Friday, June 8, 2018

7 pm

The Taming of the Shrew

7:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Twin Cities area outdoor locations
See www.cromulentshakespeare.org for sites and times

Presented by The Cromulent Shakespeare Company
  • Comedy

Shakespeare's popular comedy about greed, manipulation, and misguided approaches to romance. Full of great gags, this production is fun for the whole family. 

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TART

7:00 pm
Runs 85 minutes

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota

$14 in advance. $18 day of performance
Call 612-825-8949
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Presented by The BAND Group
  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

TART, the gayest club in town, is in trouble as its family is under siege by the moral crusader Tartuffe. Now this family of friends, lovers, and drag performers unite to save one of their own, Orgon, from Tartuffe’s “salvation” in this adaptation of Molière’s iconic French comedy that’s filled with rhyming couplets, slapstick, and drag numbers. This production is partnering with RECLAIM, an nonprofit devoted to helping Queer and Trans youth reclaim their pride.

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Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

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

Presented by Children's Theatre Company in Partnership with The Old Vic (London)
  • Musical
  • Kids

April 17-June 10, 2018

Children’s Theatre Company in partnership with The Old Vic Present
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax 
Based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Adapted for the stage by David Greig
Music and lyrics by Charlie Fink
Directed by Max Webster 
Choreographer Drew McOnie
A U.S. Premiere by Children’s Theatre Company 
Best enjoyed by everyone

The silky soft tufts of the Truffula trees, are the perfect stuffs to knit the perfect Thneeds. But the first chop, chop of the perilous ax, begins the powerful tale of The Lorax. When the last tree of the forest falls, was it worth losing paradise for nothing at all? The most beloved environmental tale of all time, The Lorax will have you singing in Seussian rhymes!

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Silent Sky

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

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

With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Despite not being allowed to touch a telescope, Henrietta and her coworkers at the Harvard Observatory made ground-breaking discoveries about the universe that are still vital today, over a century later. If you liked the movie Hidden Figures, you won’t want to miss this “luminously beautiful play” that will change how you look at both the heavens and the earth.

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Age Against The Machine: BNW's Greatest Hits

7:30 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403

$20-$34
Call 612-332-6620
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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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Ain't It a Grand and Glorious Feeling

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Mojo Coffee Gallery
2205 California Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Theatre elision
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The seven Princess Musicals were written and produced between 1915 and 1918 specifically for the Princess Theater in New York City.  The Princess was a small theatre, requiring simpler, more intimate shows than were common during this "Ziegfeld" era.  Not only were the Princess Musicals written specifically for a smaller space, with believable stories that would resonate with the public, the shows were also designed to keep production costs low.  They became a turning point in the evolution of musical theatre, not only because of their structure, but also because the music and lyrics were largely written by Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse.  There was much more to the Princess Musicals, however, than low-budget shows in a small setting.  The stories were simple and real. They were comedies, but the humor came from real-world situations.  Because they couldn't afford big stars or high production values, the shows relied on good story-telling and great music.  This original musical, featuring the music of Jerome Kern and his Princess Musicals collaborators, tells a story in much the same style, but with a modern twist. The songs may not exactly fit the sensibilities of today's young men and women, but the sentiments are timeless.   Surprisingly, we find that the age-old story of romance, love, and marriage hasn’t changed much in 100 years!

NOTE: TICKET PRICES INCLUDE DINNER OR DESSERT - YOUR CHOICE!  DINNER SEATING AT 6:30.  DESSERT SEATING AT 7:00.  SHOW STARTS AT 7:30.

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Postmortem

7:30 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis MN

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

It’s April, 1922, and actor William Gillette, famous for portraying Sherlock Holmes for 30 years, has invited the cast of his latest play to spend the weekend at his castle home in Connecticut. When a late-night séance reveals a murder, Gillette must solve the case using everything he’s learned from playing the great detective. Popular playwright Ken Ludwig mixes suspense and humor in a show that has delighted audiences nationwide.

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Caucasian-Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales

7:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Opening night

Black Box at the Bloomington Center for the Arts
Bloomington Center for the Arts 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road Bloomington, MN 55431 United States

19-25
Call 952.232.0814
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Presented by The Chameleon Theatre Circle and Fearless Comedy Productions
  • Comedy
  • Storytelling

Caucasian-Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales

by Duck Washington

Directed by Jena Young

produced in association with Fearless Comedy Productions

June 8-24, 2018

In the Black Box at the Bloomington Center for the Arts

 

Racism will be mocked, racists shunned, and stereotypes exposed in this humorous exploration of what it's like to be mixed race, deal with stereotypes, and find your place in the world. Inspired by playwright Duck Washington's own experiences, this mix of story-telling and sketch comedy will move you to buoyant laughter and deep thoughts as it examines concepts that are always more than just black-and-white.

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Dead Man's Cell Phone

7:30 pm
Runs 100 minutes

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue N, Saint Paul, MN

Presented by Lex-Ham Community Theater
  • Comedy

The Lex-Ham Community Theater will present Sarah Ruhl’s comic look at technology and relationships – Dead Man’s Cell Phone at 7:30 p.m., June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and at 2:00 p.m., June 2, 3 at Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave. N., Saint Paul.  The show is directed by Natalie Novacek.

