Saturday, March 25, 2017

10 am

Shaan Sharma teachers How to be a Working Actor on March 25th at MIA

How to be a Working Actor

10:00 am
Runs 360 minutes

  • Opening night

Minneapolis Institute of Art - Pillsbury Auditorium
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

$297
Call 310-531-8986
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Presented by Shaan Sharma
  • Drama
  • Comedy

LA-based Working actor, Backstage Expert, Author, Acting Coach, Casting Session Director, SAG-AFTRA Lead Educator and Conservatory Committee Member, and MN-native Shaan Sharma will be teaching an all-day on-camera acting business and craft intensive. Come learn everything you need to know to pursue a successful career as an on-camera actor and how to adapt your craft for each specific genre of on-camera work: drama, single-cam comedy, multi-cam comedy, and commercials. The intensive will be held on March 25th from 10am-5pm at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in the Pillsbury Auditorium.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

10:00 am
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet Hopkins,MN 55343

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Dance
  • Kids

An original dance-inspired performance based on the book by Margery Williams.

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The cherished tale about the transformational magic of love graces our main stage this March. “Real isn’t how you are made,” the old Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit, “It’s a thing that happens to you when a child loves you for a long, long time.” This treasured story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become REAL is told through original music and dance. It continues our popular performance collaboration with Escalate Dance that brought you Owl Moon, Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Snow Queen.

 

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11 am

Dr. Seuss'sThe Sneetches The Musical

11:00 am
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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1 pm

Grease

1:00 pm

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

$65 - $89
Call 952.934.1525
Buy tickets online

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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The Velveteen Rabbit

1:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet Hopkins,MN 55343

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Dance
  • Kids

An original dance-inspired performance based on the book by Margery Williams.

Buy Tickets Group Tickets

escalate3

The cherished tale about the transformational magic of love graces our main stage this March. “Real isn’t how you are made,” the old Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit, “It’s a thing that happens to you when a child loves you for a long, long time.” This treasured story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become REAL is told through original music and dance. It continues our popular performance collaboration with Escalate Dance that brought you Owl Moon, Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Snow Queen.

 

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2 pm

The Gondoliers

2:00 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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Macbeth

2:00 pm

Park Square Theatre, Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN

$60 - 21
Call 6512917005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama

Shakespeare’s great tragedy explores the darkest corners of the human heart as the ambitious Macbeth schemes and murders his way to the throne. Filled with raw ambition and greed that seems ripped from the headlines, this classic Shakespearean tragedy is adapted and directed by Jef Hall-Flavin.

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Dr. Seuss'sThe Sneetches The Musical

2:00 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.

Read more

Unset

2:00 pm

The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$0-$20
Call 612.326.1811
Buy tickets online

Presented by Live Action Set
  • Dance

You can dance (if you want to)! Unset invites YOU to play: expressively, significantly, with the company, as part of the company. Each evening consists of a series of improvised dances scored by live music in which Live Action Set invites you to be co-creator as a guest star of the company. You choose how you want to engage: the performance is as much for the audience-participant on stage as it is for the audience members in the seats.

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HOME

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Capri Theater
2027 West Broadway Minneapolis, MN 55411

$19-$24
Call 1-800-838-3006
Buy tickets online

Presented by SPARK theater + dance
  • Drama
  • Dance

What if the home you were familiar with was suddenly torn from you and you were sent drifting? Hundreds of teens in Minnesota are currently set adrift in group and foster homes, waiting for a place to land. 

HOME is an original production by SPARK theater + dance about MN teens waiting to be adopted and the journey toward home. SPARK uses their style of physical theater to weave a poetic narrative inspired by Homer’s Odyssey around the video interviews of actual teens in the foster care system while taking the audience through an immersive experience to get a glimpse into a life that is seeking home.

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Mary Poppins

2:30 pm
Runs 165 minutes

University of Northwestern - Totino Fine Arts Center Main Stage
3003 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55113

$15 - $18
Call 651-631-5151
Buy tickets online

Presented by University of Northwestern Theatre
  • Musical

The world’s best-loved nanny comes to life in the magical Broadway phenomenon that has astonished over 8 million people. With the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stagecraft, you won’t need sugar to help this musical go down! Tickets on sale Feb. 15

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3 pm

The Red Shoes

3:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th St.

