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Guthrie’s Streetcar Named Desire in its final two weeks

Guthrie Theater’s A Streetcar Named Desire
Enters Final Two Weeks!

Gretchen Egolf lauded for her stirring portrayal of Blanche DuBois

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Guthrie Theater’s production of Tennessee Williams’ iconic American play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by John Miller-Stephany, is now in its final two weeks of performances in Minneapolis. Film and television actress Gretchen Egolf leads the cast in a critically acclaimed portrayal of Blanche DuBois. “Desperate Housewives” star Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Stanley Kowalski), New York actor Brian Keane (Harold “Mitch” Mitchell) and Twin Cities mainstay Stacia Rice (Stella Kowalski) join Egolf in the production, heralded by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as “one of those more-or-less definitive productions that people will remember for some time to come.”

READ WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT

GRETCHEN EGOLF’S PERFORMANCE!

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The Scottsboro Boys soars in pre-Broadway run at the Guthrie Theater

KANDER & EBB’S BROADWAY-BOUND NEW MUSICAL

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

SOARS IN MINNEAPOLIS AT THE GUTHRIE THEATER

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Broadway-bound production of The Scottsboro Boys received rave reviews in Minneapolis, where it opened August 6 and continues performances through September 25, 2010 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater. From there, the production will move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, beginning performances on October 7 in advance of its official October 31, 2010 opening.

Graydon Royce, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“AN ASTONISHING MUSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT, with biting wit and entertaining showmanship.  Director Susan Stroman finds the perfect sensibility for this musical from the legendary team of Kander and Ebb.  The singing and dancing is first rate.  Joshua Henry ignites the role of Haywood Patterson.  The Scottsboro Boys is a brilliant invocation of a story that commemorates nine fellow Americans.”

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John Kander discusses The Scottsboro Boys with Pioneer Press, American Jewish World

JOHN KANDER FINE-TUNES PRODUCTION OF

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

DURING PRE-BROADWAY RUN AT THE GUTHRIE THEATER

American Jewish World

http://www.ajwnews.com/archives/6827

St. Paul Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/ci_15633678

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Scottsboro Boys began preview performances this past weekend at the Guthrie Theater, kicking off an eight-week engagement through September 25. The critically-acclaimed production, directed by five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman and featuring a book by David Thompson, comes to the Guthrie following a sold-out Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre earlier this year. Immediately following its Guthrie run, the production will move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, where it will begin performances on October 7 in advance of its official October 31, 2010, opening.

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The Scottsboro Boys featured in Minneapolis Star Tribune

GUTHRIE THEATER READIES FOR PRE-BROADWAY RUN OF
KANDER & EBB’S

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

Minneapolis Star Tribune chronicles the show’s journey to Broadway via Minneapolis

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/onstage/99557929.html

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Scottsboro Boys began preview performances this past weekend at the Guthrie Theater, kicking off an eight-week engagement through September 25. The critically-acclaimed production, directed by five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman and featuring a book by David Thompson, comes to the Guthrie following a sold-out Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre earlier this year. Immediately following its Guthrie run, the production will move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, where it will begin performances on October 7 in advance of its official October 31, 2010, opening.

Minneapolis Star Tribune theater writer Graydon Royce recently spoke with members of the cast and creative team in chronicling the show’s journey to Broadway.

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SONGS OF INNOCENCE

by Graydon Royce

Star Tribune (July 30, 2010)

(Minneapolis) Producer Barry Weissler remembers that it was cold in 2005 when he launched a show in Minneapolis. Perhaps icy critical reaction to “Sweet Charity” colored his memory, because it was 40 degrees that balmy February when the revival opened at the Orpheum Theatre.

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Guthrie Theater Director Joe Dowling extends contract

GUTHRIE THEATER DIRECTOR JOE DOWLING EXTENDS CONTRACT

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) At the Guthrie Theater’s annual meeting on Monday, July 19, Board President Jodee Kozlak announced that Joe Dowling will remain as Director of the Guthrie for five more years.

In a statement Kozlak said, “On behalf of the Guthrie Theater Board of Directors, I am thrilled to announce that Joe Dowling will continue in his role as the Guthrie Theater’s Director through June 2015.  His extraordinary leadership is unparalleled: his realization of our world class facility, relentless pursuit of artistic excellence and unwavering commitment to this community and Guthrie audiences have established our institution as a heralded national center.  We are honored to continue this partnership with Joe and we thank him for his remarkable loyalty, vision and fortitude.”

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Guthrie’s Streetcar is “one of those more-or-less definitive productions”

“This Streetcar is one of those more-or-less definitive productions
that people will remember for some time to come.”

“If there were any justice … Gretchen Egolf’s portrayal of Blanche …

would go down in history as one of the most brilliant performances

in this play’s long and storied history.”

