Friday, September 15, 2017

6 pm

Come Blow Your Horn

6:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI 54016

$68 including dinner off a menu, nonalcoholic beverage, tip, tax & handling fee, & show; MPR, $62.20 evenings only; noon lunch matinee, $46.
Call 715.386.2394 ext 332
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Presented by St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
  • Comedy

This uproarious show is set in 1961, the era of Mad Men and the Rat Pack. Alan Baker, a swinging bachelor with time, money, and women to spare, welcomes his rebellious and eager younger brother Buddy into his den of iniquity. Buddy wants to be a writer, but his Jewish father wants him to take over the family business, the largest manufacturer of wax fruit on the east coast. Throw in their daffy mother, the playboy's true lady love, a sexpot upstairs neighbor, and the brothers' aunt and you have the ingredients necessary for this hilarious character-driven comedy.

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Nature

6:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Washburn Fair Oaks Park
200 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Presented by TigerLion Arts
  • Drama
  • Kids

FREE PERFORMANCES! TigerLion Arts presents Nature, the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world. Grounded in the story of their friendship, the show offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple. Nature is performed outdoors as a “walking play.” A professional ensemble of actors takes the audience on a journey through Washburn-Fair Oaks Park as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience. Nature is an extraordinary, family-friendly journey that co-mingles story, spirit, and nature, as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world.

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Happy Hour with Nimblicity

6:30 pm
Runs 45 minutes

HUGE Improv Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408

$8 (includes beverage)
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Presented by HUGE Theater
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Tough week at work? Come celebrate the beginning of the weekend with Nimblicity this Friday night. Tickets are only $8, and your admission includes a free beer, wine or soft beverage from the HUGE bar.

Passive agressive notes. Mandatory team meetings. Blatant sexual tension between coworkers... If you're a fan of Parks and Rec and The Office, we think you'll love this improvised send up of the corporate drone life.

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7 pm

The Abominables

7:00 pm

  • Opening night

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

$15 and up
Call 612.874.0400
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Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

September 12-October 15, 2017
The Abominables

Produced in association with The Civilians

Written by Steve Cosson

Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Directed by Steve Cosson

Choreographed by Joe Chvala

A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere

Best enjoyed by age 8+

UnitedHealth Group Stage

September 12 through October 15, 2017

 

Rink rats, hockey moms, tournament weekends and the quest to play your best – It’s tryout season in the Great State of Hockey! Mitch has always played on the A team for the Prairie Lake Blizzards – these are his guys – they've played together forever. But he hasn't hit his growth spurt yet, and he's worried this could be the year he gets sent down to the B team. When a new “kid” appears at Bantam tryouts, things go from bad to worse. From the land of ice and nice comes the first Minnesota hockey musical! Will you love it? You betcha! Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

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Man of La Mancha

7:30 pm
Runs 93 minutes

Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN

$36 - $53
Call 612-339-3003
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Presented by Theater Latte Da
  • Musical

Written by Dale Wasserman  •  Lyrics by Joe Darion  •   Music by Mitch Leigh
Directed by Peter Rothstein  •  Music Direction by Denise Prosek

Featuring: Martín Solá, Meghan Kreidler, and Zachary Garcia

One of the most honored musicals of the American theater, Man of La Mancha was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th Century masterpiece Don Quixote. It received five Tony Awards, including one for best musical play, as well as the Drama Critics Circle Award for best musical. Powerful, brutal, funny, and heartbreaking, Man of La Mancha celebrates the perseverance of one man who refuses to relinquish his ideals, and who is determined to see life “not as it is, but as it ought to be.”

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We Had A Second Bathroom

7:30 pm
Runs 80 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408

Presented by Eva Adderley and Jordan Lee Thompson
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Based (very loosely) on true events, We Had A Second Bathroom is about a young woman who returns to her childhood home where she rediscovers a room that her family had forgotten about for years. Opening the door leads her down a rabbit hole of self-discovery as strange things start to emerge from the forgotten room, including memories and fantastical characters from the Queendom of Zor, an imaginary realm that she and her best friend created as children.

