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BWW Interviews: THE CRUCIBLE's Erik HegerBWW Interviews: THE CRUCIBLE's Erik Heger
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 1, 2015

Erik Heger returns to the Guthrie as the man at the center of an Arthur Miller masterwork, THE CRUCIBLE. Directed by Joe Dowling in his final season as Guthrie artistic director, the play can be seen on the Wuertle thrust stage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Guthrie Theater's Grand Production of THE CRUCIBLE is a Compelling, Well-Executed ClassicBWW Reviews: The Guthrie Theater's Grand Production of THE CRUCIBLE is a Compelling, Well-Executed Classic
by Jill Schafer - Apr 23, 2015

Arthur Miller's 1953 play THE CRUCIBLE is a classic of the American theater, and dramatizes one of the greatest failings of the American, or rather pre-American, judicial system. During the infamous Salem witch trials of the late 17th Century, twenty people were put to death for the crime of witchcraft, following a long history of the execution of 'witches' in Europe. Arthur Miller explores the larger themes of this horrible incident through a very personal story of one affected family, making the play at once intimate and epic. Despite being over 60 years old, the themes of religious fanaticism, mob mentality, and persecution of people who are different are sadly as current as they were during the McCarthy era when the play was written. The Guthrie's grand production of this classic with a cast chock-full of talent is truly something to behold. (more...)

Guthrie's Joe Dowling to Chat With NY Post Columnist Michael Riedel Next MonthGuthrie's Joe Dowling to Chat With NY Post Columnist Michael Riedel Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

The Guthrie Theater today announced that its outgoing Director Joe Dowling, the longest tenured artistic director in Guthrie history, will appear for an In Conversation moderated by New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. (more...)

Guthrie Theater Welcomes New Artistic DirectorGuthrie Theater Welcomes New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

The Guthrie Theater announced today that Joseph Haj will become its eighth artistic director in July 2015, succeeding Joe Dowling. The announcement by Board Chair Lee Skold and Search Committee Chair Patricia Simmons ends an extensive year-long search. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Guthrie Theater's Magical, Mystical, Mischievous MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Is A Midwinter DelightBWW Reviews: The Guthrie Theater's Magical, Mystical, Mischievous MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Is A Midwinter Delight
by Jill Schafer - Feb 17, 2015

Yesterday I sat on the famous thrust stage of the Guthrie Theater and watched a bunch of soldiers, lovers, and fairies dance, sing, fly, converse, love, hate, and generally cavort around in a bare circular space. Or was it all a dream? Such is the Guthrie's latest production of perhaps Shakespeare's best loved romantic comedy, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, that after three hours of spellbinding theater, you're not quite sure if what you saw just happened, or perhaps, as Puck suggests in his epilogue, it was all just a dream. Artistic Director Joe Dowling has returned to an old favorite in his final season at the Guthrie, assembling a gorgeous and talented cast of local favorites with a few national talents thrown in. It's no wonder that he returned to this show; this MIDSUMMER is a dream of a production, with plenty of spectacle in the form of dancing, flying, singing fairies, humor in the form of typical Shakesperean hijinks, and heart in this sweet romance that ends with a neat happily ever after. Everything about it is truly a delight. (more...)

Guthrie, TAC to Stage 'KING ARTHUR'S COURT' & MACBETH in Rep This Month Before National TourGuthrie, TAC to Stage 'KING ARTHUR'S COURT' & MACBETH in Rep This Month Before National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

The Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company (TAC) reunite for a seventh year to present A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - a satirical story adapted by acclaimed local playwright Jeffrey Hatcher from the novel by Mark Twain - in repertory with Macbeth, Shakespeare's dark and powerful tragedy. (more...)

BWW Interviews: The Guthrie's MIDSUMMER Queen Christina Acosta RobinsonBWW Interviews: The Guthrie's MIDSUMMER Queen Christina Acosta Robinson
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jan 29, 2015

Get to know Christina Acosta Robinson, who plays the two queens in in Joe Dowling's fantastical re-telling of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM on the Guthrie Theater's Wuertele Thrust stage. (more...)

A.C.T.'s MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY Begins 2/18A.C.T.'s MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY Begins 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

After playing to sold-out audiences in New York, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), in a coproduction with the Guthrie Theater, is thrilled to present the West Coast premiere of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (February 18-March 15, 2015). (more...)