— Tad Simons, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

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The Guthrie Theater’s production of Tennessee Williams’ iconic American play A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by John Miller-Stephany, opened last Friday in Minneapolis. “Desperate Housewives” star Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Stanley Kowalski), film/television actress Gretchen Egolf (Blanche DuBois), New York actor Brian Keane (Harold “Mitch” Mitchell) and Twin Cities mainstay Stacia Rice (Stella Kowalski) lead the cast of the production, heralded by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as “one of those more-or-less definitive productions that people will remember for some time to come.”

The production continues through August 29 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets are priced from $29 to $60, and are available through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE and online at www.guthrietheater.org. For more information, visit www.guthrietheater.org/whats_happening/shows/2009/streetcar_named_desire

Review: A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tad Simons

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

It is unfortunate that the only image of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire to endure in popular culture is that of a young Marlon Brando screaming “Stella!” at the top of his lungs. It’s unfortunate because, out of context, one might get the impression that the character Brando is playing , Stanley Kowalski, is heartbroken over something Stella has done—when in fact it is Stanley who, in a drunken rage, has just hit his pregnant wife, ransacked their apartment, and generally behaved like the abusive moron he is otherwise proud to be.

It’s also unfortunate because the play isn’t really about Stanley; it’s about Blanche DuBois, his wife Stella’s sister, a Southern belle who arrives in the first scene to Stanley and Stella’s working-class neighborhood and immediately begins antagonizing Stanley over his low-class roots, Polish ancestry, brutish behavior, and utter lack of cultural refinement. And if there were any justice in the way greatness is seared into the collective memory of popular culture, Gretchen Egolf’s portrayal of Blanche in the Guthrie’s current production would go down in history as one of the most brilliant performances in this play’s long and storied history.

There is no such justice, of course. Predictably, most of the advance press on the Guthrie’s current production focused on the famous actor who is taking on the Brando-branded role of Stanley Kowalski: Ricardo Antonio Chavira, who plays Carlos on TV’s Desperate Housewives. In the Guthrie’s production, however, it doesn’t take long for Egolf to establish herself as the star of the show.

Egolf is a TV/Broadway veteran who is making her Guthrie debut in Streetcar. Blanche is the belle of her own imaginary ball, a walking stereotype of southern refinement who also happens to be a lush, a liar, and a complete nervous wreck. The genius in Egolf’s performance is that she is able to simultaneously convey both sides of Blanche’s nature—the cotillion-raised society girl and the desperate neurosthene; the delicate flower of privilege and the scrappy survivor she has become.

On the surface, Egolf’s Blanche is an annoying caricature of southern gentility, but seething just beneath her sing-songy Southern accent and delicate, bird-like gestures is a cunning, calculating intelligence. Underneath it tall, Blanche is a shrewd woman who has accurately sized up Stanley as an abusive brute, and while much of her banter is harmless nonsense, she does give her sister Stella (played by Stacia Rice) sound advice with regard to Stella’s abusive and sexually charged marriage to Stanley. Blanche is rightfully appalled when Stella goes back to Stanley after he has hit her, and in many other ways she is the guiding conscience of the play, the one who—despite her pretentiousness, flightiness, and gift for deception—is the character who has the most accurate moral compass. (Which makes the ending all the more devastating.)

Egolf’s brilliance as Blanche doesn’t detract from Chavira’s portrayal of Stanley, however—it simply enhances Chavira’s brutishness. Chavira’s Stanley is a heavy-drinking, poker-playing man’s man, one whose muscles are tight with rage and whose anger is always simmering just beneath the surface, ready to boil over and combust at any moment. Stanley is suspicious of Blanche’s motives from the start, and the hatred between Stanley and Blanche gives the play its essential tension. Stacia Rice’s Stella is the calm eye in the middle of their increasingly furious storm, and the three of them create quite a tumultuous triangle.

(continue reading Tad Simons’ review at http://blogs.mspmag.com/themorningafter/2010/07/a-streetcar-named-desire-the-g.html)

Rebecca Gilman’s Dollhouse opens at the Guthrie Theater

REBECCA GILMAN’S DOLLHOUSE opens at the Guthrie Theater

 

“Playwright Rebecca Gilman deftly freshens Ibsen’s brilliant treatise on social values”- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

 

(Minneapolis/St.Paul) Award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman (Spinning Into Butter, The Glory of Living) bold and insightful update of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House opened at the Guthrie Theater last week to critical acclaim. Wendy C. Goldberg, artistic director of the National Playwrights Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, directs the production, which features Sarah Agnew in the role of Nora. Performances continue through July 11, 2010 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING …

“Gilman’s adaptation retains Ibsen’s power to force us to reflect on ourselves. The timeless beauty of A Doll’s House never felt so timely”
— Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
 
A “grand show” … “the Guthrie has assembled a first-rate cast”
— John Olive, HowWasTheShow.com

Dollhouse is a disturbing, but funny show … It’s a trap laid out clearly in the Guthrie Theater’s intriguing production”
— Ed Huyck, MinnPost.com

About Rebecca Gilman’s Dollhouse
Nora seems to have it all: a successful husband, three adorable children and a beautiful home in Lincoln Park. But what looks like the perfect life is woefully incomplete, propped up by dark secrets and bitter betrayals. From Ibsen’s masterpiece A Doll’s House, award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman (Spinning Into Butter, The Glory of Living) crafts a bold and insightful update that’s been called “savvy, droll and deliciously caustic” by Variety. This contemporary adaptation brings Ibsen’s classic into our century with a sharp eye for social satire and moments of dark comedy coupled with powerful human drama.
 