Playwright, designer, and metalsmith Eva Adderley and media artist, director, and educator Jordan Lee Thompson—longtime friends and brand new artistic collaborators—presented We Had A Second Bathroom as a work in progress as part of Savage Umbrella’s Night of New Works in May of 2017. We developed the script with the help of an amazing ensemble of actors (Joni Griffith, Helena Mueller, Nayely Becerra, Kit Bix, and Meagan Kedrowski). We are thrilled to say to two members of our original ensemble, Helena and Nayely, will be joining us for the full production. We are equally excited about the new faces we have in our cast: Lillian Noonan, Natalie Turner, Renee Werbowski, Rob Ward, Andrew Lindvall, and Juliette Aaslestad. Also on board are Ben Harvey as sound and lighting designer, Steve Looten Jr. as fight choreographer, and Sarah Maxwell as Stage Manager.

In the last year as We Had A Second Bathroom has been developed, we have been forced to ponder notions of collective forgetting and the falsehoods we share, in both the larger culture and the intimately personal. This play is imaginative, surprising, and intimate, and the incorporation of improv means it will change every night. The audiences of each performance will share a unique experience, and we hope that you will join us for one of them.

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13th Annual Collection of One Acts

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Riley-Jacques Barn
9100 Riley Lake Rd Eden Prairie, MN 55347

$10 to $20
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Presented by Eden Prairie Players
  • Drama
  • Comedy

This September, Eden Prairie Players is presenting a line-up of six new, unpublished plays. We have been including unpublished work in the mix of our One Acts Collections for several years now, and we're thrilled to be able to showcase fresh playwriting talent in this way. We chose these six plays from a field of 300 submissions, reviewed by a group of dedicated volunteers. We're really excited about this year's selections!

Featuring the talents of:

Lori Alsdurf • Kris Augdahl • Jen Cordes • David Durkee • Robin Gilmer
Marcia Graybow • Wendy Hathaway • Michael Hentges • Rose B. Johnson
Gina Light • Chris Maresca • Joey Mixis • Michael Oslund
Keerthana Ramanathan • Steve Ramirez • Tim Rawerts • Ericka Rude
Claire Schmidtke • Glen Stone • Christian Veninga

A couple of years ago we introducing a limited number of general admission premium seats. These have been very popular so we're doing it again. For an additional $5 you’ll reserve a more comfortable, padded seat in either the first or second row of the center section. Of course our standard seating will also be available at the regular price. There is a limited number of these premium seats available for each performance, so we suggest purchasing in advance!

As always you’re free to bring your own beer or wine beverage to the production to enjoy during the performance. Light refreshments will be served prior to the show and during intermission.

Our 2017 line up of shows:

Taking Things in Hand
by Marj O’Neill-Butler 
directed by Lori Alsdurf

May, an older woman, thinks her friend Dorothy is lonely and wants to set her up. Dorothy resists when May suggests dating, but May has already set up her profile on media websites. After one failed “meet” May is about to give up, but Dorothy wants to get involved and learn about using the internet for dating.

A Place that Looks Like Davenport
by Paul Lewis
directed by Matthew Kraft 

A middle-aged couple in Davenport, Iowa, are grieving the loss of their only son, who was struck by a foul-ball line drive at a minor league baseball park. One night they have an unexpected visitor: the rookie shortstop who hit the ball into the stands.

Don't Bleed On Me (or Clothes Minded)
by Andy Rassler
directed by Liz Michaelson

A white load of socks is thrown into a panic when a colored sock is mistakenly thrown into the load.

From Sex to Oatmeal
by Richard Karulf
directed by Deb Karulf

The play follows Annie, an idealistic college woman who walks a tightrope as a peacemaker and mediator between Lilly, her career-oriented mother, and Henry, her quick-tempered grandfather, after the death of her grandmother. Her goal is to reunite the family, but this proves challenging.

Romeo and Juliet: Epilogue
by William Sikorski
directed by David Durkee
The subsequent criminal investigation. Detectives Davis and Stanley interrogate Friar Lawrence at the Verona 41st Precinct Police Station.

Driving Green
by Martin Blank
directed by Chad Giefer
 
A politically opposite married couple tries to survive going green and a morning commute without killing each other.

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Steel Magnolias

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN

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

After 30 years, there’s still no story that better celebrates the gift of friendship than Steel Magnolias! The close-knit women who frequent Truvy’s Beauty Salon have lots of time to gossip, but it’s their unshakeable bonds that define them. Amid cuts, curls and free advice, these six glorious Southern belles share the joys and bear the sorrows of life together. With its mix of quick humor, quirky personalities and touching sentimentality, you’ll fall in love all over again with a story and characters that are “as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel.”

