Saturday, March 17, 2018

10 am

THE NIGHTENGALE

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
  • Dance
  • Kids

THE NIGHTINGALE

Mar 9 – 25, 2018

A dance-inspired original performance based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

In collaboration with Escalate Dance

Age Recommendation:  All Ages

BUY TICKETS  GROUP TICKETS 

This fairy tale classic by Hans Christian Andersen dances onto our main stage this March. The Emperor’s nightingale sings more beautifully than any other creature in the kingdom, but is suddenly replaced by a bejeweled mechanical bird that proves to be more predictable. When the mechanical bird eventually breaks down and the Emperor is taken ill, however, the real nightingale returns to restore the Emperor’s life through its uncompromisingly beautiful song. The story about the power of real beauty to stir the heart is told through original music and dance. It continues our popular collaboration with Escalate Dance that brought you Owl MoonTwelve Dancing Princesses, The Snow Queen and The Velveteen Rabbit.

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11 am

Corduroy

11:00 am

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

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Kids

March 6-May 13, 2018

Corduroy
Based on the Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy books by Don Freeman
Licensed by CBS Consumer Products
Adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere
Best enjoyed by preschool+

Join Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. Will the night watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find this important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? The tender, enduring story about true friendship stirs up the stage with a bustling rumpus of action! Don’t miss it!

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1 pm

A People's History

1:00 pm

Dowling Studio
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$9
Call 612.377.2224
Buy tickets online

Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy
  • Storytelling

After a successful run of The Trump Card last season, acclaimed monologist Mike Daisey is back to present his latest work, A People’s History. This new piece begins simply: Daisey finds a copy of the U.S. history textbook from his high school in rural Maine from over twenty five years ago. What follows is a kind of history lesson as only Daisey could teach, contrasting the history he grew up with and a very different book: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. In this 18-part performance Daisey tells a history of America—from the first landing of Columbus to the election of Donald Trump—exposing and illuminating with his signature dark humor as he eviscerates the myths we have all helped make. Daisey has been hailed as “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Times. He has been compared to a modern-day Mark Twain and a latter-day Orson Welles for his provocative monologues that combine the political and the personal, weaving together secret histories with hilarity and heart. 

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THE NIGHTENGALE

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
  • Dance
  • Kids

THE NIGHTINGALE

Mar 9 – 25, 2018

A dance-inspired original performance based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

In collaboration with Escalate Dance

Age Recommendation:  All Ages

BUY TICKETS  GROUP TICKETS 

This fairy tale classic by Hans Christian Andersen dances onto our main stage this March. The Emperor’s nightingale sings more beautifully than any other creature in the kingdom, but is suddenly replaced by a bejeweled mechanical bird that proves to be more predictable. When the mechanical bird eventually breaks down and the Emperor is taken ill, however, the real nightingale returns to restore the Emperor’s life through its uncompromisingly beautiful song. The story about the power of real beauty to stir the heart is told through original music and dance. It continues our popular collaboration with Escalate Dance that brought you Owl MoonTwelve Dancing Princesses, The Snow Queen and The Velveteen Rabbit.

Read more

Indecent

1:00 pm

Wurtele Thrust Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
Buy tickets online

Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama
  • Comedy

 

Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s The God of Vengeance – a play that follows a Jewish brothel owner and the lesbian romance between his daughter and a prostitute – Indecent charts the journey of a drama upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some, and an act of obscenity by others. An ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portrays more than 40 roles to shed light on one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history. 

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2 pm

PlanetFest: A Speculative Short Play Festival

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Word Sprout
  • Drama
  • Comedy

"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream."
- Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

PRAISE FOR "THE NOT-SO-SILENT PLANET"

"It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that ultra-hip MPLS + STPL has an open mic night dedicated to...sci-fi, fantasy, tales of the supernatural and such. It also shouldn’t be a surprise that the quality of the material is higher than an H.G. Wells zeppelin."
- Hitara, Secrets of the City

"...that was some delightfully trippy shit...mind-bendingly strange and fun...they burrow into your mind and keep you thinking about them long after they're done."
-
Matthew Everett, Single White Fringe Geek

