Friday, August 11, 2017

9 am

Swimmy: Theatre for the Very Young

9:00 am

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet Hopkins,MN 55343

$10
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids
  • Storytelling

Swimmy Theatre for the Very Young

Aug 4 – 19, 2017  •  Ages 1-5  •  World Premiere Exclusive!

Based on the book by Leo Lionni.

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Swimmy, Theatre for the Very Young – Aug 4 - 19, 2017

Journey with us to the depths of the ocean as our Theatre for the Very Young series continues this season with the subtly beautiful tale of Swimmy, based on the Caldecott Honor book by Leo Lionni. Being a different color doesn’t stop Swimmy from teaching his fellow fish to think “outside the box.” His uniqueness is just the thing to inspire his school to work together to ward off impending danger. Swimmy may also just inspire our youngest audiences to join in this imaginative under water adventure.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni is produced with permission of Nora Lionni. By Leo Lionni © 1963, © renewed 1991.

 

This production is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Endowment for the Arts

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10 am

Swimmy: Theatre for the Very Young

10:30 am

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet Hopkins,MN 55343

$10
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids
  • Storytelling

Swimmy Theatre for the Very Young

Aug 4 – 19, 2017  •  Ages 1-5  •  World Premiere Exclusive!

Based on the book by Leo Lionni.

Buy Tickets

 

Swimmy, Theatre for the Very Young – Aug 4 - 19, 2017

Journey with us to the depths of the ocean as our Theatre for the Very Young series continues this season with the subtly beautiful tale of Swimmy, based on the Caldecott Honor book by Leo Lionni. Being a different color doesn’t stop Swimmy from teaching his fellow fish to think “outside the box.” His uniqueness is just the thing to inspire his school to work together to ward off impending danger. Swimmy may also just inspire our youngest audiences to join in this imaginative under water adventure.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni is produced with permission of Nora Lionni. By Leo Lionni © 1963, © renewed 1991.

 

This production is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Endowment for the Arts

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12 pm

Swimmy: Theatre for the Very Young

12:00 pm

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet Hopkins,MN 55343

$10
Call 952-979-1111
Buy tickets online

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids
  • Storytelling

Swimmy Theatre for the Very Young

Aug 4 – 19, 2017  •  Ages 1-5  •  World Premiere Exclusive!

Based on the book by Leo Lionni.

Buy Tickets

 

Swimmy, Theatre for the Very Young – Aug 4 - 19, 2017

Journey with us to the depths of the ocean as our Theatre for the Very Young series continues this season with the subtly beautiful tale of Swimmy, based on the Caldecott Honor book by Leo Lionni. Being a different color doesn’t stop Swimmy from teaching his fellow fish to think “outside the box.” His uniqueness is just the thing to inspire his school to work together to ward off impending danger. Swimmy may also just inspire our youngest audiences to join in this imaginative under water adventure.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni is produced with permission of Nora Lionni. By Leo Lionni © 1963, © renewed 1991.

 

This production is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Endowment for the Arts

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4 pm

Subpar Heroes

4:00 pm
Runs 50 minutes

The Southern Theatre
1420 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN, 55454

Day passes start at $16
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Presented by Renegade Theater Company
  • Comedy

When a passing comet lightly irradiates some donuts, a group of friends gain trivial, insignificant powers. As evolution takes a tiny, pointless leap forward, these heroes will rise up to save their town.

Presented as part of the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

 

 

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PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life by Dr. E

4:00 pm
Runs 55 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave, Mpls, MN

Fringe Festival Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends.
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Presented by 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival
  • Musical
  • Storytelling

Dr. E's One Woman Show: PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life live at the Phoenix Theater during the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival + Theatre Crawl! 

