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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
This restored Dutch Colonial bed-and-breakfast in Duluth has perennial gardens with a gazebo, pergola, a waterfall and pond.

'Happy and homey' restored Duluth B&B now on market for $1.35M

The owners are writing another chapter of their fascinating lives.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, center, is the creator, composer and original title character in the hit musical ‘Hamilton,’ shown here in the ‘Yorktown’

'Hamilton' postponed yet again, this time for two years

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit was supposed to jump-start the post-pandemic Broadway slate in Minneapolis.
Faye Price is stepping down at Pillsbury House Theatre. ANTHONY SOUFFLÉ / Star Tribune

Arts leader Faye Price steps down after 21 years at Pillsbury House Theatre

The Pillsbury House Theatre leader, instrumental in the passage of the Legacy Amendment, is stepping down after 21 years.
This lake home Up North features a see-through entrance that reveals the lake.

Northern Minnesota lake house is 'a home, not a cabin'

Lake house in northern Minnesota brings refined comfort to cabin country.
SpacecraftingGreat room, condo in Mendota Heights

Huge Mendota Heights condo has small price tag, big HOA fees

The airy, 7,400-square-foot unit is ready for art, and soirees.
Minnesota 'saint' gardener uses plant sales to transform lives of youngsters in Tanzania

Minnesota 'saint' gardener uses plant sales to transform lives of youngsters in Tanzania

Roseville nurse and her plant sales support a school that is raising a nation in Tanzania.
“Nobody could out-scat her,” said a friend of Yolande Bruce.

Gifted, beloved Minnesota singer Yolande Bruce won fans all over the globe

After a performance at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, Yolande Bruce was sitting in on an after-show jam session when Roy Hargrove, the American…
Exterior, Moonacy Music Room

Unique $2.4M home in Plymouth includes concert venue with world-class stage

The Moonacy Music Room has hosted jams and hootenannies for up-and-coming singer/songwriters.
Reginald Dwayne BettsPhoto provided

In his journey from jail to Yale Law, felon-turned-poet writes 'to remember who I am'

Felon-turned-lawyer/poet Reginald Dwayne Betts kicks off a Talking Volumes series about race.
Alicia and Marc Belton with their children Gabrielle, 11, and Alexander 14.      ] GLEN STUBBE •   Monday, February 15,

For Twin Cities power couple and their family, home is an extension of faithful service

Twin Cities power couple Marc and Alicia Belton use their home to do the works of their faith.
Barbara Field’s adaptation of “Playing With Fire,” inspired by Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” was revived in 2018-19.

Barbara Field, a 'queen of adaptations' and champion of playwrights, dies at 87

Writer of Guthrie's "A Christmas Carol" also launched the Playwrights' Center, where she mentored many.
A Deephaven house features an open plan but with defined spaces created by varying the ceiling heights.

'Magical' $2.575 million Deephaven house offers privacy, nature views

The owner wanted a home that was contemporary but also warm, artful and comfortable.
Susan Magnuson

Stage manager Susan Magnuson called shows at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres for 45 years

Production stage managers sometimes are likened to air traffic controllers because they sit at the nerve centers of shows, working discreetly to make sure all…
A renovated 1989 house in Wayzata has windows that not just admit light but frame the outside.

Modernist $1.45M house in Wayzata frames nature as art

Former business owner and hairstylist turned home designer put a "distinctive" new house on a 1989 foundation.
Glensheen Mansion.

Minnesota homes of the rich, famous and felonious: Why we can't look away

Places with star auras or dark histories fascinate buyers and passersby.
Glensheen Mansion sat in morning light on Monday July 13, 2020.    ]ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.comGlensheen Mansion recently re-opened

7 famous and infamous Minnesota homes that draw public fascination

Here are a few noted Minnesota dwellings for celebrities, miscreants and TV characters.
JEFF WHEELER •  Closed since May, the Guthrie Theater didn’t expect to mount a show until March.

Guthrie reports pandemic-related record loss of nearly $3 million

The setback doesn't bode well for the Twin Cities' other arts institutions.
ArchipixHome in Nowthen

Fairytale $2M home outside of Minneapolis was inspired by medieval castles

French country-style estate was inspired by medieval castles.
Olivia Nienaber, 18, has become an avid gardener for pollinators at her family’s 10-acre homestead in Scandia. She plants flowers that draw hummingb

Scandia teen gardener and environmentalist is the butterfly whisperer

Scandia teen has planted more than 400 flowers, shrubs and trees in her bid to save pollinators.
Skid small group conversation. (Bruce Silcox)

Twin Cities-based Remember Project uses plays to talk about dementia and memory loss

Danette McCarthy was head of St. Croix Festival Theatre when she read a short play about memory loss in 2013. That work, "Steering into the…
The company of “Hamilton”

