Saturday, October 7, 2017

10 am

SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

10:00 am
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

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

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

Sept 29 – Oct 29, 2017

Stage play by Joe Troiano
Based on the film “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano and Tom Hughes and the book “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano.
Lyrics by Joe Troiano.
Music composed and arranged by Jeffrey Zahn

© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC.

Age Recommendation:  All Ages

Catch it again or for the first time! Spookley the Square Pumpkin sprouts back into our Hopkins Jaycees Studio for an encore performance this autumn! When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch he is teased by all the other pumpkins because of his odd shape. Even after his new friends—the boisterous spiders Edgar, Allen and Poe—try to convince him to run for the Pick of the Patch contest, Spookley still isn’t sure he has what it takes. However, a threatening storm may just give Spookley the inspiration to discover his own worth. This imaginative puppetry extravaganza filled with memorable music will surely encourage you to “dare to be square!”

© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC

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THE HOBBIT

10:00 am
Runs 70 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

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

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids

THE HOBBIT

Sept 22 – Oct 22, 2017

Based on the work “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Adapted by Edward Mast.

Age Recommendation:  Ages 7 and up

 BUY TICKETS  GROUP TICKETS 

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel! Travel with us as we magically transform our main stage into the world of Middle Earth and follow the tale of Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey with the legendary wizard Gandalf, Master Thorin Oakenshield and a band of ragged dwarfs. This captivating 70-minute version is a ticket for adventure into the heart of imagination!

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

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11 am

Balloonacy

11:00 am

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Kids

October 3- November 12, 2017

Balloonacy
By Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
A Children’s Theatre Company Original Production
Best enjoyed by preschoolers

Imagine a single balloon changing one person’s life forever. It starts so simply: A balloon drifts through the window of a lonely old man’s home on his birthday. Then something surprising happens—then something silly, wonderful and so blissfully fun that you barely notice you’ve learned something special about friendship along the way. Perfectly designed with the preschooler in mind, rediscover play in this back by popular demand production!

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The Abominables

11:00 am

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S; Minneapolis, MN

$15 and up
Call 612.874.0400
Buy tickets online

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

September 12-October 15, 2017
The Abominables

Produced in association with The Civilians

Written by Steve Cosson

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Directed by Steve Cosson

Choreographed by Joe Chvala

A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere

Best enjoyed by age 8+

UnitedHealth Group Stage

September 12 through October 15, 2017

 

Rink rats, hockey moms, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best – It’s tryout season in the Great State of Hockey! Mitch has always played on the A team for the Prairie Lake Blizzards – these are his guys – they've played together forever. But he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet, and he's worried this could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new “kid” appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse. From the land of ice and nice comes the first Minnesota hockey musical! Will you love it? You betcha! Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

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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 HOBBIT

1:00 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

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

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Kids

THE HOBBIT

Sept 22 – Oct 22, 2017

Based on the work “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Adapted by Edward Mast.

Age Recommendation:  Ages 7 and up

 BUY TICKETS  GROUP TICKETS 

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel! Travel with us as we magically transform our main stage into the world of Middle Earth and follow the tale of Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey with the legendary wizard Gandalf, Master Thorin Oakenshield and a band of ragged dwarfs. This captivating 70-minute version is a ticket for adventure into the heart of imagination!

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

Read more

SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

1:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

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

Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

Sept 29 – Oct 29, 2017

Stage play by Joe Troiano
Based on the film “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano and Tom Hughes and the book “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano.
Lyrics by Joe Troiano.
Music composed and arranged by Jeffrey Zahn

© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC.

Age Recommendation:  All Ages

Catch it again or for the first time! Spookley the Square Pumpkin sprouts back into our Hopkins Jaycees Studio for an encore performance this autumn! When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch he is teased by all the other pumpkins because of his odd shape. Even after his new friends—the boisterous spiders Edgar, Allen and Poe—try to convince him to run for the Pick of the Patch contest, Spookley still isn’t sure he has what it takes. However, a threatening storm may just give Spookley the inspiration to discover his own worth. This imaginative puppetry extravaganza filled with memorable music will surely encourage you to “dare to be square!”