$12 - $18
Call 612-874-6338
Buy tickets online

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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Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up, O Men

3:00 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

3:00 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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5 pm

The Realish Housewives of Edina Season 2

5:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

New Century Theatre
Located on the street level of Minneapolis City Center 615 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 145 Minneapolis, MN 55403

$0-$33
Call 612-455-9501
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Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust
  • Comedy

Grab a fresh box of Pinot – The Realish Housewives of Edina are BACK!

The cat fights are bigger, the facelifts are higher and the drama is non-stop. Meet Edina’s newest housewife… who will blow your mind! Gather your #squad — and your frenemies — and buckle in for Season Two!

Pay What You Can - Monday, March 27 at 7:30pm

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6 pm

The Marvelous Wonderettes

6:00 pm
Runs 135 minutes

St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI

$62 including dinner, nonalcoholic beverage, & tip; $44, lunch matinee
Call 715.386.2394 ext 333
Buy tickets online

Presented by St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic '50s hits including "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "Stupid Cupid," and "Lipstick on Your Collar." In act two the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic '50s and '60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

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7 pm

Firebird called to the rescue

Firebird

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

DECC Symphony Hall
350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, Minnesota

$19-$44
Call 218-529-3742
Buy tickets online

Presented by Minnesota Ballet
  • Dance

A favorite Russian fairy tale set in a primeval forest and an enchanted garden, “Firebird” brims with monsters, mayhem, and magic. Prince Ivan captures a beautiful firebird, who gives him a magical feather for her freedom. The prince will need the feather to summon her help in overcoming the evil sorcerer Kostchei and his minions, who have captured the Prince’s brothers and lovely princesses. It’s storytelling for the entire family, all to Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant ballet score. The performance also includes new repertoire works.

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Coup de Carnivale 2017

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Fallout Urban Arts Center
2609 Stevens Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN

$10 - $100
Call 1-800-838-3006
Buy tickets online

Presented by Theatre Coup d'Etat
  • Cabaret/variety

Theatre Coup d’Etat welcomes one and all to our annual fundraiser, Coup de Carnivale, brought to you by Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater!

WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 7:00pm, doors at 6:30pm

WHERE: Fallout Urban Arts Center located at 2609 Stevens Avenue in Minneapolis

WHO: Our event, inspired from Carnival and Vaudeville acts, will feature entertainment from notable burlesque and drag performers, professional fire hoops, sword fights, Tarot readers, strong man and strong woman competitions, singers, dancers, and more...

Come enjoy food and drinks, a silent auction, raffle items, games, performances, and music!

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Flanagan's Wake

7:00 pm

The Cabaret at Camp Bar
490 N Robert St, St Paul, MN 55101

$24.75 - $34.75
Call 800-838-3006
Buy tickets online

Presented by Actors Theater of Minnesota
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Flanagan is dead, but don’t be sad because remembering his life is all about laughs! Back by popular demand, it’s Flanagan’s Wake, the hilarious, interactive Irish funeral. Come celebrate the life of our dear friend, Flanagan, by hoisting a pint and joining in on the tales that unfold.

Join the villagers of the beautiful Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, as they tell tales, sing songs and toast the memory of one of their own. Pay your respects to glowering Mother Flanagan and to the poor grieving fiancée, Fiona Finn. Listen to a eulogy written by County Sligo’s best-known writer, Mickey Finn, and tip a pint with Brian Ballybunion, himself a weaver of tales. Share memories of your own experiences and misadventures with dear, old Flanagan, or simply enjoy the stories and songs of the locals as they recall Flan’s life. Cross yourself with the blessings from St. Gregory’s parish priest, Father Damon Fitzgerald, or cross your fingers that local pagan Kathleen Mooney doesn’t cast a spell on you. Mayor Martin O’Doul will preside over the proceedings with an iron hand (and a parched throat) as he leads in grieving as only the Irish can.

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HOME

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Capri Theater
2027 West Broadway Minneapolis, MN 55411

$19-$24
Call 1-800-838-3006
Buy tickets online

Presented by SPARK theater + dance
  • Drama
  • Dance

What if the home you were familiar with was suddenly torn from you and you were sent drifting? Hundreds of teens in Minnesota are currently set adrift in group and foster homes, waiting for a place to land. 

