Thursday, March 9, 2017

1 pm

Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up, O Men

1:00 pm

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Ln N Plymouth, MN 55441

$29 and up
Call (763) 553-1600 ext.1
Buy tickets online

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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The Church Basement Ladies in: Rise Up O Men

1:00 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

$22-$40
Call 763-553-1600 ex. 1
Buy tickets online

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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7 pm

Dr. Seuss'sThe Sneetches The Musical

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

Best enjoyed by everyone
Based on the book The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Produced by permission of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.
Book and Lyrics by Philip Dawkins 
Music by David Mallamud 
Directed by Peter C. Brosius 
Choreographed Michael Matthew Ferrell 

ASL/AD: March 17 at 7PM
ASL Only: March 19 at 5PM
Sensory Friendly: March 24 at 7PM

On Sneetch Beach, there’s a line in the sand—Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other.  That’s the way it is, was, and will be.  At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine.  Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots—those with stars and those without—isn’t so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? In this rousing and inventive musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss's powerful parable about the surface things that divide us, it will take a courageous friendship between an unlikely pair of Sneetches to find the answers. 

This work is supported by a Theatre Commissioning and Production Initiative grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 

This production was commissioned, developed, and originally produced through Children’s Theatre Company’s Threshold new play development lab in Minneapolis, MN.

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Romeo and Juliet

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Phoenix Theatre
2605 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Shakespearean Youth Theatre
  • Drama
  • Kids

Shakespearean Youth Theatre’s 13th season kicks off with William Shakespeare’s classic (and classically misunderstood) tale of rebellion, loyalty, and self-discovery in the face of a patriarchal society that celebrates violence and makes tradition of division.

Featuring all 14 members of SYT's Core Ensemble. 

Creative Team

Logan Verdoorn | Director
Annie Enneking | Stage Violence and Dance Choreographer
David Hanzal | Costume Designer
Mary Shabatura | Lighting Designer
Steven Verdoorn | Art and Graphic Designer
Sofia Lindgren Galloway | Stage Manager
Carlyn Korsmo | SYT Liaison
Vee Signorelli | Assistant Director

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The Gondoliers

7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Howard Conn Fine Arts Center at Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis

$12-$22
Call 651-255-6947
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company is pleased to announce that it will present The Gondoliers, from March 10th through April 2nd of 2017.

The performances will be at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, in Minneapolis.

This production of The Gondoliers will be directed by Lesley Hendrickson, with Music Direction by Dr. Randal A. Buikema.

Synopsis: 

The Gondoliersor, The King of Barataria, tells the story of two just-married Venetian gondoliers who are informed by the Grand Inquisitor that one of them is actually the King of Barataria, hidden in Venice since infancy. Only their foster mother, presently at large, can identify the king. As Barataria needs its king to put down unrest in the country, they must travel there to reign jointly, leaving their newly-wedded wives behind in Venice. It also turns out that the king was wed in infancy to the beautiful daughter of the Spanish Duke of Plaza Toro, and so it seems he is an unintentional bigamist. Of course, the beautiful daughter is in love with a common servant! When the young Spaniard and the two Venetian wives arrive in Barataria, wanting to know which of them is queen, complications arise. No worries … the true identity of the king is revealed, and all is combed out spectacularly well by the end!

Cast:

The Duke of Plaza-Toro - Jim Ahrens
Don Alhambra Del Bolero - Waldyn Benbenek
Marco Palmieri - Michael Burton
Giuseppe Palmieri - Ryan Johnson
Luiz -  Philip Eschweiler
Francesco - Steven Halloin
Antonio - Eric Sorum
Giorgio  - Doug Freeman
Annibale  - Jacob Wellington

Duchess of Plaza-Toro - Katerina Middeldorp
Casilda - Cassie Utt
Gianetta - Blanka Melbostad
Tessa - Maggie Burr
Fiametta - Krin McMillan
Guilia - Brooke Wahlstrom
Vittoria - Lydia Wildes
Inez - Deb Haas

Chorus of Gondoliers and Citizens of Venice
Joe Allen | Luke McKenty | James Brooks | John Orbison | Stephen Hage | Eric Pasternack | Andrew “AJ” Herman | Richard Rames | Dean Laurance

Chorus of Contadine and Citizens of Venice
Mary Gregory | Anna Maher | Shawn Holt | Charlotte Morrison | Kaitlin Klemencic | Sarah Shervey | Maddy La Roche | Rhea Sullivan | Holly MacDonald

The Children
Mary Bair | Liam Hage

Tickets:

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: $22.00
Children (under 12): $12.00
Preview Performance: $12.00
General admission for adults and children (Preview only)

Tickets can be ordered online now, or by phone after February 28.

All seats are reserved, except for the Preview Performance.  

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Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up, O Men

7:30 pm

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Ln N Plymouth, MN 55441

$29 and up
Call (763) 553-1600 ext.1
Buy tickets online

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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Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$20-$25
Call 651-429-5674
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Comedy

Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet

A witty comedy that literally brings the page to the stage.

