Marjorie Congdon (center) has been showing up in the audience, as well as on stage, at History Theatre’s “Glensheen.”

Actors aren't the only ones in costume at these Minnesota plays and movies

An accused killer, a princess and a monolith are some of the guises that enthusiastic theatergoers adopt.

How to solve an onstage mystery like the one in 'Holmes and Watson'

July 12
Will the real Sherlock Holmes please stand up? Contenders include (from left) Paul de Cordova, Peter Simmons and Pearce Bunting.
Experts reveal what to look for if you want to outsmart the detective.

The bard among the brews: Shakespeare's 'Richard III' heads to a pub

July 8
Gray Mallard Theater Company’s founder Amanda Fuller, left, with her parents, Nathaniel and Cathleen Fuller, who are both respected actors in the Tw
It is the new Gray Mallard Theater Company's first production.
Stage & Arts
July 22
Campers use shadow puppets backstage for one of the time travel realms while in a dress rehearsal for their original show, “Skyview: The One-Eyed Ti

Up North, kids from Pine Point and Park Rapids come together to stage a play

Youngsters from two distinct communities create a musical from scratch at the Northern Light Opera Kids Theatre Camp.
Stage & Arts
July 21
Terry Bell (Chris), Terry Hempleman (bartender Stan) and Noah Plomgren (Jason) in “Sweat,” the Guthrie Theater’s last show for the season.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's 'Sweat' depicts an unmoored middle class

Lynn Nottage captures how friendship is tested amid hardship in show at Guthrie Theater.
Variety
July 21
Burna Boy

Our Friday best: Osmo Vänskä, Burna Boy, 'Class of '85' and 'The Morning Dip'

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Stage & Arts
July 21
Still image from the video “An Interview with Artist Joshua McGarvey” for his solo exhibition POSTURING at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The a

Artist plays with constructed realities in 'POSTURING' exhibition at Minneapolis Institute of Art

University of Minnesota MFA graduate Joshua McGarvey uses a copy of a copy of the famous "Doryphoros" in the show.
Stage & Arts
July 19
Dr. Watson (Bruce Roach, left) takes charge of the investigation in “Holmes and Watson,” which also features Daniel Petzold.

Review: Three Sherlocks are at the center of the mystery in 'Holmes and Watson'

Dr. Watson must figure out which of three pretenders is the real detective, and solve a murder.
Variety
July 18
‘‘Spoonbridge and Cherry,” by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Artist Claes Oldenburg, creator of Minneapolis' iconic 'Spoonbridge and Cherry' sculpture, dies

Pop artist Claes Oldenburg, co-creator of the iconic Twin Cities fountain sculpture "Spoonbridge and Cherry," died at his home in Manhattan on Monday. Oldenburg had…
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Stage & Arts
July 18
Gabby “The Baddie” Abram (back) along with Domino D’Lorion, Adam Salame, Timo Wagner, Scott Stafford and Sharon Picasso performed “Honey” at

Review: 'Honey' blends in metaphoric flavors with delight

The performance at Red Eye pursued expression with luminous flow and pristine technique.
Stage & Arts
July 18

Trailblazing theater artist Anita Ruth hangs up her baton

The music director brought the Twin Cities more than five decades of entertainment.
Variety
July 14
Thalea String Quartet

Our Friday best: International Day of Music, the Mavericks, 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and Magical Maids

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Stage & Arts
July 14
17 Midwest artists offer a peek into Black Abstraction art in SooVAC exhibit

17 Midwest artists offer a peek into Black Abstraction art in SooVAC exhibit

In group exhibition, Midwestern artists working in Black Abstraction find one another.
Variety
July 7
Jennifer Maren in “Glensheen” at History Theatre.

Our Friday best: Japanese Breakfast, 'Glensheen,' Shawn Mendes and 'Minotaur'

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Stage & Arts
July 5
Emma (Amelia Pedlow) with Frank Churchill (Ryan Colbert) in “Emma” at the Guthrie Theater.

COVID forces cancellations at Guthrie and Illusion theaters

Four shows for "Emma" have been canceled and the opening night for "History of Religion" has been delayed.
Stage & Arts
July 5
Regina Marie Williams played Mama Nadi and Bruce A. Young was Cristian in Mixed Blood Theatre’s Ivey Award-winning “Ruined.”

Mixed Blood's top 10

Highlights from Jack Reuler's tenure at one of the Twin Cities' most adventurous theaters.
Stage & Arts
July 5
Jack Reuler founded Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis when he was just 22 years old. He steps down as the artistic director on July 6 after 46 years.

For Mixed Blood Theatre's Jack Reuler, a career of art and activism

After 46 years, the founder steps down with fond memories, some regrets and plenty of gratitude.
Curious Minnesota
July 1
Actors performed in a Guthrie Theatre production of “H.M.S. Pinafore” in 2011.

How did the Twin Cities become such a theater hot spot?

The region has earned a reputation as one of the nation's premier regional theater hubs.
Variety
June 30
The Jasper String Quartet

Our Friday best: Sheryl Crow, Suldaan Seeraar, the Jasper String Quartet and the Zombies

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Stage & Arts
June 30
Cast members capture the synchronized moves, twists and splits of the Temptations in “Ain’t Too Proud.”

Review: Life and times of the Temptations come alive in 'Ain't Too Proud'

The jukebox musical captures it all — enduring tunes, pain and poignancy.
Stage & Arts
June 30
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Minneapolis Institute of Art Japanese textile show 'Dressed by Nature' features naturally made fabrics

Mia purchased more than 120 textiles from a private collector in California.
Stage & Arts
June 28
Emma (Amelia Pedlow) with Frank Churchill (Ryan Colbert) in “Emma” at the Guthrie Theater.

Review: 'Emma' keeps the laughs coming at the Guthrie Theater

The world premiere adaptation of Jane Austen's novel is a hoot that also finds the hurt behind the humor.
Music
June 27
Aleks Konters, left, of Prior Lake, and his dance partner Maija Saulitis of Minneapolis, last week practiced a traditional folk dance for an upcoming

Latvian Song and Dance Festival in St. Paul celebrates music and culture

More than 8,000 are expected to attend festival events that also include film, theater, visual arts and children's activities.