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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
The Children’s Theatre cast of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” in Minneapolis.

'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' gets on its feet again

After premiering at the Children's Theatre in 2016, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" was supposed to go to Broadway. But the director, Rachel Rockwell, died of cancer. Now the show has been retooled and is taking aim again.
China Brickey gets help from her brother, Time Brickey, to rehearse lines from “Raisin in the Sun” with one another Wednesday, May 11, 2022 outsid

Twin Cities understudies prove 'heroes of the moment' in times of COVID-19

Understudies play key roles in keeping shows going when COVID-19 affects performing arts companies.
Sasha Andreev, center, plays Olof Ohman in the new musical “Runestone!” at History Theatre

REVIEW: History or hoax? 'Runestone!' turns over some questions

The tepid rock musical leaves it to the viewer to decide.
Tonia Jackson as Lena Younger and Joshaviah Kawala as Travis (with James T. Alfred as Walter Lee in the background) in the Guthrie Theater’s “A Ra

'A Raisin in the Sun' resonates on Guthrie stage

The company's first-ever production of the Lorraine Hansberry classic is the lightest version of the show the Twin Cities has seen in decades.
Director Aimee K. Bryant, right, choreographer Leah Nelson, top left, and music director Ginger Commodore are the forces behind “Memphis” at Artis

3 Black women bring 1950s 'Memphis' to the Twin Cities

Director Aimee K. Bryant, choreographer Leah Nelson and music director Ginger Commodore are the team behind the rock 'n' roll musical.
Kathleen Pomerleau released one of monarch butterflies she helped incubate from an egg.  What started as a lakeshore restoration project 20 years ago

Maple Grove couple's lakeshore restoration project nurtures monarch butterflies

Star Tribune Beautiful Garden winner shelters butterflies and serves as an educational tool.
Kimberly Richardson (Barb) and JoeNathan Thomas (Carl) star as husband and wife in “A Play by Barb and Carl,” Carlyle Brown’s show about the cou

'A Play by Barb and Carl' lifts the spirit and moves the soul

Review: Despite its clunky title, Carlyle Brown's story of love and caretaking is a must-see.
The cast of the Old Log Theatre’s “Escape to Margaritaville.”

Review: Old Log Theatre's 'Margaritaville' offers little room for escape

Review: The musical based on Jimmy Buffett songs fails to catch fire at Old Log Theatre.
Veteran actor Andre Shoals owns the stage as the Chimney Man in Theater Latte Da’s “Jelly’s Last Jam.” The show runs through May 8 at the Ritz

'Jelly's Last Jam' sweetens the stage with top flight artistry

Review: Director Kelli Foster Warder puts her arresting stamp on the musical about self-styled inventor of jazz, Jelly Roll Morton.
Eric Mueller

A 'not so big house' philosophy for a south Minneapolis reno

Maximized square footage and sustainability were key components for the homeowners.
Choreographer Kelli Foster Warder will wear a director’s hat for the first time at Theater Latte Da with the musical “Jelly’s Last Jam.”

Theater wonder woman ready to roll with 'Jelly's Last Jam'

Kelli Foster Warder makes her directorial debut at Theater Latte Da with musical about jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul will feature four Broadway productions and four concerts in its upcoming season.

Henry VIII's 'Six' wives are coming to the Ordway and so are 'My Fair Lady' and Patti LuPone

The 2022-23 roster includes "Beauty and the Beast," "Soldier's Play" and Damien Sneed.
Michael Che performed Friday at Steller Hair Co. in Minneapolis.

'SNL' star Michael Che walks back comment about leaving 'Weekend Update' anchor desk

The show's co-anchor posted on Instagram that his comments were made in jest.
Michael Che performed Friday night at Minneapolis’ Steller Hair Co.

At Minneapolis show, Michael Che says he's leaving the anchor desk at 'SNL'

The "Weekend Update" co-star broke the news at a pop-up show in a Minneapolis hair salon.
Composer Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning “Into the Woods” will be produced at the Guthrie Theater in summer 2023.

