Performance Arts

  • Guthrie hosts McKellen as "King Lear"
    The highlight of the Guthrie Theater's new season will be a visit by actor Ian McKellen in the role of "King Lear," the theater announced Monday as it released its schedule for the 2007-2008 season.March 19, 2007
  • Jeune Lune ventures into the tried and true
    The acclaimed Twin Cities theater company Theatre de la Jeune Lune has been struggling with artistic and financial difficulties over the past few years. This season the company is hoping to reconfirm its artistic vision and strengthen its audience by revisiting some of its strongest shows.March 2, 2007
  • The Pope, the Witch, the U and the Church
    It's unusual for a student production to get any coverage in the media. But a play at the University of Minnesota is attracting more attention than the theater department ever imagined. It's inspired newspaper editorials, blogs, protests from clergy and politicians, and thousands of concerned citizen e-mails.March 1, 2007
  • Cherry Jones' sure performance
    One of the highest-regarded actresses on Broadway is touring in the play, "Doubt," a role that brought her glowing reviews in New York. Cherry Jones talks about her work on stage and film.Midmorning, March 1, 2007
  • The draw of Carousel remains
    The last time you heard "You'll Never Walk Alone" you were probably wearing a robe and carrying a diploma. But did you know where that song came from? It's from the Rogers and Hammerstein show, "Carousel" and it was an unusual musical for it's time.January 19, 2007
  • Actors run free in Off-Leash Area
    An award-winning experimental theater group called Off-Leash Area aims to pack an emotional wallop without using a lot of words.January 18, 2007
  • Minneapolis theater rides Disney's wave
    The phenomenal success of a Disney Channel movie called "High School Musical" may be duplicated on the stage--if the reception at its Minneapolis premiere is any indication.January 8, 2007
  • Stoppard finds no "ought" in the playwright's art
    He populates the stage with 19th-century Russian radicals and 20th-century rock 'n' rollers, and he fills the air with ideas. Playwright Tom Stoppard pays a visit to the Twin Cities.December 15, 2006
  • Season's greetings from Twin Cities stages
    In addition to all the Nutcrackers, Scrooge at the Guthrie, the Grinch at the Children's Theatre Company and some singers dreaming of a White Christmas at the Ordway, there are some unusual holiday stage shows that may be flying below your radar.December 12, 2006
  • Shapiro & Smith Dance goes on without Shapiro
    A Minnesota dance company takes the stage in Minneapolis this weekend without one of its key members. Danial Shapiro, co-creator of Shapiro & Smith Dance, died last month of prostate cancer.November 9, 2006
  • New play aims for balanced view of autism
    Mixed Blood Theatre peeks into the life of a young man with autism in its latest production, "Vestibular Sense."November 3, 2006
  • Minneapolis theater gets a nudge from Wendy Knox
    Frank Theatre in Minneapolis has a reputation for producing difficult, challenging works, often with a political point of view. That's because Frank's artistic director, Wendy Knox, wouldn't have it any other way.October 20, 2006
  • A life in the theater
    Neil Simon, who will be honored Sunday with the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, was at the Guthrie Theater on Oct. 8 for a conversation with its artistic director Joe Dowling.Midday, October 13, 2006
  • Fine arts scene holds budget gems
    You don't need a fortune to explore fine arts in the Twin Cities. With a little digging, you can find theater in bars, discount opera and free jazz.October 11, 2006
  • History Theatre goes political with 'Wellstone!'
    St. Paul's History Theatre goes political this season with its world-premiere production of "Wellstone!" based on the life of the late U.S. senator from Minnesota.October 5, 2006

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