Stage & Arts

Stage & Arts
October 12
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.
Stage & Arts
October 12
Collide Theatrical’s “Frankenstein” is a dance/theater hybrid with a surprisingly graceful (and female) monster. Betsy Nelson as Mary Shelley, R

A slithering monster brings 'Frankenstein' to life at Minneapolis' Southern Theater

REVIEW: This dance-theater hybrid by Collide is a lot of fun
Stage & Arts
October 9
Cassie Beck plays Heidi Schreck, as a teenager and an adult, in “What the Constitution Means to Me.”

Funny and moving, 'What the Constitution Means to Me' at Guthrie takes new look at old ideas

Review: Teenage enthusiasm for the document gives way to adult fears in thoughtful play at the Guthrie.
Stage & Arts
October 5
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.
Stage & Arts
September 29
Kyler Chase and Zoe Hartigan play strangers, chained together and forced to solve a mystery in Lyric Arts’ production of “The 39 Steps.”

'39 Steps' by Lyric Arts falls a few steps short

Review: Hitchcock adaptation begins well but then gets too pleased with itself.
Stage & Arts
September 21
Sally Wingert, left, and Regina Marie Williams in the premiere of playwright Ken LaZebnik’s “Animate” at the Como Zoo.

'Animate' offers buzzy spectacle and primal charisma at St. Paul's Como Zoo

Mixed Blood Theatre's new play tackles hot-button issues against the backdrop of animal exhibits.
Stage & Arts
March 13, 2020
Sushma Saha and Kai Alexander Judd star in “Interstate” at Mixed Blood Theatre.

World premiere musical in Minneapolis sends two queer performers on a 'bright, poppy' road trip

Joyful, ambitious musical is all about inclusion.
Stage & Arts
February 23, 2020
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.
Stage & Arts
December 11, 2019
Sara Kapner and Joe Joseph in the touring production of “The Band’s Visit.”

Minneapolis touring musical a 'gorgeous' story of music's power to connect

The final touring musical to arrive in the Twin Cities this year is also the best and, honestly, it's not even close.It's not as glitzy…
Stage & Arts
November 26, 2019
Mr. Darcy (Paul Rutledge) has a proposal for Lizzy (China Brickey) in “Pride and Prejudice” at Park Square Theatre through Dec. 22. “

St. Paul theater rips apart 'Pride and Prejudice' and reassembles it for today

A modern take on Jane Austen's classic novel invokes Queen and "Psycho."
Stage & Arts
November 1, 2019
Max Wojtanowicz and Elizabeth Hawkinson.

Fizzy musical at Old Log Theatre gets away with 'Murder'

Review: Witty "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" focuses on a charming hero who happens to be a serial killer.
Stage & Arts
October 28, 2019
God, played by James A. Williams, comes to Ella, Laura Stearns, for therapy in “O my God!” at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company.

Review: 'God' puts the divine one on the psychologist's couch

In "O my God!," the divine one has a crisis of confidence.
Music
October 14, 2019
Gary Briggle, left, James Napoleon Stone and Bruce Bohne star in “Rogue Prince: Henry IV Parts I and II,” adapted by Briggle from the Shakespeare

Minneapolis theater stages two-part Shakespeare play in a two-part venue

“I am old, I am old,” cries Falstaff in Theatre Coup d’Etat’s “Rogue Prince: Henry IV, Parts I and II,” a play very much about…
Stage & Arts
October 7, 2019
Gracie Anderson, center, as Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Show” at Park Square Theatre.

'Rocky Horror' still (somewhat) outrageous after all these years

The musical's second act falters, but lead Gracie Anderson never does.
Stage & Arts
September 23, 2019
“Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams” at Children’s Theatre Company.

'Ethiopian Dreams' offers thrills at Children's Theatre

The first circus on the CTC stage is like a mini Cirque du Soleil that also doubles as a cultural showcase.
Stage & Arts
September 16, 2019
Lisa Ramos, Lawrence Hutera and Beverly Tipton Hammond.

Middle-aged prince has midlife crisis in boisterous but flawed 'Pippin'

A middle-aged prince has a midlife crisis in Theatre 55's revived Broadway classic.
Music
August 5, 2019
Bill Pederson (Apollo) and Sarah Jackson (Daphne) in “La Dafne” by Bold North Baroque Opera.

New Twin Cities troupe takes opera back to its very beginnings

REVIEW: Written more than 400 years ago, "La Dafne" gets an intimate period staging.
Music
July 15, 2019
“Cosi Fan Tutte” by Mill City Summer Opera.

Rain mars Mozart in the ruins by Mill City Summer Opera

REVIEW: Dodgy weather marred an intriguing update of "Così fan Tutte" at Mill City.
Stage & Arts
June 3, 2019
Dana Lee Thompson and Doc Woods star as Ruth and Walter Lee Younger in Lyric Arts’ production of “A Raisin in the Sun.”

'Raisin in the Sun' still bears fruit in new production at Anoka's Lyric Arts

A new production elevates gender themes in 1950s statement on race.
Stage & Arts
May 20, 2019
Christina Baldwin, Jim Lichtscheidl, Faye M. Price, Eric Sharp, Michael Curran-Dorsano and Becca Hart in “Small Mouth Sounds” at the Jungle Theate

Like eavesdropping on strangers? Catch Jungle Theater's 'Small Mouth Sounds'

Review: Set at a silent retreat, the comedy/drama draws viewers' imaginations into discovering its secrets.