Stage & Arts

Stage & Arts
May 9
Adam Qualls, foreground, plays Jesse James in the Chan Poling-Jeffrey Hatcher musical “The Defeat of Jesse James,” at the History Theatre in St. P

Review: 5 surprising things you learn in 'The Defeat of Jesse James' at History Theatre

The new Chan Poling-Jeffrey Hatcher musical is contemporary and historical at the same time.
May 1
Abilene Olson (left) and Christina Wade explore public life in “First Lady Suite,” through May 6.

Review: 'First Lady Suite' at Elision is a smashingly entertaining chamber musical

Four presidents' wives take center stage in a show that imagines what their lives were like.
Stage & Arts
April 25
Babe (Falicia Nichole, center) leads the workers in “The Pajama Game” at Artistry.

Review: 'The Pajama Game' is a beautifully sung trip into the past of musicals

"Hey There" and "Steam Heat" are the hits in the old-fashioned show, set in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Stage & Arts
April 18
Regina Marie Williams plays Gertrude and Michael Braugher is Hamlet in Joseph Haj’s 60th anniversary production of “Hamlet” at the Guthrie Theat

Review: A good night, indeed, with the sweet prince — 'Hamlet' lights up Guthrie stage

Director Joseph Haj and star Michael Braugher write a new chapter with Shakespeare's monumental tragedy.
Stage & Arts
April 5
Jane Froiland plays Marie Antoinette in Lauren Gunderson’s “The Revolutionists,” a Prime Productions show at Park Square Theatre.

Review: Off with their heads? 'Revolutionists' mines laughs during French reign of terror

Shelli Place's staging of the Lauren Gunderson dramedy is slyly, dryly funny.
Stage & Arts
April 3
Mai See (Dexieng Yang), left, and Melody Her (Quest) find lots in common in Theater Mu’s world premiere musical “Again.”

Review: World premiere musical 'Again' is funny, tuneful and about cancer

Theater Mu presentation is partially inspired by playwright Katie Ka Vang's journey.
Stage & Arts
March 22
From left, Jonathan Grunert as professor Henry Higgins, Madeline Powell as Eliza Doolittle and John Adkison as Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady.�

Review: Updated 'My Fair Lady' pushes you back while drawing you in

Is beautiful music enough to overlook a sexist throwback cad in the touring Broadway production at the Ordway?
Stage & Arts
March 15
Melvin Carter Jr., played by Mikell Sapp, tells his story in “Diesel Heart” at History Theatre.

Review: 'Diesel Heart' is more tell than show at History Theatre

The world premiere is a biographical drama about former St. Paul officer Melvin Carter Jr.
Stage & Arts
March 14
Friends played by Eric Hagen, left, and JuCoby Johnson grapple with the end of the world in “5,” a Jungle Theater/Trademark Theater co-production.

Review: Characters in '5' imagine the unimaginable

JuCoby Johnson's comedy/drama at the Jungle is a world premiere.
Stage & Arts
March 7
Isabel Nelson invites audiences to a “Feast,” a Walking Shadow production at the Black Forest Inn. The show runs through April 1.

Here's what to expect when 'Feast' combines pork ribs with chills

The Walking Shadow Theatre/Black Forest Inn production is provocative and filling.
Stage & Arts
February 28
Annie Wilkes (George Keller) imprisons writer Paul Sheldon in Yellow Tree Theatre’s “Misery.”

Review: 'Misery' finds macabre humor in the midst of a snowstorm

The play is based on the Stephen King novel about a writer and his "No. 1 fan."
Stage & Arts
February 20
Broadway also-rans Helen Anker, Jodi Carmeli, Tod Petersen and Shad Hanley come to the rescue of a small Indiana town’s high school student in “Th

Review: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres gets adventurous with 'Prom'

The entertaining musical nails down humor and heart even in its quieter moments.
Stage & Arts
February 15
Atticus Finch (Richard Thomas) addresses the jury as he tries a racially charged case in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Review: New 'To Kill a Mockingbird' playing at Orpheum respects the old

Aaron Sorkin shifts the focus of Harper Lee's novel to reveal hidden stories in a touring production starring Richard Thomas.
Stage & Arts
January 24
Steven Epp and Reed Northrup in “The Little Prince.”

Review: 'Little Prince' at Guthrie captures classic book's delicate tone

Dominique Serrand directed the adaptation, which uses simple stage tricks to spark imagination.
Stage & Arts
January 17
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.
Stage & Arts
January 11
Andrew Levitt and Niki Metcalf star in “Hairspray” at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Review: 'Hairspray' brings wit and energy to the Orpheum

The big-haired, big-hearted show has one great song after another.
Stage & Arts
December 7, 2022
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.
Stage & Arts
December 6, 2022
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.
Stage & Arts
December 6, 2022
Joy Dolo plays a tavern owner in “Christmas at the Local.”

Review: 'Christmas at the Local' by Theater Latté Day is cozy in a minor-key

Theater Latté Da's holiday show "Christmas at the Local" offers carols, stories and saltwater taffy.
Stage & Arts
December 2, 2022
Marisa B. Tejeda and Becca Hart are “Georgiana & Kitty” in Jungle Theater’s Jane Austen-themed holiday comedy.

Review: 'Georgiana & Kitty' are forward-thinking friends in Jungle Theater comedy

The third holiday show inspired by "Pride and Prejudice" is another winner.

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