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818 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55415 | Minneapolis (Downtown) | 612-377-2224

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Under Joe Dowling's administration, the theater has gotten a little more experimental than its once strict classical approach to theater.


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  • Dressing Room: Theater
    The Guthrie's midsummer blockbusters are often a bore, offering work that is crowd-pleasing but lacking in depth and vibrant energy. Well knock me over with a feather, but My Fair Lady has...
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    It's been a busy 2014 for Tyler Michaels. The young actor has gone from starring as the Emcee in Theatre Latte Da's Cabaret, to the handsome prince in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' Little...
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    Our Country's Good's look at the early history of Australia proves to be a mixed bag for the audience. The play has an absorbing concept and moments of brilliance, but those are tempered...
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    Back in 2005, when the Lab Theater was still the Guthrie Lab, Britain's Out of Joint brought an immersive and memorable production of Macbeth to the Twin Cities. The company, in conjunction...
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    Back in 2005, England's Out of Joint brought an intriguing production of Macbeth to the then Guthrie Lab, featuring an immersive set that saw the audience move from scene to scene (such as...
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    The folks of Walking Shadow definitely bit off more than they could chew with their epic adaptation of The Three Musketeers, now playing at the Dowling Lab at the Guthrie Theater. While...
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    For those getting to know the landscape of local theater, here's a helpful hint: When playwright John Heimbuch, co-artistic director at Walking Shadow Theatre Company, pens an adaptation of...
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    Even the most astonishing of stage magic cannot match the sparks generated when unhinged yet charismatic characters square off under the spotlight. For a prime example, check out the Guthrie...
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    The Acting Company returns to the Guthrie Theater's McGuire Proscenium with a fresh interpretation of one of Shakespeare's great tragedies, played in tandem with a modern, metaphysical look...
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    In a dingy hotel room on his last night on Earth, Martin Luther King Jr. is about to have a singular, metaphysical experience in The Mountaintop, Katori Hall's intriguing, if flawed, play...
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    Katori Hall's The Mountaintop is a strange creature that tries to do much, but never merges together into a satisfying whole.The concept is intriguing, as we sit in with Martin Luther King...
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    Nearly a week after seeing Carlyle Brown's exploration of race, power, and "doing the right thing," I'm still not sure what I think of the show.Brown offers up a though-provoking piece that...
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    Penumbra Theatre Company continues its season with the latest production presented at the Guthrie Theater. The Mountaintop envisions Martin Luther King Jr.'s final hours before being...
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    The Guthrie Theater's new production of Othello features an embarrassment of riches. It's a production where extremely talented, leading actors like Raye Birk, Nat Fuller, and Sun Mee Chomet...
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    Playwright and director Carlyle Brown presents an intriguing thought experiment in Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House as the two characters — one real, one the creation of...
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    The Guthrie Theater heats up March with Shakespeare's epic tragedy of suspicion, jealousy, and murder under the careful eye of one of the Twin Cities' best directors. Marion McClinton, whose...
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    Stop me if you've heard this one before. A psychiatrist and a writer walk into an office and talk for about 70 minutes... without managing to say anything along the way.The Guthrie's...
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    Fixed ideology, especially of the religious variety, tends to be closely associated with a violent zealotry in our modern era thanks to strident fundamentalists whose strict devotion to...
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    I wasn't sure what to think of Tristan and Yseult during its frantic and frenetic first half. Britain's Kneehigh brought a palpable energy to the Guthrie stage, but I didn't feel completely...
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    Kevin Kling brings back a holiday tradition for another round tonight, and will also host a signing of his book looking back at his playwriting career.Kling's Tales from the Charred...
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    A change in schedule at the Guthrie Theater gave director John Miller-Stephany some extra time to think about mounting Garson Kanin's comedic look at Washington corruption, Born...
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    Whether compelled by the cooking of a Yuletide feast to satisfy an ungrateful extended family, the cajoling to unruly kids to sit still for a Christmas-card photoshoot, or any number of...