'Hamilton' to kick off Twin Cities Broadway season — if all goes well with pandemic

Theater would be restarting 16 months after shutting down.
Pierce McNally

Pierce McNally, lawyer, adventurer and humanitarian, dies at 71

To walk around downtown Minneapolis with lawyer, business owner and humanitarian Pierce McNally was to enter a near-magical realm where city streets felt like they…
Colin Simmons/Lakestreet Photography House on Groveland

$2.15M Minneapolis home on a hill has 'good karma' and beautiful skyline view

Historic home in Lowry Hill has been lovingly renovated to restore its luster.
Avahnii Lewis is one of five young Black artists from the North Side nonprofit Juxtaposition Arts who designed murals to mark the reopening of the Lak

Minnesota artists lead efforts to heal after George Floyd's death

How did George Floyd's death alter the way we think about the world? Artists, for one, have stepped up as healers and change agents.
Bill and Beverly Cottman, top, in their Minneapolis home, have been celebrating Kwanzaa for decades. They plan to light candles daily during this year

Kwanzaa takes on special meaning after the killing of George Floyd

Even dampened by pandemic, the African American celebration will be observed in homes and online.
This home in Eden Prairie is on the market for $1.5 million.

$1.5M Eden Prairie luxury home is a stargazer's delight

A couple built their Eden Prairie dream home to reflect their worldly and out-of-this-world passions.
This Victorian house, which overlooks Bde Maka Ska, has been restored to its original state, with all of the modern conveniences.

$2.2M Victorian home in Minneapolis updated with 'every modern convenience'

Owner wishes he could move his Victorian house overlooking Bde Maka Ska to Florida.
Cabin on Lake Huron

Former Minnesotan's Canadian cottage reveres nature on Lake Huron

Although the home was new construction, it was built within an existing footprint.
Kenny Turck in his garden near Litchfield, Minn., where he welcomes and counsels young people using gardening, or ecotherapy.

A Minnesota social worker uses gardening to help youth heal from trauma

A gardener and social worker uses produce to help young people with mental health challenges.
The house and ADU are located in Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood.

$500k home with accessory dwelling unit in Minneapolis comes with a backstory

The house in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood has a surprising past.
Penumbra Theatre artistic director Sarah Bellamy.

Penumbra Theatre leader Sarah Bellamy readies a vision to meet the moment

Recent grants bolster theater as it plans to add a suite of new wellness and racial equity programs.
The Guthrie and other theaters face large hurdles reopening in a post-COVID world.

Guthrie Theater cancels spring mini-season

Theater says it can't set date for reopening amid pandemic uncertainty.
Michal “Misha” Daniel

Michal Daniel, Twin Cities theater photographer who shot stars such as Meryl Streep and Savion Glover, dies at 64

Daniel died of natural causes in Prague, the city of his birth and where he had returned in 2015, according to his son.
The unsolicited Ford Foundation grant “thrilled” Sarah Bellamy, Penumbra Theatre’s artistic director.

Penumbra Theatre declared one of Ford Foundation's 'cultural treasures'

Ford Foundation declares theater an "American cultural treasure."
JEFF WHEELER • Closed since May, the Guthrie Theater didn’t expect to mount a show until March.

Guthrie will offer a virtual version of 'A Christmas Carol'

The Twin Cities will have its most-storied holiday tradition again in a new way.
Dudley Riggs, shown in September 2010, owned Brave New Workshop for 39 years, selling to current owners John Sweeney and Jenni Lilledahl in 1997.

Dudley Riggs, godfather of Twin Cities comedy scene, dies at 88

The founder of the nation's oldest sketch-comedy troupe taught generations of comic talent, including Louie Anderson and Al Franken.
Jamecia Bennett performed at a cabaret on the Ordway Center loading dock.

Ordway brings tears with its first show in six months – on a loading dock

The cabaret-style performance is the first of a series that will continue Saturday.
Claudia Rankine

In her new book 'Just Us,' Claudia Rankine invites us all to talk about white privilege

Silence on the issue equals "the constant death of Black people," says the first guest in this year's virtual Talking Volumes series,
Children’s Theatre students created the original musical“Covidtown” to perform via Zoom.

