Friday, September 20, 2019

6 pm

The Outsider

6:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI 54016

$46 - $68
Call 715.386.2394 ex. 332
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Presented by St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
  • Comedy

You loved Unnecessary Farce! Come see playwright Paul Slade Smith's latest clever creation The Outsider. Ned Newley doesn't even want to be governor. He's terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for... the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.

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7 pm

ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Opening night

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

$14-$16
Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Musical
  • Kids

ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

September 20 – October 10, 2019

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Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

AN ADVENTURE OF ENORMOUS PROPORTIONS!

ALL AGES

Capture the journey of a lifetime as we kick-off our season with one of Roald Dahl’s most heartwarmingly quirky stories. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a voyage of gigantic proportions. During their cross-ocean travels, James and the peach’s oversized insect residents encounter hunger, sharks and loads of disagreements, and James must learn to use his quick wit to finally land on New York’s Empire State Building. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery will charm one and all.

CAST

Georgia Becker (Ensemble), Faith Culbertson (Spiker), Mia Dougherty (Ensemble), Edric Duffy (Ensemble), Lillian Hochman (Earthworm), Ella Kozak (Ensemble), Isabella Larson (Ensemble), Sadie Nelson (Spider), Alanna Nyberg (Ensemble), Lindsay Odegaard (Sponge), Trent Ramert (Ladahlord), London Rogers (Ensemble), Sam Rosewarne (Ensemble), Arianna Sanford (Ladybug), Jon Schumacher (James), Laura Silmser (Centipede), Daniel Untiedt (Grasshopper) and Mazzy Wagner (Ensemble)

CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett, DIRECTOR – Melanie Salmon-Peterson, STAGE MANAGER – Emily Sullivan, PUPPET DESIGNER – Kim Ford, PROPS DESIGNER – Jim Hibbeler, TECH DIRECTOR – Gretchen Katt, SET DESIGNER – Mina Kinukawa, MUSIC DIRECTOR – JC Lippold, COSTUME SUPERVISOR – Christa Ludwig, CHOREOGRAPHER – Laura Mahler, LIGHTING DESIGNER – Grant E. Merges, COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER – Stacey Palmer

James and the Giant Peach-TYA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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ExperTease Fitness Student Showcases

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Minnsky Theatre
1517 Central Ave NE Minneapolis 55413

Presented by ExperTease Fitness
  • Dance
  • Cabaret/variety

Come One Come All! Support our emerging artists and join us for an amazing evening of Circus, Pole, Vaudeville and More! Our newly minted Astounding Aerialists, Beautiful Burlesquers, Breathtaking Bellydancers, Cheeky Chairists, and Perfect Pole Performers will bring you into a world of extravaganza! Jac Fatale- Headmistress of ExperTease Fitness will host the evening with her gang of wacky wonderful lackeys. 

Doors Open at 6:30pm- 18+ NO EXCEPTIONS
$15.00 Pre Sale - $20.00 at the Door

This fantastical showcase features group numbers by our graduating classes as well as solos and duets by ExperTease Fitness students.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE Osseo, MN 55369

$26 - $30
Call 763-493-8733
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Presented by Yellow Tree Theatre
  • Drama

Fifteen-year-old mathematical genius Christopher has never ventured alone beyond the edge of his road. He detests being touched, can’t stand small talk, and the slightest disruption of his ritualized world sends him into an earth-shattering tantrum. It’s 7 minutes past midnight and the neighbor’s dog is dead. Finding himself a suspect, he takes it upon himself to solve the mystery, embarking on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Intense, hopeful, and profoundly moving, Curious Incident has been hailed a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle. Winner of 5 Tony Awards including Best Play!

Cast: Stacia Rice, Laura Esping, Zachary Schnitzer, Melina Kordich, Alexcia Thompson, Dylan Ward, Peter Simmons, Matthew Lolar, and Corey Mills.