For its 60th season, Guthrie goes big with 'Into the Woods,' 'Hamlet'

The 2022-23 roster also includes a celebrated comedy, a world premiere by a Pulitzer winner and an Agatha Christie mystery.
The 5,622-square-foot structure boasts five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Ex-Vikings GM lists Eden Prairie home that's 'like a cabin Up North' for $975K

Rick Spielman's 5,622-square-foot home on a secluded lot boasts five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Kimberly Marable sparkles as Persephone in the Broadway tour of “Hadestown,” which runs through Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Review: 'Hadestown' takes an alluring and melodic journey to the underworld

If hell is about gorgeous music and terrific performances, we'll take it.
Lester Purry plays Thurgood Marshall in the one-man show “Thurgood” at Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul.

Penumbra's 'Thurgood' does Marshall plenty of justice

Review: The one-man show reunites longtime actor Lester Purry and director Lou Bellamy.
Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds  performed to a crowd of 14,000 fans at Target Center in Minneapolis on Feb. 27. Most of them near the sta

Some Twin Cities venues drop COVID protocols, others don't

As restaurants, sports venues and municipalities relax their pandemic protocols against a backdrop of declining COVID-19 cases, the decisions about keeping or tweaking health safety practices often involve multiple and sometimes complex stakeholders operating in a fluid, uncertain environment.
Lola Ronning, 14, and De’Anthony Jackson, 12, play lead characters in Children’s Theatre Company’s “Something Happened in Our Town.” The pla

'It could be me': Real-life tragedy intrudes on Children's Theatre play about police killings

The world premiere awakens fears and hopes with the cast of "Something Happened in Our Town" onstage and off.
Mark Valdez, a director, playwright and community activist from Los Angeles, says Mixed Blood Theatre has been an artistic home for him for  the past

Mixed Blood Theatre taps inventive director and playwright as its next leader

Mark Valdez, who has been the theater's artist-in-residence twice, will succeed Jack Reuler.
Louisa Darr, Dexieng “Dae” Yang, Janet Scanlon and Suzie Juul in “Man of God” at Theater Mu.

What should be done with the 'Man of God' who hides a camera in a girls' bathroom?

Review: Theater Mu's bold thriller marks Katie Bradley's evocative directorial debut.
The red brick building in the Warehouse district was home to Theatre de la Jeune from 1992 to 2008.

Church buys historic Mpls. building of former Tony-winning theater for $10 million

The property that once housed Theatre de la Jeune Lune has been sold to River Valley Church.
In December, Mohammed Lawal became only the second African American architect from Minnesota elevated to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows.

Twin Cities architect inducted into prestigious AIA College of Fellows

Mohammed Lawal, the CEO and principal architect at LSE Architects in Minneapolis, is the name behind a slate of distinct projects.
Want to buy Mike Zimmer's home? It's on the market for almost $2 million

Want to buy Mike Zimmer's home? It's on the market for almost $2 million

The ex-Vikings coach's 8,887-square-foot home in Inver Grove Heights was built in 2005 and has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a seven-car garage plus dozens of amenities.
The whole town of Bomont gathers for the faceoff between Ren McCormack (Alan Bach), center left, and Rev. Shaw Moore (Michael Gruber), center right, i

'Footloose' warms the heart and lightens the sole at Chanhassen

Review: The musical production features new dances, fresh talent and seamless transitions.
“Wicked” will kick off Hennepin Theatre Trust’s upcoming season of touring Broadway shows on July 27.

'Hamilton' and 'Wicked' will stop in Twin Cities during 2022-2023 Broadway season

The touring Broadway lineup features new musicals and a revamped production of "Les Misérables."
Choreographer Renee Guittar, right, and her actor-dancer husband Rush Benson on the set of Chanhassen’s “Footloose.”

The love story behind Chanhassen's 'Footloose,' which has a new bounce in its step

The theater tapped choreographer Renee Guittar and actor/dancer husband Rush Benson to update the musical opening this week.
Kevin Fanshaw, China Brickey, Bruce A. Young and Thomasina Petrus in Jungle Theater’s production of “Redwood” by playwright Brittany K. Allen.

