Thursday, September 19, 2019

7 pm

ExperTease Fitness Student Showcases

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE Minneapolis 55413

Presented by ExperTease Fitness
  • Dance
  • Cabaret/variety

Come One Come All! Support our emerging artists and join us for an amazing evening of Circus, Pole, Vaudeville and More! Our newly minted Astounding Aerialists, Beautiful Burlesquers, Breathtaking Bellydancers, Cheeky Chairists, and Perfect Pole Performers will bring you into a world of extravaganza! Jac Fatale- Headmistress of ExperTease Fitness will host the evening with her gang of wacky wonderful lackeys. 

Doors Open at 6:30pm- 18+ NO EXCEPTIONS
$15.00 Pre Sale - $20.00 at the Door

This fantastical showcase features group numbers by our graduating classes as well as solos and duets by ExperTease Fitness students.

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Smokey Joe’s Café

7:30 pm

Ordway Center
345 Washington Street Saint Paul, MN 55102

$48-$122
Call 651-224-4222
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Presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Musical

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest running musical revue. The show features 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak,” and “Charlie Brown.”

This refreshing, sizzling-hot, new production of the show, directed and choreographed by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse (Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and On the Town, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and NBC’s Smash), will appear in Minnesota for the first time, bringing these sensational rock and roll songs to a new generation.

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On the Verge; Or the Geography of Yearning

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15 - $35 General Admission
Call 8006577025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Drama

Heed the call to discovery! Journey through uncharted territories! With wit, nerve, and proper British sensibilities, Mary, Fanny, and Alexandra bushwhack their way through Terra Incognita—the last uncharted land on the globe. These intrepid explorers test their friendship and courage as they come face to face with psychics, yetis, trolls, and…Cool Whip?! With wonder, humor and grace, On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) navigates the search for our place in the world.

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Bone Mother - photo by Matthew Glover

Bone Mother

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave Minneapolis, MN 55419

$5-$40
Call 1-800-838-3006
Buy tickets online

Presented by Sandbox Theatre & The Museum of Russian Art
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

A world premiere show in a one of a kind venue, Bone Mother is folklore come to life in the air above you. A new play created from scratch by Sandbox’s aerial wing The Swingset, Bone Mother is an examination of femininity’s untamable perseverance, its kinship with nature, and its expression through a spectrum of genders -- all in the face of society’s history to deny, ignore, repress and vilify its progress.

In the depths of a dark Russian forest, in a house perched atop chicken legs and surrounded by a fence of flaming skulls, lives a hideous old crone named Baba Yaga. Do you dare enter? In the forest there are wild things – ostracized, forgotten, shadow things. And you. Who will you be in the moonlight?

 

Featuring:

Carolina Gwinn

Chasya Hill

Megan Campbell Lagas

Henry Ellen Sansone

Heather Stone

 

With Live Music Composed and Performed by:

Emily Kastrul

Anna Johnson

Sarah Larsson

Willow Waters

 

Production Staff:

Evelyn Digiloramo - Co-Director, Project Lead

Danielle Siver - Co-Director, Project Lead

Isabel Patt - Stage Manager

Mandi Johnson - Costume Designer

Bryon Gunsch - Lighting Designer

Rehema Mertinez - Creation Assistant

Matthew Glover - Marketing & Graphic Designer, Photographer

Michelle Massey – Event Manager, TMORA

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Smokey Joe's Cafe

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

NorShor Theatre
211 E Superior St., Duluth MN 55802

$350-$50
Call 218.733.7555
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Presented by The Duluth Playhouse
  • Musical
  • Dance

Shimmy over to the NorShor Theatre to see Broadway’s longest-running musical revue that will blow the roof off and bring the house down!

Leiber and Stoller practically invented rock n’ roll, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe isn’t just great pop music; it’s compelling musical theatre.

Nominated for seven Tony Awards, this show features electrifying hits made famous by the likes of Elvis Presley, the Coasters and the Drifters. Enjoy classic tunes, like “On Broadway,” “Yakety Yak, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion #9,” and “Stand By Me.”

