Saturday, December 29, 2018

11 am

Winnie-the-Pooh

11:00 am
Runs 60 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

$14-$16
Call 952-474-5951
Buy tickets online

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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1 pm

A Christmas Carol

1:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$34 -$107
Call 612-377-2224
Buy tickets online

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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Nutcracker Noir- A Sensual Vaudeville Ballet

1:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE Minneapolis Minnesota

$15-$35
Call (612) 930-1517
Buy tickets online

Presented by The ExperTeasers Vaudeville Troupe and Minnsky Theatre
  • Dance
  • Cabaret/variety

Ten years have passed and Clara is all grown up, having forgotten her childhood visit to the Land of the Sweets. As Clara turns 18 on the eve of the family's annual Christmas party, they all gather to celebrate the season with drinks and presents. The forgotten Nutcracker doll is rediscovered and Clara's favorite Uncle Drosselmeyer brings him back to life but this time with a dark sensual twist... 

Journey with Clara as her visions of self discovery and fantasy come to life in the Land of the Oh So Sweet, Sweets! A land of magic and titilating tease ruled by the dominating Mistress Sugar Kum Fairy and her Kinky Kourt. This extranavanza is a stunning visual schmorgesborg with aerial arts, acrobatics, fire performance, ballet, modern dance, hip hop, burlesque, cabaret, comedy and more! 

Featuring nationally touring and local luminaries, world record holders, reginal champions and acclaimed artists in our 20+ Cast! 

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Winnie-the-Pooh

1:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

$14-$16
Call 952-474-5951
Buy tickets online

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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2 pm

Elf the Musical

2:00 pm

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St St Paul, MN 55102

$114-53
Call 651-224-4222
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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Miracle on Christmas Lake

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369

$23 - $30
Call 763-493-8733
Buy tickets online

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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3 pm

The Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn

3:00 pm

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

$32-$42
Call 952.895.4685
Buy tickets online

  • 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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5 pm

Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)

5:00 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403

$20-$39
Call 612-332-6620
Buy tickets online

Presented by Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy

Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott, and Taj Ruler; with musical direction by Jon Pumper and technical direction by Matthew Vichlach. Directed by Caleb McEwen. Our holiday show typically sells out quickly, so get your tickets now!

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TRIPLE ESPRESSO

5:00 pm

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

$25 – $52.50
Call 651-291-7005
Buy tickets online

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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7 pm

The 2018 Minnesota Year in Review Quiz Show

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St

$15/$12 in advance or with Fringe button
Call 6128258949
Buy tickets online

Presented by Danger Boat Productions
  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

It’s a year-in-review quiz show of epic proportions. Six of Minnesota’s funniest humans come together to answer questions about news of the past year, live on stage. Play along as hosts Tane Danger and Dennis Curley test the panel’s knowledge of 2018 in Minnesota and beyond. With musical, physical, and celebrity-delivered puzzles, there’s no telling how this will turn out.
It’s a little like Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! if there were more beer involved and no public radio censors to tell us when to stop.   

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The Mystery Cafe presents - "Death Throws a Curveball"

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

CHS Field
360 N Broadway St, St. Paul, MN, 55101

$76.50
Call 763-566-2583
Buy tickets online

Presented by Mystery Cafe
  • Comedy

When the owner of a minor league ballpark is murdered, everyone wants a piece of the pie. But before the family, staff or players can stake a claim, they’ll have to find the killer.

The Mystery Cafe presents “Death Throws a Curve Ball,” a brand new laugh-a-minute comedy caper where you and your table are invited to solve the crime…all while enjoying a delicious 3-course meal.

Upon arrival, you’ll be seated by members of the cast. Clues are all around, and you’ll also be provided with “Mystery Money,” so you can bribe characters for more information.

The evidence points to one answer, and a prize is awarded to our “Super Sleuth” winner. We also give prizes for the most…shall we say…“creative” answer.

Right or wrong, you’ll be laughing all the way to the solution. Whether or not you crack the case, you’ll certainly bust a gut!

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A Christmas Carol

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

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

$34 -$107
Call 612-377-2224
Buy tickets online

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! 

Read more

Marie and Rosetta

7:30 pm

Park Square Theatre Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102

$20 - $60
Call 651-291-7005
Buy tickets online

Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Musical

Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in Mississippi, as Rosetta and her young protégé, Marie Knight, prepare for a tour that will establish them as a great musical duo. Hear renditions of spirituals like “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” and “Sit Down,” to distinctly non-religious songs like “I Want a Tall Skinny Papa.” Wendy Knox directs the regional premiere of this play with music by George Brant.

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The Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn

7:30 pm

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

$32-$42
Call 952.895.4685
Buy tickets online

  • 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.

Read more

Lend Me a Tenor

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

$30-$40
Call 952-474-5951
Buy tickets online

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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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
Buy tickets online

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

Read more

Elf the Musical

7:30 pm

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St St Paul, MN 55102

$114-53
Call 651-224-4222
Buy tickets online

Presented by The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Read more

The Wickhams

7:30 pm

Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408

$37 - $47
Call 612.822.7063
Buy tickets online

Presented by Jungle Theater
  • Comedy
  • Storytelling

DECEMBER 1 - 30, 2018

Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
directed by Christina Baldwin

WORLD PREMIERE

The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants and the arrival of the Bennet clan as seen in last season’s hit, Miss Bennet. From the most produced living playwright, hailed by New York Magazine as “a rare theatrical talent,” comes a twinkling tale of family, honor, and love. Add on your tickets to this very special premiere, and spend the holidays wrapped in Edwardian charm.