HOME is an original production by SPARK theater + dance about MN teens waiting to be adopted and the journey toward home. SPARK uses their style of physical theater to weave a poetic narrative inspired by Homer’s Odyssey around the video interviews of actual teens in the foster care system while taking the audience through an immersive experience to get a glimpse into a life that is seeking home.

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And Then They Fell by Tira Palmquist

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Fox Egg Gallery
Fox Egg Gallery 3730 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

$15
Call 612 607 3791
Buy tickets online

Presented by Gadfly Theatre Productions
  • Drama

Jordan Matthews would be fine, if her mother could hold down a decent job, or if her mother hadn't been arrested on another DUI, or if her mother's boyfriend wasn't a skeevy bastard. But things aren't fine, and Jordan's life is falling apart. The adults in her life are either impotent or uninterested, and the only solace comes from out of the blue.

And Then They Fell by Tira Palmquist is a tragic look at the reality that homeless youth face and how that often directly impacts queer youth and victims of abuse however, it does have some quirks and some laughs. Starring Mindy Vang (she/her/hers) from She Kills Monsters is joining us again. Adele Bolier (they/them/theirs) from SPCPA is a relative newcomer to professional theatre but excited to join us for this show. Troy Stolp (he/him/his) who has worked all over the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs is making his Gadfly debut, as is Kjertina Whiting (they/them/theirs) who's most recently been seen performing at Huge Theater. Rounding out our cast is Starla Larson (she/her/hers) who read for us in our Crown of the Holly Queen staged reading this past December. This incredibly solid cast is the perfect ensemble to tell this important, sometimes fun, ultimately sad story. Save the dates March 17th-19th and 24th-26th!

Incorporated with this show, we are so, so beyond excited to welcome community partners Sexual Violence Center and Avenues for Homeless Youth. Reps from both will be at all shows and talkbacks, and they'll have lots of info about joining them either as a client or a volunteer. We will also be doing a goods drive for Avenues, so start rounding up any unused beauty and hygiene products, clean clothes in good condition, menstrual products, etc.

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That Wonder Boy

7:30 pm

New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145 Minneapolis, MN 55403

$20 - $38
Call 612-455-9501
Buy tickets online

Presented by New Century Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

A warm, funny one-man show by Triple Espresso co-creator and author, actor Bob Stromberg, returns to Minneapolis after performing in several cities and being chosen as “Best One-Man Show” at the 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City.

Bob Stromberg’s comic exploration of the powerful influence of art on a young boy is storytelling at its best, and utterly engaging. The Star Tribune raved “[Stromberg’s] divine comic mission seems clearly fixed on uplifting the hearts of audiences.”

That Wonder Boy is an exploration of life and art through the eyes of a youngster who “overcame a happy childhood to become a comedic artist.” Stromberg weaves semi-autobiographical experiences into a critical exploration of the long-standing bromide that great art only comes from great suffering. His utterly charming tale begins with a flying baby and soars on a creative flight of laughter, joy and wonder. Laugh-out-loud funny, but also reflective and moving, the show is a satisfying journey for all ages.

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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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Unset

7:30 pm

The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$0-$20
Call 612.326.1811
Buy tickets online

Presented by Live Action Set
  • Dance

You can dance (if you want to)! Unset invites YOU to play: expressively, significantly, with the company, as part of the company. Each evening consists of a series of improvised dances scored by live music in which Live Action Set invites you to be co-creator as a guest star of the company. You choose how you want to engage: the performance is as much for the audience-participant on stage as it is for the audience members in the seats.

Read more

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. 

Read more

The Red Shoes

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th St.

$12 - $18
Call 612-874-6338
Buy tickets online

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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That Wonder Boy

7:30 pm

New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145 Minneapolis, MN 55403

$20 - $38
Call 612-455-9501
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Presented by New Century Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

A warm, funny one-man show by Triple Espresso co-creator and author, actor Bob Stromberg, returns to Minneapolis after performing in several cities and being chosen as “Best One-Man Show” at the 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City.

Bob Stromberg’s comic exploration of the powerful influence of art on a young boy is storytelling at its best, and utterly engaging. The Star Tribune raved “[Stromberg’s] divine comic mission seems clearly fixed on uplifting the hearts of audiences.”