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BRIGHT STAR

7:30 pm

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

$30-$35
Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts
  • Musical

Inspired by a real event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Featuring the Grammy-nominated country, folk, and bluegrass score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is an uplifting theatrical journey which is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

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Cabal

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The White Stag Lodge
2010 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$45
Call 612-375-0300
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Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

Created by David Pisa and John Heimbuch

Forgotten alchemy. An ancient order. The pursuit of new magic.

A renegade magister’s quest threatens the Cabal’s very existence. Who should control this ultimate power? Enter the secret society and unlock the truth. 

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents Cabal, a live theater experience with puzzles. An audience of 10 people explores an immersive environment, meeting characters and discovering large-scale, hands-on challenges.

Running July 11 - December 31. Tickets are now on sale through September. Additional months will go on sale approximately 1 month in advance.

Cabal lasts approximately 90 minutes. (It may be more or less, depending on how fast your group is at solving puzzles.)

Cabal is a theater performance, but does not have standard theater seats. As audience members move through the space, they may be asked to be stand or sit. Please be prepared to walk or move at least 600 feet during the course of the event. The venue and experience are wheelchair accessible.

Content advisory: flashing lights, sudden loud sounds.

More questions? Read our FAQ!

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Much Ado About Mothing

Much Ado About Nothing

7:30 pm

The LAB Theater
700 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

$18 - 42
Call 651.321.4024
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Presented by Classical Actors Ensemble
  • Comedy

Classical Actors Ensemble presents Shakespeare's comic battle of the sexes, staged as a 1940s screwball comedy. Directed by Tom Conry.

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CUATRO: A Tablao-style Flamenco Dance and Music Performance

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Sachiko “La Chayí” Flamenco and Arts Nest
  • Dance
  • Improv

Audiences are invited to witness a unique improvisational experience featuring locally and internationally recognized Flamenco dancers and musicians: dancer Illeana Gomez (Texas and Madrid, Spain), dancer Sachiko “La Chayí” (Osaka, Japan and Minneapolis), singer José Cortés Fernández (Marseille, France and Los Angeles), and guitarist Alejandro Pais Iriart (Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain). 

 

CUATRO will take place from September 18-22, 2019 at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis.

 

Flamenco, in its distinctly Southern Spanish tablao-style, offers a twist of spontaneity and skilled improvisation to traditional dance and music, which comes to life through the high-spirited collaboration between the dancer, singer, and guitarist performing together on stage. 

 

Co-presented by Sachiko “La Chayí”, 2017 McKnight Dancer Fellow, and Minneapolis-based Arts Nest, CUATRO invites these artists to perform together for the first time in a series of six live performances. True to the roots of flamenco, the artists will perform a unique set for each show.

 

FEATURING:

Sachiko “La Chayí”, Flamenco dancer & Director (Osaka, Japan & Minneapolis)

Illeana Gomez, Flamenco dancer (Texas & Madrid, Spain)

José Cortés Fernández, Flamenco singer (Marseille, France & Los Angeles)

Alejandro Pais Iriart, Flamenco guitarist (Buenos Aires, Argentina & Madrid, Spain)

 

Tickets Now On Sale

General Seating 

Advance tickets: Adult $23 / Youth (Age 12 and under) $13

At the Door: Adult $26 / Youth (Age 12 and under) $16 

NEW PRICE!! 3+1 Tix (THU-SUN ONLY):  Buy 3 adult tickets, get ONE FREE when purchased in advance.

Opening Night Special (September 18): Adult $18 when purchased in advance.

Group Discount: Groups of 10+ adults will get 10% off the price when purchased in advance.  

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Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

$25-$36
Call 612-332-6620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Follow our intrepid heroes (Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott, and Taj Ruler) as they prepare for epic battle against the most dangerous enemy of all:  SHAME.  Can they survive cancel culture, social media, and the self-loathing that accompanies just being Minnesotan?  Join the guilt-trip of a lifetime at the BNW’s hilarious and all-new sketch comedy show, Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369

$26 - $30
Call 763-493-8733
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Presented by Yellow Tree Theatre
  • Drama

Fifteen-year-old mathematical genius Christopher has never ventured alone beyond the edge of his road. He detests being touched, can’t stand small talk, and the slightest disruption of his ritualized world sends him into an earth-shattering tantrum. It’s 7 minutes past midnight and the neighbor’s dog is dead. Finding himself a suspect, he takes it upon himself to solve the mystery, embarking on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Intense, hopeful, and profoundly moving, Curious Incident has been hailed a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle. Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Play!

