Thursday, April 11, 2019

7 pm

The Last Days of Commodus

7:00 pm
Runs 80 minutes

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

PWYC at the door ($10-$20 in advance)
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Presented by Four Humors
  • Comedy

A 100% accurate story about the worst leader ever.

(No, not that one. Commodus.)

Four Humors is finally brave enough to portray a theatre troupe that is brave enough to tell the story of a corrupt tyrant who has been dead for 1800 years.

We refuse to apologize for that. (Also, sorry.)

The year is 193 AD and the "renowned" Crocus and Ambrosia Players are touring the furthest reaches of the glorious Roman Empire to spread cautionary tales to the recently pacified (and eternally grateful!) savages of... whatever this dumb village is called.

Will the backward locals heed the warnings of absolute power run amok?
Will the awesome power of theatre enlighten their stupid, stupid minds?
Will the players make it out alive?

Hear the epic tale of a vain, power-hungry madman sowing chaos to further his own interests while sinking ever deeper into delusion and paranoia as those who seek to end his corrupt reign grow ever closer.

(No, not that one. Commodus.)

Few leaders in history have matched the personal, political, and moral reprehensibility of Commodus, though, as Mark Twain once said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."

Join us for the laugh-a-minute tragedy of an empire in embarrassing decline.

(No, not that one. Rome.)

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Directed by Jason Ballweber
Written by Matt Spring

Featuring:

Yvonne Freese, Kathryn Fumie, Ryan Lear, Brant Miller, and Madeleine Rowe

Costumes by Mandi Johnson
Lighting by Jon Kirchhofer
Projections by Brant Miller
Set and Props by Derek Lee Miller
Stage Managed by Nissa Nordland

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ASL and Audio Described Performance Sat, Apr 13

All shows Pay What You Can at the door.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Spaceballs the Shadowcast

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$15-$35
Call (612) 930-1517
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Presented by Minnsky Players
  • Comedy
  • Film

The Minnsky Players Present: Spaceballs!

We will be screening this campy cult classic parody movie on our big screen while augmenting your experience with a shadow cast performance! We will also have a play-by-play similar to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with call backs, props and audience interaction!

Get your tickets TODAY before Druidia runs out of air!
$17.00 Pre ($22 at Door) Premium
$10.00 Pre ( $12 at Door) Economy Side Seating

Spaceballs was rated PG in 1987. The movie contains profanity, sexual references primarily of the double entendre type (no nudity), and campy slapstick violence. Please use your parental discretion with regard to the attendance of your children under the age of 18.

Doors- 6:30
Show- 7:00 (Movie run time: 1hr 38min. We will have an intermission.)

THE MOVIE
In a distant galaxy far, far away planet Spaceball has exhausted their entire air supply! When the insidious Dark Helmet kidnaps Princess Vespa and holds her captive in exchange for air it is up to Lone Star and his half-dog companion, Barf, to save her. They may just succeed with help from Yogurt and the Schwartz!
May the Schwartz be with you!

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Evita

7:00 pm

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

$32-$35
Call (763) 422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Drama
  • Musical

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Matt McNabb

Music Direction by Louis Berg-Arnold
Choreography by Lauri Kraft

Evita brings to life the rags-to-riches rise of Eva Peron, the First Lady of Argentina. Set between 1934 and 1952, the Tony Award winner for Best Musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, this musical masterpiece by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is filled with well-known numbers such as “Oh What a Circus,” “Buenos Aires,” and “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

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Jesus Christ Superstar

7:00 pm
Runs 180 minutes

Rochester Civic Theatre Company
20 CIVIC CENTER DR SE

$21-31
Call 5072828481
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Presented by Rochester Civic Theatre Company
  • Musical

Author: Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of biblical Jesus in the final days leading up to his
crucifixion, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew,
Mark, Luke, and John, Superstar follows, the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told
entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus,
Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire. Well-known
songs include “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” and “Gethsemane.” A true
global phenomenon, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences and
performers.

 

 

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Fools

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

Minnehaha Academy
3100 West River Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55406

Presented by The Minnehaha Academy Players
  • Comedy

The Minnehaha Academy Players present Neil Simon's Fools!  When the town of Kulyenchikov has been put under a curse of stupidity, someone must save them. Luck has it that there is a new school teacher in town who may be able to teach them something. If only they weren't so stupid! This hilarious, laugh out loud comedy is a must see!

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Cyrano de Bergerac

7:30 pm
Runs 120 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

Cyrano de Bergerac is the full package: he’s a poet, playwright and consummate swordsman. The only thing standing in the way of declaring his love for Roxane is his grotesquely large nose. When Roxane confesses that she’s fallen for a handsome young cadet named Christian, Cyrano takes him under his wing, adds brains to his beauty and, through Christian, expresses his own feelings to Roxane without her suspecting a thing. Wit, wordplay and rousing passion make this a heroic comedy for the ages.

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School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play

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
  • Comedy

MARCH 16 - APRIL 14, 2019

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

by Jocelyn Bioh
directed by Shá Cage

WINNER OF A 2018 LORTEL AWARD
NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’s PICK

The reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But a new student captures the attention of the pageant recruiter - and the previously hive-minded students. Award-winning playwright Jocelyn Bioh’s buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.

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Dapper Purple Plushie Co.

