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Past articles by Rob:

Theater Review: ‘Diesel Heart’ Melvin Carter Jr. bio needs less history, more his story – Twin Cities

It’s a chronicle of a life loaded with more details than insight. → Read More

Theater review: Penumbra’s ‘Sugar in Our Wounds’ brings vivid performances to an uneven play

Set on a southern plantation during the Civil War, the drama is an unflinching look at an atmosphere filled with fear and cruelty, yet one in which love nevertheless blossoms. → Read More

Theater review: CTC’s ‘Locomotion’ doesn’t quite get up to speed with its worthy message

It’s only 75 minutes long but might more successful if closer to an hour. → Read More

To the barricades — again! ‘Le Miz’ returns to Twin Cities in time for the holidays.

While there’s nothing particularly Christmas-y about “Les Miserables,” it fits well on a holiday entertainment calendar. → Read More

Ordway delivers true blast from the past with stunning “Beauty and the Beast”

It’s a high-energy throwback to the days when thrilling, full-cast song-and-dance numbers were performed on grandly appointed sets. → Read More

Penumbra Theatre’s ‘Black Nativity’ still telling a high-energy Christmas story

It won’t be long until you’re immersed in an atmosphere of spiritual celebration. → Read More

With ‘Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley,’ Jungle Theater honors Jane Austen

I confess it’s taken some time for me to warm to the concept of “fan fiction.” My initial reaction to the idea of a writer taking another writer’s characters and creating new stories with them was,… → Read More

Theater review: In version 48, Guthrie produces another fresh rendition of ‘Christmas Carol’ – Twin Cities

Finding a way to balance the familiar with the fresh is an annual holiday tradition at the Guthrie Theater. Few likely imagined when the company first produced an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A … → Read More

Theater review: This Grinch has layers, but he’s also pretty frightening – Twin Cities

Few characters in children’s literature are grumpier than the Grinch. → Read More

Review: Touring productions of ‘SIX’ and ‘Cats’ tap the same vein of theater gold

After experiencing national touring productions on consecutive nights — “Cats” at Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre, “SIX” at St. Paul’s Ordway — I can say they have a lot in common.… → Read More

Children’s Theatre doesn’t repeat past successes with ‘Carmela Full of Wishes’

It’s a one-hour play as interesting as running errands on a Saturday morning — which is basically its plot. → Read More

Penumbra Theatre’s ‘Weathering’ is a warm, humane exploration of loss

You’ve probably heard about Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ “Five Stages of Grief.” She identifies a handful of ways in which people typically respond to a loss, the stages sometimes arriving chronologicall… → Read More

Guthrie’s ‘Sally & Tom’ an insightful examination of history, race and power

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks tackles complex questions in her newest play, which premiered at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater. → Read More

Theater review: With ‘Tulu,’ Ethiopia’s Circus Abyssinia at its best when it soars

“Tulu” is not quite as exciting as the “Ethiopian Dreams” performance of three years ago? → Read More

Theater review: Park Square’s ‘The Humans’ puts reality in the eye of the beholder

Park Square Theatre’s production of Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” is a 100-minute visit with an American family having Thanksgiving dinner together in real time. → Read More

Bandshell review: Standing room only for Jayhawks’ satisfying setlist of new and old – Twin Cities

The Jayhawks filled the State Fair Bandshell with a distinctive niche of nostalgia. → Read More

Grandstand review: Jim Gaffigan brings skillful gallows humor to the State Fair

It was probably the funniest discussion of death that any of the 9,052 folks in attendance will have all year. → Read More

Grandstand review: Beach Boys endure, Temptations refresh and Tower of Power impress

On Senior Day at the Minnesota State Fair, three sixties acts graced the Grandstand. → Read More

Theater review: ‘Groupthink’ hits on substance, misses on style – Twin Cities

How low are you willing to go? That’s the quandary confronting a pair of young public relations professionals in “Groupthink,” an engaging dark comedy by Mathew Goldstein being premiered by Six Poi… → Read More

Concert review: Brandi Carlile rocks the X. Yes, you read that right.

As a song once said, rock and roll dreams come true. On Saturday night, one evidently did — for Brandi Carlile. → Read More