A Gary of Our Own

Local Gary Louris must likely get mobbed after shows in Spain, where he spends a good deal of time. I mean, the city of Bilbao gets a full Jayhawks show on September 6 – a Saturday headlining slot, closing out the Azkena Rock Festival. Here in the twin towns, Gary Louris walks among us largely […]

Don't Go West! There's Gold Right Here with "Little House"

photo courtesy Associated Press Feeling like a half-pint, seeing Guthrie’s Little House on the Prairie with my Pa, nostalgia was sure to abound. "Don’t be such a Nellie," he’d chastise me as a young girl whenever I took on the role of brazen tattle-teller. Tonight, though, a comparison to Nellie would be no disparagement. Sara […]

Caviar on Credit

Through August 3, A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training is presenting Caviar on Credit at the Dowling Studio. For the past 12 years, the Guthrie has taken pride in offering continuing education programs to young actors from institutions throughout the country and hosting a stage upon which they exhibit all they’ve learned. In return, […]

All Hopped Up on Russian Rye

I could tell jokes about Tsarist Russians all day long, so I’ll just leave it to the folks at the Guthrie’s Wurtele Thrust Stage, where a new adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s 19th century comedy The Government Inspector runs through August 24. Local playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (The Falls and the screenplays for Stage Beauty and Casanova) […]

The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde

The Guthrie Theatre presents Irish playwright Thomas Kilroy’s The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, an exploration into the life of the wife of renowned writer Oscar Wilde, who had a highly controversial relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas during the marriage. Starring Sarah Agnew (of the acclaimed one-woman show The Syringa Tree) as the titular character, […]

Gem of the Ocean

Although it was one of the last plays he wrote, Gem of the Ocean falls first chronologically in August Wilson’s 10 plays about the black experience in 20th century America. It’s not his best — Fences and The Piano Lesson both won Pulitzers — but Penumbra Theatre puts on a solid interpretation at the Guthrie. […]

A Midsummer Night's Wine

So it seems the kids from Fame (who, by the way, are now eligible for AARP) have gotten together with Cyndi Lauper and a couple writers from the early days of Saturday Night Live to adapt Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Guthrie. That, and I suppose Joe Dowling had a hand in it, […]

Cue's Second Act

Remember Cue at the Guthrie? The press release from the Guthrie Theater touting a January three-course prix fixe menu for $29.95 took me by surprise. This isn’t just a prix-theater early bird special – it’s available any time, and includes a free self-guided iPod tour of the theater and complimentary glass of wine or cup […]