Friday, September 6, 2019

7 pm

The Rinky Dink Show: Rinky Dink Fights Back!

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St. MPLS 55408

$15/$12 in advance
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Rinky Dink Operations
  • Comedy

All right Dinks. Seriously this time. The Bryant Lake Bowl is having us back for another round of “The Rinky Dink Show” and they need a REAL description from us this time.

In June we delighted audiences and critics alike. Be sure to include the quote from Twin Cities Arts Reader that said, “It recalls some of the best moments of Laugh-In and Saturday Night Live, while also planting its flag firmly in the Twin Cities.” People love quotes like that. They’re reassuring.

But – the June show was only HALF of us, and our September show is the REST of us. And obviously, we’re some of the freshest and savviest comedy performers in town, and as the world gets crazier and crazier, Rinky Dink is going to fight back the best way they know how: Comedy. Sketch. Stand-up. Song. Some serious silly slightly off-center and happy to call the BLB our home.

Make sure to let them know the cast includes: Sam Bates-Norum, Anna Larranaga, Beth Ann Powers, Amanda Sjodahl, Gabby Vandenavond, Leslie Vincent, Duck Washington, Allison Witham and Aron Woldeslassie. 

We still need a catchy tag line here. And PLEASE make sure to formally type something up that’s presentational and glossy and do NOT just copy and paste directly from this email. Not because it’s unprofessional, but because we did that bit in June and what kind of rinky dink operation does that two times in a row?

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 5-7 and 12-14 at 7:00pm (doors at 6:00) $15/$12 in advance

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On the Verge; Or the Geography of Yearning

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15 - $35 General Admission
Call 8006577025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Drama

Heed the call to discovery! Journey through uncharted territories! With wit, nerve, and proper British sensibilities, Mary, Fanny, and Alexandra bushwhack their way through Terra Incognita—the last uncharted land on the globe. These intrepid explorers test their friendship and courage as they come face to face with psychics, yetis, trolls, and…Cool Whip?! With wonder, humor and grace, On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) navigates the search for our place in the world.

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Arden of Faversham

Arden of Faversham

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

The LAB Theater
700 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

$18 - 42
Call 651.321.4024
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Presented by Classical Actors Ensemble
  • Drama

Classical Actors Ensemble presents the Twin Cities premiere of this anonymous Elizabethan true crime drama staged as a 1940s film noir. Directed by Joseph Papke.

 

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THE BIRDS

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis MN 55454

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

Masses of birds have suddenly begun to attack people, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned cabin. With no electricity and scarce food, their precarious existence is threatened even more by the arrival of a volatile young woman. With a nod to Daphne du Maurier’s story (that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film), playwright McPherson creates his own dark, claustrophobic drama of survival in the face of society’s collapse.

Directed by Seth Kaltwasser, the cast includes: Aidan Gallivan, Matthew Kraft, Nick Menzhuber, and Laura Wiebers..

 

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The Real Inspector Hound

7:30 pm
Runs 60 minutes

Patsy Miller Studio Theater
University of Northwestern - St. Paul 3003 Snelling Ave N. St. Paul, MN 55113

$15 - $18
Call 651-631-5151
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Presented by UNW Theatre
  • Comedy

Feauding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot are swept away into the whodunit country house murder mystery they are viewing. This hilarious, witty, and cerebral spoof of Agatha Christie-like melodramas allows the critics to become involved in the action causing a series of events that parallel the play they are watching.

"A brilliant parody of country-house detective stories and the conflict-fraught, egoism-inflating business of theater criticism."-The Washington Post

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Britten's The Rape of Lucretia

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE Minnepolis 55413

$25
Call (612) 930-1517
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Presented by Journey North Opera Company
  • Drama
  • Musical

Journey North Opera Company honorably presents Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.
For nearly 2,500 years, the story of Lucretia has taken many forms. Depicted in art, literature and in Britten’s opera in 1946, there have been countless interpretations, each delivering the harsh realities of this story in their present day.