This 'Redwood' branches out with humor but is rooted in feelings

The play at Jungle Theater tackles the country's difficult racial history from a place of love.
Kevin Fanshaw, left, and Bruce A. Young in Brittany K. Allen’s play, “Redwood,” at the Jungle Theater.

'Redwood' digs into a couple's twined roots, history

An interracial couple find that they are haunted by a past that neither of them knew.
In 2020, filmmaker E.G. Bailey, right, worked with Guthrie artistic director Joseph Haj, left, and actor Nathaniel Fuller to film “Dickens’ Holida

Guthrie Theater finishes pandemic year in the black

The theater attributed it to COVID-relief funds, cost-cutting measures and generous donations.
Andrew Leshovsky took a saliva PCR test Thursday at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. Leshovsky is director of marketing for Theater Latté Da, which

COVID cancellations take a heavy toll on the Twin Cities theater scene

Companies already operating on razor-thin margins are being hit by additional costs they can ill afford.
The Broadway tour of “Come From Away,” which celebrates the spirit of a small Canadian town, opened at the Orpheum Theatre Tuesday.

'Come From Away' finds grace and joy 1,500 miles from Ground Zero

Review: The Sept. 11-themed Broadway musical celebrates characters who ordinarily would be considered supporting cast members.
Michael Gruber and Ann Michels starred in “The Music Man” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Chanhassen cancels last week of 'Music Man,' delays opening of 'Footloose'

Multiple actors tested positive for COVID-19.
Albert Park plays Father and Olivia Lampert is his daughter Bina in the Lloyd Suh play, “Bina’s Six Apples,” at Children’s Theatre Company.

'Bina's Six Apples' is sweet, soulful and ripe with symbolism

Review: Lloyd Suh's big-hearted play has a rich cast of characters.
The touring cast of “Come From Away” includes Moorhead native Becky Gulsvig in front.

COVID cancels Minneapolis performances of Broadway musical, postpones Walker show

Standbys are being flown in so "Come From Away" can resume its scheduled run on Saturday night.
Olivia Lampert, left, and Sun Mee Chomet in the world premiere of “Bina’s Six Apples” at Children’s Theatre Company.

'Bina's Six Apples' gets to the core of hope, heritage and humanity

The world premiere of Lloyd Suh's play at Children's Theatre draws on his father's Korean War experience.
Actor Nubia Monks was excited to make her professional debut at the Guthrie Theater’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun.” On Monday, the theate

Guthrie postpones 'Raisin in the Sun,' cancels 'Destiny of Desire' due to COVID-19

The decisions were made because of COVID-19 cases in the cast.
Pioneering female pilot Beverley Bass, left, with Becky Gulsvig, who plays her in the Broadway tour of “Come From Away.”

'Come From Away' captures compassion, community and dreams

History-making pilot Beverly Bass inspired a character in the Broadway musical set during the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
JoeNathan Thomas played Daddy Warbucks and Audrey Mojica was Annie in “Annie” at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

Children's Theatre cancels last 4 performances of 'Annie'

The company said that it made the decision because of breakthrough COVID-19 cases.
Circus Abyssinia performed “Ethiopian Dreams” at Children’s Theatre Company in fall 2019.

Children's Theatre postpones show by Circus Abyssinia

The troupe's performance has been pushed back to fall because of omicron and the civil conflict in Ethiopia.
JoeNathan Thomas as Daddy Warbucks and Audrey Mojica as Annie in “Annie” at Children’s Theatre Company.

Pandemic brought new meaning to old shows as Twin Cities stages lit up again

1. "Annie." In a normal year, a sterling revival of "Annie" would be a tonic for sun-starved souls. But amid pandemic-wrought uncertainty, this story…
Sweeping $6.75 million estate overlooking Lake Minnetonka hits market

Sweeping $6.75 million estate overlooking Lake Minnetonka hits market

Several updates and additions have been made to the Orono home that sits on an estate spanning almost 8 acres.
The Music Man at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Snowstorm prompts cancellations at Twin Cities area theaters

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres has scotched performances of three productions on its stages as other theaters play it by ear.
Kyla Stone plays the title role of Anya, who seeks to discover the mystery of her past, in “Anastasia.”