WHO: Dr. E 

WHAT: Musical / One Woman Show

"PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life"

By Give Us Free Records, LLC
Written by Mary Weems

WHEN: 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm

Thu, 8/10 @ 10:00pm

Fri, 8/11 @ 4:00pm

Sat, 8/12 @ 1:00pm

Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm

WHERE: 

Phoenix Theater

2605 Hennepin Ave, Mpls, MN

Reserve your seat now at: http://www.fringefestival.org/2017/show/?id=20171229

Dr. E’s one woman show is a theatrical adaptation of her memoir, “PHD (Po H# on Dope) to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life.” The gripping story takes audiences through crises of an urban Black girl ensnared in teenaged sex trafficking, addiction, and abuse to self-discovery and love.  Learn more about artist, advocate, and renowned inspirational university professor Dr. E at www.giveusfreerecords.com

This show is appropriate for ages 16+

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Skins

4:00 pm
Runs 45 minutes

The Ritz Theater Mainstage
345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$16-22 for MN Fringe Day Pass
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Presented by Collective Unconscious Performance
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Collective Unconscious Performance makes their Minnesota Fringe Festival Debut with this World Premiere!

Dark, dangerous, and delightful, this re-imagined fairy tale takes a sordid slant on "Cinderella". From the twisted minds of the Brothers Grimm comes a tale brimming with puppetry and music. You know how it starts ("Once upon a time…"), you know how it ends ("…happily ever after"). And you know what happens in between… Or do you?

Appropriate for ages 12+ due to some adult language.

TICKETS:
Reservations for SKINS can be made here:
http://www.fringefestival.org/2017/show/?id=20171248

MN Fringe Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking on the "reserve" link above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival. More information: http://www.fringefestival.org/

CAST:
Sarah Dewhirst
Logan Verdoorn
Emily Zimmer

CREATIVE TEAM:
Eva Adderley
Emily Dendinger
Sofia Lindgren Galloway
David Hanzal
Leif Jurgensen
Kevin Springer

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5 pm

Ambiance-MN Fringe

5:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
  • Dance

Following their encore awarded performances at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe, Minneapolis Ballet Dancers brings their newest production to the stage. A collaboration of multiple Twin Cities' choreographers comes together before your eyes.

With 10 new works and no story line needed, this amazingly Fringe-worthy show displays the athletics and artistry of multiple dance forms. Sit back and enjoy Minnesota's raw dance talent! Live music composition will be performed by Minnesota-based music makers. Don't miss your chance to experience Ambiance.

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6 pm

The Biscuiteater

6:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Jim Loucks, as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Jim Loucks' rollicking solo performance draws on his Southern childhood to tell the story of a small-town policeman, loosely based on his Granddaddy, haunted by his shooting of a black man in the line of duty. As he nears the end of his life, he seeks redemption through teaching his grandson to respect life and to respect himself. Winner- "Best Solo Performance"- Tucson Fringe 2017.

Written and Performed by Jim Loucks

Directed and Developed by Lisa Chess

Produced by Deb Loucks

 

“Loucks has the master storyteller’s art locked.” CRITIC’S PICK Cincinnati CityBeat

“Loucks displays great breadth in his acting, as he skillfully slips under the skins of six different characters, imbuing each one with their own intonations, postures and characteristics.” Charleston Post and Courier

“Loucks is an excellent performer, and theatergoers should watch for him in any future shows. The Biscuiteater is recommended for all.” Central Texas Live Theatre

"A powerful piece about guns, death, and dignity." Arts in LA    

 

For more info, go to www.jimloucks.com

Follow Jim on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cemeterygolfjimloucks/

Twitter: @_Biscuiteater

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7 pm

Spec

7:00 pm
Runs 55 minutes

  • Closing night

Mixed Blood
1501 S 4th St., Mpls, MN

Fringe day passes $16 weekdays, $22 weekends

Presented by Ben San Del Presents
  • Comedy
  • Storytelling

Stoner robots, suicidal ghosts, and disapproving gargoyles—a four-time Fringe encore winner performs original stories on these and other near-future/supernatural speculations.

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Paul Bunyan: A Strongman's Tale

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Cottage Grove City Hall Amphitheater
12800 Ravine Parkway South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Donations only

Presented by Locally Grown Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Kids

In this fun and engaging original story, Bea and her family go on a road trip to find the real story of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.  In their adventure, they find themselves weave into the tales of Paul Bunyan and find that the story of Paul Bunyan is a long and intersected one, with feats of great strength, and Babe the Blue Ox not being at all what anyone expected.  Paul and his 7 axeman find fun and adventure by going to strongman competitions for lumberjacks and other strongmen of lore from around Minnesota and the US.  Will Bea ever find the true story of Paul and Babe?