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    Love is in the air in Skiing on Broken Glass, the Guthrie Theater remount of David Goldstein's Minnesota Fringe Festival show. So is pain, angst, and plenty of misplaced feelings.Riding the...
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    The first view the audience at the Guthrie Theater gets of Tribes is of Alexander Dodge's magnificent set. Stretching across all of the McGuire Proscenium Stage, the creation evokes a...
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    Actor John McGinty faces a number of challenges in the Guthrie's current production of Tribes, including communicating with the audience is two distinct languages.Like his character, Billy,...
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    Playwright David Goldstein is bringing a revamped version of his 2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival hit to the Guthrie's Dowling Studio for a three-week run. Skiing on Broken Glass, a play about...
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    For an actor, knowing that you have a gig lined up is one of the best feelings. So you can imagine that Stephen Yoakam was excited on closing night of this spring's production of An...
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    In its most idealized state, theater can impart a sense of discovery, revealing universal truths about our shared existence. The creative process is just as often a journey of self-discovery...
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    What's one of the biggest challenge facing the cast and crew of the new production of Uncle Vanya at the Guthrie Theater?Convincing people "that it isn't a dark depressing funeral march,"...
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    The Guthrie will open its 2013-14 season with a classic piece of Russian drama. Uncle Vanya, making its first Guthrie appearance in a quarter-century, features an adaptation crafted by Irish...
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    Since graduating from the University of Minnesota and Guthrie Theater's B.F.A. program in 2011, Ashley Rose Montondo has performed with a number of theaters around the Twin Cities, including...
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    While real-world passions have a tendency to cool over time, the amorous heart of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice has been fervently beating since its debut over 200 years ago. Set amid...
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    Fifty years after a production of Hamlet opened one of the Twin Cities' signature theaters, the Guthrie is ready for a big, big party.Several events are planned for this weekend, including...
  • The Hot Dish: Contest
    This Monday evening some of the most talented culinary minds will be gathering at the Guthrie Theater to raise money and awareness about childhood hunger. As these folks so often do, they...
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    The Guthrie continues its anniversary season with an explosive, award-winning satire on America's uneasy relationship with race. Bruce Norris's award-winning Clybourne Park is positioned as...
  • The Hot Dish: Charity Dinner Events
    Each year a collective of the most talented chefs in the Twin Cities gather inside the Guthrie to serve up delicious bites of food in an effort to end childhood hunger. Led by honorary chef...
  • Dressing Room: Announcements
    He's probably best known for playing Pete Campbell on Mad Men, but in his down-time between seasons Vincent Kartheiser fills his busy schedule with theater projects, films, and being engaged...
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    Going to The Primrose Path, the world-premiere production now at the Guthrie Theater, means watching a show at war with itself.Is it a comedy? A romance? A commentary on the Russian ruling...
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    Homer first wrote about the events in The Iliad nearly 3,000 years ago. Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's An Iliad shows us that little has changed in the interceding centuries.Stephen...
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    Sometimes, the old stories are the best ones, and there are few older than Homer's The Iliad. The poem is nearly 3,000 years old, but the tale of the last days of the Trojan War and the...
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    For years, actor and director Roger Rees has loved Ivan Turgenev's second novel, even though it never was all that popular outside of Russia. One issue? An awkward title that translates, at...
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    British playwright Crispin Whittell brings his second premiere adaptation to the Guthrie Theater with The Primrose Path, based on Ivan Turgenev's 1859 novel Home of the Gentry. Whittell's...
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    Louis Jenkins and Mark Rylance didn't meet until they began to work on their collaboration, Nice Fish, which opens this week at the Guthrie Theater.Their connection, however, goes back...
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    English actor Mark Rylance returns to the Guthrie, following performances with the all-male Shakespeare's Globe company (as Olivia in Twelfth Night and the Duke in Measure for Measure) and...
