Theater: Heartland Heartiness

Minneapolis prizes the Guthrie's striking style

The great post-World War II story of the American stage is the rise of resident companies in scores of cities. Instead of offering just touring entertainments on their way to or from Broadway, they present new works and innovative reconsiderations of the classics. The foremost symbol of this regional movement is the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. One of the older companies -- it marks its 25th anniversary this year -- it is also among the biggest, with 1,441 seats, more than in 25 of the 37 playhouses on Broadway.

The Guthrie emphasizes European drama, including adaptations of fiction, in a schedule...

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