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BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Guthrie Theater Photo BWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Guthrie Theater
by Jared Fessler - May 8, 2022

See what BWW's critic thinks about this production.

BWW Interview: Chaundre Hall-Broomfield of A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Guthrie Theater Photo BWW Interview: Chaundre Hall-Broomfield of A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Guthrie Theater
by Jared Fessler - May 6, 2022

'What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?' In 1951, poet Langston Hughes posed these questions, and Lorraine Hansberry answered with a theatrical masterpiece that broke down racial barriers both on and off the stage. The play follows the three-generation Younger family as they grapple with different definitions of the American dream and how to achieve it. When the matriarch, Lena, buys a home in an all-white neighborhood, the Youngers are greeted by thinly veiled racism and financial pitfalls that threaten to pull the family apart and push their dreams out of reach.

Guthrie Theater Announces New Dates For A RAISIN IN THE SUN Photo Guthrie Theater Announces New Dates For A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 10, 2022

Originally scheduled to open the theater’s 2021–2022 subscription season in January 2022, the show was later postponed due to cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated members of the company. A Raisin in the Sun will now play April 30 – June 5, 2022, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. 

Guthrie Theater Announces Schedule Changes For 2022 A RAISIN IN THE SUN Postponed; DE Photo Guthrie Theater Announces Schedule Changes For 2022 A RAISIN IN THE SUN Postponed; DESTINY OF DESIER Canceled
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 10, 2022

The Guthrie Theater today announced changes to its 2021–2022 Season performance calendar amid ongoing challenges and concerns due to COVID-19.

Guthrie Theater Announces Schedule Changes to 2021-2022 Season Photo Guthrie Theater Announces Schedule Changes to 2021-2022 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 10, 2022

The Guthrie Theater today announced changes to its 2021–2022 Season performance calendar amid ongoing challenges and concerns due to COVID-19. The Guthrie has decided to postpone Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, which was scheduled to begin January 12, 2022. 

Guthrie Theater to Present Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN Photo Guthrie Theater to Present Lorraine Hansberry's A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 21, 2021

The Guthrie Theater today announced casting for Lorraine Hansberry’s theatrical masterpiece A Raisin in the Sun, directed by acclaimed Twin Cities artist Austene Van. A Raisin in the Sun will play January 8 – February 12, 2022, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

Guthrie Theater Announces 2021â€"2022 Season Featuring WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO Photo Guthrie Theater Announces 2021â€"2022 Season Featuring WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME, A CHRISTMAS CAROL & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2021

The Guthrie Theater today announced its 2021–2022 Season, including the national tour of What the Constitution Means to Me by famed writer Heidi Schreck; a world-premiere adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Lavina Jadhwani, featuring all-new creative design; Lorraine Hansberry’s heralded A Raisin in the Sun, and more.

Abby Mueller, SIX Creators and More Join MEET THE ARTISTS with The Ordway Photo Abby Mueller, SIX Creators and More Join MEET THE ARTISTS with The Ordway
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 24, 2021

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce 12 new guest artists who will appear in its virtual 'Meet the Artists' series this spring and summer. This free series of livestreamed conversations with local and national performing artists is curated to take audiences inside the Ordway's flagship series, Broadway at the Ordway.

Theatres in Minneapolis Will Present A BREATH FOR GEORGE Photo Theatres in Minneapolis Will Present A BREATH FOR GEORGE
by Stephi Wild - Jun 10, 2020

New Dawn Theatre is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with six Twin Cities' theaters a?" Penumbra, Pillsbury House, Mixed Blood, Yellow Tree, Gremlin, Plymouth Congregational Church a?" to present for free outdoor screenings of A Breath for George.

Photo Flash: First Look at STEEL MAGNOLIAS at the Guthrie Theater Photo Photo Flash: First Look at STEEL MAGNOLIAS at the Guthrie Theater
by Stephi Wild - Oct 30, 2019

The Guthrie presents Steel Magnolias October 26 - December 15, 2019.

The Park Square Presents The Summer Mystery You've Been Waiting For Photo The Park Square Presents The Summer Mystery You've Been Waiting For
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 19, 2019

Park Square Theatre's summer fare continues on the Proscenium Stage with the regional premiere of AGATHA CHRISTIE'S RULE OF THUMB (July 12 - August 25, 2019). Directed by local powerhouse Austene Van*, the evening featured three one-act murder mysteries by the most-read mystery writer of all time - Dame Agatha Christie. In The Wasp's Nest, Hercule Poirot comes between a bitter triangle of lovers to prevent a sinister murder; in The Rats, adulterous lovers find themselves lured to a flat, only to be framed for murder; and completing the triple bill is a tense thriller about a woman who is hospitalized after seemingly falling from her balcony in The Patient.

