Wednesday, November 14, 2018

10 am

Winnie-the-Pooh

10:00 am
Runs 60 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

$14-$16
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Excelsior Entertainment
  • Kids

‘Silly old bear’: Winnie-the-Pooh opens at the Old Log Theatre 
The Old Log Theatre presents Excelsior Entertainments production of a charming musical version of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. 
Pooh’s time-tested wisdom is as relevant today as it was nearly a century ago, when the beloved teddy bear first appeared in print. Christopher Robin's fat little "bear of very little brain" who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something", finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations.  Winnie-the-Pooh is a wonderful children’s play for kids of all ages. 

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Noises Off

10:30 am

McGuire Proscenium Stage
818 South 2nd Street Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $78
Call 6122256191
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy

In this rip-roaring classic, the audience is treated to a hilarious behind-the-scenes peek at an acting troupe rehearsing and performing the farce Nothing On. Despite nerves, dropped lines and technical difficulties, they make it through rehearsal and open the show. As time goes by, things deteriorate until pandemonium ensues and axe-wielding co-stars, drunken cast members and misplaced sardines take center stage during a disaster of a performance that threatens to jinx the old saying, “The show must go on.”

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1 pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn

1:00 pm

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W 78TH ST, Chanhassen, MN

$51 - $91
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

Nothing but blue skies ahead when Jim turns his new farmhouse into an entertainment venue and inn during the holidays. Together with the lovely schoolteacher Linda, they celebrate seven holidays with dazzling song-and-dance performances sure to warm your heart.

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The Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn

1:00 pm

Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue Burnsville, MN 55337

$32-$42
Call 952.895.4685
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  • Comedy
  • Musical

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and the Jello molds are put away, these steadfast, sturdy women head to their farms, peel off their good girdles, and get on with their daily chores. In between picking eggs, milking cows, and dusting knickknacks, they congregate with some of the other lovable folks who inhabit this rural community: Earl, who delivers the mail up and down Rural Route One; Fergus, the hired man; and Tillie, who chronicles the action for the Fish County Weekly.

With plenty of crazy antics, loads of fresh laughs, and spanking new original songs, YOU SMELL BARN celebrates rural life in the 1950’s. And, at the center of it all, are your favorite Church Basement Ladies. Whether you’ve seen several versions, or are new to the world of the basement, the 7th in the Church Basement Ladies series is a musical treat for all.

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Radio Gals

1:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$27–$29
Call 952-948-6506
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Presented by Sidekick Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

BOOK, MUSIC, AND LYRICS BY MIKE CRAVER AND MARK HARDWICK

Set in the 1920s when radio ruled the airwaves and small stations thrived, Radio Gals is a charming musical about Hazel Hunt from Cedar Ridge, Arkansas, who broadcasts from her front parlor with her “all-girl” orchestra, “The Hazelnuts”, as radio WGAL. What comes over the local airwaves is an array of hilarious toe-tapping songs. However, Hazel’s broadcasts are not always so local due to her habit of impinging on other frequencies, like NBC’s, attracting the attention of a federal radio inspector who’s intent on shutting down WGAL. It turns out though, he has a fine tenor voice, plays a mean accordion and quickly becomes enchanted by the “Hazelnuts”

From the creators of Pump Boys and Dinettes. 

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Lend Me a Tenor

1:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

$30-$40
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy

This Tony Award winning madcap screwball comedy, set in 1934, will keep you laughing all night long!

"Non-stop laughter."      "Uproarious! Hysterical!"       "A rib-tickling comedy.” 

                       “The most inventive, original farce in a long time”

 

Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is set to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, the greatest tenor of his era, to appear for one night only as Otello.  The star arrives late, and following a series of hilarious mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out.  Thinking Tito has died, Saunders convinces his assistant Max to put on Morelli’s costume and fool the audience into believing they are seeing the star.  Max succeeds, but Morelli comes to and puts on his other costume ready to perform. Hilarity ensues!