© Holiday Hill Enterprises, LLC

Read more

These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich

1:30 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Uprising Theatre Company
  • Drama

These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, directed by Shalee Coleman

October 6, 7, 9, 13, and 14, 2017 at 7:30, October 7 and 14 at 1:30

Phoenix Theatre: 2605 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis

 

Featuring: Ashley Hovell, Maggie Mae Sulentic, Ashe Jaafaru, Lauren Schulke, Ryan Lee, and Brandon Holscher

These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them. A historical fiction period drama delving into the lives and trial of the 1920’s Radium Girls who painted radium numbers onto clock faces, contracted radium poisoning, and fought for justice despite biting criticism.

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Steel Magnolias

1:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN

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

Presented by Commonweal Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

After 30 years, there’s still no story that better celebrates the gift of friendship than Steel Magnolias! The close-knit women who frequent Truvy’s Beauty Salon have lots of time to gossip, but it’s their unshakeable bonds that define them. Amid cuts, curls and free advice, these six glorious Southern belles share the joys and bear the sorrows of life together. With its mix of quick humor, quirky personalities and touching sentimentality, you’ll fall in love all over again with a story and characters that are “as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel.”

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2 pm

Balloonacy

2:00 pm

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Kids

October 3- November 12, 2017

Balloonacy
By Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
A Children’s Theatre Company Original Production
Best enjoyed by preschoolers

Imagine a single balloon changing one person’s life forever. It starts so simply: A balloon drifts through the window of a lonely old man’s home on his birthday. Then something surprising happens—then something silly, wonderful and so blissfully fun that you barely notice you’ve learned something special about friendship along the way. Perfectly designed with the preschooler in mind, rediscover play in this back by popular demand production!

Read more

The Abominables

2:00 pm

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S; Minneapolis, MN

$15 and up
Call 612.874.0400
Buy tickets online

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

September 12-October 15, 2017
The Abominables

Produced in association with The Civilians

Written by Steve Cosson

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Directed by Steve Cosson

Choreographed by Joe Chvala

A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere

Best enjoyed by age 8+

UnitedHealth Group Stage

September 12 through October 15, 2017

 

Rink rats, hockey moms, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best – It’s tryout season in the Great State of Hockey! Mitch has always played on the A team for the Prairie Lake Blizzards – these are his guys – they've played together forever. But he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet, and he's worried this could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new “kid” appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse. From the land of ice and nice comes the first Minnesota hockey musical! Will you love it? You betcha! Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

Read more

Man of La Mancha

2:00 pm
Runs 93 minutes

Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN

$36 - $53
Call 612-339-3003
Buy tickets online

Presented by Theater Latte Da
  • Musical

Written by Dale Wasserman  •  Lyrics by Joe Darion  •   Music by Mitch Leigh
Directed by Peter Rothstein  •  Music Direction by Denise Prosek

Featuring: Martín Solá, Meghan Kreidler, and Zachary Garcia

One of the most honored musicals of the American theater, Man of La Mancha was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th Century masterpiece Don Quixote. It received five Tony Awards, including one for best musical play, as well as the Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical. Powerful, brutal, funny, and heartbreaking, Man of La Mancha celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals, and who is determined to see life “not as it is, but as it ought to be.”

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mONSTER

2:00 pm
Runs 95 minutes

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

$5 - $24
Call 612-340-0155
Buy tickets online

Presented by Swandive Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

A play about the dark beginnings of the World Wide Web.

In a tiny and cramped college dorm room Nessa and Brill have just met as incoming freshman roommates. Nessa is bounding in energy, eager to conquer every party on campus, wanting to explore all the college experience has to offer. Brill meanwhile never leaves the room. Moreover, Brill never leaves her chair in their room, sitting before a strange digital workstation, emitting grunts of anguish at all times day and night. Nessa finds Brill’s constant presence unbearable and petitions Greg, their dorm RA, to move Brill as far away on campus as possible. But Brill won't switch rooms. Because Brill can’t leave their room. There’s something very important that Brill is doing in this very particular room. And if Brill stops doing it, even for one minute, the world will go berserk.

mONSTER asks: is the culture of online hate a new form of human violence? Or has it always been the monster within us?