Twin Cities theaters miss applause and audiences but want to reopen safely

Rohan Preston Star Tribune Directors miss tussling over ideas and emotions in a rehearsal room. Actors crave the applause of live audiences. Theatergoers long…
Protesers marched past First Avenue Saturday night. ] The 10k March for a “Free North” began outside US Bank Stadiu

These 5 civil rights leaders changed Minnesota — but not as much as they hoped

For decades, these leaders marched and protested, rallied and fought against injustice.
Mark Ferraro-Hauck

Beset by debt, two St. Paul theater companies join forces to survive

Park Square and Stepping­Stone had been in talks before pandemic made their partnership urgent.
Penumbra founder Lou Bellamy and his daughter Sarah Bellamy toured the "Penumbra Theatre at 40" exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

St. Paul's Penumbra gets a new name and a new mission: Promoting 'arts, racial equity and wellness'

The Penumbra Center for Racial Healing still will produce plays, but performing arts is becoming just one of three areas of focus.
Gautham Raja and Sonal Raval in “Crushed,” one of several works at the Fringe centering on the immigrant experience. Vishwanath Somashekar

Minnesota Fringe Festival tries to prove that theater can thrive online

The festival was always about experimentation. Now, it's trying to prove that theater can survive online.
Macalester College Prof. Harry Waters Jr. started Outside Voices, a combination of laughing yoga and theater exercises occurring weekly at Powderhorn

Stress making you scream? Join the club with weekly gathering at south Mpls. park

A theater artist and Macalester professor creates a ritual of release during COVID and George Floyd crucibles.
A protester on 38th Street near the intersection of Chicago Avenue.

Minority Minnesota artists speak out with collection of essays

Editor's note: Influential Black members of the Minnesota arts community have joined together to “illuminate an unabashed and missing narrative” for “a historical moment of…
Eden Prairie home

$1.19M estate in Eden Prairie sits on bluff with incredible views of Minnesota River

The house isn't visible from the street. All you see is the long driveway that leads to the 1.64-acre lot.
CTC will reprise the successful “Seedfolks” in its upcoming season. Sonja Parks (pictured) previously played all the roles in the U.S. production.

Children's Theatre will not reopen until March of next year

Live stage productions will relaunch with "Annie" and "Seedfolks."
Performers with the Theater of Public Policy added telephone improv for free to people feeling lonely or worried due to COVID-19.

Twin Cities improv troupe offers 'Phone a Friend' outreach to those feeling isolated

The idea occurred to writer and improviser Keren Gudeman during a jog around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.
Jamie Grant’s last day as the Ordway Center’s president and CEO is Aug. 31.

Ordway president and CEO to leave for Calif. job

Jamie Grant broadened the center's programming beyond Broadway.
Using facial expressions for emphasis, Nic Zapko interpreted during a Gov. Tim Walz news conference.

Can't stop watching Gov. Walz's ASL interpreter? You're not alone

Nic Zapko is drawing huzzahs for her strength and expressive interpreting of Gov. Tim Walz's news conferences during the COVID-19 and George Floyd emergencies.
A sign at an entrance to the Guthrie Theater stated that the building was closed.

After 'financially devastating' show cancellations, Guthrie Theater cuts staff by 79%

It's the latest pandemic fallout for the downtown Minneapolis theater.

The return of 'Hamilton' to Minneapolis pushed back nearly a year

Touring Broadway shows such as "Frozen," "Tootsie" and "Come From Away" have been re-scheduled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Guthrie and other theaters face large hurdles reopening in a post-COVID world.

Facing pandemic peril, Twin Cities arts groups seek a way forward

Theater, which relies on people gathering in numbers to take in an experience, has been devastated.
A custom-built, five-bedroom house in Golden Valley’s Tyrol Hills neighborhood is listed at $1.025 million.

$1.025M California-modern house is Hollywood glam in Golden Valley

A mid-'70s home in Golden Valley offers nature, artsy design and proximity to downtown.
“Ghostbusters” co-star Ernie Hudson — and Slimer — recorded an uplifting video message for a fan through the Cameo app.

'Ghostbusters' actor Ernie Hudson records messages of hope from Minnesota

The Hollywood actor is riding out the pandemic at his house in the Twin Cities, where he sometimes dons his old "Ghostbusters" jumpsuit and records messages to cheer up fans.
Married 25 years, partners in work and in love Carlyle Brown and Barbara Rose posed for a photo outside their Minneapolis apartment

After his wife suffered a stroke, a Twin Cities playwright rewrote his definition of partnership

Twin Cities playwright became a caregiver to the woman who had been his collaborator.
One of the most popular stops along the 3-mile-drive each spring at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the flowering crabapple collection featuring

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will open Friday to vehicle traffic

Visitors will be able to experience thousands of spring blooms — from a distance.
“Waitress,” Grammy winner Sara Bareilles’ hit show that has played the Orpheum in Minneapolis, will now have an Ordway engagement (March 9-14, 2

Pandemic aside, Ordway 'plows ahead' with new season

The feel-good roster includes "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" as well as a return of "Waitress."
On “Celebrity IOU,” Jonathan Scott, Michelle O’Neill, Viola Davis and Drew Scott take part in the big reveal of O’Neill’s remodeled home.