As the title indicates, The Rape of Lucretia contains scenes of violence and sexual assault. It is the mission of JNOC to deliver relevant and engaging expressions of opera and deliver our production with sensitivity.

In considering whether you will attend this production, please know that the creative team, as you may suspect about every room into which you may ever walk, contains survivors of sexual assault. And, while most operas contain thematic sexual violence, The Rape of Lucretia provides us the unique opportunity to see it with clear eyes and confront it directly. We want our stories to be told, heard, and felt. As with every aspect of combating sexual violence, it is crucial that we have a full and robust team of not only women but men to carry this weight together. Please boldly step forward with us.

Stage Director: Amanda Carlson
Principal Conductor: Brian Dowdy
Rehearsal & Performance Pianist: Jared Miller
Stage Manager: Stacie Cooper
Intimacy & Violence Choreographer: Mason Tyer
Costume Designer: Stacey Palmer
Set Designer: Brittany Pooladian
Producer: Colleen Meier

Cast List:
Lucretia - Briana Moynihan
Male Chorus - Wesley Frye
Female Chorus - Amy Wolf
Collatinus - Joel Mathias
Junius - Joe Allen
Tarquinius - Sullivan Ojala Helmbolt
Bianca - Christina Christensen
Lucia - Carole Schultz
Aerialist: Jolie Meshbesher

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Naïve. Super

7:30 pm
Runs 100 minutes

Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue | Minneapolis, MN, 55404 | United States

  • Comedy
  • Experimental

The adaptation of Erlend Loe's 1995 Norwegian cult novel "Naïve. Super." makes its national stage debut at Norway House.

Featuring a new performer every night, performing the play for the first time in dialogue with the director.

Preview: September 3 | Performances: September 4-8
All shows begin at 7:30pm
Preview Performance $10 | General Admission $20 | Norway House Members $15

Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the 25-year-old narrator of this deceptively simple novel quits university and eventually arrives at his brother's New York apartment.

In a bid to discover what life is all about, he writes lists. He becomes obsessed by time and whether it actually matters. He faxes his meteorologist friend. He endlessly bounces a ball against the wall. He befriends a small boy who lives next door. He yearns to get to the bottom of life and how best to live it.

Funny, friendly, enigmatic and frequently poignant - superbly naive.

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Cabal

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

The White Stag Lodge
2010 East Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

$45
Call 612-375-0300
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Presented by Walking Shadow Theatre Company
  • Drama

Created by David Pisa and John Heimbuch

Forgotten alchemy. An ancient order. The pursuit of new magic.

A renegade magister’s quest threatens the Cabal’s very existence. Who should control this ultimate power? Enter the secret society and unlock the truth. 

Walking Shadow Theatre Company presents Cabal, a live theater experience with puzzles. An audience of 10 people explores an immersive environment, meeting characters and discovering large-scale, hands-on challenges.

Running July 11 - December 31. Tickets are now on sale through September. Additional months will go on sale approximately 1 month in advance.

Cabal lasts approximately 90 minutes. (It may be more or less, depending on how fast your group is at solving puzzles.)

Cabal is a theater performance, but does not have standard theater seats. As audience members move through the space, they may be asked to be stand or sit. Please be prepared to walk or move at least 600 feet during the course of the event. The venue and experience are wheelchair accessible.

Content advisory: flashing lights, sudden loud sounds.

More questions? Read our FAQ!

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Bent

7:30 pm
Runs 125 minutes

  • Opening night

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Presented by The BAND Group
  • Drama

A Man. A Pink Triangle. A Journey to Dignity. In this intimate play, centered around the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, a man must choose outing himself but face the ultimate consequence. BENT serves as a reminder than any community can have their rights stripped away by hate-mongering forces, but shows that the human heart can never be stripped away.

