Friday, January 25, 2019

7 pm

Peter Pan {or the boy who would not grow up}

7:00 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
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

This is the story of Wendy Darling, a young, clever girl who is whisked away by Peter Pan to an enchanting island called Never Land where she meets pirates, fairies, mermaids, and the Lost Boys. Wendy discovers a world of adventure, pixie dust, and games, while wrestling with questions about growing up and her own sense of belonging. This classic tale begs its audiences to consider: When and why do we stop seeing the possibilities around us, and can we learn to see them again as we once did as children? What if our bedsheets really are the sail of a pirate ship or the clouds we soar past as we take flight through the starry night sky? If we opened our hearts and minds, could reality be just as extraordinary as the world of Never Land?

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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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THE THREE SNOW BEARS by Stages Theatre Company in collaboration with New Native Theatre


7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company in collaboration with New Native Theatre
  • Musical
  • Kids



A Heroic Journey Through the Arctic

Inspired by THE THREE SNOW BEARS by Jan Brett
Script written by Rhiana Yazzie in collaboration with Alicia Smith and Grace Smith
Directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett and Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha

Ride along with us this winter through the magnificent Arctic landscape as a young Yup’ik girl embarks on a heroic sled-dog journey to save her village. On the search for the reasons of the widening river she meets a raven, a hare, a baby seal and finally three snow bears. Join us as an endearing Baby Bear and a determined Yup’ik girl meet center stage in our world premiere musical.

In collaboration with New Native Theatre


Mia Dougherty (Ensemble/Sled Dog), Maya Eva Haugen (Ensemble/Sled Dog), Noah Hendrickson (Brother), Jei Herald-Zamora (Ensemble + U/S Papa Bear), Emily Huggett (Ensemble/Sled Dog), Sara Magnuson (Ensemble/Hare), Marcelo Mena (Ensemble/Lead Dog), Rafael Moraga (Father & Papa Bear), Gideon Pressley (Ensemble/Baby Seal), Arianna Sanford (Ensemble/Raven), Alicia Smith (Mother + Mama Bear), Grace Smith (Spirit Voice), Gia Strom (Sister), Alex Weiner (Ensemble/Sled Dog), and Celia Adeline Wendt (Baby Bear/Ensemble)



Artistic Director + Director: Sandy Boren-Barrett
Artistic Director New Native Theatre: Rhiana Yazzie
Director: Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha
Music Director: Sarah Hohenstein Burk
Set Designer: Tiffany Fier
Stage Manager: Bridget Gustafson
Costume & Puppet Designer: Samantha Fromm Haddow
Props Designer: Jim Hibbeler
Techical Director: Gretchen Katt
Costume Supervisor: Christa Ludwig
First Job in the Arts Student Director: Sara Magnuson
Lighting Designer: Grant E. Merges
Videographer + Sound Designer: Peter Morrow
Production Manager: Melanie Salmon-Peterson
Cultural Consultant: Alicia Smith
Cultural Consultant: Grace Smith

Copyright © 2007 by Jan Brett. All right reserved.

Produced by arrangement with G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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And Then There Were Beards: An Improvised Murder Mystery

And Then There Were Beards: A Murder Mystery

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Opening night

Lundstrum Performing Arts Center
1617 N 2nd St ​Minneapolis, MN 55411

Presented by MPLS (imPulse) and The Bearded Company
  • Comedy
  • Improv

MPLS (imPulse) has partnered with The Bearded Company improv group to create a completely improvised, Agatha Christie-style mystery underscored by the music of MPLS (imPulse). The music features an improvised commissioning project by McKnight winning composer, Joshua Clausen. The audience will follow the clues as the story and characters develop. With a few twists, turns and the possible mistaken identity, The Bearded Company will attempt to uncover who is to blame. You don’t want to miss this one!

Dates and times: January 25-26, 7:30pm

Location: Lundstrum Performing Arts Center

Prices:  $40 Preferred Seating; $20 General Admission; $10 Tier-3 Seating

Parking: Lot connected to venue

Accessibility: Accessible seating available. Additional accessibility needs will be honored with advanced request. Please email us at [email protected] or reach us by phone at 319-830-3021.

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"84, Charing Cross Road"

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

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

The British website Theatretastic describes the show, “We currently live in a digital world, where most of us communicate with each other using email or social media. 84 Charing Cross Road transports us back to a time when correspondence involved detailed descriptive written accounts of everyday events and plans and hopes for the future. Receiving a letter from overseas was a particular delight.