That Wonder Boy is an exploration of life and art through the eyes of a youngster who “overcame a happy childhood to become a comedic artist.” Stromberg weaves semi-autobiographical experiences into a critical exploration of the long-standing bromide that great art only comes from great suffering. His utterly charming tale begins with a flying baby and soars on a creative flight of laughter, joy and wonder. Laugh-out-loud funny, but also reflective and moving, the show is a satisfying journey for all ages.

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I Am My Own Wife

7:30 pm

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N

$15-$20
Call 800-657-7025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre
  • Drama

Touted as "moving and intellectually absorbing," "a vivid portrait of a unique person," and "a truly remarkable experience in the theatre," this solo one-man play is a must see. Written by playwright Doug Wright, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Charlotte, born Lothar Berfelde, survived both the Nazi and Soviet regimes of East Berlin as a transvestite. The winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2004 Tony Award for Best Play, I Am My Own Wife is a profound survival story. 

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The Country Wife

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408

$1-$20
Call 612-377-2285

Presented by Glowing Ember
  • Comedy

A man who destroys his public reputation to pursue his private pleasures

A woman married for her innocence

Two friends who both want to marry the same woman, but for different reasons

A whole lot of really terrible people doing hilarious things

And double entendres. About china. 

Three performances only, Friday and Saturday evenings and the unholy Sunday matinee with 30% more obscene gestures

All performances pay-what-you-will

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Mary Poppins

7:30 pm
Runs 165 minutes

  • Closing night

University of Northwestern - Totino Fine Arts Center Main Stage
3003 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55113

$15 - $18
Call 651-631-5151
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Presented by University of Northwestern Theatre
  • Musical

The world’s best-loved nanny comes to life in the magical Broadway phenomenon that has astonished over 8 million people. With the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stagecraft, you won’t need sugar to help this musical go down! Tickets on sale Feb. 15

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Goodbye Cruel World

7:30 pm

Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

$14-$41, sliding scale
Call 612-234-7135
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Presented by Theatre Pro Rata
  • Comedy

Penniless and jobless, Semyon makes an offhand remark about dying following a marital spat over leftovers. Soon half the town thinks he has announced his intent to end his life. As word spreads, an increasingly ridiculous series of powerbrokers urge him to commit the deed in the name of their own ignoble causes. Based on “The Suicide” by Nikolai Erdman–a satire banned by Stalin on the eve of its premiere and written by a man who would be exiled for writing it–this colloquial adaptation begs us to consider who is the highest bidder when a man has nothing to lose.

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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
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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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The Tempest

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
  • Drama

The Tempest

“Such stuff as dreams are made on.”

MARCH 8-26, 2017

Directed by Hannah Steblay

This Shakespearean classic whips up a whirlwind of excitement as we whisk you away to a remote island for a tale of trickery, romance, magic, and revenge. From the spectacular storm that opens the play, to mystical island creatures, The Tempest is equal parts moving fairy tale, marvelous magic show, and Shakespeare’s fond farewell to the stage.

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

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Puppet Lab 2017

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 E Lake Street

$15
Call 612-721-2535
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Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
  • Experimental

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is excited to announce the 2017 Puppet Lab performances, featuring brand new experimental work by four local emerging artists: Chamindika Wanduragala, Allison Osberg, Patty Gille, and Madeline Helling. After an intensive fellowship program that paired each artist with a mentor, these works are now ready for the main stage! The series is broken up into two weekends with two artists featured each weekend.

Week 1 - March 17 & 18 at 7:30pm, March 19 at 2:30pm TICKETS

Fulfillingness' Rebirth by Chamindika Wanduragala
Chamindika Wanduragala explores the conflict surrounding an artist who becomes a mother though shadow puppet stop-motion animation.

Brothers by Madeline Helling
Two brothers take over their parents’ estate and discover that the demographics of the neighborhood are shifting, so they devise a plan to build a wall to keep the neighbors out.

Week 2 - March 24 & 25 at 7:30pm, March 26 at 2:30pm TICKETS
Bipolar Lite by Patty Gille
Bipolar Lite is a colorful variety show featuring puppets, masks, and slapstick performances that reflect Gille’s experiences and challenges living a bipolar life.

Mythomania by Allison Osberg
Mythomania is a fairly factual study of our post-truth world, told through the eyes of a sweet potato.

