Monday, May 25, 2015

Gov. Jesse Ventura is "destroying the infrastructure of the arts," said Guthrie artistic director Joe Dowling, reacting to the governor's veto of $24 million in state bonding for the theater and $5 million earmarked for the Children's Theatre Company.
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Tryout here makes 'Charity' a bit sweeter by Rohan Preston

In its two-week run at the Orpheum Theatre, this musical revival evolved from something formulaic and lackluster into a spirited production, more viable for Broadway.

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Who's to blame when a play bombs? by Graydon Royce

Call it an occupational hazard, but actors frequently find themselves in uncomfortable positions, pressed into doing things they don't feel right about.

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A classy curtain call for theater titan Binger by Rohan Preston

Funerals don't just give me the blues; they also cause painful headaches. Yet I left Monday's memorial service for Jim Binger not just sad, as expected, but inspired.

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Singer waits in 'Phantom' wings by Rohan Preston

Theater patrons don't shell out big bucks to see the understudy. Singer-actor Sarah Lawrence, who understudies one of the leads in "The Phantom of the Opera," knows this all too well.
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His gifts misused, Baryshnikov can't save 'Christmas' by Rohan Preston

It is a work of high ambition, rich with visual ideas, interesting metaphors and bits of clever stagecraft. But the work flops resoundingly as theater.
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Jeune Lune's 'Hamlet' makes New York debut by Claude Peck

With a link to a photo gallery.
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Talent Shout: Ernie Hudson

The way Ernie Hudson plays the old hustler Elmore in August Wilson's "King Hedley II" at St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre, you forget that his character is an unreconstructed scalawag.
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Elaine Stritch is tough but generous by Graydon Royce

Never confuse tough with mean when you consider Elaine Stritch, for the willowy woman eating a bowl of bran cereal in the lounge of Minneapolis' Grand Hotel, sharing her stories with yet another in an endless string of reporters and critics across the country who want a piece of her time, brims with grace, charm, generosity and patience.
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Theater review: 'King Hedley' is strong, luminous by Rohan Preston

With Ernie Hudson.
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Children's Theatre's 'Frog and Toad' takes a bow on Broadway by John Habich

The Minnesota-made musical "A Year With Frog and Toad" made its Broadway debut Sunday, eight months after its world premiere at the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Its producers p…

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