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PREVIEW: The Rose Ensemble’s Winter Garden

The Rose Ensemble. Photo by Michael Haug Photography. Winter weather may be here (hello, hail on Monday!), but the Rose Ensemble is still keeping things growing in these northern climates with a concert program entitled The Rose in Winter. This program, which will be presented December 15-18 in the Twin Cities and

REVIEW: Backstabbing Galore in The Lion in Winter

The cast of the Guthrie Theater's The Lion in Winter. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp. A dysfunctional and scheming family dynamic played out at a Christmas gathering is the premise of the latest Guthrie Show.  This family is the royal family of England, however, and the Christmas occurs in the 12th Century. 

PREVIEW: Returning The Crucible to its Origins (Theatre Coup d’Etat)

A 19th-century engraving depicting an episode in the Salem Witch Trials. The artist has moved the trial from its original church setting to a 19th-century courtroom. The basic narrative of Arthur Miller's 1953 play The Crucible is well-known: in colonial Massachusetts, a number of young women accuse other colonists of practicing witchcraft. Hundreds

REVIEW: Rockin’ Old-School Hip Hop Nutcracker (Ordway)

Photo by United Palace of Cultural Arts. At this point the official Hip Hop Nutcracker tour is rather like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, or the Bolshoi Ballet Nutcracker – you know exactly what you're going to get each year, and that's not such a bad thing. If you're not familiar with Hip Hop

INTERVIEW: A Wink from PWC’s Jen Silverman

From December 5-6, the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis will present Jen Silverman's play Wink as part of its Ruth Easton New Play Series. Silverman, a Core Writer at the Playwrights' Center, spoke with the TCAR's Hanne Appelbaum and Basil Considine about her writing and the upcoming play. HA: I've found playwrights

REVIEW: Leaky Passage (7th House Theater/Guthrie)

Mary Bair and Alejandro Vega in The Passage. Photo by Amy Anderson. The Passage or What Comes of Searching in the Dark has a lot of good things going for it. The visuals are engaging, the child actors are fantastic, and Grant Sorenson is a standout member of the ensemble. Musically, however, it is as eminently