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4 pm

Balloonacy

4:00 pm

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Kids

October 3- November 12, 2017

Balloonacy
By Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
A Children’s Theatre Company Original Production
Best enjoyed by preschoolers

Imagine a single balloon changing one person’s life forever. It starts so simply: A balloon drifts through the window of a lonely old man’s home on his birthday. Then something surprising happens—then something silly, wonderful and so blissfully fun that you barely notice you’ve learned something special about friendship along the way. Perfectly designed with the preschooler in mind, rediscover play in this back by popular demand production!

Read more

6 pm

Come Blow Your Horn

6:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI 54016

$68 including dinner off a menu, nonalcoholic beverage, tip, tax & handling fee, & show; MPR, $62.20 evenings only; noon lunch matinee, $46.
Call 715.386.2394 ext 332
Buy tickets online

Presented by St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
  • Comedy

This uproarious show is set in 1961, the era of Mad Men and the Rat Pack. Alan Baker, a swinging bachelor with time, money, and women to spare, welcomes his rebellious and eager younger brother Buddy into his den of iniquity. Buddy wants to be a writer, but his Jewish father wants him to take over the family business, the largest manufacturer of wax fruit on the east coast. Throw in their daffy mother, the playboy's true lady love, a sexpot upstairs neighbor, and the brothers' aunt and you have the ingredients necessary for this hilarious character-driven comedy.

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7 pm

Tick, Tick… Boom

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake Street Minneapolis, MN

$20/$18 in advance
Call 6128258949
Buy tickets online

Presented by Minneapolis Musical Theatre
  • Musical
  • Storytelling

Before RENT, Jonathan Larson created Tick, Tick…Boom! It’s the story of Jon, a composer who thinks he might have made the wrong career choice as his 30th birthday approaches. This rock musical features only three actors and tells an autobiographical story based on Jonathan Larson’s own struggles as a composer in New York City. It’s a thoughtful, beautiful and uplifting show about following your dreams and never giving up. 

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LimeLight - A Neo Vaudeville Experience

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$15-$35
Call (612) 930-1517
Buy tickets online

Presented by Minnsky Theatre and ExperTeasers
  • Musical
  • Cabaret/variety

From the makers of Minnsky Follies- The ExperTeasers present their fall production LimeLight! 

In the summer of 1939 a ragtag trio tries to convince a sleazy producer "Sticky Ricky" to take on their show for the big stage. Minnie, Frank and Joan all have great talent but when it comes to greater err....assests they are lacking the sizzle Ricky wants. So after recruting some out of work carnies and talented ladies of the night, at "Mama" Shirley's Massage Emporium, they prove that - Some Dreams Deserve to be in the LimeLight....

Starring: Jac Fatale, Tif Dynamite, Haywire, Kinsey S Kale and the ExperTeasers

This Neo Vaudville experience will have you laughing, clapping and cheering as our cast enthralls you under the limelight.

See our Beautiful Burlesquers, Breathtaking Bellydancers, Cheeky Chairers, Amazing Aerialists and Perfect Pole Performers tease, please and entertain you. 
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18+ 
General Riser Seating: $15.00 Pre Sale- $20.00 At Door
VIP Table Floor Seating: $25.00 Pre Sale- $30.00 at Door (includeds drink ticket)
Super VIP Couch Seating: $30.00 Pre Sale - $35.00 at Door (includes drink ticket and signed poster) 
Photo By JR Anderson

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R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

7:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Frank W. Bridges Theatre
1900 8th Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912

$13
Call 507-433-0595
Buy tickets online

Presented by Riverland Theatre
  • Drama

In 1921, Czech writer Karel Capek introduced the word "robot" to the world in the sceience fiction play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). Almost 100 years later, as humans have become completely reliant on artificial intelligence, technology, and automation, this play rings more truthful than science fiction. In a factory that makes artificial people from synthetic organic matter, "robots" may be mistaken for humans and can think for themselves. You need to be powerful to control the robots, and the robots give you power...unless they turn on you.
Rated PG.

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MEAN Audition for Male Actors

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403

$7 - $15
Call 612-623-9080
Buy tickets online

Presented by Youth Performance Company
  • Drama
  • Musical

MEAN

Written by Rita Cannon, Music by Kymani Kahlil

September 29 – October 15, 2017

Taylor wears plus-size clothing. Inam wears a hijab. Nick doesn't have a girlfriend.  And that's all it takes for these three teens to be singled out as victims by school bullies. But, despite what they think, they're not alone.  Supporting them in their struggles, their teachers, parents, and friends slowly show them that it's okay, even good, to be different.

