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  • Civil rights history takes stage at Guthrie
    "The Scottsboro Boys," which opens Friday at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, tells the story of a pivotal civil rights case. John Kander, half of the Kander and Ebb team which wrote the musicals "Cabaret," and "Chicago," is in Minnesota working on the show.August 5, 2010
  • Fringe Festival preview: Groundbreakers, the digestive tract, and losers on stage
    The 17th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival pulls up the curtains tomorrow at 15 venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota Public Radio's Arts Unit went to find out what's making this year's "Fringe" unique.August 4, 2010
  • A history of theater in Minnesota
    Cathy Wurzer and historian Annette Atkins discuss theater's long history in Minnesota.July 28, 2010
  • Dowling: Next five years will be challenging for the Guthrie
    Joe Dowling, who has agreed to remain artistic director of the Guthrie Theater for another five years, says the poor economy is hurting his theater and other arts organizations.July 20, 2010
  • Dowling to remain at Guthrie for 5 more years
    The board of the Guthrie Theater has extended the contract of director Joe Dowling for another five years.July 19, 2010
  • A theater's roof becomes part of the act
    When Jason Peterson and his wife, Jessica Lind, converted a furniture warehouse into a space for their theater company, they thought the space was perfect. And it was, except for one thing: the roof.April 26, 2010
  • Guthrie's 'Tiny Kushner' to get London staging
    The Guthrie Theater's production of five short Tony Kushner plays will be staged at London's Tricycle Theatre in September.April 16, 2010
  • Guthrie will premier Erdrich's "Master Butcher's Singing Club"
    The Guthrie Theater announced Wednesday it will open its next season with a world premier adaptation of Louise Erdrich's bestselling novel "The Master Butcher's Singing Club."April 7, 2010
  • Theater companies form Minnesota Theater Alliance
    The Minnesota Theater Alliance will serve as an umbrella organization to serve the needs of individual companies, and promote the state's wide-ranging theater community.March 25, 2010
  • Spalding Gray's stories live on through his wife
    When writer and performer Spalding Gray committed suicide in 2004, fans mourned both him and the loss of his monologues. Many believed only he could perform them. Now a new show, "Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell," proves that is not true.March 18, 2010
  • Estelle Parsons delves into 'August, Osage County'
    Over the years Estelle Parsons has excelled at many different kinds of acting: she won an Oscar for her role in "Bonnie and Clyde." On TV she had regular roles in both "All in the Family" and on "Roseanne" as Roseanne Barr's acerbic mother. Now she's in St Paul where she is playing Violet Weston, the wasp-tongued, pill-popping matriarch of a dysfunctional family in the awardwinning play "August, Osage County."March 16, 2010
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatres sold
    Chanhassen Dinner Theatres have been sold to a group led by longtime artistic director, Michael Brindisi.March 16, 2010
  • Duluth indie rockers Low reach for 'Heaven' with dance
    Duluth indie band Low is trying something very new about a very old subject as band members are collaborating with Minneapolis choreographer Morgan Thorson on "Heaven," a dance exploring religious ritual.March 4, 2010
  • Black Pearl Sings and touches on difficult issues
    A new play at Penumbra Theater in St. Paul explores the relationship between an academic collecting slave songs and a woman prisoner who claims to have the songs the researcher needs.February 17, 2010
  • Director says themes in Noel Coward's 'Brief Encounter' remain timeless
    It's been 70 years since Noel Coward's movie "Brief Encounter" became an international sensation, but the director of an acclaimed new theatrical adaptation says the story has lost none of its emotional punch. The production by the British Kneehigh Theater opens at the Guthrie in Minneapolis this weekend.February 10, 2010

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