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7 pm

Hot Funky Butt Jazz

Dowling Studio
818 South 2nd Street

$9
Call (612) 377-2224
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Presented by The Guthrie Theater presents Interact Theater’s production of Hot Funky Butt Jazz
  • Drama
  • Comedy

At the stroke of midnight in the heart of 1900s New Orleans, Union Sons Hall would transform into the Funky Butt — a dance joint named for the throng of sweaty, soulful bodies moving to a provocative new groove called “hot music.” Known today as Jazz, this sound revolution began with a black cornet player named Buddy Bolden who birthed an intoxicating brew of Afro/Caribbean, Latin, Native and European rhythms that became the essence of the Big Easy and set the Jazz Age in motion. Featuring an ensemble of more than 50 actors with and without disabilities, Hot Funky Butt Jazz tells the story of the creative and resilient personalities who stepped out of the shadows to defy racism and create an improvisational sound so unique, it changed music and culture forever.

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Red Running into Water

7:30 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Multiple Community Venues
WEEK ONE Wed, Nov 7th, 10:30 AM @ Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls, 55404 Wed, Nov 7th, 7:30 PM @ East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, St. Paul, 55106 Thur, Nov 8th, 10:30 AM @ Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls, 55404 Thur, Nov 8th, 7:30 PM @ MN Indian Women's Resource Center, 2300 S 15th Ave, Mpls, 55404 Fri, Nov 9th, 7:30 PM @ Takoda Institute - AIOIC, 1845 E Franklin Ave, Mpls, 55404 Sat, Nov 10th, 7:30 PM @ All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Mpls, 55404 Sun, Nov 11th, 2:00 PM @ Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave NE, Mpls, 55413 WEEK TWO Wed, Nov 14th, 7:30 PM @ All Nations Church, 1515 E 23rd St, Mpls, 55404 Thur, Nov 15th, 10:30 AM @ Takoda Institute - AIOIC, 1845 E Franklin Ave, Mpls, 55404 Thur, Nov 15th, 7:30 PM @ MN Chippewa Tribe Urban Office, 1308 E Franklin Ave, Mpls, 55404 Fri, Nov 16th, 7:30 PM @ Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E Franklin Ave, Mpls, 55404 Sat, Nov 17th, 7:30 PM @ All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E Franklin Ave, Mpls, 55404 Sun, Nov 18th, 2:00 PM @ Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, 788 E 7th St, St. Paul, 55106

Pay-What-You-Can at the door, $25 advance
Call 612-367-7639
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Presented by New Native Theatre
  • Drama

RED RUNNING INTO WATER follows Nana, a young Navajo woman who refuses to be a statistic. Nana and the women of her family in the Red Running Into Water clan reclaim their humanity and learn what it really means to Walk in Beauty.

*Trigger warning: this play deals explicitly with sexual assault.

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A Christmas Carol

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Wurtele Thrust Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$34 -$107
Call 612-377-2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama
  • Musical

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways.

This perennial favorite continues our holiday tradition for the 42nd year. Now is the time to experience this cherished production with your loved ones! 

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TRIPLE ESPRESSO

7:30 pm

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

$25 – $52.50
Call 651-291-7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Comedy

Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean, a musician, an illusionist and a comic entertainer for whom nothing ever goes quite the way it was meant to. It’s high-energy, vaudeville-inspired comedy that grabs the funny bone and just won’t let go! “A triple jolt of inspired craziness … crackles with an energy and spirit of infectious fun!” — Los Angeles Times

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Julian McFaul in A PRELUDE TO FAUST. Photo by Bruce Silcox.

A Prelude to Faust

7:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th Street, Minneapolis

$10 - 24
Call (612) 874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Michael Sommers’ critically acclaimed puppet epic returns to the stage! Inspired by Sommers’ longtime obsession with Goethe’s dramatic poem about a man who sells his soul to the devil, A PRELUDE TO FAUST conjures a miniature surreal world of tormented souls, flying spirits and disembodied hands. With virtuosic puppetry and an original score by Michael Koerner performed with a live orchestra, this landmark production is not to be missed!

"Not only is it the sort of show one regrets ending, it's tempting to come back the next night and see what unlikely moments one missed the first time. Apparently the devil really is in the details." - Quinton Skinner, City Pages (2007)

"It appears to be a puppet show, but it's much more than that. It's a social comedy, a morality tale, with some surrealism in the shape of flying human hearts thrown in for good measure." - Euan Kerr, MPR (2007)

A PRELUDE TO FAUST was commissioned by the Walker Art Center in 1998 and was the first production in Open Eye’s historic theatre in 2007. FAUST was also performed at the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater in 2000. Open Eye co-founder Michael Sommers wrote the show after researching the Faust story in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Like any myth, meaning shifts over time, as it has in Sommers’ representation of the immortal tale since the last production more than a decade ago. With this latest production of A PRELUDE TO FAUST, Sommers explores more ecstatic violence and a more intensely heartbreaking love story.