Themes: Bullying prevention, “upstanding” vs. bystanding, human rights, body size acceptance, religious freedom, tolerance, accepting of others’ differences

Recommended for grades 5 and up

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Death of a Salesman

7:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

  • Opening night

Franklin Square Black Box
125 N Washington St. Croix Falls, WI

$13.50 - 26
Call 715.483.3387
Buy tickets online

Presented by St. Croix Festival Theatre
  • Drama

October 7th-28th
This Pulitzer-Prize-winning American masterpiece needs little introduction. Considered by many to be among the greatest plays of modern drama, Arthur Miller's iconic portrait of the traveling salesman Willy Loman creates a complicated picture of what the American Dream looks like in the life of one family. The opportunity to experience this massive story in Festival’s intimate Black Box space should make for an unforgettable evening at the theatre.

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These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Uprising Theatre Company
  • Drama

These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, directed by Shalee Coleman

October 6, 7, 9, 13, and 14, 2017 at 7:30, October 7 and 14 at 1:30

Phoenix Theatre: 2605 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis

 

Featuring: Ashley Hovell, Maggie Mae Sulentic, Ashe Jaafaru, Lauren Schulke, Ryan Lee, and Brandon Holscher

These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who come after them. A historical fiction period drama delving into the lives and trial of the 1920’s Radium Girls who painted radium numbers onto clock faces, contracted radium poisoning, and fought for justice despite biting criticism.

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The Minotaur

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

$14-$41, sliding scale
Call 612-234-7135
Buy tickets online

Presented by Theatre Pro Rata
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Once again, Ariadne waits for Theseus to show up and kill her monstrous brother. In every telling, he heroically slays the Minotaur. But does it always have to happen that way? The Minotaur certainly hopes not. Fighting the outcome of your own myth is no easy feat but it might just be possible for a true hero.

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Sam's Son

7:30 pm

Art House Theatre

Presented by Bucket Brigade Theatre
  • Drama
  • Musical

A world premiere musical, set during the time of prohibition. Loosely based on the story of Samson.

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Man of La Mancha

7:30 pm
Runs 93 minutes

Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN

$36 - $53
Call 612-339-3003
Buy tickets online

Presented by Theater Latte Da
  • Musical

Written by Dale Wasserman  •  Lyrics by Joe Darion  •   Music by Mitch Leigh
Directed by Peter Rothstein  •  Music Direction by Denise Prosek

Featuring: Martín Solá, Meghan Kreidler, and Zachary Garcia

One of the most honored musicals of the American theater, Man of La Mancha was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th Century masterpiece Don Quixote. It received five Tony Awards, including one for best musical play, as well as the Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical. Powerful, brutal, funny, and heartbreaking, Man of La Mancha celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals, and who is determined to see life “not as it is, but as it ought to be.”

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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical

Life Could Be a Dream

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN

$30 - $40
Call 952-474-5951
Buy tickets online

Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical

Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract and realizing their dreams of making it to the big time!

Hear hits like: Fools Fall in Love, Tears on my Pillow, Unchained Melody, Runaround Sue, and of course, Life Could Be a Dream.

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How to Use a Knife

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454

There are two ways to see a mainstage performance: 1) Through Radical Hospitality, admission is FREE on a first come/first served basis starting two hours before every show! 2) Advanced reservations are available online or by phone for $25 per person.
Call (612-338-6131)
Buy tickets online

Presented by Mixed Blood Theatre
  • Comedy

A suspense-filled, expletive laced comedy sizzling with sparkling banter and second chances!

In the cultural collision of a restaurant kitchen, Chef George, trying to stay sober, spends his shifts yelling at trash-talking Guatemalan line cooks, a wet-behind-the-ears American busboy, and a quiet East African dishwasher. But the heat turns up when an immigration agent arrives. How to Use a Knife bursts with hilarity, suspense, machismo, and surprises, as secrets from the past come to a boil. 

