Friday, March 31, 2017

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
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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

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
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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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Side Show

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

Call 800-982-2787
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Presented by The Chameleon Theatre Circle
  • Musical

Side Show
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
​Music by Henry Krieger
Additional Book Material by Bill Condon
Directed by Avian Jangula
March 31 – April 23, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! See Siamese twins go from penniless freak show performers to vaudeville stars! Based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show offers a complex look at love, race, and societal expectations in 1930s America through the eyes of its most marginalized outcasts. One plus one equals three in this heartfelt musical about what it means to always have someone by your side.

Tickets are $22; $19 for students, seniors, Fringe Button holders, and groups of 8 or more; or $16 for groups of 20 or more, and are available in person at the Ames Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster online or at 1-800-982-2787 (additional fees may apply).

For group sales, call the Ames Center box office at 952-895-4680.

All prices include a $2 facility fee as required by the Ames Center.

Side Show is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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Toy Theatre After Dark

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th St.

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

Two weeks of puppetry and object theatre of miniature proportions. Join us for this fun showcase of emerging and established puppetry artists in a wild assortment of approaches to animating the inanimate!

Open Eye is proud to announce the return of Toy Theatre After Dark, a two-weekend mini-festival of puppetry and object theatre of miniature proportions. Curator Susan Haas (Open Eye’s Executive Artistic Director) has selected artists from the local community and around the country to perform in the festival. Performances will include humanoids, exquisitely carved foam, animated toys, crankies, table top puppetry, and much more. Come be delighted, surprised, and baffled—if you dare!

Toy Theatre After Dark was last produced in 2011. “Open Eye Figure Theatre continues to offer up fascinating work in its compressed dream factory space…. Puppets are so evocative, unpredictable, and weird. Go see some.” — City Pages

Week One Line-Up: March 30-April 1

Grim All Day by Dan Polnau (Minneapolis)
A demented ever morphing clown puppet and his pet monkey Pepe are our guides in this surreal lecture, peppered with vignettes and demonstrations, depicting the history of the clown.

Dirty Dishes:in the sink by Paige Carlson (Minneapolis)
In this solo show, dirty dishes are more than meets the eye as puppets and objects are manipulated in a pseudo kitchen to reach a state of nonsensical domestic harmony.

The Trouble With Maker by Kalen Keir (Minneapolis)

In a world of great uncertainty, Kalen performs a succession of dark vignettes with obsolete found objects, modified to play on their life-like qualities.

Your Best Self by Vanessa Valliere (Chicago)
The story of Barbara, a hopeful, earnest, and eager young woman who attends a motivational speech in the hopes of becoming her best self.

American Vegetative Lowlives Gone Wild by Lindsay McCaw (Detroit)
A show that explores the sordid lives of the unwashed and less cultivated members of the plant community. Depicting relationships between oddball plants, the performance is a snapshot of their mundane and grotesque existences.

Body Concert by Kevin Augustine (New York City)
Influenced by Japanese Butho dance, this hybrid work brings Lone Wolf Tribe’s exquisitely sculpted foam-rubber puppets uniquely to life in a hauntingly romantic movement piece.

Week Two Line-Up: April 6-8

The Mothers of the Bestiary and Sherds by Felicia Amato (Minneapolis)
The Mothers of the Bestiary will have a cranky and puppet/object performances that tell the stories of animal or beast mothers described in the ancient/medieval bestiaries or made-up. Sherds composes puppets of broken pieces of porcelain and dolls during the performance and each tells a story.

Sacrament-Burger by David Commander (New York City)
This modern toy theater piece focuses on our disconnection from the function and value of food and how that detachment contributes to the waste of nearly half of all food produced globally. David also explores the inherent need to ritualize the act of eating and how this ceremony is performed within restaurant culture.

The Wink by Zoe Sommers Haas (Minneapolis)
An out of touch, over the top talk show host engages her correspondent puppets about the excitements and woes of her world. No alternative facts here. Pure honesty, it's real, where realness gets realer on a real level.

Lamentations for Old and Useless Things by Michael Sommers (Minneapolis)
Lament # 1: The Castle of Despair

use·less (yo͞os ləs)

-Not fulfilling or not expected to achieve the intended purpose or desired outcome.  

