Friday, May 26, 2017

7 pm

A Year with Frog and Toad

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

A Year with Frog and Toad
Best enjoyed by everyone
Based on Arnold Lobel’s Newbery and Caldecott Honor Books
Music by Robert Reale
Lyrics and book by Willie Reale
Original Direction by David Petrarca
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Choreography by Daniel Pelzig 

ASL/AD: June 2 at 7PM
ASL Only: June 4 at 5PM
Sensory Friendly: June 16 at 7PM

Waking from hibernation in the spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons. The amphibian odd couple celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them the best-est of friends while joined by a colorful cast of birds, mice, turtles, and that slo-o-ow snail with the mail. Nominated for three Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unforgettable and tuneful musical is back on our stage after almost a decade! Don’t miss this exuberant story based on the treasured books by Arnold Lobel in a musical that soars like a kite and blossoms like spring. 

This production was commissioned and created by Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN.

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Murder Mystery Dinner

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Old Spaghetti Factory
233 Park Ave. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

$60-$79
Call 8886432583
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Presented by The Murder Mystery Co.
  • Drama
  • Comedy

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota.  Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller!

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Spandex the Musical

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Starting at $20
Call ​612-390-1517
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Presented by Minnsky Theatre and Buns & Guns LLC
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The heat is on. At the height of the '80s fitness craze-- and against all odds-- two women will come into their own through the power of THE BURN. Nothing, and no one, will keep them down; not a pill-pushing narcissist, not shattered Olympics dreams, not the Cold War, and definitely not swollen glutes!  

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Intimate Apparel at Open Book

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55415

$30. Pay What You Can for those under 30, $10 minimum.
Call 6122039502
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Presented by Ten Thousand Things
  • Drama

A beautiful story of an African American seamstress in the early 1900s, and her long-distance correspondence and romance with a worker on the Panama Canal, as well as her loving friendships with a prostitute and a Jewish tailor.

Directed by Austene Van

Featuring Aimee Bryant, Darius Dotch, Dame-Jasmine Hughes, George Keller, Kris Nelson and Karen Wiese-Thompson

At Open Book May 12-14, 26-28 and June 2-4

At MN Opera Center May 19-21

Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30pm. Sunday shows at 4pm.

 

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Sweet Land The Musical

7:30 pm

History Theatre
30 East 10th Street St.Paul, MN 55101

$15-$52
Call 6512924323
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Presented by History Theatre
  • Drama
  • Musical

Book by Perrin Post
Lyrics & Book by Laurie Flanigan-Hegge
Music by Dina Maccabee
From the film Sweet Land by Ali Selim and the short story “A Gravestone Made of Wheat” by Will Weaver
Directed by Perrin Post
Choreography by Joe Chvala
Musical Arrangements by Robert Elhai
Musical Direction by Jason Hansen

April 29–May 28, 2017

A poignant, lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience.

1920. Inge Altenberg journeys to America to marry a bachelor farmer, sight unseen. But in the wake of WWI, Inge’s German heritage turns her new neighbors against the match. Under cathedral skies, the determined young immigrant and her stoic farmer fight for their lives, facing their own misgivings and the harshness of an unforgiving land. A lyrical celebration of hard-won independence and a reflection of generations past, Sweet Land reminds us of who we are - and where we came from.

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Up: The Man in the Flying Chair

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

Park Square Theatre's Andy Boss Thrust Stage
20 West 7th Place St Paul, MN 55102

Presented by Theatre Pro Rata
  • Drama
  • Comedy

20 years ago Walter Griffin attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to a lawn chair and found himself 16,000 feet above the world. Today he’s furiously holding onto his dreams and the faded memory of that glorious day, doing everything he can to keep his feet from touching the ground.

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Amy's View

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

Everyone has a different view. Amy’s view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When the pair meet, Amy will find the views she holds so dear are painfully tested as she has to decide what’s worth fighting for. What none of them can know is that the events of that day will set in motion a chain reaction which will dramatically change their lives forever. A regional premiere by David Hare, directed by Gary Gisselman.

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The Elephant Man

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

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

Glorifying the triumph of the human spirit, The Elephant Man has been hailed by The New York Times as a “startling act of magic.” In 19th-century England, John Merrick is born with a genetic condition that leaves him horribly disfigured. First viewed as a carnival sideshow freak, he is ultimately embraced by the highest levels of English society. As Merrick struggles to understand what it means to be human, he imparts on others a lesson about dignity and ultimately proves that true beauty lies in the eye – and the soul – of the beholder.

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Wit

7:30 pm

Black Box Theater
1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431

$9 - $30
Call 952-563-8575
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Presented by Artistry
  • Drama

May 6 – 28, 2017

Written by Margaret Edson
Directed by Benjamin McGovern

"... the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made." –The New York Times

"I was dismayed to discover that the play would contain elements of... humor." So says Dr. Vivian Bearing as she introduces her story to us. Wit is a brilliantly-crafted and unflinching look at the last chapter of Ms. Bearing's life. Armed with a sharp intellect, this professor of 17th century poetry wrestles with the ultimate question of what it means to be alive.

