Thursday, April 13, 2017

1 pm

The Church Basement Ladies in: Rise Up O Men

1:00 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

$22-$40
Call 763-553-1600 ex. 1
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Presented by Troupe America at the Plymouth Playhouse
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A Lutheran take on the classical "hero" journey, RISE UP, O MEN is the story of men (and women) who become larger than themselves; it's the story of a group of farmers and John Deere dealers, and church basement ladies, who rise to the requirement of heroism in order to help their community and its future. RISE UP, O MEN is a new musical featuring the men of the church and your favorite church basement Ladies who serve them. The year is 1964, in the basement kitchen of the Lutheran Church in rural Minnesota. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and their tractors and preparations for the Centennial Celebration, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen...but that's what happens when you let the roosters in the hen house.

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7 pm

SNAPSHOT & BLANK

7:00 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Lenox Little Theater
Lenox Center 6715 Minnetonka Blvd in St. Louis Park, MN Door #10, corner of Minnetonka and Georgia

$15 - $18
Call 612-269-0180
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Presented by Maggie's Farm Theater
  • Drama
  • Experimental

​Private Investigator, Jackson Garrett, has hit rock bottom since leaving the police force. His life takes a sudden turn when femme fatale, Cherise Duvall, appears and engages him in what appears to be a simple cyber-blackmail case, but suddenly explodes into a quest to bring to the light the Monk, a mob kingpin, unseating him as master of the urban underbelly. Not an easy task as he discovers his nemesis is guarded by personnel with special "abilities." Garrett, blessed with his own special powers, teams up with Blank, a transparent crime lab colleague. Watch as they worm their way into the Monk's domain in this crime drama presented in a film noir style, accompanied by rock artists, The Keepers.

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To Begin With

7:30 pm

New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145 Minneapolis, MN 55403

$20 - $38
Call 612-455-9501
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Presented by New Century Theatre
  • Improv
  • Storytelling

“You there! Dickens! Dickens, the Christmas Man! With your Scrooge and your Spirits and sudden conversions! Why do you make up such stories?

The taunter is a scraggly, smelly twelve year old boy, one Algernon Charles Swinburne, perched naked atop a graveyard wall. The target of his tirade: Charles Dickens, author, journalist, would-be thespian, and summer neighbor of Swinburne’s parents on the Isle of Wight. This unpleasant encounter between two giants of world literature—one in middle age, the other yet to write the verses that would make his name—spur Dickens to write a tale that takes up Swinburne’s challenge.

To Begin With is the fascinating story of his struggle to create a personal adaptation of the Biblical Gospels to be performed for his children on Christmas Eve 1849. Amid distractions from his family, Swinburne and his own insecurities, he wrestles with how to present the story of Jesus Christ to a brood that ranges from 2 to 10 years of age.

Though he never intended this work to published, the Dickens family agreed to publish it as The Life of Our Lord in 1934 (sixty four years after his death). It is on this book that the one-man play is imagined. It’s a witty, insightful and thoroughly enjoyable look into the mind of a great writer.

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Vietgone

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St Minneapolis, MN 55454

$0-$25
Call 612-338-6131
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Presented by Mixed Blood Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Mixed Blood presents the Regional Premiere of Qui Nguyen’s sexy and hilarious VIETGONE!

A brilliant mash-up of comic book aesthetics, martial arts, and hip-hop.

Mixed Blood Theatre is proud to announce the final show in its 2016/2017 Season, VIETGONE. In VIETGONE, award winning pioneer of “geek theater” Qui Nguyen brilliantly chronicles the love story of his parents meeting in an Arkansas refugee center after fleeing Vietnam during the fall of Saigon in 1975. The playwright’s journey to understand his parents’ immigrant love story in the wake of war and loss is marked by wit, unrepeatable curses, and a comic book sensibility that ultimately packs an unexpected emotional punch. It’s is a buddy story, a proto-feminist tale, an all-American romance, and a motorcycle road trip adventure that 40 years later revisits how we think about the Vietnam War and its heroes and victims.

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The Realish Housewives of Edina Season 2

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

New Century Theatre
Located on the street level of Minneapolis City Center 615 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 145 Minneapolis, MN 55403

$0-$33
Call 612-455-9501
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Presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust
  • Comedy

Grab a fresh box of Pinot – The Realish Housewives of Edina are BACK!