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The Pink Panther Strikes Again

7:30 pm
Runs 100 minutes

Sabes Jewish Community Center Theater
4330 South Cedar Lake Road St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Presented by Twin Cities Community Theatre
  • Comedy

 

In this hilarious comedy based on the film by the same name, the world's most unusual criminologist, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (a role originally created by Peter Sellers), fights for his life and for the future of all mankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his brilliantly successful and utterly clumsy career.

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Henry and Alice: Into the Wild

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$27 - $60
Call 651-291-7005
Buy tickets online

Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Comedy

The hilarious follow up to the smash hit Sexy Laundry! Your favorite married couple is back in the perfect, laugh-a-minute comedy. When Henry unexpectedly loses his job, he and Alice are thrown into a mid-life crisis and are forced to reconsider their dreams for a comfortable retirement. In an attempt to make the sparks fly again (and keep costs down), they forego their usual summer cottage for a humble campsite and a copy of Camping for Dummies. The new environment isn’t the only challenge they face as they examine their relationship in the tangle of the wilderness.

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mONSTER

7:30 pm
Runs 95 minutes

  • Closing night

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

$5 - $24
Call 612-340-0155
Buy tickets online

Presented by Swandive Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

A play about the dark beginnings of the World Wide Web.

In a tiny and cramped college dorm room Nessa and Brill have just met as incoming freshman roommates. Nessa is bounding in energy, eager to conquer every party on campus, wanting to explore all the college experience has to offer. Brill meanwhile never leaves the room. Moreover, Brill never leaves her chair in their room, sitting before a strange digital workstation, emitting grunts of anguish at all times day and night. Nessa finds Brill’s constant presence unbearable and petitions Greg, their dorm RA, to move Brill as far away on campus as possible. But Brill won't switch rooms. Because Brill can’t leave their room. There’s something very important that Brill is doing in this very particular room. And if Brill stops doing it, even for one minute, the world will go berserk.

mONSTER asks: is the culture of online hate a new form of human violence? Or has it always been the monster within us?

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Ghost-Writer

7:30 pm
Runs 80 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN

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

Presented by Commonweal Theatre
  • Drama

When famous novelist Franklin Woolsey dies mid-sentence, his secretary Myra continues to take dictation, somehow, in this romance-meets-mystery-meets-ghost story. Attacked by skeptics, the press and Woolsey’s jealous widow, Myra sets out to prove she is more than just an artful forger. Is she trying to steal Woolsey’s legacy now that she cannot have his love, or might she truly possess a gift the world can’t understand? The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Ghost-Writer a “tantalizing, understated and lovely” romance about the power of the written word and the wonder of creativity.

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To Evaporate

7:30 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Ave N Saint Paul MN 55104

$12-$20
Call 651-645-5506
Buy tickets online

Presented by Persistent Theatre Productions
  • Drama
  • Experimental

A new dystopian play that brings to light how much we need to change how we talk about mental health.

Evaporation Day: the one day every year when you can walk outside your door and, simply, evaporate. In this new dystopian, a young woman yearns to change the government's narrative on overpopulation and the need for Evaporation. However, being married to the man who Distributes the Evaporation quickly becomes a nearly insurmountable problem.

*Trigger Warning: This show contains themes of suicide. There will be Talk Backs following all performances some with local mental health professionals from Walk-In.org and more.

**We will be donating a portion of ticket sales to Walk-In Counseling Center, and  NAMI Minnesota

Directed by Meggie Greivell

Stage Management by Kasey Jo Gratz

Sound and Lighting Design by Shanna Frasier 

Property Master, Julie Ann Greif

Starring Alyssa Brooke, Franklin Wagner and Amanda Kay Thomm

Dates: Thu-Sun, Oct 5-15, 2017 (Thu-Sat at 7:30 p.m. & Sun at 2:00 p.m.) 

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1984

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$18-$20
Call 218.733.7555
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Duluth Playhouse
  • Drama

The Underground Theatre presents a timely and provocative drama based on George Orwell’s novel, 1984.

An editor for the Ministry of Truth, responsible for historical revisionism and “alternative facts”, meets Julia with whom he shares a new-found loathing for the party.

But Big Brother is watching. Orwell wrote, “I do not believe that the kind of society I describe necessarily will arrive, but I believe that something resembling it could arrive… Don’t let it happen. It depends on you.”

