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Local playwrights unpack post-election America in new theater series

Cast members of

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 five, ten-minute plays called, “The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation.”"[Pillsbury House] sat down ...

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

Student actors perform a rehearsal of

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,” said Cullen Arbaugh, who plays Frank Howard, Kapush, Theodore Quinn and a Mississippi sheriff. “When...

Local group OnStage works to connect Twin Cities audiences with theater

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.

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 connect Twin Cities theaters with non-traditional theater-going audiences, and Lucas Erickson — a...

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

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

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” to his earlier work, “Abby & Ethan.”The story centers around Dave McDowell (played by David Alb...

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

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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

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 2 on the Wurtele Thrust stage.The show begins with a question of devotion. A rhetoric of love is s...

Twin Cities theaters make plays more accessible to deaf community

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.

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 saw his first interpreted show in 1975 — a performance of “A Chorus Line” on Broadway &mda...

‘Hamilton’ will be here eventually, Minneapolis

The original broadway cast of Hamilton.

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 Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin Season.I was lucky enough to see the Chicago production of the sh...

Review: The Guthrie’s “Sense and Sensibility”

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

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 of “Sense and Sensibility” may have had something to do with this realization.Following the death of their fath...

At Circus Juventas, youth learn the ropes

Abby Guggisberg practices aerial silks at Circus Juventas at their location in the Highland neighborhood of St. Paul on July 22.

Sophia Vilensky

July 27, 2016

Walking into Circus Juventas a week before summer show time, the scene is reminiscent of any other heavily youth-casted community play. Parents paint sets, the best brushes daub on stage makeup and Soffe-clad tweens practice the subtle art of flirting.Then they start to bend.Suddenly, you’re no long...

Staging a sonic odyssey

Danylo Loutchko

April 28, 2016

Watch out, hearing aids — Moll is a girl who invents a machine that lets people hear sounds that can’t be heard.     Swandive Theatre’s production of “Kid Simple: a radio play in the flesh” is obsessed with the imaginative powers and limitations of sound. The sho...