SEPTEMBER 13th – OCTOBER 13th
Wed. - Sat. @ 7:30pm, Sun. @ 2:00pm
Added matinees Wed. Sept. 25th | Sat. Oct. 5th | Sat. Oct. 12th @ 2:00pm

TICKETS
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
box office: 763-493-8733

Wed. & Thurs. $26 | Fri. & Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinees $28
Students, seniors 65 & up and groups of 10 or more receive $3 off these prices

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Arden of Faversham

Arden of Faversham

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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CUATRO: A Tablao-style Flamenco Dance and Music Performance

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

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

Presented by Sachiko “La Chayí” Flamenco and Arts Nest
  • Dance
  • Improv

Audiences are invited to witness a unique improvisational experience featuring locally and internationally recognized Flamenco dancers and musicians: dancer Illeana Gomez (Texas and Madrid, Spain), dancer Sachiko “La Chayí” (Osaka, Japan and Minneapolis), singer José Cortés Fernández (Marseille, France and Los Angeles), and guitarist Alejandro Pais Iriart (Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain). 

 

CUATRO will take place from September 18-22, 2019 at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis.

 

Flamenco, in its distinctly Southern Spanish tablao-style, offers a twist of spontaneity and skilled improvisation to traditional dance and music, which comes to life through the high-spirited collaboration between the dancer, singer, and guitarist performing together on stage. 

 

Co-presented by Sachiko “La Chayí”, 2017 McKnight Dancer Fellow, and Minneapolis-based Arts Nest, CUATRO invites these artists to perform together for the first time in a series of six live performances. True to the roots of flamenco, the artists will perform a unique set for each show.

 

FEATURING:

Sachiko “La Chayí”, Flamenco dancer & Director (Osaka, Japan & Minneapolis)

Illeana Gomez, Flamenco dancer (Texas & Madrid, Spain)

José Cortés Fernández, Flamenco singer (Marseille, France & Los Angeles)

Alejandro Pais Iriart, Flamenco guitarist (Buenos Aires, Argentina & Madrid, Spain)

 

Tickets Now On Sale

General Seating 

Advance tickets: Adult $23 / Youth (Age 12 and under) $13

At the Door: Adult $26 / Youth (Age 12 and under) $16 

NEW PRICE!! 3+1 Tix (THU-SUN ONLY):  Buy 3 adult tickets, get ONE FREE when purchased in advance.

Opening Night Special (September 18): Adult $18 when purchased in advance.

Group Discount: Groups of 10+ adults will get 10% off the price when purchased in advance.  

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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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SUTRAJĀL: REVELATIONS OF GOSSAMER

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105

$32 - $19
Call 651.690.6700
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Presented by ANANYA DANCE THEATRE
  • Dance

Life forms flicker in and out in the circuitous streets and despair-laden corners of the Broken City. Who were the folks who danced all night at the Global Feminist Funk Underground Club, now haunted and empty? Who were the people who lived their lives fully here before they disappeared? How did they labor? Love?

The artists of Ananya Dance Theatre unravel time and unwritten histories in Sutrajāl as a poet, one of the few surviving humans in this place, bears witness.

Imagined and choreographed by Ananya Chatterjea in collaboration with the artists of Ananya Dance Theatre, with the support of Stage Director Marcus Young, guest artists Tish Jones and Douglas R. Ewart, and guest dramaturg Sharon Bridgforth.

Sound design and score composition by Renée Copeland. Lighting design by Kevin A. Jones. Costume design by Annie Cady. Scenery design by Chelsea Warren.

Sutrajāl is supported by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Ford Foundation; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the McKnight Foundation; and the Imagine Fund. Sutrajāl was developed with support from the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Metro Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Peter and the Starcatcher

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre
208 Parkway Ave. N

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

A magical land of fairytales. Adventure on the high seas. Lost orphans and scurvy pirates. Before “second star to the right and straight on ’til morning,” Peter Pan was just a lonely boy. That is, until he meets Apprentice Starcatcher Molly Aster, desperately trying to keep the magical Star Stuff out of the hands of the nefarious Black Stache. This hilarious, bold, and wondrous saga blows the dust off a classic favorite and invites us all on a trip down memory lane.

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Pippin, a mid-life crisis

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454

$25
Call 612-389-9010
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Presented by Theatre 55
  • Musical

PIPPIN; a mid-life crisis, directed by Richard Hitchler, with choreography by Sandy Agustin, and musical direction by Jill Cronk Schendel. 