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Words Do Move

The Crane Theatre
2303 Kennedy Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

Adults $15-$30 sliding scale | Students $10
Call (612) 584-1815
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Presented by Sandbox Theatre
  • Storytelling
  • Experimental

Sandbox Theatre presents Words Do Move, an all new theatrical event.

We speak, we stay silent. We fight, we hide. We listen, we shut down. How do our words move us? Are we only moved further apart? Or can we be moved to take better care of each other?

Words Do Move is a five-part collection of episodes woven together with storytelling, movement, and song. With video design by Tamara Ober and Kristina Fjellman, and live music by Theo Langason.

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The Great Gatsby

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

$15-$50
Call 877-508-7890
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Presented by Collide Theatrical Dance Company
  • Musical
  • Dance

 

COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company returns to The Ritz Theater with an innovative new dance theater interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.  

 

The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby, his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan and lavish parties on Long Island is an exquisitely crafted tale of the quest for the American dream. 

Featuring bold choreography and raw talent, The Great Gatsby fuses dance, theater and live music into an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss this limited run.

The Great Gatsby performances take place at The Ritz Theater- 345 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413. The Ritz Theater is fully ADA accessible and wheelchair seating is available. 

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Escúchame

7:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Baker Community Center
209 Page Street West St. Paul, MN 55107

Presented by Ricardo Vázquez and Robert Rosen
  • Drama
  • Experimental

Escúchame "listen to me" weaves together different accounts from visitors to Puerto Rico- their experiences as well as their lasting impact to the Island.  Featuring a mosaic of characters such as Christopher Columbus,  Charles Herbert Allen, a LDS Mission kid, and the Taíno goddess of storms Guabancex.  This action-packed solo performance incorporates masked characters, traditional songs, and commercial breaks.  

Made possible through funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. 

Created by Ricardo Vázquez and Robert Rosen
Performed by Ricardo Vázquez
Directed by Robert Rosen

When:     November 5, 7, 12, 13, 14
Time:      7:30pm
Where:    Baker Community Center
              209 Page Street West
              St. Paul, MN   55107

Estimated running time is 1 hour.

Suggested General admission tickets are $15 but all performances are pay-what-you-can.
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3656930

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Miracle on Christmas Lake

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369

$23 - $30
Call 763-493-8733
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Presented by Yellow Tree Theatre
  • Comedy

Jessica Lind Peterson’s original holiday comedy is back and sillier than ever! Soap opera star Colin Avery returns to his Minnesota roots to take over Christmas Lake Community Theater after his father dies. Colin's new wife Tess – a city girl with zero tolerance for mosquitoes – comes along for the ride only to find the theater on the verge of bankruptcy. After losing the rights to It’s a Wonderful Life, they race to come up with another play. With piano tuner and Little House fanatic Neil Gunderson, and lizard-loving massage therapist Martha Knutson as the only cast members, hilarity ensues as this unlikely bunch scramble to save the theater. There’s true love and off-key Christmas carols, lutefisk and bearded dragons, and best of all, unexpected miracles happen.  A ridiculous and heart-warming holiday comedy guaranteed to tickle the funny bone of lutefisk-eating Minnesotans everywhere!  “A madcap holiday farce!” – Twin Cities Daily Planet

Cast: Ryan Nelson, Jessie Rae Rayle, Mary Fox, Jason Peterson, Ryan Lear, Miriam Monasch & Diana Jurand

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Noises Off

7:30 pm

McGuire Proscenium Stage
818 South 2nd Street Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $78
Call 6122256191
Buy tickets online

Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy

In this rip-roaring classic, the audience is treated to a hilarious behind-the-scenes peek at an acting troupe rehearsing and performing the farce Nothing On. Despite nerves, dropped lines and technical difficulties, they make it through rehearsal and open the show. As time goes by, things deteriorate until pandemonium ensues and axe-wielding co-stars, drunken cast members and misplaced sardines take center stage during a disaster of a performance that threatens to jinx the old saying, “The show must go on.”

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