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Melody Mendis is "Barbra Streisand"

7:00 pm
Runs 45 minutes

Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy Street NE Minneapolis, MN

Day passes start at $16.00
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Presented by MN Fringe Festival
  • Musical
  • Cabaret/variety

MN Fringe Festival

Melody Mendis is "Barbra

Melody Mendis, Producer/Performer

Keith Russell: Director

Venue: Crane Theater

2303 Kennedy St. NE Mpls, MN

Local Cabaret singer brings Barbra Streisand to an intimate space with spot on vocal and visual impersonation. Directly from a sold out one-woman show at Bryant Lake Bowl, Melody as "Barbra" is "like Buttah!"

Melody Mendis-Producer/Talent

Melody is a singing Barbra impersonator and featuring the timeless classics of Barbra Streisand movie songs.  From “Funny Girl,” “Yentl,” “The Way We Were” and beyond, Melody pours herself in every performance and the audience feels each song, takes the journey through the highs and lows all while nested in a warm bubble of timeless music and comforting memories.

Keith Russell-Director

Keith Russell is a local actor, director, choreographer and theater blogger. He has directed/choreographed two shows with the Theater of the Ridiculous and Absurd, as well as doing a number of shows with Arts Garden in Hugo. Most recently he has been dancing and performing with the Experteasers at the Follies at Minnsky Theater. He is a fan of Streisand and loves this opportunity to work in a cabaret-style show.

www.melodyasbarbra.com

#mnfringe

www.fringefestival.org

 

 

 

 

 

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Ashland Falls

7:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

Northern Starz Theatre Company
5300 Alpine Drive Ramsey, MN 55303

$7 - $10
Call 612-326-6158
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Presented by Northern Starz Theatre Company
  • Drama

A school receives a mysterious script about a girl who died long ago. The director disappears. A new director arrives just in time and knows all about the story of the play. In fact, she seems to know it too well. And how did she get the dead girl’s ring?

Are the students of Herbert Hoover High too wrapped up in miscues, awful accents, and stolen boyfriends to notice? Revenge is coming. Who will pay the price when the real world and the play collide?

Each actor must play two vastly different roles in this spine-tingling comedy thriller. This easy to stage and intense theatrical experience will keep the audience on their edge of their seats. And the twist ending will make them question everything they've witnessed...

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Legally Blonde: The Musical

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

The Duluth Playhouse
506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth, MN 55802

$13-$17
Call 218.733.7555
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Presented by The Duluth Playhouse
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to also get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors and Warner Huntington. With the help of friends Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly

Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to also get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors and Warner Huntington. With the help of friends Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Performed by teen actors ages 13-18.

Presenting Sponsor:  Otis-Magie Insurance Agency

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The Elephant Man

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15-$35
Call 800-657-7025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre
  • Drama

Glorifying the triumph of the human spirit, The Elephant Man has been hailed by The New York Times as a “startling act of magic.” In 19th-century England, John Merrick is born with a genetic condition that leaves him horribly disfigured. First viewed as a carnival sideshow freak, he is ultimately embraced by the highest levels of English society. As Merrick struggles to understand what it means to be human, he imparts on others a lesson about dignity and ultimately proves that true beauty lies in the eye – and the soul – of the beholder.

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The Elephant Man

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15-$35
Call 800-657-7025
Buy tickets online

Presented by Commonweal Theatre
  • Drama

Glorifying the triumph of the human spirit, The Elephant Man has been hailed by The New York Times as a “startling act of magic.” In 19th-century England, John Merrick is born with a genetic condition that leaves him horribly disfigured. First viewed as a carnival sideshow freak, he is ultimately embraced by the highest levels of English society. As Merrick struggles to understand what it means to be human, he imparts on others a lesson about dignity and ultimately proves that true beauty lies in the eye – and the soul – of the beholder.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

7:30 pm

Artistry - Schneider Theater
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington, MN 55431

