Sunday, April 2, 2017

1 pm

I Am My Own Wife

1:30 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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2 pm

Macbeth

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

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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Side Show

2:00 pm

Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

$16-$22
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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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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Savannah Sipping Society

2:00 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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My Life Through History: An Autistic Man's Journey

2:00 pm

The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$18, $16 with Fringe Button, Student/Senior discount
Call 6128168479
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Presented by Freshwater Theatre Company
  • Comedy

Freshwater Theatre Company makes its debut in the new Crane Theater with a brand new play by local theatre artist Dylan Ward: My Life Through History (An Autistic Man’s Journey)
 

My Life Through History features Thomas (Dylan Ward), an artist with high-functioning Autism, taking you on an adventure inside his mind. In Thomas’ earliest memories, he doesn’t just like dinosaurs, he is a Triceratops, encountering a playground T-Rex. As he ages, he ages with the world, starting with his first job as a Roman Gladiator, romping through the middle ages as a troubadour, and ending up in modern day America in a final battle against the childhood villain who has haunted him through time.

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The Gondoliers

2:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

  • Closing night

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

$12-$22
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.

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

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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3 pm

The Realish Housewives of Edina Season 2

3:00 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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5 pm

Flanagan's Wake

5:00 pm

  • Closing night

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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6 pm

Grease

6:30 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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7 pm

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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