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PHOTOS: The Look of MN Opera’s Roméo et Juliette

Minnesota Opera's Roméo et Juliette, now playing through October 2nd, features a set design by William Boles, costumes by Sarah Bahr, and lighting by Paul Whitaker. Here's a look at the opera's visual feel, which mixes contrasting color palettes for the rival houses with a dominant rose motif. Read Lydia Lunning's review

PHOTOS: Heart of the Beast’s Queen

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre's Queen opened on Saturday at the Avalon Theatre in Minneapolis. Here's a look at this exploration of grandmothers, loss, wandering, and tragedies in the contemporary African American experience. All photos by Bruce Silcox.  -- Queen plays through October 2nd

NEWS: Nimbus Rides on into The Kalevala

A promotional photo for The Kalevala. Pictured: Jim Ahrens. Photo by Mathieu Lindquist. Last November, Nimbus Theatre announced that it was shutting its doors at 1517 Central Ave NE in Minneapolis. The reason? A rent increase that pushed past the company's means, forcing it pack up and leave its home since 2011. The

REVIEW: Suffused with Roses – Roméo et Juliet (Minnesota Opera)

Tempers flare and swords are drawn in Minnesota Opera's production of Roméo et Juliette. Photo by Dan Norman. Minnesota Opera kicks off the 2016-2017 season with a sparkling and stylish reimagining of Roméo et Juliette, Charles-Franҫois Gounod’s 1867 adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tale of famous star-crossed lovers caught between two feuding houses. A

PREVIEW: Renée Fleming to Give MacPhail Master Class

Update: The Renée Fleming Master Class at MacPhail is now sold out. In two weeks, Renée Fleming will sing a sold-out recital to open the Schubert Club's International Artist Series. While there is some small chance of returned tickets being available for sale immediately before the performance, a better (albeit different) chance

WEEKEND PICKS: Have a Love Affair with Avenue Q, Roméo et Juliette, or Women and Money

Atim Opoka (bottom center) as Gary Coleman, surrounded by the puppet residents of Chameleon Theatre Circle's production of Avenue Q. Photo by Kari Elizabeth Godfrey. Rain may be dogging the Twin Cities until Sunday morning, but there's plenty going on to do. Here are our staff's weekend picks: Chameleon Theatre Circle presents Avenue Q Can't get

REVIEW: Sweet Sense and Sensibility (Guthrie Theater)

Alejandra Escalante (Marianne Dashwood), Suzanne Warmanen (Mrs. Dashwood), John Catron (Edward Ferrars) and Jolly Abraham (Elinor Dashwood) in the Guthrie Theater's production of Sense and Sensibility. The Guthrie Theater opens its 2016-2017 season with Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. In this new adaptation by playwright Kate Hamill, Sara Rasmussen (artistic director

NEWS: 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Medal Recipients

Today, President Obama awarded the 2015 National Humanities Medal to 12 distinguished individuals and organizations: Rudolfo Anaya, Author José Andrés, Chef & Entrepreneur Ron Chernow, Author Louise Glück, Poet Terry Gross, Radio Host & Producer Wynton Marsalis, Composer & Musician James McBride, Author Louis Menand, Author Elaine Pagels, Historian & Author Prison