Kyla Stone soars as Russian princess in Broadway tour of 'Anastasia'

Review: The lavish show weaves Romanov myth and music in a swirl of musical theater.
Julian White, better known as Brother Jules, hosted “The Twilight Zone” on KMOJ radio.

Brother Jules, who spun records for Prince and KMOJ, has died

He started working for Prince in the early 1990s, mixing music and DJing at his clubs, at Paisley Park and on his records.
Brave New Workshop founder Dudley Riggs, right, with successors John Sweeney and Jenni Lilledahl when they opened the theater’s Hennepin Avenue spac

Brave New Workshop, nation's oldest sketch comedy troupe, added to Hennepin Theatre empire

Hennepin Theatre Trust has bought the company whose alumni include Louie Anderson, Al Franken and Lizz Winstead.
The Bergs’ Latitude Studios has turned shipping containers into pool houses, offices and porches.

Minnesota couple turn shipping containers into stylish cabins, saunas, treehouses and more

They turned their need for a home office into a successful venture.
Director Bartlett Sher’s Broadway tour of “Fiddler on the Roof” speaks with urgency to a timeless theme.

'Fiddler on the Roof' speaks to the power of stories at Ordway

Review: The revived musical about Jewish refugees breathes with new dimensions and clear nuances in the St. Paul theater.
“Fiddler on the Roof” will be staged at the Ordway Center in St. Paul from Tuesday through Dec. 12.

'Fiddler on the Roof' at the Ordway is all about tradition with a twist

Director Bartlett Sher and choreographer Hofesh Shechter add their perspectives to the Broadway revival.
“All is Calm” has become a mainstay of the holidays at Theater Latte Da.

With these 6 Twin Cities holiday shows, there's something for everyone

Here are five shows that offer holiday cheer, and one that gives deadpan chills.
Nicole Pettit, center, picked collard greens at the Gethsemane Community Garden in downtown Minneapolis, Minn., on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, that will

Gethsemane Garden provides fresh produce oasis amid concrete of downtown Minneapolis

Gethsemane is a winner of the Star Tribune's annual Beautiful Gardens contest, whose guidelines were changed with the onset of the pandemic to be not just about aesthetics but also service.
Joseph Haj, Guthrie Theater’s artistic director, said the disruption at the playhouse last Friday left him gutted.

Guthrie issues an apology after disruptive tirade

The playhouse sent a letter to audience members acknowledging it failed to be a safe space.
Matthew Saldivar in “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theater.

After disruption at Guthrie's 'Christmas Carol,' Twin Cities theaters look at safety practices

Incident has propelled companies to examine procedures to de-escalate disruptive patron behavior.
Matthew Saldivar as Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie's all-new 'Christmas Carol' is a lyrical gift for the season

Review: Staged on a modern and spacious set, this adaptation depicts Scrooge's transformation with cinematic efficiency.
JoeNathan Thomas as Daddy Warbucks and Audrey Mojica as Annie in ‘Annie,’ which opened Friday at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

'Annie' brings its sunshine to CTC stage at last

Review: Children's Theatre's revival of the classic musical is a hopeful tonic for weary souls.
Bradley Heino insisted on a designer steel roof and LP smart siding on the home he built this year in Brooklyn Park.

The hail-proof house? These Minnesotans are working on it

Storm-resistant products have helped hail-weary Minnesotans cope.
Matthew Saldivar in “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie Theater goes big as it returns with an all-new 'Christmas Carol' this weekend

"I want us to come back looking like the Guthrie," says director Joseph Haj of the ambitious production — the theater's first in-house show since COVID.
A scene from the 2019 Broadway staging of “Oklahoma.”

