Friday, January 19, 2018

2 pm

Three actors standing in the rotunda of the Minnesota State Capitol Building

OUR HOUSE: The Capitol Play Project

2:00 pm
Runs 140 minutes

  • Opening night

Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55155

$25
Call 651-393-5104
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Presented by Wonderlust Productions
  • Drama
  • Musical

When a wild card new Governor is elected, the regular order on the state Capitol campus is thrown into chaos. While a chorus of activists, legislators, lobbyists, civil servants, tour guides, and a few ghosts attempt to get their way, an idealistic new employee finds herself at the center of an unexpected controversy. Misunderstandings and mistaken identity lead to a crash course in how governance works here in Minnesota. 

Based on more than 100 true stories, Our House: The Capital Play Project is a culmination of a three-year process to dig beneath the sensational headlines and partisan controversies to look at the people who dedicate themselves to doing the people's business in the People's house. 

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7 pm

PARTY IN THE REC ROOM

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408

$20/$18 in advance
Call 6128258949
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  • Comedy
  • Improv

Not many (any?) novelists perform one-woman-all-improvised shows, but Lorna Landvik does!  Join her as she blends up comedy based on audience suggestions and margaritas based on her own special recipe! Laughs are guaranteed; enlightenment is possible. 

Show starts at 7:00pm (doors at 6:00pm)

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Stages Theatre Company presents Leo Lionni’s FREDERICK

Leo Lionni's FREDERICK

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Opening night

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

$12-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

Leo Lionni’s FREDERICK

Jan 19 – Feb 19, 2018

Adapted by Suzanne Maynard Miller.
Music and lyrics by Sarah Durkee and Paul Jacobs.

Age Recommendation:  All Ages

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Cozy in this winter for the heartwarming story of Frederick as he shows us that everyone has something special to give to the world. While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When the cold weather sets in, however, it is Frederick who has stored up something significant to survive the long, blustery winter. The Caldecott winning book by beloved author Leo Lionni has been charming readers for 50 years. Now, this award-winning adaptation, featuring a roots-flavored country and folk-infused score, will delight the heart and tickle the imagination.

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois.

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Forever Flight

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

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

$8 - $20
Call (612) 326-1811
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Presented by Animal Engine
  • Comedy
  • Kids

A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.

In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a friend — so he folds one out of a piece of paper! When his paper plane flies too far, it's up to him to journey across land, air, sea, and even outer space to find it — and grow up along the way.

All performed in breathtaking detail by one actor on stage, Animal Engine Co-Artistic Director Karim Muasher, without a single word. Created in collaboration with visionary director Ryan Underbakke (Children's Theatre Company's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Live Action Set's Seven Shot Symphony, Taous Khazem's Sunrise at Midnight). With original music by whimsical composer John Hilsen.

Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery's world famous novel Le Petit Prince, Windsor McCay's groundbreaking comic strip Nemo in Slumberland, and any story of children going on fantastical adventures. The show is extremely visual and appropriate for audiences of all ages, though it is best suited for ages 8 and up.

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Rhinoceros

7:30 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis MN 55454

$22 regular price
Call 612-333-3010
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Presented by Theatre in the Round Players
  • Drama
  • Comedy

It’s a typical morning in a small American town — until a rhinoceros charges down the street. No one is really alarmed, but Berenger soon discovers everyone around him is turning into a rhinoceros – his friends, his co-workers, the townspeople. He’s desperate to save them but no one will listen, until he’s left alone to question what it is to remain human in the face of the trampling herd. Provocative, funny, and frightening, Ionesco’s most renowned work has become a classic parable of social conformity – and human nature.

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Superior Donuts

7:30 pm

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 E. Main St. Anoka, MN 55303

$21-$30
Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Drama
  • Comedy

By Tracy Letts
Directed by Matt McNabb

Superior Donuts takes places in the historic Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, where Arthur Przybyszewski runs a donut shop that has been in his family for sixty years. Franco Wicks, a young African-American man, and Arthur’s only employee, wants to modernize the shop while Arthur is more content to spend the day reminiscing about his Polish immigrant father.

Described as a “…soulful play, full of humor and humanity” by Variety, this provacative comedy-drama by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tracy Letts explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.

Letts' play is also the inspiration for the recent hit CBS comedy starring Judd Hirsch and Katey Sagal.

Intended for mature audiences. 

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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
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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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Triple Espresso--a highly caffeinated comedy

Triple Espresso--a highly caffeinated comedy

7:30 pm
Runs 110 minutes

Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville MN 55337

$41-48
Call 800-982-2787
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Presented by Ames Center and VenuWorks
  • Comedy

Triple Espresso tells the story of three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in 4-minutes of magnificent failure on national television. Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell, and Bobby Bean tell their rags-to-rags story earnestly, with hysterical results. Butternut is a musician, a vulnerable soul with a lounge lizard smile; Maxwell is an uncertain magician with an attitude; and Bean is an irrepressible, all-over-the-map entertainer with big dreams. The laughter is infectious and the comedy appeals to everyone from first graders to college students to baby-boomers to grandparents.