BWW Review: Lyric Arts' Outstanding A RAISIN IN THE SUN Honors Deferred American Drea Photo BWW Review: Lyric Arts' Outstanding A RAISIN IN THE SUN Honors Deferred American Dreams
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Jun 3, 2019

Poet Langston Hughes questions in 1951 through his poem "Harlem;" What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?" The legendary poem inspired Lorraine Hansbury to write the award winning drama A Raisin in the Sun eight years later. In 1959, Hansberry became the first African American women to have her play produced at New York's Barrymore Broadway theater in an era when women in general, regardless of ethnicity, were published. Opening in '59 with a primarily African American cast, the play heralded a dramatic change for theater audience in years to come. At Anoka's Main Stage Theater, Lyric Arts presents an outstanding revised thirteenth anniversary production of the play directed by Austene Van, which features a stellar cast, two tiered set designed by Peter Lerohl and lighting designed by Matt McNabb.

BWW Review: Intimate, Funny, Moving INTO THE WOODS at Ten Thousand Things Photo BWW Review: Intimate, Funny, Moving INTO THE WOODS at Ten Thousand Things
by Karen Bovard - Mar 4, 2019

INTO THE WOODS is new artistic director Marcela Lorca's debut directorial outing for Ten Thousand Things after the retirement of renowned artist and social change agent Michelle Hensley, the founder of the company. Seeing this Sondheim masterpiece up close and stripped of pretentiousness is a treat.

Playwrights' Center Announces 2018-19 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows Photo Playwrights' Center Announces 2018-19 McKnight Theater Artist Fellows
by Julie Musbach - Jun 6, 2018

The McKnight Theater Artist Fellowships at the Playwrights' Center recognize Minnesota theater artists other than playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit. The fellowship provides a $25,000 award as well as access to $7,000 in development funds. Selection is based on a commitment to theater arts, evidence of professional achievement and a sustained level of excellence in the applicant's work.

BWW Review: Seattle Rep's FAMILIAR Reinvigorates the Wedding Comedy Photo BWW Review: Seattle Rep's FAMILIAR Reinvigorates the Wedding Comedy
by Jay Irwin - May 3, 2018

The family dramedy of a wedding in chaos is no new idea in fact it's been done to death. That's not to say there aren't good ones but it's certainly a subject that's been thoroughly mined. Or so I thought. Danai Gurira's fantastic play "Familiar", currently playing at the Seattle Rep, takes this old trope and reinvigorates it by infusing it with the story of a family choosing whether they stick with tradition or find their own way. Add to that the fact that it's just a touching and hilarious piece and Gurira proves that the old wedding play trope still has a few tricks left in her.

Seattle Rep Announces Casting For FAMILIAR By Danai Gurira Photo Seattle Rep Announces Casting For FAMILIAR By Danai Gurira
by Julie Musbach - Apr 2, 2018

Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced complete casting for its production of Familiar by playwright and actor Danai Gurira, directed by Taibi Magar. A co-production with the Guthrie Theater, Familiar is set in the suburbs of Minneapolis and takes a fresh look at tradition, immigration, and assimilation as a Zimbabwean American family gathers together at their home before the rehearsal dinner for their elder daughter's wedding.

BWW Review: FAMILIAR at Guthrie Photo BWW Review: FAMILIAR at Guthrie
by Karen Bovard - Mar 20, 2018

Gurira's family drama FAMILIAR has just opened in a lavishly designed and carefully calibrated production at the Guthrie. It's familiar in many ways, as a well-made play on a single set (the interior of an upscale household in Minnetonka, MN) unrolling in real time, that dives into the secrets and dreams of a family, whose distinctive characters are all drawn together now for the wedding of the elder daughter.

BWW Review: The Ordway's Swell Production of ANNIE Will Leave You Feeling Optimistic  Photo BWW Review: The Ordway's Swell Production of ANNIE Will Leave You Feeling Optimistic About Our Female Future
by Jill Schafer - Dec 14, 2017

'The future is female.' If the main stage at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is any judge of it, this statement is true, and gives one hope for the future. The story of one 11-year-old girl who changes hearts and minds with optimism and determination is an inspiring one, as is the boundless energy and talent of the young females on stage who bring this story to life. Watching ANNIE last weekend, I couldn't help but feel nostalgic for the Great Depression, when at least the president cared about the people and developed (with Annie's help of course) a New Deal that would help lift the country out of poverty. A stark contrast to today's reality, when the current resident of the White House seems to care only for the rich, and those in need get served newly crappy deals nearly every day. Maybe we need to send Annie to the Washington to get Democrats and Republicans singing together about the hopeful future of America! In the meantime, head to the Ordway to see this swell production of an American musical theater classic and get your dose of optimism about our female future.

Photo Flash:  Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Returns to the Ordway for the Holidays Photo Photo Flash: Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Returns to the Ordway for the Holidays
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 11, 2017

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents one of the best-loved musicals of all time, Annie, directed by the Twin Cities' own Austene Van. Full of holiday spirit and family fun, this new Ordway Original production will be on stage December 7-31.

Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Will Return to the Ordway for the Holidays Photo Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Will Return to the Ordway for the Holidays
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2017

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents one of the best-loved musicals of all time, Annie, directed by the Twin Cities' own Austene Van. Full of holiday spirit and family fun, this new Ordway Original production will be on stage December 7-31.

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