$12 - $41
Call 952-563-8575
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Presented by Artistry
  • Musical

July 29 - August 27, 2017

 

Music by: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by: Tim Rice

Directed and Choreographed by Michael Matthew Ferrell

Music Director: Denise Prosek

 

“… a fun night of quick-paced theatrical entertainment.” (Katherine Waddell, Broadway World Review)

Joseph is an ageless tale set to a bold new beat in Director/Choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell’s staging. Reimagined to reflect Ferrell’s lyrical and athletic styles, this story about overcoming odds and fulfilling one’s destiny will captivate contemporary audiences of all ages. Featuring one of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s catchiest scores in a myriad of musical styles, Joseph tells the tale of a young dreamer haunted by prophetic visions that he will one day rule over his eleven jealous brothers.  Fueled by animosity, his brothers sell Joseph into slavery in dangerous and unfamiliar Egypt, where he must find his own way and face the greatest trials of his life.

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Cabaret

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Underground Theatre
506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth MN, 55802

$18-$20
Call 218.733.7555
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Presented by The Duluth Playhouse
  • Musical
  • Cabaret/variety

Cliff Bradshaw, an American author working on a novel in Berlin, encounters Sally Bowles at the seedy Kit Kat Klub where she sings. When she is fired by the club’s owner, also her jealous boyfriend, she moves in with Cliff and the two fall in love.

As the Nazis begin taking control of the German government, the atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub and the lives of Cliff and Sally begin to change dramatically.

Presenting Sponsors:  Duluth Barrel Works and Vikre Distillery

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Grease - High School Version

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Ashland Productions - Maplewood Performing Arts Center
2100 White Bear Avenue Maplewood, MN 55109

Presented by Ashland Productions
  • Musical

It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers.  At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still get make demure Sandy his girl?

Friday, July 28, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 2:00 PM

Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Friday, August 4, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 2:00 PM

Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Friday, August 11, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Sunday, August 13, 2017, at 2:00 PM

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West Side Story

7:30 pm
Runs 180 minutes

St. Mark's Lutheran Church (North St. Paul, MN)
2499 N. Helen Street, North St. Paul, MN 55109

$8-$10
Call 651-777-7451 ext.420
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Presented by Saint Mark's Lutheran Church (North St. Paul, MN)
  • Drama
  • Musical

Saint Mark's Lutheran Church is proud to present their Summer 2017 production of West Side Story!

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Performances are August 10-20 at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church in North Saint Paul, running Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors 65+. Order tickets online at www.stmarks-nsp.org or by phone at 651-777-7451 ext. 420. We hope to see you there!

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GHOST the MUSICAL

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Leadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

$30-$40
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by OLD LOG THEATRE
  • Musical

MUSICAL REGIONAL PREMIERE

Book & Lyrics by BRUCE JOEL RUBIN,

Music& Lyrics by DAVE STEWART & GLEN BALLARD.

 Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly; a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him in the hope of saving and protecting Molly.

Wednesday 130p Matinee;  Thu-Sat 730p; Sun 2p Matinee

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8 pm

Grease

8:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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10 pm

Gruesome Playground Injuries

10:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

HUGE Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave S, Mineapolis MN 55408

Presented by Mosaic Productions
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Produced by Mosaic Productions:

A boy. A girl. A nurse's office. One of them, an accident-prone goofball and the other a darkly witty cynic. Follow thirty years in the friendship of Kayleen and Doug, whose interactions happen at some of the most pivotal moments they will ever experience. See the nature of a deep relationship that will transcend even the most bizarre circumstances, and decide for yourself which scars run deeper: the physical, or the psychological. 

2010 Pulitzer Price Finalist, Rajiv Joseph, is the genius playwright behind Gruesome Playground Injuries:

"Rajiv Joseph is an artist of original talent." —NY Times. "Irresistibly odd and exciting…This darkly humorous drama is Rajiv Joseph's most satisfying work." —NY Daily News. "This wondrous strange two-hander finds as much humor as horror in the play's bizarre events." —Variety. "Mystical, arresting, and quirkily amusing." —Washington Post.

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