Friday, April 7, 2017

12 pm

Arts and Aging: The Cultural Cure

12:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, 55455

Presented by University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

MacArthur “Genius Award” winner and University of Minnesota Theatre Department alumna Anne Basting presents "Arts and Aging," April 7th at noon in the Whiting Proscenium Theatre in Rarig Center. The presentation is free and open to the public. RSVP by emailing [email protected].  

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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
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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

The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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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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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Side Show

7:30 pm

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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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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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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1000 Cranes

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

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

Call 715-246-3285
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Presented by Green T Productions
  • Drama
  • Kids

Based on the award-winning book, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” “A Thousand Cranes” is the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.  Diagnosed with radiation sickness, twelve year old Sadako prays for world peace as she folds one-thousand paper cranes.
The play is a moving call for peace and a testament to the power of one person to create change and the values that are cherished by all cultures.  


Today children in Japan and all over the world fold a thousand cranes and lay them at the feet of Sadako's statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Their wish is engraved at the bottom of the monument: "This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world."

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The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN

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

Four Watsons: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning “Jeopardy” champ; amiable techno-dweeb just looking for love. This brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute is dedicated to the people – and machines – upon which we depend. An area premiere by Madeleine George, this 2014 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama is directed by Leah Cooper.

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The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

7:30 pm

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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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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TWISTED APPLES: Stories from Winesburg, Ohio

7:30 pm
Runs 180 minutes

Marion Ross Performing Arts Center
147 N. Broadway Albert Lea, MN 56007

$10 - $15
Call 1-877-730-3144
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Presented by nautilus Music-Theater
  • Drama
  • Musical

“Intimacy adds power to ‘Twisted Apples’”

––Rohan Preston Star Tribune

Click here for the complete review

Also reviews from:


Cherry and Spoon

Twin Cities Stages

Twin Cities Arts Reader


TWISTED APPLES: STORIES FROM WINESBURG, OHIO is a new music-theater piece based on Sherwood Anderson’s classic American novel Winesburg, Ohio. Created by librettist JIM PAYNE and composer ROBERT ELHAI, it tells the story of residents of Winesburg, as they struggle to overcome loneliness and isolation, and long to create a life of the imagination in a small town at the turn of the century.

The production is directed by Nautilus’ artistic director BEN KRYWOSZ, and features performers GARY BRIGGLE, JP FITZGIBBONS, JOSHUA HINCK, NORAH LONG, and ERIC MORRIS, with musical direction by JERRY RUBINO and JILL DAWE. The production is touring communities throughout Minnesota, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Nautilus commissioned and developed the work, and has presented semi-staged-workshop productions over the last few years in the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Sherwood Anderson’s novel Winesburg, Ohio is a series of interconnected short stories, published in 1919. Seen as a precursor to the great American novelists such as Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Hemingway, it is widely respected and now considered to be one of the most influential portraits of small-town life in the United States.

Honoring Anderson as their source material, Payne and Elhai have created an extraordinary trilogy of theatrical portraits. The score is rooted in musical Americana, including “roots“ orchestration (piano, violin, accordion, and string bass), in a vernacular folk style consistent with the characters’ rural culture and psychological state. Gorgeous melodies and expressive harmonies complement lyrics which are both clever and poignant, creating a masterpiece of musical storytelling that combines the accessibility of musical theater with the emotional scope of American opera.

At our studio in St Paul:

9 performances only:
March 23, 24, 25, 27,
30, 31, April 1 @ 7:30 • $25
March 26, April 2 @ 2:00 • $20

Presented at the Nautilus Studio
in Lowertown St Paul, 308 Prince St #190

Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets:
For more information, call 651-298-9913

TWISTED APPLES: STORIES FROM WINESBURG, OHIO consists of three one-act pieces: Act One is “Answered Prayers”, which tells of the Reverend Hartmann’s struggle with his sexual attraction to Kate Swift, the local high school teacher. Kate, in turn, is drawn to her former student George Willard, both  as an intellectual protege and a possible lover. Act Two is “Untold Lies”, about farmhand Ray Pearson, whose friendship with a young co-worker re-ignites in Ray his own longing for domestic freedom and youthful aspirations. Act Three, “Twisted Apples”, tells of George’s mother Elizabeth Willard, her thwarted artistic ambitions, and her determination to ensure that George will not be railroaded into a conventional life of mediocrity.


ANSWERED PRAYERS: “Beautifully staged, gorgeous and evocative libretto and score, and knock-out singing / a human character study set to music and acted with superb and believable nuance / what a gorgeous show! / another fine example of how Nautilus and its typically superb composers, actors, and musicians pay attention to the subtle details that establish real characters and show us what they think and feel; they take away the extraneous, punctuate musically, and the heart reveals itself onstage”

UNTOLD LIES: “It’s hard to imagine a more deeply affecting work / The musical idiom is hearty Americana, with the simplicity of folk music and an operatic richness and complexity / the songs are beautifully complex and the singers and musicians are well up to their demands / gorgeous, moving, and beautifully done show / plenty of musically rewarding moments / the music and lyrics are rich and compelling / very well written, composed, and performed, this show is probably more folk opera than musical theatre, but utterly accessible”

TWISTED APPLES: “This show has been mounted by seasoned and richly talented professionals / the subtle, nuanced text is amplified by delicate, gossamer music / an excellent script and some truly gorgeous music, approachable and singable, yet boasting Charles Ives-like intensity / breath-taking; heart-wrenching; quietly powerful; beautiful / both the music and the libretto are fantastic; poetic, yet always serving to develop the characters and story / it gives beauty and nobility and a clear voice to natural facts that are easy to repress / as usual, Nautilus comes through with top quality in all aspects.”

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Design by Galen Higgins. Illustration by Iris Rose Page.

The Assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave Minneapolis, MN 55454

Call 612.326.1811
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Presented by Sheep Theater
  • Comedy

The Assassination of the Archduke of Austria-Hungary Franz Ferdinand

Sarajevo, June 28, 1914. Gavrilo Princip and five accomplices assassinated the Austrian-Hungarian heir apparent Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. Hilarious young Twin Cities company Sheep Theater, creators of Tamburlaine, George and The Most Dangerous Game, premiere their original comedic tragedy about the sequence of events that led to their deaths.

Sheep Theater produces original plays with deranged sincerity. 

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Lone Star Spirits

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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

Call (612) 822-7063
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Presented by The Jungle Theater
  • Comedy

by Josh Tobiessen
directed by Sarah Rasmussen
featuring Terry Hempleman, John Catron, Christian Bardin, Nate Cheeseman, and Thallis Santesteban


Previews April 5-7

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 2 & 7:30 p.m.

New York Times Critics' Pick

When Marley brings her new fiancé to her childhood home in small-town Texas, she finds herself stranded in the past. Hoping for a quick visit to her estranged father’s liquor store, she’s soon forced to deal with her football hero ex-boyfriend, a single mom insistent on a girls' night out, and the ghost of the town’s bear-wrestling pioneer founder.


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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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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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Savannah Sipping Society

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Ole Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior MN

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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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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10 pm

Geek Slink & Drink: WE NEED A HERO!

10:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl

$15/$12 in advance
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Geek Slink Belly Dance
  • Comedy
  • Dance

Don't miss the Geeky Belly Dance cabaret that has been called 'so much fun and so much funny" by audiences!  Revel as the cast of dancers and performers WHAM, POW, and BLAMMO their way into your hearts with new unique dance numbers and daring feats of heroism. You can also expect stand-up comedy, Acro-arts, and live music in this unique league of extraordinary talent. Kryptonite has nothing on these geeks!

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