Sunday, January 15, 2017

2 pm

Peter Heeringa as Michael Larson in Big Money (Photo by Matthew Glover)

Big Money

2:00 pm
Runs 100 minutes

Park Square Theatre's Boss Thrust
Andy Boss Thrust Stage 408 St Peter St St Paul, MN 55102

$5-$60
Call 651-291-7005
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Presented by Sandbox Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

For over a year, Michael Larson devoted his life to studying the Press Your Luck! game board — he quit his job, he filled his living room with televisions and video cassette recorders, he pored over thousands of hours of episodes convinced he could crack the code… And then he did. 
On May 19th, 1984, Michael Larson shocked American audiences by winning an unprecedented $110,000 in a single game.
This January, Sandbox Theatre will share this man’s obsession to beat the odds and win the cash in Big Money.

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

America has one great mythical figure lodged deep in its heart: the Rugged Individual. We celebrate the lone wolves who buck institutions, who are faster, better, smarter than everyone else. We love the idea that a scrappy underdog can beat The System.

But is it that simple – work hard and get ahead? The truth is much more complicated. In
Big Money, we’ll unpack the myths, explore the truths and ask ourselves what it really means to win in America.

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Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up, O Men

2:00 pm

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Ln N Plymouth, MN 55441

$29 and up
Call (763) 553-1600 ext.1
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Presented by Plymouth Playhouse
  • Comedy
  • Musical

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church Basement Ladies. In Rise Up O Men, series familiars Mrs. Mavis Gilmerson, Mrs. Vivian Snustad, and Mrs. Karin Engleson are busy with preparations for the church’s 1964 Centennial Celebration, and the menfolk of the parish have their own problems to solve. Karin’s husband Elroy, farmer Carl and Great War vet Arlo are joined in brotherhood by series staple Pastor E.L. Gunderson. Their camaraderie unites them as they deal with furnace salesmen, looming retirement, rival Protestant denominations, the Pastor’s bad jokes, and Arlene’s even-worse cooking. 

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In Stitches: A Theatrical Concert

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wis.

$17 - $24
Call 715.386.8409
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Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Cabaret/variety

“In Stitches, A Theatrical Concert,” created and directed by Kasey Jean Tunell, will be performed January 13-29 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Songs and dances from over 20 favorite musicals, old and new, are conjured up in a theatrical costume shop, a magical place of memories, dreams, and possibilities.

Tunell describes the show, “It’s about the magic of creating live theater, including the people in and around a theater setting. It’s about inspiration, finding your passion, and dreaming of bigger, better things.”  

Selections include: “Any Dream Will Do” from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat;” “Magic To Do” and “Corner of the Sky” from “Pippin;” “Strongest Suit” from “Aida;” “Giants in the Sky” from “Into the Woods;” “Hard Knock Life” from “Annie;” “Gus the Theater Cat” from “Cats;” “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid;” “Kids” from “Bye Bye Birdie;” “Menu Song” from “Pump Boys and Dinettes;” “Sisters” from “White Christmas;” “Stars” and “Do You Hear the People Sing” from “Les Miserables;” “Seasons of Love” from “Rent;” “Find Your Grail” from “Spamalot;” “I Can Do That” from “A Chorus Line;” “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” from “Annie Get Your Gun;” “Hair” from “Hair;” “Beauty School Dropout” from “Grease;” “Singin’ in the Rain” from “Singin’ in the Rain;” “Wheels of a Dream” from “Ragtime;” “For Good” from “Wicked;” and “Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray.”

The ensemble cast includes: Mary Allessi, Darcy Bell-Myers, and Darcy McDowell, from Stillwater; Stacey Medellin, from Woodbury; Lynn Maiers Paulson, from White Bear Lake; Mike Brown and Mariah Christensen, from St. Paul; Abigail Heimel and Lynnea Sundman, from Minneapolis; Danielle Bebus, from Chisago City; Brian Erdrich, Dennis Grisar, Ben Strub, Erin Strub, Kris Strub, Deliah Woltman, Sydney Woltman, and Lori Woltman, from River Falls; as well as Mitchell Bugni, Dan Bushman, Dan Feia, Rebecca Feia, Keegan Foster, Caitlyn Frazee, Heidi Hansen, Lucy Norvold, and Michael Wirth, from Hudson.

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Almost, Maine

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

The JSB TEK BOX at The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave # 215, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Presented by Mosaic Productions
  • Drama
  • Comedy

The Nine Muses of Greek Mythology were deities that gave artists, philosophers, and individuals the necessary inspiration for creation. We're just a collection of local Twin Cities artists that happen to be inspired by theatre.

We're excited to announce our debut show - John Cariani's Almost, Maine. Almost, Maine comprises nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town. 

The New York Times says:

"There are things you should know about the weird and wondrous Maine town called Almost. It is the sort of place where a young woman, if she had a broken heart, might put all 19 pieces inside a brown paper bag and carry it around. The kind of town where a guy cannot deny that he has fallen in love because he suddenly starts falling down. . .A town where you can get up from a park bench, walk around the world and return by the end of Act II. Where the local hangout is the Moose Paddy and, as the waitress points out, 'Drinks are free if you’re sad.'"

