Sunday, June 10, 2018

1 pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

1:30 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
  • Comedy
  • Musical

In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears and dreams through hilarious and touching tunes. (And it’s not just about the spelling: the adult cast is ultra geek-chic in their middle school costumes!) Alan Bailey, director of such audience favorites as Souvenir and Sylvia, returns for this Tony Award-winning musical about friendship, sacrifice and valuable lessons in fair play.

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2 pm

The Taming of the Shrew

2:00 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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10-Minute Play Festival

2:00 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

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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Equivocation

2:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia St, St Paul, MN 55114

$10 - $26
Call 612-375-0300
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Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

The devilish gunpowder plot has failed! Long live King James!

When Shagspeare is commissioned to write the "true historie" of the event, his investigation reveals that the official version is a cover-up – but for what?

Should Shag keep digging – and perhaps lose his head? Or take the money and lie? A timely, high-stakes political thriller… with witches.

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GUYS and DOLLS

2:00 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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Caucasian-Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales

2:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

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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Postmortem

2:00 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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Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

2:00 pm

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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Into the Woods

2:00 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

2:30 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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5 pm

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

5:00 pm

  • Closing night

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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6 pm

Disney's Newsies

6:30 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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7 pm

Ain't It a Grand and Glorious Feeling

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

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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