MARCH 9-24, 2017

Directed by Lucas Skjaret

In the award winning modern play by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, a young English professor proposes a radical new theory—Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies were meant to be comedies! She cleverly reimagines the classic plays, discovers the truth, and makes you laugh.

Tickets: $25 Regular / $23 Senior / $20 Student

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THE AWAKENING

The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

$0 - $24; ARTshare members: Free
Call 612-326-1811
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Presented by Savage Umbrella
  • Drama

EDNA PONTELLIER HAS ZERO EFFS LEFT TO GIVE. Nothing is really wrong, at all, except for the inconvenient fact that she's slowly dying inside. Here we have one woman's struggle to become her most authentic self, amidst a society unwilling to see her for who she is. Music, waves, and sexual tension thick as the humid New Orleans air combine to tell this hilarious, heartbreaking, and beautiful story. Adapted freely from Kate Chopin's landmark feminist novel.

“[THE AWAKENING] is an amazing show: it had me on the edge of my seat, and on multiple occasions wanting to jump out of it with cheers.” (Critic Jay Gabler, review of the 2010 production)

Originally produced in 2010, Savage Umbrella dives back into Chopin's vibrant world to reimagine this classic tale for it's 10th anniversary season!

Written and directed by Laura Leffler-McCabe
​Music by Candace Emberley
Created with Savage Umbrella and the ensembles

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WHO:

Featuring Emily Dussault with Nayely Becerra, Alexis Clarksean, Amber Davis, Lauren Diesch, Russ Dugger, Thomas Ferguson, Nathan Gebhard, Seth K. Hale, Aaron Henry, Rachel Kuhnle, Eric Marinus, Tinne Rosenmeier, Daniel Rovinsky, Mike Swan, Nick Wolf

At the March 16, 17, and 18 performances, the role of Robert Lebrun will be played by Kevin Fanshaw.

Piano  . . .  Nic Delcambre
Clarinet  . . .  Carley Olson
Violin  . . .  Alissa Ona Jacobsen
Violin Substitutes: Derick Rehurek (3/8), David Gerald Sutton (3/11)

Director  . . .  Laura Leffler-McCabe
Music Director  . . .  Nic Delcambre
​Stage Manager  . . .  Hannah K. Holman
Set Design & Construction  . . .  Meagan Kedrowski
Lighting Design  . . .  Adam Raine
Original Costume Design and Construction  . . .  Sarah French
Costume Assistant & Construction . . .  Ali Gould
Costume Styling  . . .  Laura Leffler-McCabe
Scenic Painting  . . .  Hannah K. Holman
Graphic Design & Marketing  . . .  Alana Horton
Dramaturg  . . .  Megan Clark
Production Interns  . . .  Alyssa Davis, Helena Mueller

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WHERE:

​Presented as part of the Southern Theater’s ARTshare.
​The Southern Theater: 1420 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

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WHEN:

March 3 - 18, 2017

Full performance schedule:
Friday, March 3, 7:30 PM (Opening Night, AE Gallery Opening Reception 5:00-7:00 PM)
Saturday, March 4, 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 4, 7:30 PM (ARTshare Happy Hour 5:30-7:00 PM)
Sunday, March 5, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 PM (Pay-What-You-Want)
Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 9, 7:30 PM (ASL and Audio Description)
Friday, March 10, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 11, 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 11, 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 16, 7:30 PM
Friday, March 17, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 18, 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 19, 7:30 PM (Closing Night)

To further engage and unpack the themes of the production, audience members are invited to join Savage Umbrella collaborators in the lobby 30 minutes before each performance for a short conversation that offers thematic insight, historical background, and a brief overview of Savage Umbrella’s creation methods.

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Fiddler on the Roof at MN Opera Center

7:30 pm
Runs 145 minutes

MN Opera Center
620 N 1st St Minneapolis, MN 55401

$10 - $30
Call 6122039502
Buy tickets online

Presented by Ten Thousand Things
  • Musical

A father struggles to maintain his religious and cultural traditions under the persecution of a tsar. Performed in TTT's hallmark style with a diverse cast and a two-man band!

Directed by Michelle Hensley

Featuring Steven Epp as Tevye and Joy Dolo, Tyson Forbes, Sheena Janson, Elise Langer, Thomasina Petrus, Kory LaQuess Pullam, Eric Sharp and Dennis Spears

Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30pm.  Sunday shows at 4pm.

We are also at Augsburg College, Feb 16-19 and Open Book, Feb 23-26, Mar 2-5 and 16-19.

 

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Mere Trifles

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

SteppingStone Theatre
55 North Victoria Street, St. Paul, MN 55104

$18-$22
Call 612-721-1186
Buy tickets online

Presented by Theatre Unbound
  • Drama

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Pulitzer-winner Susan Glaspell’s haunting classic “Trifles,” we present it as part of an evening of one-acts about women as both victims and perpetrators of violence.