Featuring:
Taylor Evans
Mike Hentges
Emma McKenzie
Tori Ruckle
Henry Southwick
Amy Vickroy

Directed by Justin DeLong

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Silent Sky

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 E. Main St. Anoka, MN 55303

$16-$30
Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Comedy

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Anne Byrd

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the late 1800s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. In her free time, Henrietta attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, while also taking measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.

Described as “sheer magic…with bursts of smart, infectious humor” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Silent Sky is the true, startling, and entertaining story of a brilliant history-making woman told on an intimate scale.

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

$29 - $40
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Musical

The Tony® Award Winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny CASH, Jerry Lee LEWIS, Carl PERKINS and Elvis PRESLEY together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.

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The Church Basement Ladies in: Rise Up O Men

2:00 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

$22-$40
Call 763-553-1600 ex. 1
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Presented by Troupe America at the Plymouth Playhouse
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A Lutheran take on the classical "hero" journey, RISE UP, O MEN is the story of men (and women) who become larger than themselves; it's the story of a group of farmers and John Deere dealers, and church basement ladies, who rise to the requirement of heroism in order to help their community and its future. RISE UP, O MEN is a new musical featuring the men of the church and your favorite church basement Ladies who serve them. The year is 1964, in the basement kitchen of the Lutheran Church in rural Minnesota. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and their tractors and preparations for the Centennial Celebration, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen...but that's what happens when you let the roosters in the hen house.

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A View from the Bridge

2:00 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis MN 55454

$22 regular price
Call 612-333-3010
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Presented by Theatre in the Round Players
  • Drama

Eddie Carbone, a longshoreman living in Brooklyn, and his loving wife Beatrice have raised their niece Catherine from childhood. She is becoming a young woman when the Carbones open their home to Marco and Rudolpho, Beatrice’s cousins from Sicily. When romance blossoms between Rudolpho and Catherine, Eddie’s world implodes, leading to chaos, betrayal, and violence in this classic tragedy by Arthur Miller.

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6 pm

Writers Resist - Twin Cities

6:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408

Free
Call N/A
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Presented by PEN USA, The Dramatist Guild of America, TerraLuna Collaborative
  • Storytelling

Writers Resist is a national network of writers driven to #WriteOurDemocracy by defending the ideals of a free, just and compassionate democratic society. The Twin Cities Writers Resist event, co-sponsored by TerraLuna Collaborative and the Dramatist’s Guild of America, will be held at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Davis Mura, author of FAMOUS SUICIDES OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE and TURNING JAPANESE: MEMOIRS OF A SANSEI will be the featured speaker. Other local writers will also speak, and there will be an open mic session for community writers. This event is FREE and open to the public. 

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Camelot

6:30 pm

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W 78th St Chanhassen, MN 55317

$65 - $85
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Drama
  • Musical

A great American Musical Theatre classic, magically returns to the Main Stage!

Come along to the idyllic kingdom of Camelot. Revel in the rich, deeply romantic legend of King Arthur and his beloved Queen, Guenevere. Celebrate the dashing Sir Lancelot, the gallant Knights of the Round Table, the mystical wizard Merlin and the Lady of the Lake from the mists of Avalon.

Beyond romance, noble quests and magic spells lie twisted plots, inner demons and betrayal – all threatening to snuff out Arthur’s dreams to build the greatest kingdom ever known – one where true justice and compassion reign supreme. The ideals of Camelot are ones we long for in our own day, making Camelot a hopeful legend for all time.

Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (My Fair LadyBrigadoon), Camelot is a multi-Tony Award-winner, including one for Best Musical Score. Camelot is based on the King Arthur legends found in T.H. White’s novel The Once and Future King.

Rediscover the romance and grandeur of Camelot - at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

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7 pm

The Last Five Years

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl

$15
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Silver Slipper Productions and Adara Bryan
  • Musical

Silver Slippers Productions is proud to present a staged reading of "The Last Five Years", Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.

 

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two lovers in their 20's who fall in and then out of love over the course of 5 years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the struggling actress, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the writing prodigy, telling his chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle.

 

Starring local favorites Adara Bryan and Eric Heimsoth, with direction by Seth Gabriel-Mayotte and music direction by Martino Gabriel-Mayotte.

 

THE LAST FIVE YEARS is written and composed by Jason Robert Brown. Originally produced for the New York stage by Arielle Tepper and Marty Bell. Originally produced Northlight Theater, Chicago, IL.

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Liberty Falls, 54321

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Lab Theater
700 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

$20 - $32
Call (612) 333-7977​​
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Presented by The Moving Company theater
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Liberty Rose Johnson from Liberty Falls, Wisconsin is turning 105! So, of course, the civil residents of Liberty Falls, right off Highway 47, and just up Constitution Creek, are planning a big old celebration — songs and speeches, a cavalcade of distinguished dignitaries, and cake! But, OH NO — things don’t go quite as planned.

 

Join THE MOVING COMPANY for this Operatic Comedy - loaded up with lots of laughs, lots of singing, some dancing and, of course, cake.

 

We feel it's the right time to make a show that embraces our ugly side. 

That confronts all the wrong things we’re hearing right now. 

And allows us to laugh at it. We have to laugh. And maybe even find the beauty in it.

 

So, come on over to Liberty Falls, 54321, and have a good laugh. Even if you feel bad about it.

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