Cast: Stacia Rice, Laura Esping, Zachary Schnitzer, Melina Kordich, Alexcia Thompson, Dylan Ward, Peter Simmons, Matthew Lolar, and Corey Mills.

SEPTEMBER 13th – OCTOBER 13th
Wed. - Sat. @ 7:30pm, Sun. @ 2:00pm
Added matinees Wed. Sept. 25th | Sat. Oct. 5th | Sat. Oct. 12th @ 2:00pm

TICKETS
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
box office: 763-493-8733

Wed. & Thurs. $26 | Fri. & Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinees $28
Students, seniors 65 & up and groups of 10 or more receive $3 off these prices

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8 pm

ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by Caryl Churchill

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia, St. Paul, MN 55114

$25-30, pay-what-you-can on Sept 7
Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

ESCAPED ALONE presents a 55-minute elliptical view of the apocalypse, fantasy intricately wired with politics. Four women in their 70s gather for tea in an English garden, combining small talk and the everyday anxieties of contemporary life, juxtaposed to the cataclysmic possibilities that teeter on our response to dire warnings of climate change and environmental devastation.Their gossipy everyday conversations lay bare their psychological troubles — from depression to fear of cats, from an “accidentally” dead husband to agoraphobia — punctuated starkly with surreal apocalyptic monologues. Which world is real? How are they connected?

Churchill peers into the void with HERE WE GO, a poetic triptych of mortality. She presents, in reverse order, a man nearing the end of life, his view from the threshold of the afterlife, and the reminiscences at his funeral. In the first scene, a group has gathered at a party after a funeral, remembering the man who has passed. In the second scene, a man observes the afterlife—Valhalla, Charon, and other mythical representations appear to him. But has he died? In the third wordless section, we see the intimate relationship between a frail man winding down his life with a caregiver.

And yet, reviews repeatedly refer to these plays as Churchill’s funniest work yet!

Cast features Maria Asp, Charla Marie Bailey, Patrick Bailey Barbra Berlovitz, Cheryl Willis, Janis Hardy. Production team: Director, Wendy Knox; Set Design by Joe Stanley; Costume Design by Kathy Kohl; Lighting Design by Mike Wangen; Sound design by Dan Dukich; Stage Managed by Glenn Klapperich.

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ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by CARYL CHURCHILL

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street Saint Paul, MN

$25-30
Call 612-724-3760
Buy tickets online

Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Frank Theatre is thrilled to present two new short plays by Caryl Churchill, whose work Frank has presented many times in the company’s 30-year history. ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO deliver an evening of theatre by perhaps the greatest living playwright.

Churchill’s sizzling work ESCAPED ALONE presents a 55-minute elliptical view of the apocalypse, fantasy intricately wired with politics. Four women in their 70s gather for tea in an English garden, combining small talk and the horrors of modern life. Their gossipy everyday conversations lay bare their psychological troubles — from depression to fear of cats, from an “accidentally” dead husband to agoraphobia — punctuated starkly with surreal apocalyptic monologues. Which world is real? How are they connected?

“It’s worth noting that simply writing a play featuring four women in their seventies without making it about their age is a reasonably subversive political act.” — The Atlantic

In the second piece, Churchill peers into the void with HERE WE GO, a poetic triptych of mortality. In the first scene, a group has gathered at a party after a funeral, remembering the man who has passed. In the second scene, a man observes the afterlife—Valhalla, Charon, and other mythical representations appear to him. But has he died? In the third wordless section, we see the intimate relationship between a frail man winding down his life with a caregiver.

“What Churchill has written is a striking memento mori for an age without faith; and although her play is brief, that in itself evokes the idea that we are here for a short time and then are suddenly gone.” — The Guardian 

Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television, and radio. A renowned and prolific playwright, her plays include Cloud NineTop GirlsFar AwayDrunk Enough to Say I Love You?BlissLove and InformationMad Forest, and A Number. In 2002, she received the Obie Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2010, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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Mamma Mia!

8:00 pm
Runs 160 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$53 - $93
Call 952.934.1525
Buy tickets online

Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!     

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