"...definitely in the grand tradition of short-story writing in the genre...if you like story-telling events, don't miss this one. Seriously. Just...don't."
"I love audio books. I love science fiction and fantasy stories. I love really good storytellers. I loved this show."
"...helps you to see that there are many possibilities in this vast universe of ours."
- five-star audience reviews (from the Minnesota Fringe Festival)

ABOUT THE SHOW

Have you ever imagined a world whose laws of physics differ from our own? Spend an evening watching six brand-new, never-before-seen plays in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, and supernatural horror! Spun out of the country's only recurring open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction, our dozen playwrights feature both established authors and up-and-coming talent. Come on down, and let them tell you about places of which you've never dreamt.

WARNING: while we appreciate the importance of safe spaces, we also appreciate the importance of unsafe spaces, in which writers can experiment with edgier material. We're free-speech absolutists, and we recognize that that occasionally comes with an uncomfortable price.

Maximum Verbosity will also be co-producing a new flash theatre production! Michael Weingartner's The Flashlight Zone is an experiment in flash theater - twenty short science fiction plays performed in the span of one hour. Actors will take on multiple roles in plays that span alternate futures and the way people presently view humanity in our rapidly changing world. Tales of space aliens and time travel abound alongside deep questions about love, identity, and purpose.

Read more

Assassins

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$29 - $53
Call 612-339-3003
Buy tickets online

Presented by Theater Latte Da
  • Musical

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Music Direction by Jason Hansen

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Stephen Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligent lyrics and stunning music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. The musical provides a glimpse into the psychology of America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins has been called “the most controversial musical ever written.”

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A Raisin in the Sun

2:00 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
  • Drama

Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a home, education and ultimately a destiny they can call their own in the first Broadway play by an African-American woman.  “A sterling production at Park Square.” — StarTribune, 2016

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Corduroy

2:00 pm

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

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Kids

March 6-May 13, 2018

Corduroy
Based on the Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy books by Don Freeman
Licensed by CBS Consumer Products
Adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere
Best enjoyed by preschool+

Join Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. Will the night watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find this important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? The tender, enduring story about true friendship stirs up the stage with a bustling rumpus of action! Don’t miss it!

Read more

The Wizard of Oz

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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

$13-$17
Call 2187337577
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Playhouse Family Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Dorothy Gale meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. The yellow brick road leads to the Depot Stage which will be transformed into the Emerald City.

The kids of the Children’s Theatre become Glinda, the Good Witch; the Wicked Witch of the West; and everything in between as they inhabit a world full of munchkins and flying monkeys. This iconic tale teaches us that “there’s no place like home.”

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4 pm

RANT | by Lisa Channer, performed by a daughter, her son, 2 synthesizers, 3 projectors, and 6 robots

RANT

4:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Red Eye Theater
15 West 14th St. Minneapolis, MN 55403

Presented by Lisa Channer
  • Drama
  • Experimental

RANT | A new performance work by Lisa Channer about her unique father who for 50 years has hosted the interview series "Conversations", the longest running show on Manhattan Public Access Television. RANT maps the territories of parenting, embarrassment, genius, failure and the outsourcing of love to machines. RANT is for anyone with an unconventional parent and the people who love them. So, for everyone.

 

!! Only 4 performances !!  

March 15th (Thurs) @ 8pm

March 16th (Fri) @ 8pm 

March 17th (Sat) @ 4pm and 8pm 

 

Performers 

Lisa Channer, Dan Dukich, Eric Larson, Daniel Rovinsky

Media design        Sound Composition

Eric Larson                  Dan Dukich

Directorial midwifery

Samantha Johns, Carra Martinez and Joel Sass

 

 

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5 pm

Corduroy

5:00 pm

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

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Kids

March 6-May 13, 2018

Corduroy
Based on the Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy books by Don Freeman
Licensed by CBS Consumer Products
Adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere
Best enjoyed by preschool+

Join Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. Will the night watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find this important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? The tender, enduring story about true friendship stirs up the stage with a bustling rumpus of action! Don’t miss it!