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The Underpants

7:30 pm

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave. White Bear Lake, MN

$25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student
Call 6514295674
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Comedy

Steve Martin’s hilarious adaptation of a time-honored German play. While attending the King’s parade, a woman’s underpants fall down and her husband is convinced it is the end of his career!

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A Steady Rain

7:30 pm

The Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul, MN 55114

$28 - $8
Call 1-888-71-TICKETS
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Presented by Gremlin Theatre
  • Drama

Gremlin Theatre Presents: A STEADY RAIN

by KEITH HUFF directed by ELLEN FENSTER

featuring DUSTIN BRONSON & PETER CHRISTIAN HANSEN

A STEADY RAIN is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival. A dark diologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A STEADY RAIN explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, and after working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny's wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line.

“Keith Huff's A STEADY RAIN offers one of the most powerful theatrical experiences in many seasons.” —Backstage

“A tale of friendship, loyalty and betrayal that keeps you guessing about where guilt truly lies to the final line.” —The Guardian

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Triple Espresso--a highly caffeinated comedy

Triple Espresso--a highly caffeinated comedy

7:30 pm
Runs 110 minutes

Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville MN 55337

$41-48
Call 800-982-2787
Buy tickets online

Presented by Ames Center and VenuWorks
  • Comedy

Triple Espresso tells the story of three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in 4-minutes of magnificent failure on national television. Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell, and Bobby Bean tell their rags-to-rags story earnestly, with hysterical results. Butternut is a musician, a vulnerable soul with a lounge lizard smile; Maxwell is an uncertain magician with an attitude; and Bean is an irrepressible, all-over-the-map entertainer with big dreams. The laughter is infectious and the comedy appeals to everyone from first graders to college students to baby-boomers to grandparents.

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GUYS ON ICE

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wisconsin

$19 - $26
Call 715.386.8409
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Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Guys on Ice

Book and lyrics by Fred Alley, Music by James Kaplan

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.

From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers. As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da lake, Lloyds ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field. Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler Ernie the Moocher.

With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole,” “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit,” and “Fish is de Miracle Food,” Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off. The Green Bay Press-Gazette said, “It’s Wisconsiny. It’s also surprisingly touching.”

 

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Cardboard Piano

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
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama

Is our capacity for love greater than violence? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret wedding ceremony. But when an escalating civil war encroaches on their fragile union, they cannot escape its reach. Confronting the cost of intolerance, this powerful drama examines violence, the struggle to rebuild, as well as the human capacity for love and forgiveness. Audience Advisory: This play contains gunshots, strong language and adult content. The Midwest premiere of Hansol Jung's drama, directed by Signe V. Harriday.

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Ruthless!

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Howard Conn Theater
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Comedy
  • Musical

"Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner. This all-female production spoofs Broadway musicals, like Gypsy and Mame, and movies such as The Bad Seed and All About Eve.  It is the story of Tina, a precocious eight-year-old who knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking in her school play, and will do anything to get the part, including murdering the leading lady!  Theatre Elision will present a "concert version" of this show featuring some of the leading ladies of the Twin Cities stage!  This is a show not to be missed!

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The Maids

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

$15
Call 612-377-2285
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Presented by Glowing Ember
  • Drama

Sisters
Servants
Lovers?
Murderers??

Inspired by the brutal murders committed by the Papin sisters in 1930s France, this early play by Genet asks many questions but offers few answers.

By turns bewildering, funny, sexual, frightening, and appalling – this 75 minute show is everything but dull.

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9 pm

Juliet & Juliet: Improvised Shakespeare

9:30 pm
Runs 50 minutes

HUGE Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55408

$10
Call (612) 412-4843
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  • Comedy
  • Improv

Juliet & Juliet perform never-before-seen plays in the style of William Shakespeare himself. Come enjoy Juliet & Juliet's classic improvised Shakespeare, guided by literary "luminaries" played by some of our favorite improvisers! While much shorter than Shakespeare's original works, everything from comedies to tragedies to the occasional history play is within their scope. Kings will be fools, fools will fall in love, lovers will die - or something like that.

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10 pm

Friday Night with Mike

10:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St MPLS 55408

$15/$12 in advance
Call 6128258949
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  • Cabaret/variety

Minnesota Music Award-winning songwriter and guitarist Mike Michel is back on the comeback trail in 2017. Mike has released a new recording and music campaign in collaboration with Think Piece Publishing called, "On The Mend." OTM is packed with groove-oriented pop-rock songs, groovy guitar riffs, melodic vocals and messages of resiliency. Mike's goal is to get you out of your house and into his living room at the BLB.

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