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Phoenix Theater
Phoenix Theater 2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

$15-$18
Call (612) 377-2285
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Presented by Smartmouth Comedy Co
  • Comedy

Chuck, the CEO of Dapper Purple Plushie Company - the Midwest’s pre-eminent manufacturer of cheerful stuffed animals in every color of the rainbow - is retiring. Samantha, the company’s first female executive, is angling for Chuck’s job; and Samantha’s assistant, Summer, wants to advance her own career by getting Sam into that corner office. But in order to get her there, Summer will have to navigate the pecking order of executive assistants, the egos of the top executives, and Samantha’s increasingly problematic drinking. 

Written Locally By Gemma Irish

Directed By Jenna Papke

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Holmes and Watson

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15 - $35 General Admission
Call 800-657-7025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Drama

Full of intrigue as well as a few big laughs, Holmes and Watson reveals what really happened at Reichenbach Falls and the fateful confrontation between Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty. It's three years following the death of Holmes when Dr. John Watson receives a mysterious wire from a mental asylum doctor who states that three patients in his care have claimed to be Sherlock Holmes. Did the world’s greatest sleuth fake his own death or are all three patients simply devious imposters? Get ready for an intelligent mystery thriller from playwright and former Commonweal Ibsen adapter Jeffrey Hatcher.

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A Bright Room Called Day

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Pillsbury House
3501 Chicago Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55407

Presented by Red Bird Theatre
  • Drama

Berlin, Germany. 1932. New Year's Eve. In a comfortable apartment, friends gather to celebrate. Outside, the Weimar Republic is giving way to the rise of the Nazi party.

Manhattan, Lower East Side. 1984. A woman holes up in her shoe box apartment and sends hate mail to the president. Haunted by the past, she fears the seeds of fascism being sown in her own backyard. 

In the face of fear, hatred, nationalism, and lies, what do we do? How do we respond? And are we prepared to do what is required?

Featuring: Kenzi Allen, Lauren Rae Anderson, Barbra Berlovitz, Paul de Cordova*, Pedro Juan Fonseca, Delta Rae Giordano, Alex Barreto Hathaway, Leif Jurgensen, Kalen Rainbow Kier, Kimberly Richardson*, Shelby Richardson, Siddeequah Shabazz, Maria Signorelli, Justin Spooner, and Mike Wangen.

(*denotes Actors Equity Association member)

 

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THE BELDENVILLE TROLL

7:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E. 24th Street Minneapolis, MN 55404

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

"Fol De Rol Rol, said the big old Troll..."

Welcome to Beldenville, Maine, where townsfolk scoff at the legend of a troll who lives in the old train tunnel—until one dark night a child vanishes and is never seen again. This new Open Eye premiere is an imaginative, visually rich theatre piece that uses live actors, puppetry, and a wild array of animated objects to explore the uncanny events occurring in a small town, and how the inhabitants cope with a troublesome stranger in their midst. Mythic, mysterious, and full of frights and laughs, THE BELDENVILLE TROLL is a modern fable about a childhood’s end, and adulthood’s beginning.

VISIT THE MUSEUM!

The Open Eye gallery will feature an exhibit of vintage photography and artifacts from Beldenville, including some rare troll bones on loan from the village historical society that audiences can explore before and after the show.

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The Drowning Girls

7:30 pm
Runs 80 minutes

The Crane Theatre
2303 Kennedy St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$20, $18 with Fringe Button, Student/Senior discount
Call 6128168479
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Presented by Freshwater Theatre
  • Drama

A century ago, The Brides of Bath were murdered, but not silenced. Join us for a true crime story...told by the victims.

Freshwater Theatre proudly presents The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Daniela Vlaskalic, and Charlie Tomlinson, Directed by Ben Layne.

Bessie, Alice and Margaret have a few things in common: They are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.

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Love & Other Social Diseases: our 300th Comedy Revue

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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

$20-$36
Call 6123326620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Catch the love bug with Brave New Workshop’s hilarious new sketch comedy show exploring dating, relationships, and love in the time of dating apps.

Love and Other Social Diseases is Brave New Workshop’s 300th show, and you know what they say: 300th time’s the charm – in shows and Tinder matches!

Starring the brilliant Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Heather Meyer, Ryan Nelson, and Tom Reed, with musical direction by Jon Pumper and technical direction by Matthew Vichlach. Directed by Caleb McEwen.

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Little Women

7:30 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis MN

$22 regular price
Call 612-333-3010
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Presented by Theatre in the Round Players
  • Drama

One of the greatest American narratives, this enduring story for all ages is based on Alcott’s own childhood. Under the guidance of their beloved mother, the four young March sisters – tempestuous Jo, motherly Meg, shy Beth, and spoiled baby Amy – struggle to keep their family going while their father is away, fighting on a distant battlefield of the Civil War. In this beautifully dramatized adaptation, the sisters work, dream, play – and learn what it means to grow up with privation and illness yet find true joy.

Directed by Seth Kaltwasser, the cast includes: Daniel Ajak, Callie Baack, Piper Christenson, Louisa Darr, Barb Franklin, Cate Jackson, Dennis Johnston, Helen Martin, Thom Pinault, Ben Slye, and Lola Watson.

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8 pm

Mamma Mia!

8:00 pm
Runs 160 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

$53 - $93
Call 952.934.1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

One mom. One daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit!     

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