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    In the world of Shakespeare, nothing brings nearly as much delight as the prospect of seeing the overbearing steward Malvolio get his comeuppance when he appears dressed in cross-gartered...
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    Rick Shiomi finishes his tenure as the artistic director of Mu Performing Arts with the show that launched his career in the 1980s, Yellow Fever. Shiomi, who earned a Lifetime Achievement...
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    Thirty years after the success of Yellow Fever, Rick Shiomi wonders if he's had his Andy Warhol-dictated 15 minutes. "For most playwrights, you put in years of hard work leading up to...
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    There's a disconnect between audience and the action onstage in the early scenes of Other Desert Cities, the Jon Robin Baitz drama that opened last weekend on the Guthrie's McGuire...
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    While The Book of Mormon plays downtown, the Guthrie Theater brings a local production of another highly lauded Broadway show to Minneapolis. Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities earned a...
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    Considering the variety of theatrical productions occurring at any given moment in the Twin Cities, audiences can be understandably fickle in their purchasing habits, waiting to see if a...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    Usually, even mediocre to bad Shakespeare has Shakespeare going for it. Sure, maybe the interpretation is wrong headed or the acting isn't crisp, but the poetry of the Bard wins out.That's...
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    Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night is a family affair. Four of the five characters are part of the Tyrone family, a thinly fictionalized version of O'Neill's own clan.Good...
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    The Monte Cristo Cottage is an unassuming building in New London, Connecticut. The 19th-century house, however, was the summer home of Eugene O'Neill and his tempestuous family. Now part of...
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    Looming as large as it does over local theater, the Guthrie is guaranteed to face scrutiny over its every creative decision. One initiative that's been difficult to criticize, however, is...
  • Dressing Room: Announcements
    Starting December 27, the Guthrie Theater will be offering a ticket that may appeal to smart-phone addicts. Folks who purchase "tweet seats" will be encouraged to use the social media app...
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    Tim Sparks was the guitarist in Rio Nido, whose swinging classic jazz and pop material made them one of the Twin Cities' most popular bands of the '80s. He established himself as an...
  • Dressing Room: Theater
    Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp have a long history of working together, going back to their days in Theatre de la Jeune Lune's "boot camp" back in the 1980s. In the years after that, "we...
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    Steven Epp, a 2011 City Pages Artist of the Year, returns to the Twin Cities for a run of Yale Repertory Theatre's The Servant of Two Masters at the Guthrie Theater. Epp made his mark in the...
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    After two years as the movement director, Flying Foot Forum founder Joe Chvala is moving into the director's chair for the Guthrie Theater's annual production of A Christmas Carol. One of...
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    For veteran actors Barbara Bryne, Nathaniel Fuller, and James A. Stephens, the last part of the Guthrie Theater's Christopher Hampton celebration gives them a chance to take the...
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    The final piece of the Guthrie Theater's Christopher Hampton puzzle arrives with a United States premiere of a play that is a marked contrast to the massive undertakings of Appomattox and...
  • Dressing Room: Interview
    As the star of Grease, the most successful movie musical in history, Olivia Newton-John captivated audiences as Sandy, the goody two-shoes who turns bad-girl. Thirty-four years later, this...
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    At 76, Keir Dullea isn't interested in slowing down. The veteran actor is making his Guthrie debut this week in Tales From Hollywood, the first show in the theater's Christopher Hampton...
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    The Guthrie's celebration of playwright Christopher Hampton opens this week with a production of 1982's Tales from Hollywood, which examines the American movie-making machine from the...
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    Pillsbury House and the Mount Curve Company return to the world of 2011's best local production in The Brothers Size, which opens Saturday at the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater.The...
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    Last year, Pillsbury House Theatre caused a sensation with its co-production (with the Mount Curve Company) of In the Red and Brown Water, the first play of Tarell Alvin McCraney's The...
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    Trick Boxing has long been a part of Megan McClellan and Brian Sostek's lives, from its debut at the Minnesota Fringe Festival through tours across the country."We basically took a hiatus...
