumbra Thea

Loss is wrapped up in love in new play 'Weathering' at Penumbra Theatre

Harrison David Rivers' play finally premieres at St. Paul's Penumbra after being delayed twice.
Michael Egan and Laura Esping in Egan’s adaptation of “Five Minutes of Heaven” at the Illusion Theater.

Review: A gripping 'Five Minutes of Heaven' reckons with consequences

Michael Egan shows a different dimension of talent in this production adapted from the 2009 film.
The cast of “Sally & Tom” by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III on the Guthrie Theater’s McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Review: Absorbing and flat, 'Sally & Tom' adds to complicated history

Suzan-Lori Parks uses words to put new airs and raiments around a myth-draped Founding Father.
Sheila Livingston is being remembered as a mentor and advocate in the theater community.

Theater champion and educator Sheila Livingston, who touched thousands of lives, dies at 93

In her 50 years with the Guthrie, she made it a place to build community and belonging.
Kristen Ariza, who plays Luce and Sally, with Luke Robertson, who plays Mike and Tom, in the word premiere of “Sally & Tom” at the Guthrie Theater

Guthrie Theater lands a world premiere with 'Sally & Tom'

A contemporary couple wrestles with history in the play by Pulitzer Prize winning Suzan-Lori Parks.
Three new boxes slipped out the back in order to gain additional space. For the young family with two active girls, a simple stair would not suffice t

Remodeled 1960s Edina split-level 'showstopper' includes slide to backyard

Three new bump-outs on the back help meet a family's space needs in this sensitive renovation.
Benji Stoebner and Hieu Bui play a son and father who try to carve out a new life in Minnesota in the world premiere of “A Different Pond” at Stag

Father and son bond over fishing in Twin Cities poet Bao Phi's 'A Different Pond'

Stages Theatre's world premiere orbits the duo's fishing forays around the Twin Cities.
Douglas Ewart takes home this year’s McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.

Musician Douglas Ewart wins $100,000 McKnight award

The record label founder has led ensembles, designed instruments and has been hailed "joyously creative."
Contortionists Semeret Getachew Bekana and Etsegenet Ashenafi Laglao in Circus Abyssinia’s “Tulu.”

Review: Circus Abyssinia's 'Tulu' dazzles with artistry, grace and defying feats

Children's Theatre kicked off its new season celebrating Ethiopian Olympian Derartu Tulu.
Maya Richardson as Ariel Moore and Alan Bach as Ren McCormack sing “Almost Paradise” in “Footloose” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Familiar faces in fresh roles and new talent surface on the theater scene

Meet the onstage and offstage cast who're helping to shape the field.
From left, Dylan Frederick, Reese Britts and Becca Hart in Theater Latte Da’s “Merrily We Roll Along.” The Stephen Sondheim musical will run Sep

10 best and brightest theater shows to catch this fall

From premieres to revivals, the stages are alive with the sound of resilience.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra perform at the Capri.

The renovated Capri theater remains a cultural hub of north Minneapolis

Patrons streamed into the theater over its first year after a $12.5 million renovation.
Hyunmin Rhee (Quang) and Emjoy Gavino (Tong) during rehearsal for the Guthrie Theater’s fall opener, “Vietgone,” a love story about war refugees

Immigrant love story 'Vietgone' told with rap and humor at the Guthrie

The production kicks off the Guthrie Theater's fall season.
“Tulu” at the Children’s Theatre Company is inspired by Ethiopian distance runner Derartu Tulu and celebrates athleticism.

Children's Theatre kicks off season with 'Tulu,' celebrating joy and resilience

For Circus Abyssinia, neither pandemic nor war could stop its desire to highlight African women.
“Shrek the Musical,” the most recent show to have been staged at Bloomington’s Artistry, featured Kevin Brown Jr. as Donkey, Quinn Forrest Maste

Bloomington's Artistry theater struggles to meet $600,000 shortfall

The Bloomington arts center has postponed "Godspell" and put future productions on hold.
Regina Marie Williams, left, plays Clytemnestra in Ten Thousand Things Theater’s production of “Iphigenia at Aulis.” In the background is the ch

Review: A gutting 'Iphigenia at Aulis' lands with poetic heartbreak

Ten Thousand Things stages the reimagined Greek classic with music and an all-star cast.
Steven Epp plays Agamemnon and Isa Condo-Olvera is Iphigenia during a Ten Thousand Things Theater rehearsal of “Iphigenia at Aulis.” Regina Marie

'Iphigenia at Aulis' features new works by J.D. Steele, 40-voice choir

Ten Thousand Things Theater kicks off new season with Greek tragedy starring top Twin Cities actors.
Economic anxieties and fraying bonds put a family at odds in “The Humans.” A touring production stopped by the Twin Cities in 2018 but the cast ha

In 'The Humans,' a Thanksgiving dinner is slathered in affection with a side of bitters

Park Square's new season kicks off with a fresh perspective of the Tony-winning "Humans."
The four-story Cape Cod style house sits on a bluff overlooking Cook’s Bay on Lake Minnetonka. It has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and more than 6

P.J. Fleck's Mound vacation home lists for $2.5 million

The remodeled property on Lake Minnetonka served as a retreat for the University of Minnesota coach and his family.
Jake Mierva (from bottom), Joseph McIntyre Godwin and Danylo Loutchko are “3 Guys on Stage Who Get Hit With Hot Dogs, Snow Cones, etc.” at the Min

Review: Fringe Festival offers a cultural smorgasbord of bite-sized shows

Romance sparks between plants, three guys get hit with food and love is tested onstage.
Rachel Towne played Listarda during rehearsal of “Valor” Saturday at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio. After a four-year hiatus, the Guthrie

Several Hollywood stars got their start at the Guthrie: Will these actors be next?