Read more

Age Against The Machine: BNW's Greatest Hits

5:00 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403

$20-$34
Call 612-332-6620
Buy tickets online

Presented by Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy

We’re sixty and we know it! Brave New Workshop is thrilled to kick off our 60th Anniversary season with a best-of show, featuring some of our funniest and most relevant material from recent (and not so recent) shows. From sock hops to death drops, "Age Against the Machine: BNW's Greatest Hits" will bring our funniest moments to the stage one more time, and show you why we’re the longest running (and best) satirical theatre in the world!

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The Wiz

5:00 pm

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

Presented by Children's Theatre Company & Penumbra Theatre
  • Musical
  • Kids

Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends in this dazzling mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Embark on this Oz-some adventure through a magic land where you will meet funky monkeys, winkies, Addeperle and Evilene. You don’t need a wizard – just believe in yourself to find home and feel that brand-new day!

January 23-March 18, 2018

A Children’s Theatre Company and Penumbra Theatre Production of
The Wiz
Adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Book by William F. Brown
Additional material by Tina Tippit
Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Directed by Lou Bellamy
Choreographer Patdro Harris
Best enjoyed by all ages
 

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6 pm

Don't Hug Me, We're Family

6:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$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
  • Musical

Don’t Hug Me, We’re Family is the sixth in the Don’t Hug Me series of musical comedies. Gunner and Clara Johnson are owners of a little northwoods Minnesota bar called The Bunyan. Things are tight so, to make ends meet, they rent out a little radio station, KOLD Radio, in the bar for extra money. Gunner hosts a radio show called “Crappie Talk,” devoted entirely to ice fishing for crappies. Because of its narrow subject, Gunner has no listeners, and he loses his only advertiser Kanute’s Bait Mart and Deer Petting Farm. His wife Clara hosts "Book Beat." She has all the listeners and all the advertisers. This doesn’t sit well with Gunner, who has been competitive with Clara ever since she beat him in the County Fair fishing contest. Things get turned upside down when two fish-out-of-water Brooklyn Italians come to town and threaten the existence of the radio station, promoting Clara and firing Gunner. Gunner has his work cut out for him. He needs his radio station job, he needs his dignity, but most important, he needs Clara.

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Rated G: The Improvised Family-Friendly Musical!

6:30 pm
Runs 45 minutes

HUGE Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55408

$5 - $8
Call 612-412-4843
Buy tickets online

Presented by Rated G Improv
  • Improv
  • Kids

This March and April, bring the entire family to HUGE Theater to enjoy an improvised musical full of adventure, fun, villainy, and heroism. 

 

Each week, the cast of Rated G will improvise an entirely new and never-before-seen musical in the style of so many of our favorite childhood stories and fairytales. They love to bring stories of heroes, villains, magic, and adventure to life every week, taking audiences on a journey through make-believe worlds populated with witches, wizards, scientists, talking animals, kings and queens, and anything else imagination can conjure up!

 

Rated G isn’t just kid-friendly, it’s all about crafting shows that will delight our viewers of all ages.

 

Performing Saturdays in March and April at HUGE Theater. 6:30pm. $8/adults, $5/kids, group rates available. Approximate run time of 45 min. Tickets available at www.hugetheater.com.

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7 pm

The Wizard of Oz

7:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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

$13-$17
Call 2187337577
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Playhouse Family Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Dorothy Gale meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. The yellow brick road leads to the Depot Stage which will be transformed into the Emerald City.

The kids of the Children’s Theatre become Glinda, the Good Witch; the Wicked Witch of the West; and everything in between as they inhabit a world full of munchkins and flying monkeys. This iconic tale teaches us that “there’s no place like home.”

Read more

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Second Verdict

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408

$14 / $12
Call (612) 825-8949
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Vintage Players of St. Paul
  • Drama

Back from the dead! Alfred Hitchcock, LIVE on the Bryant Lake Bowl stage, resurrected to host one of his very best hour-long episodes "The Second Verdict!" MURDER! GANGSTERS! JUSTICE! Commercials for products that never existed! A late winter gift of gripping drama played with just a hint of modern edge, "The Second Verdict" will keep you on the edge of your seat while Alfred Hitchcock himself wraps it all up in a crimson bloody bow. 