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    With the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival in our taillights, it's time to revisit one of the big hits of Fringe past. Trick Boxing made its debut at the 2002 festival. In the decade since, it...
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    Neil Simon's 1972 play about a pair of vaudevillians reuniting one last time — despite absolutely hating each other — has seen the likes of Jack Klugman, George Burns, and...
  • Dressing Room: Dance
    Shapiro & Smith Dance have brought back a popular merging of movement and one of the biggest names in rock music for a four-show run at the Guthrie Theater. Anytown, which presents dance...
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    One of the daunting challenges faced by contemporary dance companies is appealing to audiences whose impression of the form has been maligned by stereotypes of plodding interpretive works...
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    What do you get when you merge a classic romantic comedy with music from one of the great songsmiths of the 20th century? In the case of Roman Holiday at the Guthrie, you get a piece that is...
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    In the realm of performing arts, modern musicals are a reliable target for skeptics, a condition wrought by too many uninspired revivals and gimmicky adaptations. Dismissing the form...
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    The Amen Corner, James Baldwin's landmark work, has been on the radar of Penumbra Theater's Lou Bellamy for a long time. "I've been teaching the play for over 30 years at the University of...
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    When Guthrie director Joe Dowling recently unveiled the main-stage slate for the upcoming 50th season, an online brouhaha was ignited over an alleged shortage of works reflective of gender...
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    There has been a bit of a hullabaloo the past couple weeks on social networking sites and in the media over the announcement of the Guthrie Theater's 50th anniversary season. Criticisms have...
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    The Guthrie Theater announced 11 main stage shows for its 2012-13 50th anniversary season Monday afternoon, including a new piece by prolific playwright Christopher Hampton.Joe Dowling went...
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    In Time Stands Still at the Guthrie, actor Sarah Agnew has plenty of physical ways to get into the character, from the temporary scar tattoos she applies for each performance to the...
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    Despite all of its faults, reality television does suggest at least one intriguing aspect of human nature: Given enough attention, we all have the potential to be insufferably egotistical...
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    While preparing for his role in Noel Coward's Hay Fever at the Guthrie Theater, actor Simon Jones would sometimes think of a framed letter he has at home from the famed writer to playwright...
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    Conor McPherson's plays often dance between the normal and paranormal, with ghosts and even the devil inhabiting works like Shining City, The Weir, and The Seafarer. McPherson turns to a...
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    Though Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids, her connection to our state could be fairly defined as negligible. Garland's family did, after all, pack up for California when the future star...
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    Of all the ominous rhetoric reliably uttered by armchair soothsayers, none has been repeated as frequently as the grim forewarning that the United States is doomed to a cataclysmic collapse...
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    An intriguing cast of local favorites, a Tony nominee, and a television performer with ties to the Guthrie will take the stage for the theater's production of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a...
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    Although often considered a blues revivalist, Keb Mo (a.k.a. L.A.-bred Kevin Moore) long has had wider interests, which fully emerge on The Reflection, his first release on his own label,...
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    Beginning with his literary debut, 1990's The Buffalo Tree, Adam Rapp has consistently captured the awkward posturing and restless anxieties of adolescence in a string of young-adult novels....
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    Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney tackles Sophocles' Antigone in this distinct adaptation, a centerpiece in the Guthrie's fall lineup. The poet keeps the familiar setting and...
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    Ace songwriter John Hiatt has been cranking out memorable songs and great albums so consistently for so long (more than 30 years), it's almost too easy to take him for granted. But then a...
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    Immaculately produced. Radio-friendly. Irresistibly poppy. These are not the phrases currently associated with music being lauded in the local realm, but they can all be applied...
  • Restaurants: Reviewed
    Cue at the Guthrie 806 South 2nd St., Minneapolis 612.225.6499 www.cueatguthrie.com When Cue, the showpiece fine-dining restaurant in the brand-new showpiece Guthrie Theater, opened, my...

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