“Adapted from Helene Hanff’s bestselling book of the same name by James Roose Evans, [it] tells the true story of the 20-year correspondence between Hanff (Jennifer Allton, New Richmond) and Frank Doel, the chief buyer of Marks and Co. Booksellers (Andrew Troth, St. Paul). Spanning a period from 1949 until 1969, the production paints a social picture of Britain from post war through to the brash, bright 1960s.

“This is a touching story of two people brought together by their love of literature. Hanff, a New York writer, contacted the bookshop (a supplier of rare second-hand books) in 1949 and a warm long-distance friendship developed between her, Doel, and other members of the staff. This resulted in the exchange of Christmas and birthday gifts, as well as Hanff sending parcels of food to a Britain still reeling from the effects of war.”

The other cast members are Leigh Webber, Blaine; Shelly Anderl, Minneapolis; Emily Rose Duea, Robin Gilmer and Lela Olson, St. Paul; Caleb Kaczmarck, New Richmond; and Scott H. Peterson, Hudson.

Director Mary Cutler staged The Phipps’ productions of Making God Laugh and A Murder is Announced. Her directing credits include Theatre Unbound, Bloomington Civic, Buffalo Community Theatre, Lex-Ham Theatre, The Park Theatre, Brazen Theatre, Eden Prairie Players, and SOAR Arts. 

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The Children

7:30 pm

Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408

$37 - $47
Call 612.822.7063
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Presented by Jungle Theater
  • Drama

JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 10, 2019

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

by Lucy Kirkwood
directed by Casey Stangl


On the lonely British coast, two retired nuclear scientists reside in a quiet cabin while the outside world erupts in utter chaos. An old friend arrives, revealing a frightening request. Winner of Best Play by The U.K. Writers’ Guild Awards, The Children is a “thought-provoking and haunting drama” (The New York Times). Playwright Lucy Kirkwood challenges ideas on morality and generational obligation in a critically acclaimed work just ending its successful Broadway run.

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Dead Man's Cell Phone

7:30 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
  • 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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The Church Basement Ladies in You Smell Barn

7:30 pm

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

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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Lend Me a Tenor

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

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 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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Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Dowling Studio
818 South 2nd Street Minneapolis MN 55415

Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama
  • Comedy

From the groundbreaking, gender-bending Split Britches theater company comes a political satire that explores aging, anxiety and “doomsday” theory through conversation and collaboration with an array of elders and artists. Named after the buried or forgotten munitions of war known as UXOs, this unique production combines darkly playful Dr. Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring new protocol for public discussion — the Situation Room. As the performers contemplate where UXOs are located, how much energy they contain and what would happen if they were uncovered, they suggest that this potentially dangerous ammo may also be a metaphor for our unexplored desires. 

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7:30 pm
Runs 130 minutes

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

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!


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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The Great Leap

7:30 pm
Runs 105 minutes

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

$15 - $78
Call 6122256191
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama
  • Comedy

When an American basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama goes deeper than the strain between countries. For two men with a past and one teen with a future, the game is a chance to stake their moment in history and claim personal victories off the court. Tensions rise right up to the final buzzer as history collides with the action in the stadium. Rapid-fire comedy meets poignant reflection in this perceptive new play inspired by the life of playwright Lauren Yee’s father. Contains mature language.

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Gone Missing

7:30 pm
Runs 80 minutes

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue North, St. Paul, Minnesota

Presented by Theatre Elision
  • Musical

Gone Missing is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing -- keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump...or one's mind. The show is a collection of very personal accounts of things lost and found, creating a unique tapestry of the ways in which we deal with and relate to loss in our lives.  Devised from interviews with real-life New Yorkers by The Civilians, a New York-based company producing new work from creative investigations, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman.   This 80-minute, one-act musical is performed with no intermission.  Part of the show's proceeds will go to benefit the Michael Friedman Legacy Fund.

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8 pm

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

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr. Minnetonka, MN 55305

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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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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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

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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10 pm

Turn Your Head and Laugh: Vilification Tennis Goes to the Doctor

10:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St

$15/$12 in advance
Call 6128258949
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  • Comedy

This month, Vilification Tennis will take a deep, probing look at health care. Make your appointment to visit our comfortable Bryant Lake Bowl office where you can enjoy our bruising insults and our cutting wit. A trip to the doctor's office has never been so enjoyable.

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