Featuring Sam Ahern, Frank Blomgren, John Gottskalkson, Catherine Hansen, Vicki Joan Keck, Shira Levenson-Mayket, Michael Mayket, Rob Ward, and Tim Uren as Alfred Hitchock.

All Shows are $14 / $12 in advance or with Fringe button.

Reservations: (612) 825-8949 or www.bryantlakebowl.com

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
March 03, 2018 - 07:00pm
March 10, 2018 - 07:00pm
March 17, 2018 - 07:00pm
March 24, 2018 - 07:00pm

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Twelfth Night

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

JSB Tek Box
JSB TEK BOX at the Cowles Center 528 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, 55403 2nd Floor

$12-$15
Call 651-330-5037
Buy tickets online

Presented by Shakespearean Youth Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Kids

I am all the daughters of my father’s house, 
​And all the brothers too….

At once hilarious and heartbreaking, timeless and strikingly relevant, Shakespeare’s bittersweet exploration of identity, longing, and unrequited love remains one of the greatest and most complex comedies in the western canon.​

Join SYT’s Core Ensemble at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis for a dizzying dive into the world of Twelfth Night.

TWELFTH NIGHT opens March 9th at the Tek Box at the Cowles Center!

ADDESS:

528 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, 
55403 2nd Floor

DATES: 

Fri, Mar 9th at 7:00 pm 
Sat, Mar 10th at 7:00 pm 
Sun, Mar 11th at 2:00 pm 
Tue, Mar 13th at 12:00 pm 
Wed, Mar 14th at 12:00 pm 
Fri, Mar 16th at 7:00 pm 
Sat, Mar 17th at 7:00 pm 

Group rates available.
Please contact the SYT Box Office (NOT the Cowles Center!) for ticketing inquiries.
Box Office: 651-330-5037

FEATURING SYT’S 2018 CORE ENSEMBLE

ADA BROWN
SYDNEY FROEMKE​
MAKA GEARY
BASIE GEARY
BECKETT GEARY​
HARRISEN HINZE-FRANCIS​
ISAAC JARO
FINN JONES
TYDUS KELCHER
MORGAN KORSMO
ILSE PROKOSCH
GREYSON SHAW
JACK VANDERLOFSKE
ASHLYN WALTERS
BLAKE WALTERS

CREATIVE TEAM

LOGAN VERDOORN, LUKAS BRASHERFONS, ANNIE ENNEKING, DAVID HANZAL, ALEX OLSEN, SØREN OLSEN, MARIA SIGNORELLI, KEVIN SPRINGER, STEVEN VERDOORN

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PlanetFest: A Speculative Short Play Festival

7:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Word Sprout
  • Drama
  • Comedy

"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream."
- Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

PRAISE FOR "THE NOT-SO-SILENT PLANET"

"It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that ultra-hip MPLS + STPL has an open mic night dedicated to...sci-fi, fantasy, tales of the supernatural and such. It also shouldn’t be a surprise that the quality of the material is higher than an H.G. Wells zeppelin."
- Hitara, Secrets of the City

"...that was some delightfully trippy shit...mind-bendingly strange and fun...they burrow into your mind and keep you thinking about them long after they're done."
-
Matthew Everett, Single White Fringe Geek

"...definitely in the grand tradition of short-story writing in the genre...if you like story-telling events, don't miss this one. Seriously. Just...don't."
"I love audio books. I love science fiction and fantasy stories. I love really good storytellers. I loved this show."
"...helps you to see that there are many possibilities in this vast universe of ours."
- five-star audience reviews (from the Minnesota Fringe Festival)

ABOUT THE SHOW

Have you ever imagined a world whose laws of physics differ from our own? Spend an evening watching six brand-new, never-before-seen plays in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, and supernatural horror! Spun out of the country's only recurring open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction, our dozen playwrights feature both established authors and up-and-coming talent. Come on down, and let them tell you about places of which you've never dreamt.

WARNING: while we appreciate the importance of safe spaces, we also appreciate the importance of unsafe spaces, in which writers can experiment with edgier material. We're free-speech absolutists, and we recognize that that occasionally comes with an uncomfortable price.