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The Church Basement Ladies in: Rise Up O Men

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

$22-$40
Call 763-553-1600 ex. 1
Buy tickets online

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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The Red Shoes

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th St.

$12 - $18
Call 612-874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Produced in partnership with Joel Sass’ Oddfellows Collective. Conceived, written, designed and directed by Joel Sass. Featuring performer Kimberly Richardson. Including Noah Sommers Haas(performer and assistant director), Rick Miller(Performer), Ariane Mass(Performer), Sean Healey (sound), Michael Murnane (lighting), and Salima Seale (stage manager).

The Red Shoes takes its title from a classic Hans Christian Anderson story of a young girl and a pair of red shoes, and thrillingly re-imagines it as a retro-urban fairytale.

The heroine of this adventure is more of a mouse than a warrior, hiding in a tiny apartment in the middle of the Big City, fearful of venturing out, or of letting anyone (or anything) in. But she’s not alone.

Eventually a pair of haunted red shoes is delivered to her doorstep, and they propel our heroine into a harrowing film noir adventure through the labyrinths and spiral staircases of her own mind, where she must face down her fears of what lurks in the subway tunnel, and discover what fate has in store for her up on the rooftop!

Equally humorous and hair-raising, The Red Shoes draws inspiration and influences from vintage detective novels, black and white film noir movies of the 1930s and ’40s, and case studies of amnesia and multiple personality. The inventive use of manipulated objects, dolls, and masks provide a dream-like quality to the unfolding adventure.

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Savannah Sipping Society

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Ole Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior MN

$25-$35
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique single Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends

Wednesday 1:30p; Thu-Sun 7:30p; 

 

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Anna in the Tropics

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408

$35-$45
Call (612) 822-7063
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Presented by The Jungle Theater
  • Drama

FEBRUARY 11 - MARCH 12
Tuesday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 2 & 7:30 p.m.

(Previews Feb. 8-10, 7:30 p.m.)

by Nilo Cruz
directed by Larissa Kokernot
featuring Adlyn Carreras, Cristina Florencia Castro, Juan Rivera Lebron, Nora Montañez, Rich Remedios, Al Clemente Saks, and Dario Tangelson

Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Florida, 1929: a Cuban-American family eagerly awaits the arrival of a new lector to read aloud to their cigar factory workers. When he introduces them to the classic Anna Karenina, a hot and humid Tampa factory starts to mirror the scandalous Russian aristocracy of Tolstoy’s classic. Love, revenge, passion, and tragedy abound in this award-winning drama.

[CRUZ] HAS TURNED OUT MANY WONDERFUL PLAYS — BUT NONE MORE SHIMMERINGLY BEAUTIFUL.

— Miami Herald

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Heart Burns: A Collection of One Acts

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104

Presented by Applause Community Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Applause Community Theatre presents "Heart Burns: A Collection of One-Acts" featuring "MR. BURNS: THE FIRST ACT" by Anne Washburn. Join us as we explore how we tell stories at the intersection of "Luv and Hāt." 

Tickets for March 9 only $10.

"Mr. Burns" was awarded Third Place in the 2017 Minnesota State Community Theater Festival (MACT Fest) and an Outstanding Achievement award for Ensemble Performance. Director Chad Snyder also won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing and Emily Martin Johnson won an award for Outstanding Achievement as Supporting Performer. 

"Mr. Burns, a post-electric play" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. In addtion to MR. BURNS we'll present the following short one-acts:  

THE WEST WING by Jenny Kirlan
"The West Wing" was developed with The CRY HAVOC Company (www.cryhavoccompany.org).”

IN THE MEANTIME by Sharon E. Cooper
"In the Meantime" was developed with The CRY HAVOC Company (www.cryhavoccompany.org).”

WAITING FOR THE MATINEE by Eric Coble

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8 pm

Grease

8:00 pm

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

$65 - $89
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Comedy
  • Musical

After a decade, the #1 best-seller in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ history returns to the Main Stage!

Join Sandy, Danny and the rest of the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies for an affectionate satire of high school life in the 1950's.  Don't miss the unforgettable tunes like: “Summer Nights,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “We Go Together,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout,” AND added songs made popular in the beloved film: “Grease (Is The Word),” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”  It’s a high-octane rock ‘n’ roll party packed with explosive energy!

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10 pm

Melee à Trois

10:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl

$10/6 in advance
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Jordan Bainer, Bette Bentley and Drew Kersten
  • Improv

Minneapolis joins the likes of New York and Los Angeles in hosting a new improv competition. Three improv comedy teams compete for your vote in the hopes of performing in a future show. Each group has 15 minutes to sway your favor and achieve comedic glory! Fun side bets, unique audience participation and giveaways will be a regular occurrence. Come. Laugh. Judge.

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