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Left Improv actors Hannah, and Taha perform an act based on a audiences annoyance with her phone not updating Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The rest is still unscripted: Minneapolis’ distinct improv comedy scene

Katie Lauer
June 22, 2017

Long form improv is not “ComedySportz,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” or “Saturday Night Live.”The style moves away from games and skits, and features shows of multiple unscripted scenes, created...

Audience members seat themselves before the Altered Esthetics Film Festival on Thursday, June 1 at the Southern Theater on West Bank.

The Southern Theater’s fringes of film-making

Gunthar Reising
June 7, 2017

Inside the reception area, three dancers wove through the crowd shouting commands to each other like “Sustain!” while three people worked at separate keyboards. A girl waved her arms in the corner,...

Cast members of

Local playwrights unpack post-election America in new theater series

Maddy Folstein
April 18, 2017

It’s common for theater to stage modern political issues — and Pillsbury House Theatre has done just that.The local company is responding directly to post-election America with a new series of...

Student actors perform a rehearsal of

UMN BFA Actor Training Program to showcase “The American Clock”

Maddy Folstein
April 6, 2017

The style of “The American Clock” differs from Arthur Miller’s more traditional plays like “All My Sons”.The production has been described an “epic vaudeville.” “It’s very presentational,”...

Guest speakers Harry Waters Jr. and Thomasina Petris, both local actors and teachers, read sections of the play Anna in the Tropics during a class at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The On Stage program works to bring theater into classrooms like this one and the Twin Cities community.

Local group OnStage works to connect Twin Cities audiences with theater

Maddy Folstein
March 9, 2017

Within the theater community, engaging new audiences can be difficult — but a local group is lifting the curtain and exposing the art form’s power to new viewers. The program, OnStage, seeks to...

The cast of These Things Happen perform on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis-produced play ‘These Things Happen’ graces Phoenix Theater stage

Joe Cristo
February 22, 2017

Now through Feb. 26, the Phoenix Theater is hosting the darkly comedic play “These Things Happen.” Written and directed by local playwright L. Alan Mason, the play serves as a “concurrent-quel”...

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'King Lear, by William Shakespeare, directed by Joseph Haj
Guthrie Theater,  2/10/17
Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Scenic Design: Marion Williams
Costume Design: Jennifer Moeller

Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson

‘King Lear’ is back at the Guthrie Theater after a 20 year hiatus

Sophia Vilensky
February 22, 2017

The Guthrie Theater welcomed William Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” to the stage for the first time in over 20 years, earlier this month. Directed by Joseph Haj, the play will run through April...

Albert Walla poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Northrop Auditorium. Walla is an ASL teacher at Eden Prarie High School and an avid theater attendee.

Twin Cities theaters make plays more accessible to deaf community

Katie Lauer
February 16, 2017

Albert Walla estimates that he’s seen over 2,000 theater performances in the last 30 years. But as a deaf person, Walla faces his own set of challenges when attending theater shows.When the 64-year-old...

The original broadway cast of Hamilton.

‘Hamilton’ will be here eventually, Minneapolis

Maddy Folstein
January 19, 2017

For those of you who’ve been following “Hamilton” for months but haven’t been able to make the trek to Broadway, you have much to look forward to. The show will come to Minneapolis for the 2018-2019...

The Guthrie Theater's production of Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Kate Hamill and directed by Sarah Rasmussen.

Review: The Guthrie’s “Sense and Sensibility”

Maddy Folstein
September 22, 2016

Disclaimer: the person who wrote this review has never read a Jane Austen novel.The person who wrote this review has also realized the error of her ways.As it happens, the Guthrie Theater’s production...