Stage & Arts

Stage & Arts
November 22
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.
Stage & Arts
November 15
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.
Stage & Arts
November 2
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.
Stage & Arts
October 28
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.
Stage & Arts
October 17
Vinecia Coleman stars in the joyous “Weathering” at Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul.

Review: 'Weathering' is a buoyant blast of joy at Penumbra Theatre

Harrison David Rivers' comedy-drama is a world premiere.
Stage & Arts
October 11
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.
Stage & Arts
October 11
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.
Stage & Arts
September 30
Leads Neal Beckman and Amanda Mai bring tons of personality to “Once Upon a Mattress” at Old Log Theatre.

Review: Outstanding lead finds a comfy perch in 'Once Upon a Mattress'

Amanda Mai is the best thing about the silly, retro musical.
Stage & Arts
September 30
Dylan Frederick, Becca Hart, Reese Britts and Vie Boheme live life in reverse in the musical “Merrily We Roll Along” at Theater Latte Da.

Review: Dreams are lost and friendships abandoned in thrilling 'Merrily We Roll Along'

The Stephen Sondheim musical, told backward, makes perfect sense at Theater Latté Da.
Stage & Arts
September 27
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.
Stage & Arts
September 23
Viet Vo, Rebecca Hirota and Emjoy Gavino in the Guthrie Theater’s fall opener, “Vietgone,” a love story about war refugees searching for home an

Review: Messy, vibrant 'Vietgone' at the Guthrie is a love story that raps

The Guthrie's season opener is a comedy-drama inspired by creator Qui Nguyen's parents' path to the U.S.
Stage & Arts
September 13
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.
Stage & Arts
September 13
Blanche (Nora Targonski-O’Brien) gradually loses her grip on reality when she visits her sister (Kendall Kent, left) and brother-in-law (Nathan Keep

Review: 'A Streetcar Named Desire' hits the head more than the heart

Yellow Tree Theatre pares the classic to just four characters.
Stage & Arts
August 30
Things get messy when two couples meet in “God of Carnage,” featuring (from left) Peter Christian Hansen, Sara Marsh, Luverne Seifert and Mo Perry

Review: 'God of Carnage' turns cocktails into a nightmarish, comic brawl

Four characters say goodbye to civility in play at St. Paul's Gremlin Theatre.
Stage & Arts
August 5
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.
Stage & Arts
July 26
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.
Stage & Arts
June 30
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.
Stage & Arts
June 28
Emma (Amelia Pedlow) with Frank Churchill (Ryan Colbert) in “Emma” at the Guthrie Theater.

Review: 'Emma' keeps the laughs coming at the Guthrie Theater

The world premiere adaptation of Jane Austen's novel is a hoot that also finds the hurt behind the humor.
Stage & Arts
June 17
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.
Stage & Arts
June 17
From left, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott, Lauren Anderson and Taj Ruler

Review: Brave New Workshop's comeback show is determined to soothe troubled souls

Review: The troupe takes a gentler approach in its first show since the start of the pandemic and a change in owners.

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