After a four-year hiatus, the graduate actor-training program that minted Oscar and Emmy winners is back.
The 2022 Minnesota Fringe Festival features an eclectic smorgasbord of 119 shows and among is “On a Stick: A Minnesota State Fair Musical.”

Frenetic 11-day Fringe Festival is back — and in person

The Minnesota theater festival features 119 eclectic shows.
Pilobolus will bring its “Big Five-Oh” to Minneapolis’ Northrop auditorium in April 2023 as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.

Northrop's 2022-23 dance season features big-name lineup

Pilobolus, Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Hispánico are part of the roster.
Lynnette R. Freeman, Terry Hempleman and Mary Bacon in “Sweat” at the Guthrie Theater.

Review: Guthrie's 'Sweat' keeps Lynn Nottage's insight and foresight intact

The drama captures the economic strains, resentments and dreams of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Lucas J. Bellamy, 41, once served as the company manager at Penumbra Theatre.

Son of Penumbra Theatre founder Lou Bellamy dies in Hennepin County jail

Lucas J. Bellamy was arrested last week while fleeing police, according to charges.
Jennafer Newberry, left, is the bright and bubbly Glinda and Lissa deGuzman plays the strong-willed Elphaba in “Wicked.”

For young 'Wicked' diehards, love for the show defies gravity

Teen actors Hugo Mullaney, Audrey Mojica and Sofia Salmela share their takes on the blockbuster musical.
Terry Bell (Chris), Terry Hempleman (bartender Stan) and Noah Plomgren (Jason) in “Sweat,” the Guthrie Theater’s last show for the season.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's 'Sweat' depicts an unmoored middle class

Lynn Nottage captures how friendship is tested amid hardship in show at Guthrie Theater.
Gray Mallard Theater Company’s founder Amanda Fuller, left, with her parents, Nathaniel and Cathleen Fuller, who are both respected actors in the Tw

The bard among the brews: Shakespeare's 'Richard III' heads to a pub

It is the new Gray Mallard Theater Company's first production.
Jack Reuler founded Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis when he was just 22 years old. He steps down as the artistic director on July 6 after 46 years.

For Mixed Blood Theatre's Jack Reuler, a career of art and activism

After 46 years, the founder steps down with fond memories, some regrets and plenty of gratitude.
Actors performed in a Guthrie Theatre production of “H.M.S. Pinafore” in 2011.

How did the Twin Cities become such a theater hot spot?

The region has earned a reputation as one of the nation's premier regional theater hubs.
Kitchen renovation opens up heart of 'striking' 1989 Golden Valley home

Kitchen renovation opens up heart of 'striking' 1989 Golden Valley home

Design for formerly "landlocked" space provided connections, and won a Home of the Month honor.
Cast members capture the synchronized moves, twists and splits of the Temptations in “Ain’t Too Proud.”

Review: Life and times of the Temptations come alive in 'Ain't Too Proud'

The jukebox musical captures it all — enduring tunes, pain and poignancy.
The jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” comes to the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday.

'Temptations' actor lists reasons to be proud of 'Ain't Too Proud'

Marcus Paul James plays Otis Williams in the touring Broadway musical.
Cast members from Classical Actors Ensemble sang  during a Shakespeare in Our Parks performance last weekend of “Love’s Labor’s Lost” at Lake

Free Shakespeare play in the park offers 'midcentury, private school vibe'

Classical Actors Ensemble is presenting "Love's Labor's Lost" in Twin Cities area parks.
Queen Drea sings as actors Kyra Richardson and Aimee K. Bryant perform in a scene of “Spittin’ Seeds” at Penumbra Theatre.

Review: Penumbra's mystical, experimental 'Spittin' Seeds' hits in the gut

The commissioned show feels like a layer cake of varied artistic visions.
Christopher Thomas Pow, Mayda Miller, Danielle Troiano, and Greg Watanabe, from left, perform a song during a tech rehearsal for ‘Cambodian Rock Ban

Review: Rock 'n' roll literally saves lives in Theater Mu's haunting 'Cambodian Rock Band'

The Lauren Yee play offers strong acting and first-rate music in its Minneapolis premiere.
Mayda Miller, Christopher Thomas Pow, Danielle Troiano, and Greg Watanabe, from left, perform a song during a tech rehearsal for ‘Cambodian Rock Ban

Facing the music: 'Cambodian Rock Band' drums up war crimes and deep family history

The show fulfills a Theater Mu and Jungle Theater collaboration long-delayed by the pandemic.
Greta Oglesby and Alison Edwards star in Jen Silverman’s two-hander, “The Roommate.”

Review: Odd duck 'Roommate' mixes laughs with pathos at Mixed Blood

Greta Oglesby and Alison Edwards try to deliver clarity in Jen Silverman's stylistically muddled play.
Greta Oglesby, left, and Alison Edwards confer during a rehearsal of “The Roommate” at Grace Trinity Church in Minneapolis. They play roommates wh

Minnesota's first lady of church and stage stretches out into comedy

Greta Oglesby stars in the two-hander show "The Roommate."
Mikell Sapp performs in “Charlie (Brown) Black” at Pillsbury House Theatre.

Review: 'Charlie (Brown) Black' yokes humor and hurt in Minneapolis show

Mikell Sapp mines his journey from Alabama to Minnesota in his solo show at Pillsbury House Theatre.
“Using Charlie Brown allows me to have an everyman Black character,” said Mikell Sapp, who plays the comic character at Pillsbury House Theatre. �

Lyrical actor Mikell Sapp takes off mask and bares soul in 'Charlie (Brown) Black'

In a solo show at Pillsbury House Theatre riffing on Charlie Brown, the Alabama native mines his culture shock for humor.