BWW Interviews: Getting to Know THE MISANTHROPE Director Adrian BalbontinBWW Interviews: Getting to Know THE MISANTHROPE Director Adrian Balbontin
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Jan 9, 2015

THE MISANTHROPE, a classic play with a new and unique interpretation is playing the Bryant Lake Bowl now, and BWW Minneapolis got to know a little more about the director who brought it there. (more...)

Terrence McNally's MOTHERS & SONS Begins 2/6 at Philadelphia Theatre CompanyTerrence McNally's MOTHERS & SONS Begins 2/6 at Philadelphia Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Philadelphia Theatre Company's continues its 40th Anniversary season with the Tony Award-nominated play Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally February 6-March 8. Directed by Wendy Goldberg, the cast features Hugh Kennedy, Emmy Award-winning actress Michael Learned, James Lloyd Reynolds, and Patrick Gibbons and Jacob D. Wilner in alternating performances. (more...)

Last Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Minneapolis AwardsLast Chance to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 26, 2014

It's your last week to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 26th. Voting closes at the end of the year, in under one week! (more...)

Over 30 Additional Artistic Directors Sign Open Letter in Support of Ari RothOver 30 Additional Artistic Directors Sign Open Letter in Support of Ari Roth
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

In a continued outpouring of solidarity among a giant consortium of the American theater's artistic directors, more than 30 additional artistic directors have signed the open letter that was issued yesterday in support of Ari Roth, following his recent dismissal from the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C., where he has served as Artistic Director of Theater J for the past 18 years. (more...)

Artistic Directors of The American Theater Voice Support for Ari Roth Following Theater J DismissalArtistic Directors of The American Theater Voice Support for Ari Roth Following Theater J Dismissal
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

In an unprecedented display of solidarity among a giant consortium of the American theater's artistic directors, an open letter has been issued in support of Ari Roth, following his recent dismissal from the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C., where he has served as Artistic Director of Theater J for the past 18 years. The letter, released earlier today represents the views of top theater brass from coast-to-coast, who believe that his dismissal was an act of politically motivated censorship in retaliation for Roth's choice to produce and publicly defend challenging and provocative work. (more...)

Time is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Minneapolis AwardsTime is Ticking to Vote for the BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 19, 2014

Time is ticking on your last chance to vote for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 19th. Voting closes at the end of the year! (more...)

Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards - J.C. Cutler Leads!Final Two Weeks of Voting for the BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards - J.C. Cutler Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 13, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards - Tyler Michaels Leads!Unwrap the Latest Voting Update for the BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Awards - Tyler Michaels Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2014

Voting has now opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 4th. (more...)

Guthrie Theater's Kenneth H. Washington Dies at 68Guthrie Theater's Kenneth H. Washington Dies at 68
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2014

According to The StarTribune, the Guthrie Theater's director of company development, Kenneth H. Washington, has died. He was 68. (more...)

TAMBURLAINE, PARTS I and II Opens this Sunday at Theatre for a New AudienceTAMBURLAINE, PARTS I and II Opens this Sunday at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Christopher Marlowe's 1587 epic Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, edited and directed by Olivier Award-winner Michael Boyd and starring John Douglas Thompson, opens Sunday, November 16, at 1:00pm at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Guthrie Celebrates Artistic Director Joe Dowling in New YorkPhoto Flash: The Guthrie Celebrates Artistic Director Joe Dowling in New York
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

The Guthrie Theater held a cocktail party in New York City this week to celebrate Joe Dowling and his final season at the theater. He leaves in June 2015 after 20 years and as the longest Artistic Director in the theater's history. The party was held at the home of Frank and Frances Wilkinson, board members of the Guthrie Theater. BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)

Anna D. Shapiro Will Take Over as Steppenwolf Artistic Director, Campus Expansion AnnouncedAnna D. Shapiro Will Take Over as Steppenwolf Artistic Director, Campus Expansion Announced
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2014

Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation's longest-standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, announced today new leadership and unveiled plans for a future campus expansion. Steppenwolf ensemble member and Tony Award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro will succeed Martha Lavey as artistic director at the conclusion of the current season in fall 2015. (more...)

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