Performance Arts

  • New play considers life after 70
    Some of the most seasoned theater professionals in the Twin Cities are working together to show what life is like after 70.April 9, 2008
  • Guthrie announces new season
    The Guthrie Theater will present 19 plays in its 2008-2009 season, including world premier productions of a new "Little House on the Prairie" musical and a new play by Tony Kushner.March 24, 2008
  • The hunt for Frank Theatre
    A Minneapolis theater company has taken over an abandoned building to bring its latest play to audiences. Once the run of the show is over, the building will be destroyed.March 24, 2008
  • A dance explores comfort, intimacy and justice
    A new dance premiering in Minneapolis this weekend explores what it means to hold, to be held, and the consequences of holding on too tightly to something, whether it's a person or an idea.March 20, 2008
  • Guthrie Theater to premiere 'Little House' musical Aug. 15
    A musical based on the "Little House" books about Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneering Midwest family will have its world premiere Aug. 15 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.March 4, 2008
  • What our masks reveal about ourselves
    A Minneapolis photographer uses an ancient art form to get her subjects to examine their inner selves. Barbara Cummard leads workshops where people make face masks revealing something about who they are on the inside, which she then captures on film.February 29, 2008
  • New Ordway season projects Hollywood influence
    The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 2008-2009 theatrical season will feature six musicals all with Hollywood roots.February 27, 2008
  • 50 years of social satire at Brave New Workshop
    When it opened 50 years ago, the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis was one of the first theaters for improv sketch comedy and social satire in the nation. But can anybody remain Brave and New for 50 years?February 26, 2008
  • Crime and punishment for teenagers
    A 13-year-old kid drops a rock off a bridge on a highway overpass. The rock hits a car and kills the driver. Is the teen guilty of murder? A play at the Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis is asking questions of teen audiences, and getting some surprising answers.February 22, 2008
  • Celebrating and satirizing Anton Chekhov
    Actors and musicians in Minneapolis are using the dark heart of winter as the perfect setting for celebrating and satirizing the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.February 20, 2008
  • Jeune Lune gets back to basics
    This weekend in Minneapolis, Theater de la Jeune Lune opens its new show, "Fishtank." The company is in a deep financial hole. After years of doing lavish operas and classical French theater, Jeune Lune is going back to its clowning roots as it tries to rebuild.February 15, 2008
  • The many sides of hip hop
    Hip hop music appeals to a wider audience than ever. Poet and dancer Marc Bamuthi Joseph says he hopes to teach people of all ages and races that hip hop is not monolithic, and not all negative.Midmorning, February 11, 2008
  • Sweeney Todd: On stage and on screen
    Sweeney Todd pits the screen against the stage, with a new film version starring Johnny Depp, and a touring Broadway production at the State Theater in Minneapolis. An area Stephen Sondheim expert went to both and compares the two productions.February 8, 2008
  • Martin McDonagh makes 'a black comedy about despair'
    Writer Martin McDonagh makes people laugh. He also leaves theater-goers feeling bad at what's making them chuckle. He's had a string of hit plays on Broadway. Now he's about to make a whole new audience uncomfortable as he hits U.S. screens with his debut feature film "In Bruges."February 8, 2008
  • Journey through dance and continents
    Choreographer Garth Fagan brings classics and new work to the stage in homage to visual artist Romare Bearden. He also talks about the impact of jazz and the music of South America and Africa on modern dance.Midmorning, February 7, 2008

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