The cat fights are bigger, the facelifts are higher and the drama is non-stop. Meet Edina’s newest housewife… who will blow your mind! Gather your #squad — and your frenemies — and buckle in for Season Two!

Pay What You Can - Monday, March 27 at 7:30pm

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The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Minnesota Transportation Museum
193 Pennsylvania Ave. E. St. Paul, MN. 55130

$12-65
Call 612-234-7168
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Presented by Mission & Wayward Theatre Companies
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Wayward and Mission Theatre Companies are thrilled to team up to bring The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley to the Minnesota Transportation Museum! This sometimes spooky and often hilarious tale follows a group of unlikely companions who find themselves unexpectedly stranded in a desolate train station just outside of Rockland, Maine. Local legend tells of an ominous and deadly force that haunts those there parts. Will our band of unlikely heroes live to tell the tale of the haunted locomotive? We are delighted to partner with the historic Minnesota Transportation Museum providing the backdrop for this creepy comedy.  

Friday April 7 & 14: Step back in time with on a historic vintage bus ride, learn a little bit about the seedy side of St. Paul, and enjoy some spectacular local craft beer at Great Waters Brewery. Then head back to the museum and enjoy the performance. ($45 – includes tour, two beers at the brewery and admission to the performance)

Saturday April 1, 8 & 15: Calling all Molls and Dolls! Slip into your best flapper attire (optional of course) and enjoy a First Class dinner on the vintage train car inside the historic museum. Savor an exquisitely prepared three course meal with wine pairings, wander the museum and laugh the night away. ($65 – includes dinner, wine and admission to the performance)

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Side Show

7:30 pm

Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

$16-$22
Call 800-982-2787
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Presented by The Chameleon Theatre Circle
  • Musical

Side Show
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
​Music by Henry Krieger
Additional Book Material by Bill Condon
Directed by Avian Jangula
March 31 – April 23, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! See Siamese twins go from penniless freak show performers to vaudeville stars! Based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show offers a complex look at love, race, and societal expectations in 1930s America through the eyes of its most marginalized outcasts. One plus one equals three in this heartfelt musical about what it means to always have someone by your side.

Tickets are $22; $19 for students, seniors, Fringe Button holders, and groups of 8 or more; or $16 for groups of 20 or more, and are available in person at the Ames Center Box Office or through Ticketmaster online or at 1-800-982-2787 (additional fees may apply).

For group sales, call the Ames Center box office at 952-895-4680.

All prices include a $2 facility fee as required by the Ames Center.

Side Show is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

7:30 pm

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

$60 - 21
Call 6512917005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Four Watsons: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning “Jeopardy” champ; amiable techno-dweeb just looking for love. This brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute is dedicated to the people – and machines – upon which we depend. An area premiere by Madeleine George, this 2014 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama is directed by Leah Cooper.

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1000 Cranes

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104

$10-12
Call 715-246-3285
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Presented by Green T Productions
  • Drama
  • Kids

Based on the award-winning book, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” “A Thousand Cranes” is the true and poignant story of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.  Diagnosed with radiation sickness, twelve year old Sadako prays for world peace as she folds one-thousand paper cranes.
 
The play is a moving call for peace and a testament to the power of one person to create change and the values that are cherished by all cultures.  

 

Today children in Japan and all over the world fold a thousand cranes and lay them at the feet of Sadako's statue in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Their wish is engraved at the bottom of the monument: "This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world."

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My Life Through History: An Autistic Man's Journey

7:30 pm

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

$18, $16 with Fringe Button, Student/Senior discount
Call 6128168479
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Presented by Freshwater Theatre Company
  • Comedy

Freshwater Theatre Company makes its debut in the new Crane Theater with a brand new play by local theatre artist Dylan Ward: My Life Through History (An Autistic Man’s Journey)
 

My Life Through History features Thomas (Dylan Ward), an artist with high-functioning Autism, taking you on an adventure inside his mind. In Thomas’ earliest memories, he doesn’t just like dinosaurs, he is a Triceratops, encountering a playground T-Rex. As he ages, he ages with the world, starting with his first job as a Roman Gladiator, romping through the middle ages as a troubadour, and ending up in modern day America in a final battle against the childhood villain who has haunted him through time.