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Ananya Dance Theatre

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

$19 - $29
Call 651.690.6700
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Presented by The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
  • Dance

Shyamali: Sprouting Words explores how dissent fuels life force and growth, recognizes the courage of women who speak up and talk back to sustain communities against injustice, and celebrates women who refuse to be broken. Inspired by the courage of women around the world, “Shyamali” means “dark green” in Bengali, and invokes the resilience of grass, which springs up even when trod upon. http://oshag.stkate.edu/event/adt2017

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The Savannah Sipping Society

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI 54016

$19-$26
Call 715.386.8409
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Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Comedy

“The Savannah Sipping Society,” a comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, will be performed September 15-October 1, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m.at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

This joyful and touching comedy is by the writers of “The Dixie Swim Club.” Four very different 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 that they have lost. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, 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.

Director Marcie Berg has worked at various theaters throughout Minn. and Wis. Her most recent directing credits include “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” at The Phipps, “We Are Monsters” for Ashland Productions’ A.C.T. program, and “Death by Design: A Comedy with Murder” at Lakeshore Players.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at ThePhipps.org.

Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at 651.436.8883 or online at AftonHouseInn.com.

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GHOST the MUSICAL

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Leadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

$30-$40
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by OLD LOG THEATRE
  • Musical

MUSICAL REGIONAL PREMIERE

Book & Lyrics by BRUCE JOEL RUBIN,

Music& Lyrics by DAVE STEWART & GLEN BALLARD.

 Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly; a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him in the hope of saving and protecting Molly.

Wednesday 130p Matinee;  Thu-Sat 730p; Sun 2p Matinee

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Taking Steps

7:30 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis MN 55454

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

Hard-drinking tycoon Roland is meeting with his lawyer and a contractor in the crumbling old mansion he wants to buy. They’re joined by his unhappy wife, his brother-in-law, and others, and soon all are chasing from room to room as simple misunderstandings escalate into a hilarious evening of theatre. This ingenious farce was written to be performed in-the-round by comic master Alan Ayckbourn – a perfect fit for TRP’s signature arena!

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Aliens with Extraordinary Skills

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
2400 University Ave W St Paul, MN 55114

$18-$22
Call 612-721-1186
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Presented by Theatre Unbound
  • Drama

Moldovan immigrant Nadia has a work visa identifying her as an “alien with extraordinary skills” – she is a clown. When she receives a deportation order, she goes into hiding in New York City.

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The Wizard Of Oz

7:30 pm

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

$25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student
Call 6514295674
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Musical

Take a journey “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. They’re “Off To See the Wizard” in this delightful adaptation of a beloved story.

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Exuberant group of eight standing in front of a stone church building with their hands raised excitedly, all wearing matching t-shirts with the words "CAMP, CAMP, CAMP" colored in rainbow.

EX-GAYS: NOT A STR8 REMOUNT

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

SpringHouse Ministry Center
610 West 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408

$15 - $25, Pick Your Own Price
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Presented by Savage Umbrella
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Ex-Gays: Not a Str8 Remount follows Pastor Brian and the rest of the camp staff as they help campers turn off their homosexual feelings and turn on their love of the heterosexual life. Through the lens of satire, Savage Umbrella takes a humorous and thoughtful look at the devastating effects of homophobia and religious zealotry.

It's CAMP. It's SATIRE. It's a CAMP SATIRE.

Learn more about Savage Umbrella at www.SavageUmbrella.org
Learn more about the Counselors and Interns of Camp Str8-N-Arrow* at campstr8narrow.weebly.com​
*Special Note: Camp Str8-N-Arrow is camp in the way that Richard Simmons is camp.

Check out our Indiegogo page to learn more about EX-GAYS and how you can support new works of queer theater!

​CONTENT WARNING: Ex-Gays: Not a Str8 Remount is satire. While Camp Str8-N-Arrow is not real, many of the themes discussed during the show are very real. And very harmful. These themes include homophobia, transphobia, sexism, religious zealotry. The production also contains frank sexual language. Also, cake. Recommended for audiences 16+.​

Writer . . . Eric F. Avery
​Director . . . Laura Leffler
Assistant Director . . . Meghan Gunderson
​Production Manager / Designer . . . Hannah K. Holman
ASL Interpreters . . . Asher Edes, Ico Ahyicodae

Featuring Eli Purdom, Katherine Skoretz, Amber Davis, Alyssa Davis, Nick Wolf, Shannon McCarville, Meagan Kedrowski, Nissa Nordland, Matthew Englund, Courtney Stirn

ASL Interpretation will be offered Fridays and Saturdays.

