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  • 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
  • The drama of being transgender
    Local theater companies are increasingly staging plays revolving around transgender characters.January 30, 2008
  • Performances take new leaps with digital technology
    This weekend fans of the Irish supergroup U2 can enjoy a new view of their favorite band. "U23D" is a three dimensional film that plunges a viewer into a huge stadium concert. It's just one new way that digital technology is being used to present performances.January 25, 2008
  • It's not just Asian-American theater, it's good theater
    After 15 years of performing in smaller theaters around the Twin Cities, the Asian-American company Theater Mu is getting some welcome exposure in high-profile venues like the Ordway Center and the Guthrie Theater.January 18, 2008
  • Robert Bly takes on a Norwegian masterpiece
    Minnesota author and poet Robert Bly has written a new translation of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt. It premieres on the Guthrie Theater stage this weekend.January 14, 2008
  • 50 years of 'West Side Story'
    West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno, hit theaters all over the globe in 1961, from Los Angeles to Japan to Brazil. NPR's Scott Simon explores the story of this musical in a documentary called, "A place for us: 50 years of 'West Side Story.'"Midday, December 24, 2007
  • Is everyone a critic?
    Professional criticism in newspapers may be declining, but the need for someone to weed through the wealth of media available online may be increasing.Midmorning, December 24, 2007
  • All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
    A new production retelling the true story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 reminds us of the power of music to make peace, even in wartime.December 20, 2007
  • The sound of Wendy
    When the Ordway Center in St. Paul, Minn., announced recently that Wendy Knox would be directing the holiday production of "The Sound of Music," it raised a lot of eyebrows - including her own.December 12, 2007
  • Helene Turnbull writes herself a new job
    A 70-year-old retired high school counselor writes her first play and gets it staged in St. Paul.December 7, 2007
  • St. Paul children's theater moves upstage
    SteppingStone Theatre hopes to find its spot in the limelight. This weekend the children's theater opens its new home in a prominent building in a prominent neighborhood.November 29, 2007
  • U of M doctors hear actor Charles Keating's commentary on aging
    There's a new show on aging opening at The Guthrie Theater. It's called "I and I: The Sense of Self." It's a one-man show starring British actor Charles Keating. Keating says the idea for the reading came from the University of Minnesota's Dr. Jon Hallberg, a commentator for MPR.November 27, 2007
  • For political news, America turns to comedians
    There's a long tradition of political satire in the U.S. Late-night TV comedians have been making fun of all the presidential candidates for months.November 9, 2007
  • Open Eye Figure Theatre opens a new home
    A new theatrical venue quietly opened in south Minneapolis recently. It's the new home for Open Eye Figure Theatre. It's a small operation. Yet the company is expected to have a big impact on the local theater scene.October 25, 2007
  • Kirby Puckett's modern tragedy on stage
    Twenty-years ago this month, Kirby Puckett led the Minnesota Twins to their first World Series victory. A new play at the History Theatre in St. Paul explores the Hall-of-Famer's tragic life as an adored sports icon struggling with off-the-field troubles.October 11, 2007

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