Maximum Verbosity will also be co-producing a new flash theatre production! Michael Weingartner's The Flashlight Zone is an experiment in flash theater - twenty short science fiction plays performed in the span of one hour. Actors will take on multiple roles in plays that span alternate futures and the way people presently view humanity in our rapidly changing world. Tales of space aliens and time travel abound alongside deep questions about love, identity, and purpose.

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The Roaring Girl

7:30 pm

The Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street St. Paul, MN 55114 (next to Lake Monster Brewing)

$16 - 40
Call 651.321.4024
Buy tickets online

Presented by Classical Actors Ensemble
  • Comedy

Classical Actors Ensemble presents Middleton and Dekker's rarely produced Jacobean comedy about the gender-role-defying Moll Cutpurse.

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Salt-Water Moon

7:30 pm

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15-$20
Call 8006577025
Buy tickets online

Presented by Commonweal Theatre Apprentice Company
  • Drama

On a moonlit summer evening, Mary Snow studies the Newfoundland sky. Her reverie is interrupted by the unexpected return of Jacob, her former love, in whose absence she has accepted the marriage proposal of another. Can Jacob win back Mary's love or is fate written in the stars? Start the Commonweal season off with this sweet story that Toronto Globe and Mail dubbed a "gem of a play."

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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$20 - $27
Call 715.386.8409
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller

 

In this beloved musical comedy, Princess Winifred arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab’s castle hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood – one that can feel a pea that is underneath a pile of mattresses.

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Continental Ballet's Sleeping Beauty

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 West Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington. MN 55431

$13 - $25
Call 9525638562
Buy tickets online

Presented by Continental Ballet Company
  • Dance

Celebrate 30 years with Continental Ballet Company, founded and directed by Riet Velthuisen. Two beautiful ballets will be performed at the Bloomington Center for the Arts: Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. 

SLEEPING BEAUTY performed on Saturday, March 24 – 7:30 pm, a wine bar/reception immediately following. On Sunday, March 25 – 3:00 pm, a Princess Tea at 2:00 pm ($10). 
In this classic children’s fairy tale, Princess Aurora has a spell cast on her that has puts her to sleep for 100 years. She can only be awakened by a kiss from her true love. The ballet will show the celebration on her awakening. Characters such as Puss and Boots and Little Red Riding Hood are among the guests. 

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HAIRSPRAY

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Lakeville Area Art Center
20965 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN

$15
Call 952-985-4640
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Play's the Thing Productions
  • Comedy
  • Musical

 

The Play's the Thing Productions is proud to present: HAIRSPRAY

It's 1962, and spunky plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has one big dream -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When she finally gets her shot, she's transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her new-found power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber Von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process.With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy's new beat just might prove unstoppable.

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The Pirates of Penzance

7:30 pm

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

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

Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York opening of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately, they’ve left the score in London! They scramble to recreate the show with only the clothes in their trunks and ship mates for a cast. All the music you love in this hilarious steampunk operetta at sea. Gilbert and Sullivan's comedy-musical gets a fresh twist in this new production conceived and directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson.

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Minnesota Opera's Rigoletto

7:30 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
Buy tickets online

Presented by Minnesota Opera
  • Drama

This time-honored tale of seduction and bitter revenge is boldly imagined in this new production. The disfigured jester Rigoletto must do everything in his power to protect his innocent daughter from the lecherous Duke of Mantua before she falls into his clutches. Brimming with rich melodies and featuring the famous aria “La donna è mobile,” Rigoletto tragically unfurls as it races toward its devastating conclusion.

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Familiar

7:30 pm

McGuire Proscenium Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
Buy tickets online

Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy

There’s something old, something new and something borrowed in this feisty, heart-warming play about a Zimbabwean-American family preparing for their daughter Tendi’s wedding. Marvelous and Donald have built their American dream in Minnesota, so when Tendi requests a traditional African blessing before marrying her white fiancé from Minnetonka and a surprise guest drops a bombshell, the rehearsal dinner can’t come soon enough. Family fireworks are interwoven with questions of cultural identity in this acclaimed play.

