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BREAKING NEWS: Prince Dead at 57

The Chanhassen resident and internationally renown recording artist Prince was reported dead today. The singer, guitarist, and songwriter was 57. Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958, and began songwriting at the age of 7. He began playing as a studio guitarist in his teens, and made his

REVIEW: Harvey (Guthrie Theater)

Ryan Shams (Dr. Sanderson), David Kelly (Elwood P. Dowd), Ashley Rose Montondo (Nurse Kelly) and Tyson Forbes (Duane Wilson) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Harvey. Photo by T. Charles Erickson. The title character in Harvey, which opened this weekend at the Guthrie Theatre, is a six-foot, white invisible rabbit.  Mary Chase’s play

REVIEW: Constellations (Jungle Theater)

Ron Menzel and Anna Sundberg in the Jungle Theater's production of Constellations. Photo by Dan Norman. Nick Payne’s drama Constellations, which opened Friday at the Jungle Theater, is a play with a very smart script, an engaging concept, and challenging execution requirements. It's the type of show whose power and thought-provoking delivery

NEWS: Skylark Opera Announces Return Plan, Part 1

It's been a very busy month since March 18, when Skylark Opera abruptly cancelled its planned 36th season. That season, originally scheduled for June 2016, would have brought the musical theatre works of Comden & Green and Noël Coward to the E.M. Pearson Theatre. The unexpected announcement sent shockwaves through the Twin

INTERVIEW: Jeff Whiting of Bullets Over Broadway

Jeff Whiting, director of the touring company of Bullets Over Broadway. The mobsters of Bullets Over Broadway have brought their national tour to the Ordway. Director Jeff Whiting sat down with the Arts Reader's Basil Considine to talk about directing, touring, and acting careers. Read Lydia Lunning's review of the Bullets Over Broadway tour. Where are you based? I've

REVIEW: Jammed Bullets Over Broadway (Ordway)

Jemma Jane (Olive Neal) and the cast of Bullets Over Broadway. Photo by Matthew Murphy. The 1st National Tour of the Tony-nominated musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway has landed at the Ordway. These performers are doing their best to dance, sing, and mug with everything they’ve got to get you your money’s

PREVIEW: Constellations (Jungle Theater)

Marianne (Anna Sundberg) and Roland (Ron Menzel) in the Jungle Theater's production of Constellations. Photo by Dan Norman. When Nick Payne's play Constellations opened on Broadway, the show's advertising copy trumpeted the New York Times' verdict as "the most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen." That's pretty close to the truth – what Ben Brantley