The BAND Group will partner with Out Front on this production.  OutFront’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment, or discrimination.
Find out more at www.outfront.org

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BRIGHT STAR

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
420 E Main St, Anoka, MN 55303

$30-$35
Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts
  • Musical

Inspired by a real event, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Featuring the Grammy-nominated country, folk, and bluegrass score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is an uplifting theatrical journey which is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

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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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ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by Caryl Churchill

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia, St. Paul, MN 55114

$25-30, pay-what-you-can on Sept 7
Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

ESCAPED ALONE presents a 55-minute elliptical view of the apocalypse, fantasy intricately wired with politics. Four women in their 70s gather for tea in an English garden, combining small talk and the everyday anxieties of contemporary life, juxtaposed to the cataclysmic possibilities that teeter on our response to dire warnings of climate change and environmental devastation.Their gossipy everyday conversations lay bare their psychological troubles — from depression to fear of cats, from an “accidentally” dead husband to agoraphobia — punctuated starkly with surreal apocalyptic monologues. Which world is real? How are they connected?

Churchill peers into the void with HERE WE GO, a poetic triptych of mortality. She presents, in reverse order, a man nearing the end of life, his view from the threshold of the afterlife, and the reminiscences at his funeral. In the first scene, a group has gathered at a party after a funeral, remembering the man who has passed. In the second scene, a man observes the afterlife—Valhalla, Charon, and other mythical representations appear to him. But has he died? In the third wordless section, we see the intimate relationship between a frail man winding down his life with a caregiver.

And yet, reviews repeatedly refer to these plays as Churchill’s funniest work yet!

Cast features Maria Asp, Charla Marie Bailey, Patrick Bailey Barbra Berlovitz, Cheryl Willis, Janis Hardy. Production team: Director, Wendy Knox; Set Design by Joe Stanley; Costume Design by Kathy Kohl; Lighting Design by Mike Wangen; Sound design by Dan Dukich; Stage Managed by Glenn Klapperich.

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Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

8:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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

$25-$36
Call 612-332-6620
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Presented by Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Follow our intrepid heroes (Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott, and Taj Ruler) as they prepare for epic battle against the most dangerous enemy of all:  SHAME.  Can they survive cancel culture, social media, and the self-loathing that accompanies just being Minnesotan?  Join the guilt-trip of a lifetime at the BNW’s hilarious and all-new sketch comedy show, Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War

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ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by CARYL CHURCHILL

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street Saint Paul, MN

$25-30
Call 612-724-3760
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Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Frank Theatre is thrilled to present two new short plays by Caryl Churchill, whose work Frank has presented many times in the company’s 30-year history. ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO deliver an evening of theatre by perhaps the greatest living playwright.

Churchill’s sizzling work ESCAPED ALONE presents a 55-minute elliptical view of the apocalypse, fantasy intricately wired with politics. Four women in their 70s gather for tea in an English garden, combining small talk and the horrors of modern life. Their gossipy everyday conversations lay bare their psychological troubles — from depression to fear of cats, from an “accidentally” dead husband to agoraphobia — punctuated starkly with surreal apocalyptic monologues. Which world is real? How are they connected?

“It’s worth noting that simply writing a play featuring four women in their seventies without making it about their age is a reasonably subversive political act.” — The Atlantic

In the second piece, Churchill peers into the void with HERE WE GO, a poetic triptych of mortality. In the first scene, a group has gathered at a party after a funeral, remembering the man who has passed. In the second scene, a man observes the afterlife—Valhalla, Charon, and other mythical representations appear to him. But has he died? In the third wordless section, we see the intimate relationship between a frail man winding down his life with a caregiver.

“What Churchill has written is a striking memento mori for an age without faith; and although her play is brief, that in itself evokes the idea that we are here for a short time and then are suddenly gone.” — The Guardian 

Caryl Churchill has written for the stage, television, and radio. A renowned and prolific playwright, her plays include Cloud NineTop GirlsFar AwayDrunk Enough to Say I Love You?BlissLove and InformationMad Forest, and A Number. In 2002, she received the Obie Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2010, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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