"A piece of useless theater.”

-Having no ability or skill in a specified activity or area.

"He was useless at puppetry.”

The Death and Life of Billy the Kid by Frank Maugeri and Seth Bockley (Chicago)

This folk-musical mini-opera uses puppetry, ritual, song and toy theater techniques to explore the legendary outlaw from a personal, elegiac perspective.

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To Begin With

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
  • Improv
  • Storytelling

“You there! Dickens! Dickens, the Christmas Man! With your Scrooge and your Spirits and sudden conversions! Why do you make up such stories?

The taunter is a scraggly, smelly twelve year old boy, one Algernon Charles Swinburne, perched naked atop a graveyard wall. The target of his tirade: Charles Dickens, author, journalist, would-be thespian, and summer neighbor of Swinburne’s parents on the Isle of Wight. This unpleasant encounter between two giants of world literature—one in middle age, the other yet to write the verses that would make his name—spur Dickens to write a tale that takes up Swinburne’s challenge.

To Begin With is the fascinating story of his struggle to create a personal adaptation of the Biblical Gospels to be performed for his children on Christmas Eve 1849. Amid distractions from his family, Swinburne and his own insecurities, he wrestles with how to present the story of Jesus Christ to a brood that ranges from 2 to 10 years of age.

Though he never intended this work to published, the Dickens family agreed to publish it as The Life of Our Lord in 1934 (sixty four years after his death). It is on this book that the one-man play is imagined. It’s a witty, insightful and thoroughly enjoyable look into the mind of a great writer.

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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 Realish Housewives of Edina Season 2

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

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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The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

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

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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The Gondoliers

7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

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

Call 651-255-6947
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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.


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!


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


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
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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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7:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

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

Call 612-326-1811
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Presented by Animal Engine
  • Drama

"Dark, imaginative and well-acted."
-Pioneer Press

"This polished, highly intelligent, desperately sad show will linger with you."
-City Pages

"Physical devised theater at its best."
-Watermark Orlando

Darlings re-imagines J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan” from the perspective of Mr. and Mrs. Darling, two parents struggling with the loss of their children. They search for them by day and tell stories about a place called Neverland by night … where the mermaids will drown you, the pirates might kill you, and you can’t trust the charming little boy with the impish smile.

Created and performed by Animal Engine Co-Artistic Directors Carrie Brown and Karim Muasher in collaboration with Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan of the Coldharts, with direction from Melinda Jean Ferraraccio.

Physical devised theatre company Animal Engine, who recently relocated to Minneapolis from New York City, brings their award winning brand of deceptively minimalist, physically expressive theatre to the Southern Theater for an exclusive one weekend of performances after critically acclaimed runs at the Minnesota, Orlando, and Providence Fringe Festivals.

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The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Minnesota Transportation Museum
193 Pennsylvania Ave. E. St. Paul, MN. 55130

Call 612-234-7168
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Presented by Mission & Wayward Theatre Companies
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Wayward and Mission Theatre Companies are thrilled to team up to bring The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley to the Minnesota Transportation Museum! This sometimes spooky and often hilarious tale follows a group of unlikely companions who find themselves unexpectedly stranded in a desolate train station just outside of Rockland, Maine. Local legend tells of an ominous and deadly force that haunts those there parts. Will our band of unlikely heroes live to tell the tale of the haunted locomotive? We are delighted to partner with the historic Minnesota Transportation Museum providing the backdrop for this creepy comedy.  

Friday April 7 & 14: Step back in time with on a historic vintage bus ride, learn a little bit about the seedy side of St. Paul, and enjoy some spectacular local craft beer at Great Waters Brewery. Then head back to the museum and enjoy the performance. ($45 – includes tour, two beers at the brewery and admission to the performance)

Saturday April 1, 8 & 15: Calling all Molls and Dolls! Slip into your best flapper attire (optional of course) and enjoy a First Class dinner on the vintage train car inside the historic museum. Savor an exquisitely prepared three course meal with wine pairings, wander the museum and laugh the night away. ($65 – includes dinner, wine and admission to the performance)

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7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Capri Theater
2027 West Broadway Minneapolis, MN 55411

Call 1-800-838-3006
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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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The Church Basement Ladies in: Rise Up O Men

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

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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8 pm


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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