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Always...Patsy Cline

7:30 pm

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

$25-$34

Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Musical

By Ted Swindley
Music by Patsy Cline
Directed by Matt McNabb

Always...Patsy Cline is back by popular demand...and so is the lovely and talented Gracie Anderson as Patsy.

Based on a true story, this fun-loving musical recounts the unlikely friendship between music legend Patsy Cline and her most devoted fan, Louise Seger. Visiting Houston for a show in 1961, Cline meets Seger, a Houston housewife, with her friends by coincidence when they arrive early for the show. The two remain pen pals until Cline’s untimely death, one fateful evening at the age of 30.

With down-home humor and heartache, Always…Patsy Cline offers fans who remember her, a real life glimpse into her life featuring 27 of the star’s most-loved hits including Crazy, Walkin’ After Midnight, and Sweet Dreams. “A song-filled valentine,” says the LA Times, this beloved musical gives us an intimate glimpse into Patsy Cline’s legendary life through her unforgettable music.

Cast:
Gracie Anderson - Patsy Cline
Kate Beahen - Louise Seger
 

Sign Language Inerpreted performance will be Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m.

There will also be a Talk Back Discussion after the performance on Sunday, September 17.

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Henry and Alice: Into the Wild

7:30 pm

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

$27 - $60
Call 651-291-7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Comedy

The hilarious follow up to the smash hit Sexy Laundry! Your favorite married couple is back in the perfect, laugh-a-minute comedy. When Henry unexpectedly loses his job, he and Alice are thrown into a mid-life crisis and are forced to reconsider their dreams for a comfortable retirement. In an attempt to make the sparks fly again (and keep costs down), they forego their usual summer cottage for a humble campsite and a copy of Camping for Dummies. The new environment isn’t the only challenge they face as they examine their relationship in the tangle of the wilderness.

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8 pm

Fool For Love

8:00 pm
Runs 70 minutes

Dark & Stormy Productions
Grain Belt Warehouse 77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202 Minneapolis, MN 55413

$15 - $39
Call 612-401-4506
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Presented by Dark & Stormy Productions
  • Drama

The late Sam Shepard's seminal thrilling drama about toxic, passionate, star-crossed lovers Eddie and May, a ghostly old man in a rocking chair, and a young gentleman caller. Winner of the Obie Award. "...Sam Shepard's purest and most beautiful play." -- NY Daily News

"It as mysterious and unsettling -- now you see it, now you don't -- as spare and, incidentally, as funny as anything [Shepard] has ever done." -- The New Yorker

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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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Einstein: A Stage Portrait

8:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The Matchbox Theater
5415 1/2 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

$15-$25
Call 612-223-8664
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Presented by The Matchbox Theater
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Einstein: A Stage Portrait, written by Willard Simms and starring Thomas Schuch is a play which has been described as The official, commemorative Einstein!” (Dan Sullivan, LA Times). The playwright had this to say of Thomas Schuch’s performance: “In the last 20 years of seeing many productions of my one-person play about Albert Einstein, Mr. Schuch's portrayal best captures the impish humor and the deep humanity of the great genius who called himself "the man whose name everyone knows and whose theory no one understands!"   
 

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The Lady with a Lap Dog

8:00 pm
Runs 80 minutes

  • Opening night

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN

$16-$18
Call 612-874-6338
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Presented by Fortune's Fool Theatre
  • Drama
  • Musical

In Yalta, the most popular summer resort of Imperial Russia, Dmitri and Anna meet and have an extramarital affair. This changes the way they look at the world, their relationships, and ultimately, themselves. Months later, they still cannot forget each other, yet divorce is not legally possible. What can they do? The Lady with a Lap Dog is an intimate 80-minute musical about balancing desire and responsibility, the transformative power of unselfish love, and what happens when you fall in love for the first time long after you were spoken for by another.

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10 pm

Geek Slink & Drink: GLAMILTON

10:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake Street Minneapolis, MN

$15/$12 in advance
Call 6128258949
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  • Dance
  • Cabaret/variety

Minnesota's premier Geek Belly Dance troupe returns to Bryant Lake Bowl with some close friends for Geek Slink & Drink: GLAMILTON, a geeky tribute to all things theater. This time around they're bringing more special guests and an array of performances that'll give you the ol' razzle dazzle! Prepare for a night of swords, Mormons, ukuleles, puppets, and a whole lot of madness. 

www.geekslinkbellydance.com

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