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The Canterville Ghost

7:30 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis

$22 regular price
Call 612-333-3010
Buy tickets online

Presented by Theatre in the Round Players
  • Comedy

The no-nonsense Otis family from New York buys an old mansion in rural England, scoffing at warnings of its fierce ghost. But it’s true – the spirit of Sir Simon Canterville has haunted his homestead for more than 500 years. The nobleman is appalled at this invasion by Americans and is determined to scare them out – or worse. This re-telling of the well-known short story is complete with the creaking floorboards and clanking chains of a traditional English ghost story and the wonderful humor of Oscar Wilde.

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Indecent

7:30 pm

Wurtele Thrust Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
Buy tickets online

Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama
  • Comedy

 

Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s The God of Vengeance – a play that follows a Jewish brothel owner and the lesbian romance between his daughter and a prostitute – Indecent charts the journey of a drama upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some, and an act of obscenity by others. An ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portrays more than 40 roles to shed light on one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history. 

Read more

A People's History

7:30 pm

Dowling Studio
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$9
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy
  • Storytelling

After a successful run of The Trump Card last season, acclaimed monologist Mike Daisey is back to present his latest work, A People’s History. This new piece begins simply: Daisey finds a copy of the U.S. history textbook from his high school in rural Maine from over twenty five years ago. What follows is a kind of history lesson as only Daisey could teach, contrasting the history he grew up with and a very different book: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. In this 18-part performance Daisey tells a history of America—from the first landing of Columbus to the election of Donald Trump—exposing and illuminating with his signature dark humor as he eviscerates the myths we have all helped make. Daisey has been hailed as “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Times. He has been compared to a modern-day Mark Twain and a latter-day Orson Welles for his provocative monologues that combine the political and the personal, weaving together secret histories with hilarity and heart. 

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Pygmalion

7:30 pm

  • Closing night

Trinity School at River Ridge
601 River Ridge Parkway Eagan, MN

$4-$6
Call 651-789-2890
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Presented by Trinity School at River Ridge Senior Drama Class
  • Drama
  • Kids

George Bernard Shaw's unforgettable story of Professor Higgins and his pupil Eliza which inspired the popular musical My Fair Lady. A simple bet between Higgins and his acquaintance Colonel Pickering results in an attempt to transform Eliza from a poor flower girl to a refined English lady. The peculiar adventure  interweaves growth, comedy, drama, suspicion, love and intriguing characters. 

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GUYS and DOLLS

7:30 pm
Runs 135 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

Fran Loesser's celebrated Musical Comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway.  Guys & Dolls is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy for all ages!

Set in a mythical New York City, Guys & Dolls tells the tall of one Nathan Detroit, a guy who needs a venue for his "permanently established floating craps game." His best venue falls through and he needs money to underwrite an alternative option.  He turns to Sky Masterson, a high roller who will be on anything if the stakes are high enough.  Desperate for a sure thing, Nathan bets Sky he can't get a date with Sarah Brown, the earnest proprietor of the Save-a-Soul mission.  

Things don't go as planned and, along the way, you are treated to some of the most memorable Broadway tunes: Luck Be a Lady, Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat, Sue Me, A Bushel and a Peck... and more.

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Assassins

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$29 - $53
Call 612-339-3003
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Presented by Theater Latte Da
  • Musical

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Music Direction by Jason Hansen

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Stephen Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligent lyrics and stunning music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. The musical provides a glimpse into the psychology of America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins has been called “the most controversial musical ever written.”

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Puppet Lab 2018

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Avalon Theater
1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

$15
Call 612-721-2535
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Presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
  • Storytelling
  • Experimental

Puppet Lab 2018

In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s new artist incubator facilitated by Alison Heimstead is celebrating 7 years of radical, genre-expanding, boundary–pushing work. Join us in March for two weekends of experimental performance from four emerging puppeteers generously funded by the Jerome Foundation.

Learn more about PuppetLab!

 

Week 1: March 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m., March 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Star Girl Clan by Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra & Magdalena Kaluza

A magical adventure about an Indigenous Maya grandmother whose spiritual conflict of internal racism leads her on a journey into an enchanted jungle and starworld.