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Sam's Son

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Art House North
793 Armstrong Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102

$22 - $27
Call 800/838-3006
Buy tickets online

Presented by Bucket Brigade
  • Musical

Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble, the creative team behind Kingdom Undone, and ‘Til Death: A Marriage Musical, present their newest labor of love, Sam’s Son, a Prohibition-era Americana musical loosely inspired by the biblical story of Samson.  While this musical is not that story specifically, it is inspired by themes in the original story– purity, hypocrisy, judgment, and liberation. Jeremiah says, “I saw that the Prohibition era echoed those same themes and has striking parallels with our country today.”

St. Paul’s tainted bootlegging history is not lost on the authors.  Their unique performance venue is Art House North, a 100+ year old church in the West 7th neighborhood of St. Paul, and home to their theater company, Bucket Brigade. The show will take place on both levels of the church, the upper level holding much of the action, while the downstairs lobby is transformed into a speakeasy serving German pretzels from Brake Bread and draft root beer from Vine Park Brewery.

SYNOPSIS:  Gifted with unnatural strength, Sam Jr. wants to accomplish great things, but his reverend father seeks to shelter him from the wide world.  When a Prohibition agent comes digging for secrets in the town of Goode, Sam and his father get caught up in a tangled mission of truth, where lies get revealed at great cost.

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Sing to Me Now by Iris Dauterman

7:30 pm

The Crane LGM Studio
2303 Kennedy Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

$10-20 Pick Your Price
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Presented by Little Lifeboats
  • Drama
  • Comedy

The Greek muse of epic poetry breaks down and hires a human girl as an intern when she gets overwhelmed with her workload. In a modern mythological world, where dreams and ideas are tangible things, both gods and humans have to learn their own limitations and explore the place of the artist in a chaotic world.

What happens when the worlds muse runs out of inspiration? Under the guiding hand of director Victoria Pyan, Sing to Me Now tells a human tale of celestial proportions. The last living muse, Calliope, struggles to find the will to carry on in the face an impossible workload, caring for an aging parent, and unspeakable loss. With equal wit and heart, Sing to Me Now explores the balance between a woman's work, art and the value of her relationships. 

Pick-Your-Price Sliding Scale Tickets from $10-20.
Featuring:
Dana Lee Thompson
Cate Jackson
Rachel Flynn
Stephanie Johnson
Robb Krueger

Directed by Victoria Pyan

Creative Team: Jada Beaulah, Clara Costello, Lisa Conley Mitchell Frazier, Stacey Kawa, and Meagan Kedrowski

Performing in the Brand New Crane LGM Studio space
2303 Kennedy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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"The Music of the Night" a benefit cabaret

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

St Matthew Lutheran Church
4101 Washington St NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

$1-$20
Call 763-788-9427

Presented by St Matthew Community Theatre
  • Musical
  • Cabaret/variety

Come see a spectacular Andrew Lloyd Webber cabaret “The Music of the Night” that is also a fundraiser for St Matthew Community Theatre in Columbia Heights, this weekend only!  Watch this cast of 9 SMCT alumni performers sing beloved favorites from Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera!

 

Saturday October 7th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday October 8th at 2 pm

St Matthew Lutheran Church 4101 Washington ST NE

Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Tickets are available at the door & there is a suggested donation of $10

 

There will also be a special social hour with mingling and treats, one hour before each performance, with tickets for that available for $10.  You can purchase the Social tickets at the door or call 763-788-9427 to order them.

 

Directed by Vanessa MH Powers, this show features the talents of Anissa Lubbers, Anthony Tallarico, Anya Klaassen, Ben Hugo, Brenda Hugo, Erin Blase, Gary Peterson, James Ehlenz, and Ricardo Riley.  Technical direction by Renee Chizek and stage managed by Abigail DePew.

 

Please come enjoy a wonderful show and help St Matthew Community Theatre fund even more shows, including our Spring 2018 musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!”  So tell your friends and come listen to “The Music of the Night!”