The cast includes Sarah Agnew (Nora), Alexander Cecena (Max), Oralia Cecena (Skyler), Piper Gallivan (Macey), Matt Guidry (Pete), Peter Christian Hansen (Terry), George A. Keller (Marta), Norah Long (Kristine), Emily Marceau (Macey), Nora Montanez (Iris), Bhavesh Patel (Raj Patel), Alaina Lucy Rivera (Skyler) and Zel Weilandgruber (Max).
 
The creative team for the show includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Anne Kennedy (Costume Design), Josh Epstein (Lighting Design), Elisa Carlson (Voice and Dialect Coach), Marcela Lorca (Movement), Carla Steen (Dramaturg), Michele Harms (Stage Manager), Justin Hossle (Assistant Stage Manager) and Ellen Fenster (Assistant Director).

Dollhouse continues through July 11 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater. Single tickets are priced from $29. Tickets are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE and online at www.guthrietheater.org.
 
For more information on Dollhouse at the Guthrie, visit http://www.guthrietheater.org/whats_happening/shows/2009/dollhouse.

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Guthrie production of Annie Baker’s CIRCLE MIRROR TRANFORMATION a hit with Minneapolis critics

Guthrie Theater production of Annie Baker’s OBIE-winning

Circle Mirror Transformation heralded as a
“A unique, intense and emotionally riveting experience”
— Quinton Skinner, City Pages

ONE OF THIS SEASON’S MOST TALKED-ABOUT NEW PLAYS
MAKES ITS REGIONAL THEATER PREMIERE IN MINNEAPOLIS

(Minneapolis/St.Paul) Following the conclusion of its enormously popular run at Playwrights Horizons, Annie Baker’s OBIE-winning new play Circle Mirror Transformation makes its regional theater premiere at the Guthrie Theater, where director Benjamin McGovern and his five-member cast bring one of this season’s most talked-about plays to life in the intimate Dowling Studio for performances through June 13.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING …

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Guthrie Theater announces 2010-2011 season

DOWLING ANNOUNCES 2010-2011 GUTHRIE THEATER SEASON

Highlights include a world premiere, a new production of a holiday classic

and an epic theatrical event from London

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) Guthrie Director Joe Dowling today announced the plays of the Theater’s 2010-2011 mainstage season. Highlighting the work of artists both local and international, the season ranges from the world premiere by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to classic works by Shakespeare and Shaw.

The subscription season includes seven productions, beginning on the Wurtele Thrust Stage with the previously announced world premiere of THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman, adapted from the novel by Minnesota author Louise Erdrich. Francesca Zambello (Little House on the Prairie) directs a cast led by Lee Mark Nelson (Fidelis), Emily Gunyou Halaas (Delphine), Katie Guentzel (Eva) and Sheila Tousey (Step and a Half). The McGuire Proscenium Stage opens with the hilariously inventive THE 39 STEPS, under the direction of Joel Sass. A comedic take on Hitchcock’s 1935 classic thriller, the two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning play offers up a fast-paced whodunit, perfect for anyone who loves the magic of theater.

The Guthrie subscription season continues in 2011 with Shakespeare’s THE WINTER’S TALE on the Thrust, under the direction of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Jonathan Munby, in his Guthrie debut, with Guthrie favorite Helen Carey returning to play Paulina. George Bernard Shaw’s ARMS AND THE MAN follows next on the proscenium, with a director to be named later, while Joe Dowling stages the classic American comedy ARSENIC AND OLD LACE on the thrust to mark the 70th anniversary of its first production.

In the summer of 2011, John Miller-Stephany will direct Yasmina Reza’s hit 2009 Tony Award-winning Best Play GOD OF CARNAGE on the proscenium, while Gilbert & Sullivan’s musically mirthful H.M.S. PINAFORE, under the direction of Joe Dowling, concludes the 2010-2011 season on the thrust.

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Kander & Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys to play eight-week run at the Guthrie

NEW KANDER & EBB MUSICAL

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

WILL PLAY EIGHT-WEEK RUN AT THE GUTHRIE THEATER

A  NEW MUSICAL FROM THE LEGENDARY TONY AWARD-WINNING

CREATORS OF CABARET AND CHICAGO MOVES TO MINNEAPOLIS FOLLOWING

ITS SOLD OUT WORLD PREMIERE AT OFF-BROADWAY’S VINEYARD THEATRE

Music and Lyrics by JOHN KANDER and FRED EBB
Book by DAVID THOMPSON
Directed and Choreographed by SUSAN STROMAN

Previews begin July 31; Opening August 6;

Playing through September 25, 2010, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage

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