All tickets are $15. Puppet Lab is made possible by support from the Jerome Foundation. 

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Macbeth

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre, Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN

$60 - 21
Call 6512917005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama

Shakespeare’s great tragedy explores the darkest corners of the human heart as the ambitious Macbeth schemes and murders his way to the throne. Filled with raw ambition and greed that seems ripped from the headlines, this classic Shakespearean tragedy is adapted and directed by Jef Hall-Flavin.

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The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

7:30 pm

History Theatre
30 East 10th Street St.Paul, MN 55101

$15-$40
Call 6512924323
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Presented by History Theatre
  • Drama

By Jessica Huang
Directed by Mei Ann Teo

March 18–April 9, 2017

A haunting, poetic journey of secrets, identity and family.

1939. Follow the true story of Harry Chin, one of the many Chinese nationals who landed in the U.S. through a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act. Haunted by the ghosts of his past and provoked by the curiosity of his daughter, Harry is forced to confront his buried secrets. Through leaps of time and space, we experience the abhorrent conditions at Seattle Immigration Station, Harry’s longing for the life he left in China, and the complications of love in a new land. Jessica Huang’s powerful new drama explores the personal and political repercussions of making a group of people “illegal.”

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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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Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

The Historic Mounds Theatre
1029 Hudson Road St. Paul, MN 55106

$15-$25
Call (651) 772-2253
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Presented by Six Elements Theatre
  • Drama

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

Written by Steve Schroer

Directed by Philip D. Henry

 

Accompanied by an implacable Seer, Childe Roland (so called because he is not yet a knight) enters the mystical, blighted land of the Elf King to save his sister, lost to that realm by ancient and impossible rules. Along the way he crosses paths with the residents of that place, and each encounter pulls him closer to his dark destiny and and the fateful climax against the wicked elf king.

 

Written by Steve Schroer of Hardcover Theater and based on the same material as Stephen King's Dark Tower series, Childe Rowlande to the Dark Tower Came is an exploration of the classic poem by Robert Browning illustrating one man's struggle with true morality.

 

 

Friday, March 10th, 7:30pm

Saturday, March 11th, 7:30pm

Monday, March 13th, 7:30pm (pay-what-you-can performance)

Friday, March 17th, 7:30pm (post show discussion)

Saturday, March 18th 7:30pm

Sunday, March 19th, 2:30pm (matinee performance)

Friday, March 24th, 7:30pm

Saturday, March 25th, 7:30pm

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8 pm

Malandain Ballet Biarritz

8:00 pm

Northrop
84 Church St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455

Presented by Northrop
  • Dance

Northrop Presents
Malandain Ballet Biarritz
Sat, Mar 25, 8:00 pm
Carlson Family Stage at Northrop

La Belle et la Bête

Based in the Basque coastal resort town of Biarritz in Southern France, Artistic Director Thierry Malandain has developed a very personal approach to dance that is rooted in classical ballet with a contemporary, full-bodied style. His company of 22 gorgeous dancers makes their Minnesota debut with an ethereal vision of Beauty and the Beast—unlike any other you have seen. Revealing the humanity at the core of this well-known fairy tale, Malandain says, “I am searching for a dance that not only leaves traces of pleasure, but also revives the essence of the sacred as an answer to the difficulty of being.” With ingenious stagecraft, elegant costumes, and a romantic score drawn from Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, this unique, 70-minute version sweeps us toward an uplifting finale where goodness and love conquer fear and evil.

“...The choreography—remarkably adapted to music that fits it like a glove—is brimming with amazingly inventive variations ...confirming the choreographer's acute sensitivity, wit and talent.” –Critiphotodanse

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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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The Realish Housewives of Edina Season 2

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

New Century Theatre
Located on the street level of Minneapolis City Center 615 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 145 Minneapolis, MN 55403

$0-$33
Call 612-455-9501
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Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust
  • Comedy

Grab a fresh box of Pinot – The Realish Housewives of Edina are BACK!

The cat fights are bigger, the facelifts are higher and the drama is non-stop. Meet Edina’s newest housewife… who will blow your mind! Gather your #squad — and your frenemies — and buckle in for Season Two!

Pay What You Can - Monday, March 27 at 7:30pm

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