Friday, January 11, 2019

7 pm

PARTY IN THE REC ROOM

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St

$20/$18 in advance
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Lorna Landvik
  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

Not many (any?) novelists perform one-woman-all-improvised shows, but Lorna Landvik does! Join her as she blends up comedy based on audience suggestions and margaritas based on her own special recipe! Laughs are guaranteed; enlightenment is possible.  

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Just Kidding, Just Fine and Other Lies

7:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

Northern Starz Children's Theatre
5300 Alpine Drive Ramsey, MN 55303

$8-$12
Call (612)326-6158
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Presented by Northern Starz Children's Theatre - Social Interest Troupe (SIT)
  • Drama

Part of our new Social Interest Troupe (SIT) program at Northern Starz. Performances are January 11th - 13th.

Just Kidding, Just Fine and Other Lies at Northern Starz

This show is rated PG13 due to senstive topics.

Prices

Adults: $12

Students (13-18): $8

Seniors: $8

This is an on-going troupe and a play written by teens, for teens.  It focuses on real/personal, often painful, teen experiences through stories and poetry. These experiences were communicated  with intense language, vivid imagery and heart breaking emotion.

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I'll Be Homicidal For Christmas

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Majestic Oaks Golf Course
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE Ham Lake MN 55304

$66.50
Call 7635662583
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Presented by The Mystery Cafe
  • Comedy
  • Cabaret/variety

It’s December 23rd, 1978.
Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special. There’s celebrity guests, variety acts, and there’s even rumor of a reunion with his former comedy partner – who he hasn't spoken to in 20 years. He’ll be using members of his studio audience as extras, so you may even find yourself getting in on the act!
This is his last chance to be a star again. He’ll either make it to the top…or die trying!

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 crack the case, you’ll certainly bust a gut!

Starring 
Wini Froelich, Dave Gangler, Michael Lee, Ann Lees and Dan Rooney. Written by Brian Kelly & Doug Neithercott. Directed by Brian Kelly

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

7:00 pm

Merrill Black Box Theater
4200 Pioneer Drive Woodbury, MN 55129

$22
Call 612-399-6568
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Presented by Passport Stages
  • Drama

Set in the plantation home in the Mississippi Delta of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, the play examines the strained relationships of Big Daddy's family, primarily between his alcoholic son Brick and Brick's tempestuous wife, Maggie the "Cat". One of Williams's more famous works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955

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The Father

The Father

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia, Saint Paul, MN 55114

$28 - $8
Call 1-888-71-TICKETS
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Presented by Gremlin Theatre
  • Drama

Directed by Ellen Fenster.  Featuring Craig Johnson and Miriam Schwartz with Peter Christian Hansen, Olivia Wilusz, Emily Grodzik and Matt Wall.

“THE FATHER is one of those plays that makes your brain hum with the potential of theatre” – The Independent

André is now an old man but still a man of his own mind. He’s quick with a joke, especially one with an edge, and used to dominating conversations and relationships. But things are getting strange: His trusted watch goes missing, reappears, and is lost again. His daughter’s stories don’t quite add up. His furniture is disappearing and there are strangers at his table. This internationally acclaimed and theatrically thrilling exploration examines who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear.

“…hugely rewarding… [THE FATHER] constantly makes you question the truth and the nature of reality…an astonishingly unguarded play about the cruelties of love and the limits of patience, and the way child-parent relationships become inverted as old age creeps up and mugs us.” —The Guardian (UK).

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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
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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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"The Jazz Age"

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

The Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wisconsin

$19-$26
Call 715.386.8409
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Presented by The Phipps Dance Theater
  • Dance

“The Jazz Age” is an original show produced and written by The Phipps Dance Theater and Jeff Iblings, with a cast of 17 dancers and actors, choreographers Regan Saunders and Talya Dozois, choreographer/performer Christina Leines, and artistic director/choreographer/performer  Mackenzie Lewis. 

Everyone is a suspect when the lead dancer of “The Jazz Age” is gunned down in her changing room. It’s up to Detective Phillips to get to the truth before an innocent girl is convicted of murder, but it won’t be easy. The audience will go behind the scenes in the life of a performer to solve this mystery. Through the twists and turns of complicated relationships, flappers, fringe, and lots of Charleston, this show will keep the audience on its toes. 

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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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Baskerville

7:30 pm
Runs 130 minutes

  • Opening night

Hanifl Performing Arts Center
4941 Long Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$20
Call 651-478-7427
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Comedy

It’s anything but elementary.

Get your deerstalker cap on - the play’s afoot! Join the world’s most famous detective and his partner,
Dr. Watson, as they solve one of his most notorious cases in this fast-paced comedy. That’s right, comedy!

Cast

George Calger - Sherlock Holmes

Ryan Maddux - Dr. Watson

Brendan Veerman - Actor 1

Jacob Marcott - Actor 2

Kayla Hambek - Actress 1

Director: Joe Hendren

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Grey Matters

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Opening night

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

$15, pwyc Monday
Call 612-377-2285
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Presented by Arts Nest Fledgling Program
  • Comedy

Grey Matters
A Parody of Genius

A new play by Shannon Elliott
Director: Larisa Netterlund

Famed super genius Albert Einstein had his brain stolen out of his body after his death and it was kept in a jar for forty years in the name of discovering genius.

This is 100% true.

Turns out not all scientific pursuits are as glamorous as e=mc2. In fact, sometimes there’s a point when you should let it go. Between the discovery of the death of Einstein (and theft of his brain) to a fateful road trip cross country with the brain in his trunk, Grey Matters takes you through the lows and the lows of one man’s life of obsession.

This one act play styled as a 1950s instructional film takes its inspiration from the wacky world of the father of beat poetry William Burroughs. Three actors portray Dr. Harvey and multiple characters throughout his forty-year journey with Einstein’s brain. A non-stop rollercoaster exploring what it looks like to be so close to genius and yet so far.

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Big & Dumb: Perfectly good sketches, ruined.

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

Strike Theater
824 18th Ave NE ​Minneapolis, MN 55418

$12
Call 612-590-0454
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Presented by Meghan Wolff and Heather Meyer
  • Comedy
  • Experimental

We mashed up a sketch show with physical challenges (i.e. Double Dare), so come see some perfectly good sketches get ruined. We'd tell you what the physical challenges are, but our sketch performers don't get to know until night of. We can promise it'll be real big and real dumb.

Please come, we've spent a LOT of money on Jello.

Hosted and created by Meghan Wolff and Heather Meyer.

Unwitting performers: Mame Pelletier, Lizzie Gardner, Maria Bartholdi, Matt Slater, Mike Fotis, and Bobby Gardner.

Continuity Judge: Danna Sheridan
Sound and Light Design: Davis Steen

 

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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
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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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Dead Man's Cell Phone

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

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

$29-$32
Call (763) 422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Comedy

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Scott Ford

In this oddball comedy, a man dies in a small café, but his cell phone will not stop ringing. Jean, the woman at the next table, answers the phone and quickly ends up stuck in the middle of all his troubles, including becoming connected to his family, and unexpectedly falling in love with his brother, all while confronting her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and how we memorialize the dead. 

Winner of the 2006 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play and marked by Sarah Ruhl’s distinctive theatricality, this loopy and highly imaginative fantasy is rooted in the universal themes of love, death, grief, sibling rivalry, and a longing for connectedness.

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8 pm

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
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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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Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn

8:00 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 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
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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!
 

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