Oscar winner Viola Davis blesses Minnesota actress pal with home makeover on new HGTV show

Megastar Viola Davis plays real-life angel to her Minnesota friend Michelle O'Neill on HGTV's "Celebrity IOU."
Shanan Custer looked through her script while taking part in a rehearsal for “Couple Fight: The Musical!” with her husband, Eric Webster, in 2018.

Minnesota Fringe Festival canceled in face of coronavirus pandemic

The future of the Upper Midwest's largest performing arts event is in doubt because of the pandemic.
A sign at an entrance to the Guthrie Theater on March 15.

Guthrie Theater cancels rest of its 2019-20 season

The Guthrie's building, which used to be open seven days a week, will remain closed until further notice.
Helen Anker with Keith Rice in the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s “Camelot.”
Heidi Bohnenkamp

Guthrie, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres star fears she has been stricken with coronavirus

Helen Anker, who starred in "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot," is in self-quarantine.
Stephen Pelinski and Veanne Cox headlined the Guthrie’s 2007 production of “Private Lives,” the Noël Coward comedy that will be revived in Sept

Coming up at the Guthrie: Kathleen Turner as Molly Ivins, 'In the Heights,' more

On tap are Kathleen Turner's Guthrie debut, Lin-Manuel Miranda's breakout musical and Joe Dowling's return.
Michael Gruber (center) in "The Music Man" at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Chanhassen's 'Music Man' captivates while toning down archaic gender politics

Review: Director Michael Brindisi's smooth production tones down archaic gender politics.
Director Anne Bogart talked with actor Donnell E. Smith, who plays Pentheus, during rehearsal of “The Bacchae.”

Auteur Anne Bogart brings 'The Bacchae' to the Guthrie

Auteur Anne Bogart closes some circles with "The Bacchae" at the Guthrie.
Leslie Alexander as Mrs. Higgins, Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle and Kevin Pariseau as Colonel Pickering in the touring production of “My Fair Lad

Broadway tour of 'My Fair Lady' gorgeous and problematic at Orpheum in Minneapolis

Bartlett Sher's lush 2018 revival uses wit and irony to mute show's sexist baggage.
Ricky Falbo starred in the 2016 production of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” at Children’s Theatre.

'Wimpy Kid' anchors a revival-heavy Children's Theatre season

The show anchors a season heavy on revivals, including "The Wizard of Oz," "Seedfolks" and "Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat."
Ronnie Allen in “Thunder Knocking on the Door” by Ten Thousand Things Theater Company.

'Thunder Knocking on the Door' returns to the Twin Cities two decades after bowing at Guthrie

Blues fable "Thunder Knocking on the Door" returns in an elemental production.
Bonni Allen, Jen Maren, Shana Eisenberg, Sara Marsh and Melinda Kordich in the Old Log production of “The Dixie Swim Club.”

Old Log Theatre's 'Dixie Swim Club' plumbs the depths of life with laughter

The Old Log revival of "The Dixie Swim Club" offers a well-timed cornpone comedy about the stages of life.
Director Eric Morris, right, observed during the rehearsal of Dixie Swim Club." BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Eric Morris directed a rehearsal for "Dixie Sw

A young leader strikes sparks at Minnesota's venerable Old Log Theatre

Artistic leader Eric Morris is trying to lure younger audiences while retaining longtime fans.
Marcelo Mena in "Spamtown USA."
Children's Theatre

Children's Theatre play 'Spamtown' uses charm and wit to navigate bitter 1980s P-9 strike

New Children's Theatre play "Spamtown" uses child's-eye charm to navigate bitter 1980s P-9 strike in Austin, Minn.
The Ordway presented "42nd Street" as its summer musical in 2019. Photo by Rich Ryan

Musical 'Groundhog Day' won't see the light at Ordway this summer

Partnerships to defray expense of $1 million production fell through.
Tony-nominated director Marion McClinton, who piloted August Wilson's plays to both Twin Cities and Broadway stages, will be celebrated March 1.

Tony-nominated director McClinton to be celebrated March 1 at Minneapolis' Pillsbury House Theatre

The legacy of Tony-nominated director Marion McClinton, who piloted August Wilson's plays to Broadway, will be celebrated March 1 in Minneapolis.
Garrison Keillor canceled his planned fundraising show for the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis.

Garrison Keillor cancels event at Woman's Club over 'social media' complaints

Fallout continues for former "A Prairie Home Companion" host, who was dropped by MPR in 2017.
Australian actress Nicole Kidman (L) and Scottish actor Ewan McGregor (R) in a scene from the movie "Moulin Rouge" which was nominated for 8 Oscars.

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Whether you're paired up, poly-ed up or single, these plays and movies are a great way to prime an evening of romance.