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Nutcracker Noir- A Sensual Vaudeville Ballet

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE Minneapolis Minnesota

$15-$35
Call (612) 930-1517
Buy tickets online

Presented by The ExperTeasers Vaudeville Troupe and Minnsky Theatre
  • Dance
  • Cabaret/variety

Ten years have passed and Clara is all grown up, having forgotten her childhood visit to the Land of the Sweets. As Clara turns 18 on the eve of the family's annual Christmas party, they all gather to celebrate the season with drinks and presents. The forgotten Nutcracker doll is rediscovered and Clara's favorite Uncle Drosselmeyer brings him back to life but this time with a dark sensual twist... 

Journey with Clara as her visions of self discovery and fantasy come to life in the Land of the Oh So Sweet, Sweets! A land of magic and titilating tease ruled by the dominating Mistress Sugar Kum Fairy and her Kinky Kourt. This extranavanza is a stunning visual schmorgesborg with aerial arts, acrobatics, fire performance, ballet, modern dance, hip hop, burlesque, cabaret, comedy and more! 

Featuring nationally touring and local luminaries, world record holders, reginal champions and acclaimed artists in our 20+ Cast! 

Read more

8 pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn

8:00 pm

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

$51 - $91
Call 952.934.1525
Buy tickets online

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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Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)

8:00 pm
Runs 105 minutes

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403

$20-$39
Call 612-332-6620
Buy tickets online

Presented by Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy

Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott, and Taj Ruler; with musical direction by Jon Pumper and technical direction by Matthew Vichlach. Directed by Caleb McEwen. Our holiday show typically sells out quickly, so get your tickets now!

Read more

The Mystery Cafe presents "Alma Murder - A Killer Class Reunion"

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr. Minnetonka, MN 55305

$66.50
Call 763-566-2583
Buy tickets online

Presented by Mystery Cafe
  • Comedy

The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get together with long absent friends and classmates. Find out whatever happened to that old flame. Get chewed out by your former gym teacher, just like the good old days. It’s guaranteed to be the party of a lifetime…if you live that long!

The Mystery Cafe dishes out a hilarious comedy caper, where you and your table are invited to solve the crime…all while enjoying a delicious 3-course meal.

Upon arrival, you’ll be seated by members of the cast. Clues are all around, and you’ll also be provided with “Mystery Money,” so you can bribe characters for more information.
The evidence points to one answer, and a prize is awarded to our “Super Sleuth” winner. We also give prizes for the most…shall we say…“creative” answer.

Right or wrong, you’ll be laughing all the way to the solution. Whether or not you crack the case, you’ll certainly bust a gut!
 

Read more

TRIPLE ESPRESSO

8:00 pm

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

$25 – $52.50
Call 651-291-7005
Buy tickets online

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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Blackbird

8:00 pm
Runs 80 minutes

Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 Studio 202

$10 - $39
Call 612-401-4506
Buy tickets online

Presented by Dark & Stormy Productions
  • Drama

Don't miss Luverne Seifert and Sara Marsh in this gripping drama: an 80-minute encounter in real time between a man and a younger woman as they face the truth about the intimate relationship they had long ago, with shattering consequences.  

"[Luverne] Seifert's enormous likability as a performer makes him a brilliant choice for Ray...[Sara] Marsh strips away her teasing intelligence in a painful, emotionally specific monologue...Both actors handle Harrower's Mamet-y, staccato-rhythmed dialogue deftly, almost as if they're duetting on a thorny piece of music -- a piece that takes on a disturbing life of its own when a late-in-the-play development raises the stakes, revealing what this discussion has really been about all along." - Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune

"Directed with a sure hand by Michaela Johnson...[Luverne] Seifert and [Sara] Marsh are together, explaining, accusing, feinting, deflecting, and recalling very different versions of what happened long ago. It's an emotional tango, a house on fire...Seifert makes Ray a strangely likeable villain. He's a complex creature, not one-dimensional...Two-thirds of the way into Blackbird, Harrower gives Una a brutal 1,400-word monologue...that's worth bringing back the Ivey Awards, if only to honor Marsh for getting through it so masterfully." - Pamela Espeland, MinnPost

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10 pm

The Santy Claus Christmas Jamboree

10:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St

$12/$10 in advance
Call 6128258949
Buy tickets online

  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

YEEEE-HAAWW!!! Here Comes Santy Claus! Ho! Ho!! Ho!!! Girls and boyz gather round for one night only- singing and dancing and laughhing and candy and Surprises and telling Ol' Saint Nick that you been good all year long and then wjhat you wanna git for Christmus! Oh boy, I can't harldy wait! Don't miss all the fun cuz SAnty only comes once a yeer and he loves coming back to his good firends at the BLB!!!  

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