Love, murder, mob justice: Reimagined musical 'Oklahoma!' is finally coming to Minneapolis

Director Daniel Fish talks about his vision for the Tony-winning revival, which launches its national tour Tuesday at the Orpheum.
Anita Ruth, left, and Tamara Kangas Erickson, right, in rehearsal with “Little Women The Broadway Musical” cast members at Artistry.   ] Photo cre

COVID-19 briefly shuts down two Twin Cities musicals

Shows at Artistry and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres have temporarily closed down over COVID-19 concerns.
JoeNathan, a horse blacksmith, will be playing the role of Daddy Warbucks in “Annie” at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

When he's not onstage, Minnesota actor JoeNathan Thomas is a professional cowboy

For this 'Annie' actor, it's a hard jock life.
Jamie Frazer, who works in costumes and is a member of IATSE Local 705, places a candle during a vigil on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at IATSE Local 80 in

Assistant director who handed gun to Alec Baldwin in fatal shooting had Minnesota ties

Dave Halls worked on several locally made films.
J.C. Cutler plays Sol Shank in “The People’s Violin” at Six Points Theater, which was formerly known as Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company.

Some say theater, others say theatre — what's the deal?

The former Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company has a new name and shifts to the ER camp.
JuCoby Johnson is the narrator in “Every Brilliant Thing” at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis.

Multifaceted 'Every Brilliant Thing' exults in living

Jungle Theater's one-act play is interactive and performed with the house lights on.
Cristina Florencia Castro, Katie Bradley, Nubia Monks and Sally Wingert perform in “The Comedy of Errors” by Ten Thousand Things.

Ten Thousand Things Theater returns with a lean, witty 'Comedy of Errors'

Review: Brisk one-act adaptation finds the comic heart of the Shakespearean classic.
Actors Cristina Florencia Castro, Katie Bradley, Nubia Monks and Sally Wingert strike a pose in the cast of “The Comedy of Errors” at Ten Thousa

Coronavirus forces a nomadic Minneapolis theater company to stay put for a change

Ten Thousand Things will stage "The Comedy of Errors" at a single venue for its entire six-week run.
The company of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at the Old Log Theater, including Michael Terrell Brown, bottom left, and Emily Scinto, bottom right.

Old Log Theatre mines mayhem for laughs in 'The Play That Goes Wrong'

REVIEW: The British farce is Old Log's most accomplished show in years.
Minneapolis condo offers penthouse views at a basement price

Minneapolis condo offers penthouse views at a basement price

The 23rd-floor unit overlooks downtown and has seen many soirees.
Faye Price said she is “appreciative and overwhelmed” for being named the 2021 recipient of the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award.

McKnight names Faye Price as its 2021 Distinguished Artist

She is credited with being a leading advocate for the arts and a force behind the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.
Austin Colby as Hans and Caroline Innerbichler as Anna in “Frozen.” Photo by Deen van Meer

Eagan native Caroline Innerbichler is magical in 'Frozen'

Review: Caroline Innerbichler warms the heart and tickles the funny bone in the Broadway tour of the Disney musical.
Greta Oglesby played Grandma Walker in “Black Nativity” in 2019.

Penumbra Theatre's 2021-22 season celebrates joy, healing and community

The four-show roster includes a play about Thurgood Marshall, "Black Nativity" and a world premiere by Harrison David Rivers.
Spacecrafting/Troy Thies

Modernist St. Paul house offers privacy and stunning views of Mississippi River

Architect melded couple's opposing ideas for Highland Park dream house.
The marquee of the renovated Capri Theater in Minneapolis.

Historic Minneapolis theater reopens Sunday after $12.5 million state-of-the-art renovation

The cultural venue reopens with a 250-seat auditorium, dance studio and tech center.
Caroline Innerbichler says she’s an open book just like her character Princess Anna in Disney Theatrical Productions’ “Frozen.” The musical op

Twin Cities-raised 'Frozen' star finally plays for hometown

Caroline Innerbichler auditioned 14 times before she snagged the lead role as Anna.
Greg Frankenfield (right) and Luke Aaron Davidson rehearsed a scene on stage for the Old Log Theater production “The Play That Goes Wrong.”

Old Log Theater owner makes professional debut in 'The Play That Goes Wrong'

Greg Frankenfield bought the theater in 2013 but it is the first time he's stepping on its stage as an actor.