Tad Simons

Tad Simons

Contributing editor Tad Simons is an award-winning journalist whose writing on the local arts scene has appeared in the Twin Cities Reader, City Pages, St. Paul Pioneer Press, American Theatre magazine, BackStage, Variety and the Washington Post. Over his 25 year career, Tad has covered theater, books, music, visual arts, dance, film, and performance art (including politics). Tad’s articles and essays on these and other subjects have won more than 30 local and national awards for editorial excellence.

The Crucible at The Guthrie
Review: The Crucible at The Guthrie

A 63-year old play reminds us to keep calm this election season.

Ripple Effect

Filmmaker Patrick Coyle’s new movie, The Public Domain, centers on the psychological aftermath of the I-35W bridge collapse.

Art for Sport

Arts writer Tad Simons argues that commissioned art for the new Vikings stadium should be chosen very carefully.

The Imperial Summer Residence of Schönbrunn, Courtyard Side
The Habsburgs at MIA is a Must-See

Many of the works have never toured outside Austria, and never will again. So, unless you'd rather go to Vienna, this is your chance.

Humor: Fifty Shades at Home

Inspired by the film, Tad makes a half-assed attempt at living out his Christian Grey fantasies but ends up having coffee and a scone instead.

Bradley Greenwald (Fagin) and Nate Turcotte (Oliver) in Pantages Theater's production of Oliver!
Review: Oliver! @ The Pantages Theater

Turns out Theatre Latte Da's Broadway Re-Imagined production of Oliver! wasn't actually all that re-imagined.

Bard Binge

To be consumed by Shakespeare or not to be? That is the question.

Pond Hockey Championships
Pond Hockey is Our Last True Sport

What's more Minnesotan than shoveling off the ice for a little four-on-four?

Sally Wingert
Master Class

At an age when many actresses fade from the limelight, Sally Wingert is on the run of a lifetime.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children's Theatre
Christmas Ca-Ching!

It’s that time of year when theaters cash in—and delight audiences—by putting on their holiday shows. Here’s a rundown.


It’s time to brace ourselves for the new “tradition” in town.

Bob Dylan
He is Legend

This is how Bob Dylan the man becomes a myth.

Review: Master Class is Masterful and Classy

Theatre Latte Da’s production, starring Sally Wingert as the legendary opera diva Maria Callas, has been extended.

Ivey Awards ceremony in Minneapolis, MN | Photo by Erin Kincheloe
Ivey Awards Recognition: How Much is Too Much?

Tad Simons looks at the good and the maybe not-so-good of this year's local theater celebraish.

Icehouse Minneapolis
Extremely Cool: Jazz at Icehouse

Head to Icehouse almost any night of the week, with no idea who is playing, and expect to be blown away.

Motley Crue
Fall Arts Preview

Our annual guide to the season’s hottest tickets is a mixed bag—and we mean that in the best possible way.

Stonearch 1941 painting in the Fine Arts building at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair
The Alternate State Fair Fine Arts Awards

When it comes to fine arts at the Fair, Tad thinks the "official" judges often miss the mark.

Ferris Wheel on the Midway at the State Fair
A Fair ShakeUp

What the State Fair needs is rides that reflect Minnesota’s true nature.

Taste of Old

A Taste of Minnesota is returning to its roots: lousy bands, greasy food, and a sky full of fireworks.

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