The cast includes:
Lois Estell
Jacob Guizor
Katie Kaufmann
Erika Kuhn
Barcy Stricker, and
Craig Turino

Dead Man’s Cell Phone was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play in 2008.  In the play, Jean, while enjoying a quiet time at a café, picks up the cell phone of Gordon – who has just died – and quickly becomes immersed in Gordon’s family and business. 

There will be a post-show reception after the Sunday, June 3 matinée at Groundswell, 1340 Thomas Avenue. 

Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $15 for students.  The Thursday, June 7 performance will be “pay what you want”.  NOTE: Some language in this play may not be appropriate for young children.

You can reserve tickets and find out more information about the production at www.lexhamarts.org.

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10-Minute Play Festival

7:30 pm

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

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

This has become one of our most popular events! Ten short plays from around the world are presented by some of your favorite LPT performers and directors. It’s short attention span theater at its best!

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Steel Magnolias

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

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

By Robert Harling
Directed by Angela Timberman

Set in an in-home beauty parlor owned and operated by the outspoken and wise-cracking Truvy, this modern classic explores the deep bond that forms between a group of outspoken Southern women as they share their triumphs and tragedies with each other.

Filled with sidesplitting reparte—and more than a few sharp but humorous verbal collisions, Steel Magnolias is hilarious and touching and, in the end, reveals a deep emotional truth underlying the witty banter of its eccentrtic 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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Into the Woods

7:30 pm
Runs 165 minutes

The Crane Theater
2303 Kennedy St. NE #120 Minneapolis, MN 55413

$38
Call (Online Only)
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Presented by Shoot the Glass Theater
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Shoot the Glass is proud to present Stephen Sondheim's classic Into the Woods at the Crane Theater, June 7th - July 1st. Featuring an intimate, 80 seat venue and a local cast of all-star performers including Becca Hart, Emily Jansen, Kyler Chase and Frank Moran (to name a few- see the whole cast here)Into the Woods is certain to be a thrilling, hilarious, and enchanting theatrical event. 

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The Red Box

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
  • Drama

"The Red Box," by Joseph Goodrich adapted from the novel by Rex Stout
The brilliant and quirky Nero Wolfe untangles a murder mystery which reveals a complicated family drama full of secrets and half-truths.

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Apples In Winter

St. Peder's Lutheran Church
4600 East 42nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55406

Presented by Uprising Theatre Company
  • Drama

Apples In Winter by Jennifer Fawcett, directed by Shalee Coleman, featuring Gina Sauer

Twenty-two years ago, Miriam’s son, Robert, committed a horrible crime. Robert was caught, tried, and convicted of first-degree murder and has been sitting on death row ever since. In seven hours the state will execute him. As is the tradition, Robert is granted a last meal. His request: a slice of his mother’s apple pie.

A “site specific show” this performance will take place in a kitchen. 

For tickets and other information go to www.uprisingtheatreco.com/tickets

Each performance will be followed by a facilitated talkback. Uprising will also have several community partners present at each performance so you can get involved in bringing action to these issues. 

 

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8 pm

NW4W 2018: Queen Drea//Paige Collette

Red Eye Theater
15 W 14th St Mpls, MN 55403

$10 - $18
Call 612-870-0309
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Presented by Red Eye Theater
  • Experimental

Week Three: ISOLATED ACTS, June 7-8-9
A Double Bill

THE MONICA MEDITATIONS by Paige Collette

+ FROM BLACK WOMBS by Queen Drea

According to the news section of Paige Collette's 1999 Catholic high school year book, "Scandal rocks the White House as President Bill Clinton is accused of perjury and obstruction of justice.  In an impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate, President Clinton is acquitted of the charges."  While Monica Lewinsky's name isn't mentioned in this blurb, she's the figure who's captured Paige's imagination for years.  Drawing upon cooking shows, the QVC, and music from the 1990s as inspiration, The Monica Meditations is a performance exploration of public scandal, private heartbreak, and resilience.

Queen Drea is an electronic musician who creates live, scores on stage. Her latest work, FROM BLACK WOMBS, is an Afro-futuristic dystopian tale about two orphaned sisters. Having lost their parents in a revolution against white supremacy, the siblings seek to establish a new America in response to the bleak world where black men are scarce because of the school-to-prison complex and the murder of unarmed men by police.

 

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Disney's Newsies

8:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, Minnesota

$51 - $91
Call 952-934-1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly and his friends live day-by-day selling newspapers for pennies. When a publishing giant raises the price the Newsies pay - the Newsies declare a strike against all the publishing giants. Through courage, determination, and friendship the Newsies are ready to take a stand and seize the day!

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9 pm

Ladyfriend

9:30 pm
Runs 45 minutes

HUGE Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN

$10-$12
Call 612-412-4843
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Presented by Ladyfriend
  • Comedy
  • Improv

That thing that happens when you put three charming weirdos who happen to be BFFs on stage together and tell them to make up a show on the spot. It’s pretty much the most delightful thing you’ll see all weekend.

Ladyfriend is a three-human comedy improv team comprised of Becky Wilkinson Hauser, Jen van Kaam, and Beth K. Gibbs.

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