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The American Clock

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$9
Call 612-377-2224
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Presented by University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program
  • Drama

From its opening image in a brash spotlight, The American Clock stiches a fabric of brief scenes performed as a lively vaudeville punctuated with songs, and dance accompanied by an ensemble of talented actors who double as musicians. With melodies like Million Dollar Baby, Sunny Side of the Street, and S’Wonderful, Arthur Miller’s “brilliant theatrical kaleidoscope of Great Depression throbs with joy, laughs and heartache.” As the 2008 recession’s sting is still being felt, The American Clock resonates today with its cautionary tale as well as a renewal of hope. The American Clock opens April 13 playing through April 23 at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio, and is performed by the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA 2017 graduating class under the direction of Joseph Price.

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Lone Star Spirits

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

$35-$45
Call (612) 822-7063
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Presented by The Jungle Theater
  • Comedy

by Josh Tobiessen
directed by Sarah Rasmussen
featuring Terry Hempleman, John Catron, Christian Bardin, Nate Cheeseman, and Thallis Santesteban

APRIL 8 - MAY 7

Previews April 5-7

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 2 & 7:30 p.m.

New York Times Critics' Pick

When Marley brings her new fiancé to her childhood home in small-town Texas, she finds herself stranded in the past. Hoping for a quick visit to her estranged father’s liquor store, she’s soon forced to deal with her football hero ex-boyfriend, a single mom insistent on a girls' night out, and the ghost of the town’s bear-wrestling pioneer founder.

 

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The Church Basement Ladies in: Rise Up O Men

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

$22-$40
Call 763-553-1600 ex. 1
Buy tickets online

Presented by Troupe America at the Plymouth Playhouse
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A Lutheran take on the classical "hero" journey, RISE UP, O MEN is the story of men (and women) who become larger than themselves; it's the story of a group of farmers and John Deere dealers, and church basement ladies, who rise to the requirement of heroism in order to help their community and its future. RISE UP, O MEN is a new musical featuring the men of the church and your favorite church basement Ladies who serve them. The year is 1964, in the basement kitchen of the Lutheran Church in rural Minnesota. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and their tractors and preparations for the Centennial Celebration, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen...but that's what happens when you let the roosters in the hen house.

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Savannah Sipping Society

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Ole Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior MN

$25-$35
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique single Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends

Wednesday 1:30p; Thu-Sun 7:30p; 

 

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One Man, Two Guvnors

7:30 pm
Runs 165 minutes

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 5th Ave SE Osseo, MN 55369

$20-$25
Call 763-493-8733
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  • Comedy

Winner of the Critics Circle Award and multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards, this glorious comedy is a unique laugh-out-loud mix of satire, schtick and stupendous physical comedy. In the heart of 1960's England, charming and doltish Francis, fired from his pop band, unexpectedly finds himself with two new jobs and two new bosses, who are connected to each other in wildly improbable ways. Mistaken identities, outrageous farce, love triangles and inspired lunacy enusue! This splendidly silly new play has been hailed as "comic perfection!" Featuring Four Humor's Jason Ballweber (a.k.a. "Ham" from A Hunting Shack Christmas)!

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8 pm

Grease

8:00 pm

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

$65 - $89
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Comedy
  • Musical

After a decade, the #1 best-seller in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ history returns to the Main Stage!

Join Sandy, Danny and the rest of the Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies for an affectionate satire of high school life in the 1950's.  Don't miss the unforgettable tunes like: “Summer Nights,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “We Go Together,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout,” AND added songs made popular in the beloved film: “Grease (Is The Word),” “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want.”  It’s a high-octane rock ‘n’ roll party packed with explosive energy!

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10 pm

Melee à Trois

10:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl

$10/6 in advance
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Jordan Bainer, Bette Bentley and Drew Kersten
  • Improv

Minneapolis joins the likes of New York and Los Angeles in hosting a new improv competition. Three improv comedy teams compete for your vote in the hopes of performing in a future show. Each group has 15 minutes to sway your favor and achieve comedic glory! Fun side bets, unique audience participation and giveaways will be a regular occurrence. Come. Laugh. Judge.

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