 

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In The Treetops

7:30 pm

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th St Minneapolis, MN 55404

Presented by Sandbox Theatre
  • Kids
  • Storytelling

Sandbox Theatre presents In The Treetops, an all new play created by the ensemble. In The Treetops explores the incredible life and pioneering work of New Ulm-native Wanda Gag, the illustrator and children’s author of Millions of Cats. In The Treetops is an allegorical celebration of Wanda’s inspiring life, and is filled with music, puppetry, song and movement. The entire production is built from scratch via Sandbox’s unique creation process, and is our first show built for kids and adults alike.

A reception with complimentary beverages and small bites will follow our opening night performance, 10/6.

Library Appreciation Day, 10/8: Bring your library card and receive $2 off your admission (valid for tickets purchased at the door only – reserve your seat online and pay at the door.)

Millions of Cats Night, 10/12: Bring in an item from LAST HOPE, INC. COMPANION PET RESCUE’s wish list and receive $2 off your admission. (valid for tickets purchased at the door only – reserve your seat online and pay at the door.)

 

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Hoopla Train

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Rushford Hall
2221 Central Ave NE, Mpls, MN 55418

Presented by Sod House Theater
  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

Comedy! Live Music! Fun Prizes! 

Dance the polka, waltz and fox trot whild being entertained by the region's finest comedic actors.

Starring Darcey Engen, Ellse Langer, Jim Lichtscheidl, Eriq Nelson, Kimberly Richardson, Luverne Seifert,and Andrea Wollenberg with National Polka Hall of Famer, Florian Chmielewski and The Chmielewski Funtime Band!

FREE DANCING LESSONS 1 HOUR PRIOR TO SHOW!

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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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Minnesota Opera's Don Pasquale

8:00 pm

  • Opening night

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St., St. Paul, MN 55102

$25-$200, subject to change
Call 612-333-6669
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Presented by Minnesota Opera
  • Drama
  • Comedy

This production of Donizetti’s bubbly farce presents the miserly aristocrat Don Pasquale as a silent movie star facing the end of his career in 1950s Hollywood. Locked in a battle of wits and wills with his lovesick nephew Ernesto and the crafty widow Norina, Pasquale must grapple with the new problems and possibilities of the modern technicolor world. It takes the clever scheming of the family doctor to teach the old curmudgeon a lesson—but not before a series of amusing catastrophes threaten to shatter his ego for good.

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9 pm

October Puppet Cabaret

9:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night
  • Closing night

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Presented by BareBones Puppets and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
  • Cabaret/variety
  • Experimental

An evening of new, short, experimental, weird, borderline 'artistic' puppet acts from Twin Cities artists with live music and booze. Expect a sense of "wait, what did I just watch?" mixed with a dismissive, guttural "huh?!"  followed by a "I mean, I guess..." finished with a "I suppose puppets are one way to go with your life." Anything could happen in these late-night, low brow evenings MCd by Dhann Polnau and coordinated by Steve Ackerman. As always, when puppets are involved, adult content may arise.

Funds raised will help support BareBones' Productions as they head into their annual Halloween Extravaganza.

With live music from:
Devata Daun
The Grow Fangs

Including performances by:
Akiko Ostlund
Arwen Wilder
Quinn Rivenburgh
Paige Collette
Dallas Johnson
Patti Gille
Dirty Romance Novels

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10 pm

Little Earthquakes LIVE 

10:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake Street Minneapolis, MN

$15/$10 in advance or with Fringe button
Call 6128258949
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  • Musical

Enter the world of Little Earthquakes, the 1992 Tori Amos album known for its raw emotion, evocative whimsy, and sonic beauty. The songs are rendered here through the Queer lens of performance artist Justin Leaf with George Maurer on piano, Jenny Case on bass guitar, and Dustin Jensen on drums.

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Interludes

10:30 pm
Runs 70 minutes

HUGE Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408

$8
Call (612) 412-4843
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Presented by Denzel Belin and HUGE Theater
  • Improv
  • Experimental

There's a difference sometimes between what someone says and what someone truly thinks. In this show, improvisers will be interpreting what's going on inside someone's brain through abstract "interlude" segments where the players dive into the psyche and the world building of the scene. When the “interlude” ends, you know more about what the characters are really thinking and what their situation is. Interludes explores the tiny minutiae of the moments between breaths with sound, movement, and interlogues.

Opening Act: Bollyprov!

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