The MoFo by Shelby Richardson

The last remaining life-form on Earth (a strand of E. Coli bacteria) guides the audience through a museum exhibit dedicated to an attempt to understand the “female object” through the interpretation of relics from our forgotten human species.

Tickets for week one are on sale now

 

Week 2: March 23 & 24 at 7:30 p.m., March 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Lost Lake by Elle Thoni

An adventuresome fable in which a Traveller searches for answers about a lake’s mysterious disappearance in a fantastical work that is all too real.

Light Camera Rappers by Michele Spaise

A work in progress exploring trauma as a catalyst for healing through an experiential installation with puppetry, light, projection, sound, and ritual. Hosted by Golden Ram, Blue Whale and Ruby with the Amethyst Eyes.

Tickets for week 2 are on sale now

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Rabbit Hole

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
  • Drama

This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner deals with how family members survive a major loss. The different ways of dealing with grief lead to dramatic (and sometimes humorous) confrontations.

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AS ONE

7:30 pm
Runs 80 minutes

The North Garden Theater
929 7th Street West, St. Paul, MN, 55102

$33 - $39
Call 612-343-3390
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Presented by Skylark Opera Theatre
  • Musical

Skylark Opera Theatre presents the Regional Premiere of the new chamber opera, AS ONE. This groundbreaking piece depicts the experience of its transgender protagonist, who endeavors to resolve discord between self and the outside world. Performed in an intimate setting with a string quartet, the opera is sung in two voices, Hannah after (mezzo-soprano) and Hannah before (baritone). Fifteen songs comprise the three-part narrative: With empathy and humor, they trace Hannah’s experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway where she is surprised at what she learns about herself.  Commissioned by American Opera Projects and premiered in New York in 2014, As One was conceived and composed by Laura Kaminsky with libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. Film by Kimberly Reed. This new work — about inclusion, acceptance and understanding — will be directed by Skylark Artistic Director, Bob Neu, and will feature notable opera talents, mezzo-soprano Bergen Baker and bass-baritone Luke Williams. Music Direction by Jeffrey Stirling.  
“As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy … [with] winning humor and a satisfying emotional arc.”  - The New York Times
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Rocket Man

Rocket Man

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

$14-$41, sliding scale
Call 612-234-7135
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Presented by Theatre Pro Rata
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Somewhere in the universe is a place where all the roads we never chose converge and Donny Rowan is hoping to find it. He’s placed everything he owns on his front lawn, along with a sign that reads: “Here’s my life. Make an offer.” Free of his possessions and ready to travel light, Donny’s obsessive quest to find what he’s missed will take him to the edge of his universe and back.

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8 pm

RANT | by Lisa Channer, performed by a daughter, her son, 2 synthesizers, 3 projectors, and 6 robots

RANT

8:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Closing night

Red Eye Theater
15 West 14th St. Minneapolis, MN 55403

Presented by Lisa Channer
  • Drama
  • Experimental

RANT | A new performance work by Lisa Channer about her unique father who for 50 years has hosted the interview series "Conversations", the longest running show on Manhattan Public Access Television. RANT maps the territories of parenting, embarrassment, genius, failure and the outsourcing of love to machines. RANT is for anyone with an unconventional parent and the people who love them. So, for everyone.

 

!! Only 4 performances !!  

March 15th (Thurs) @ 8pm

March 16th (Fri) @ 8pm 

March 17th (Sat) @ 4pm and 8pm 

 

Performers 

Lisa Channer, Dan Dukich, Eric Larson, Daniel Rovinsky

Media design        Sound Composition

Eric Larson                  Dan Dukich

Directorial midwifery

Samantha Johns, Carra Martinez and Joel Sass

 

 

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Off Book

Off Book 2018

8:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

HUGE Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$12
Call (612) 412-4843
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Presented by HUGE Theater
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Two performers take the stage, but one has never seen the script. The return of the renowned, hilarious, unholy marriage of scripted theater and improv,  featuring some of the Twin Cities' top talent, on-book and off.

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