Sunday, September 9, 2018

2 pm

Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Various MN locations

Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Mixed Precipitation
  • Comedy
  • Musical

A new adaptation of Otto Nicolai’s German opera, The Merry Wives of Windsor, with a bit of Minnesota history and the music of Bruce Springsteen!

Celebrating its 10th season, Mixed Precipitation brings an edible opera adventure to parks, farms, and gardens throughout MN in August and September!

On the shores of Lake Superior, the company town is in trouble. The taconite plant has gone bust and jobs are leaving town fast. Meanwhile, the sleazy Doctor Falstaff has washed up on shore. He’s looking to sell a boat, eat some herring, and seduce some married women. Luckily, a trio of tough working gals has teamed up to chase the rat out of town. These working wives (a nurse, a park ranger, and a librarian) show the men in town who’s the Boss.

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The Gin Game

2:00 pm

Ives Auditorium in the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr. Bloomington, MN 55437

Call 952-948-6506
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Presented by Sidekick Theatre
  • Drama

Sidekick Theatre kicks off their 5th season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Gin Game. Two sharp-witted residents of a retirement home strike up an acquaintance during a game of gin. Over time their game passes from cordial to flirtatious to an eventual battle of wills. Vulnerabilities and intimate secrets gradually bubble to the surface as they begin to search for each other's weaknesses in both the game and life itself. The Gin Game stars Twin City theater legends Candace Barrett and Raye Birk under the direction of Tim Stolz.

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The Gin Game

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Ives Auditorium/Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437

Call 952-948-6506
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Presented by Sidekick Theatre
  • Comedy

Two sharp-witted residents of a retirement home are drawn together over a game of gin in this funny and touching play. Over time their game passes from cordial to flirtatious to a battle of wills, as their vulnerabilities and secrets gradually bubble to the surface.

The play stars veteran actors Candace Barrett and Raye Birk—both of whom who have appeared in many productions at the Guthrie, as well as in movies and television shows.

(Please note: The show contain limited strong language.)

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2:00 pm

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 East Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303

Call (763) 422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Drama
  • Musical

Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics and Book by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Elena Giannetti
Music Direction by Mary Cay Stone
Choreography by Mathias Anderson

With unforgettable music and a deeply moving story, If/Then follows the branching paths one woman’s life may take, painting a portrait of the lives that we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.

Elizabeth, a city planner, moves back to New York after a divorce to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Thenfollows the stories of both “Liz” and “Beth” simultaneously, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.

If/Then was a 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best Original Score and hailed as “the most compelling musical in years” by New York Magazine.

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A Nice Family Gathering

2:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wis.

Call 715.386.8409
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Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Comedy

“A Nice Family Gathering,” a poignant comedy by Phil Olson, will be performed September 7-23 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.

Set in the Midwest, probably in Minnesota, the Lundeen family unites for the Thanksgiving holiday. This will be the first family gathering since Mr. Lundeen passed away. So naturally he decides to attend, as a spirit that only his son, Carl, can see. Mr. Lundeen is portrayed by Jon Aton of New Richmond, Wis., who was last seen in “Once Upon a Mattress” at the center. Carl is played by Austin Vockrodt Lee of Crystal, Minn., a newcomer to The Phipps stage. Dad wants Carl to tell his mother, played by Sarah Eschweiler of Minneapolis, that he loved her, a little thing he forgot to verbalize while still alive. Carl refuses to do his father’s bidding, so of course Dad is relentless.

But that is not the only dilemma the Lundeen’s are facing. Oldest son Michael, played by Danny Vopava of St. Paul, another new arrival to the center, plays a physician who is struggling with his wife’s overspending addiction and subsequent debt as a way of dealing with her infertility, which is also breaking the family bank.  Jill, his wife, is portrayed by Toni Trussoni from Falcon Heights, Minn., who was last seen in “Proposals” at The Phipps. The remaining Lundeen family member, Stacy, played by Karen Biedermann of St. Paul, is striving for family recognition. The family soon discovers that Stacy has her secrets, which finally gets her the attention she has been seeking. Rounding out the cast is the neighbor, Jerry, played by Wes McClain of Roseville, Minn., who comes to dinner as Mom’s date, much to Dad’s dismay.   

Director Gordon Hedahl returns to The Phipps to direct this nice, but nutty, family gathering. Technical director Mark Koski creates a charming setting for this family affair based on the set design of Jay Ganz. The lighting designer is Bill Larsen, the costume designer is Nancy Miller, the prop designer is Sara Kessler, and the sound designer is Kassia Lisinski. Jeff Musch serves as the stage manager.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for students of any age, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at The Phipps Center is 20 miles from St. Paul.

The Sunday, September 23 matinee will be American sign language interpreted. Interested patrons should contact [email protected] to make reservations.

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

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3 pm

Remembering Pins & Needles

3:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Musical

Pins and Needles was a Broadway phenomenon and the longest-running show of its time with over 1,100 performances.  It is the only hit musical ever produced by a labor union and performed by union members who were unknown non-professionals. Developed by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in 1937, originally as amateur entertainment for and by their members, it became an unexpected and huge success.  Cast members were even invited to the White House to perform for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt! Four singers and a jazz ensemble share the history of this production, with original songs and skits.  This 75-minute, one-act "docu-musical" is performed with no intermission. Featuring Actors Equity Association members Paul Coate, Elena Glass, Kenyai O'Neal and Christine Wade

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4 pm

Birds of Paradise

4:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Blue Water Theatre Company
605 Rice Street East, Wayzata, MN 55391

Call 952-855-9147
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Presented by Blue Water Theatre Company
  • Musical

The Harbor Island Players is an amateur theatre group whose lives are turned upside down when a down-on-his-luck professional actor offers to direct and star in one of their productions: a musical version of Chekhov’s The Seagull. As they rehearse, their egos and passions start to mirror the characters that they play. The approach of opening night drives everyone into a fever pitch until a sudden plot twist makes them all reevaluate their choices, both onstage and in life.

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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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