Cast:

Sally Wingert* - Dr. Vivian Bearing
Todd Hansen - Harvey Kelekian, MD / Mr Bearing
Corey DiNardo - Jason Posner, MD 
Christina Castro - Susie Monahan, RN, BSN
Barbara Berlovitz - Dr. E.M. Ashford, PhD
Carl Swanson - Ensemble
Mike Swan - Ensemble
Jamie Fields - Ensemble
Allison Witham – Ensemble

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Fast Facts:

Runs Saturday, May 6th through Sunday, May 28th with performances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm.

New This Season: We are pleased to offer a *Ticketed Preview of Wit on Friday, May 5th at 7:30pm and a **Pay What You Can performance on Monday, May 15th at 7:30pm.

*Ticketed Preview (Friday, May 5th): The ticketed preview takes place one night before opening night, giving actors a chance to see how the show is working for the audience and to further hone their performances. Black Box Theater tickets cost $9. You may purchase them online, by phone, or in person at our box office.

**Pay What You Can (Monday, May 15th): To help make the arts accessible for all, we offer a Pay What You Can Performance for every production. Audience members attending this performance can purchase tickets for any whole dollar amount they can afford. 

Talk Back with cast and crew after the performance on Sunday, May 14th.

Audio Description performance on Sunday, May 14th at 2:00pm.

Sign Language Interpreted performance on Thursday, May 18th at 7:30pm. 

Ticket Info:
Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Box Office Phone: 952-563-8575
Adults: $30
Seniors (62+): $26
Next Generations (30 and Under): $9
($2 off Adult & Senior tickets for Wednesday/Thursday performances)

At the Black Box Theater...

For more information: https://artistrymn.org/theater/wit

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The Cast of Full Circle’s 365 Days/Plays

365 Days/Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks: A 2017 Remix

Penumbra Theater
270 N Kent St, St Paul, MN 55102

$10 - $25
Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Full Circle Theater Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Full Circle’s 365 Days/365 Plays:  A 2017 Remix

This production intertwines 46 short plays selected from Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays, viewed through a 2017 lens, to create a compelling theater experience in under two hours.  Our 2017 Remix aims to deeply involve diverse audiences in Parks' unique humor and vision of healing in America.  

The plays range from hilarious parody and theater-of-the-absurd, to pieces of powerful lyricism and epic tragedy, and speak forcefully to past and present issues:  major events in American history, racism, anti-war themes, and other pressing social concerns.  A racially mixed cast of 10 professional actors will tackle these themes, playing multiple roles.

The cast of Full Circle’s 365 Days/Plays includes James A. Williams (first weekend only), Shana Eisenberg, Daniel Sakamoto-Wengel, Ashawnti Ford, Gaosong Heu, Matthew Thompson, Marcos Lopez, Ricardo Beaird, Siddeeqah Shabazz, Elizabeth Cates and Payton Woodson (last two weekends only).

“Never have the arts been so important to our daily lives and understanding of who we are and how we have gotten here.  365 Days/Plays beautifully fulfills our mission to produce plays addressing diversity and social justice from a cross-cultural point of view, with the opportunity to engage a diverse cast and production team.” ~Co-artistic director, Rick Shiomi.

365 Days/Plays marks Full Circle’s first major production, and exemplifies its mission of investigating diversity through new viewpoints.  The production features 5 directors:  Rick Shiomi, Harry Waters Jr., Martha B. Johnson, Stephanie Lein Walseth, and Lara Trujillo.  James A. Williams will serve as artistic and cultural consultant.

Full Circle Production Team:  Trevor Bowen, costume design (2016 Ivey Award for Emerging Artist); Karin Olson, lighting design; Daniel Keyser set design; and Quinci Bachman, sound design.  Patricia Brown will choreograph.  Music and soundscapes will be created by DJ and spoken word artist Michel Be.

On the original 365 Days/365 Plays In 2002, Parks whimsically decided to write one play a day for an entire year, resulting in her brilliant collection, 365 Days/365 Plays.  In 2007 the premiere of 365 Days/365 Plays became a national phenomenon with over 700 theaters across America collectively presenting all 365 plays, “creating one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theater history”.  Parks designed this massive premiere to include as many theaters as possible, crossing ethnic, racial, and economic lines.  

On Suzan-Lori Parks:  Parks is a Pulitzer and MacArthur “Genius” Award winning playwright and author.  Her works include:  365 Days/365 Plays, Topdog/Underdog, an adaptation of The Gershwin’s  Porgy and Bess for Broadway, and more recently,  Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), as well as many other plays.

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Red Velvet

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Southern Theater
1420 South Washington Ave, Minneapolis MN 55454

$10 - $24
Call 612-326-1811
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Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

Edmund Kean, a titan of his generation, collapses on stage, leaving Covent Garden without their Othello. Ira Aldridge, a little-known African American actor, is invited to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?

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Love, Tonight

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue

$12
Call 612-377-2285
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Presented by Arts Nest Fledgling Program
  • Drama
  • Comedy

three one-acts by Sam Graber

Wedding Song directed by Maureen Bourgeois

Confessions of a Teenage Cat Killer directed by Shelley Whitehead

Field Guide to Mating directed by Mason Tyer

Performances:  May 19, 20, 22, 26, 27 at 7:30pm, May 21st at 2:30pm

Tickets are $12, pay-what-you-can Monday, May 22nd

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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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