As told by an ensemble of actors, PIPPIN is the fantastical story of a prince, who is searching for his purpose in life and his own “corner of the sky”. Encouraged by the Leading Player, Pippin dabbles in bloody battle, licentious entanglements, and savvy political maneuvers, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than it appears. With infectious music by Stephen Schwartz and classic choreography from Bob Fosse, PIPPIN is both a humorous allegory and a dark tale of false appearances and empty promises.

Typically performed by angsty 20-something’s trying to find their way in the world, Theatre 55 is taking a different approach; a mid-life crisis. “After a certain age (roughly 50), we all go through this period of questioning - “What am I going to do with my life now?” “, says Richard Hitchler, founder and director. “This is an even more important question as we enter the second half of our lives. And we’re exploring what it means for people who have achieved a certain amount of prestige in the lives, but want to find true meaning and leave a legacy before they move on.” adds Hitchler.

About Theatre 55

Theatre 55 was formed with the purpose of developing lifelong learning through theatre performance and education. Our vision is to enrich the lives of elders as artists, audiences, and learners through educational performance art. Theatre 55 is currently fiscally sponsored through Springboard for the Arts and runs in part through the generous grants from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council and the Aroha Foundation. Theatre 55 aims to produce more high-energy, impactful plays and utilizing the senior artists of our community. We strive to engage with vibrant seniors living throughout the Twin Cities and beyond through classes, workshops, showcases, and performance.

 

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Smokey Joe’s Café

7:30 pm

Ordway Center
345 Washington Street Saint Paul, MN 55102

$48-$122
Call 651-224-4222
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Presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Musical

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest running musical revue. The show features 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak,” and “Charlie Brown.”

This refreshing, sizzling-hot, new production of the show, directed and choreographed by Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Joshua Bergasse (Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and On the Town, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and NBC’s Smash), will appear in Minnesota for the first time, bringing these sensational rock and roll songs to a new generation.

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Bone Mother - photo by Matthew Glover

Bone Mother

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave Minneapolis, MN 55419

$5-$40
Call 1-800-838-3006
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Presented by Sandbox Theatre & The Museum of Russian Art
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

A world premiere show in a one of a kind venue, Bone Mother is folklore come to life in the air above you. A new play created from scratch by Sandbox’s aerial wing The Swingset, Bone Mother is an examination of femininity’s untamable perseverance, its kinship with nature, and its expression through a spectrum of genders -- all in the face of society’s history to deny, ignore, repress and vilify its progress.

In the depths of a dark Russian forest, in a house perched atop chicken legs and surrounded by a fence of flaming skulls, lives a hideous old crone named Baba Yaga. Do you dare enter? In the forest there are wild things – ostracized, forgotten, shadow things. And you. Who will you be in the moonlight?

 

Featuring:

Carolina Gwinn

Chasya Hill

Megan Campbell Lagas

Henry Ellen Sansone

Heather Stone

 

With Live Music Composed and Performed by:

Emily Kastrul

Anna Johnson

Sarah Larsson

Willow Waters

 

Production Staff:

Evelyn Digiloramo - Co-Director, Project Lead

Danielle Siver - Co-Director, Project Lead

Isabel Patt - Stage Manager

Mandi Johnson - Costume Designer

Bryon Gunsch - Lighting Designer

Rehema Mertinez - Creation Assistant

Matthew Glover - Marketing & Graphic Designer, Photographer

Michelle Massey – Event Manager, TMORA

 

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

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AUBERGINE

7:30 pm

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

$20 – $55
Call 651.291.7005
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Presented by Park Square Theatre
  • Drama

A son cooks a meal for his dying father to say everything that his words can’t. Lyrical, humorous and full of love, this is a story of an intergenerational Korean family struggling to relate across emotional, linguistic and cultural divides. When words fail, a home-cooked meal transcends differences and brings us together in this heartwarming drama by Julia Cho and directed by Flordelino Lagundino.

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Friends With Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker

7:30 pm
Runs 135 minutes

  • Opening night

Off Leash Art Box
Off Leash Art Box: 4200 East 54th St. Minneapolis, MN 55417

Presented by Uprising Theatre Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Friends with Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker  

*Part of a rolling World Premiere*

Directed by Shalee Coleman

Two sleep-deprived moms meet at a West LA park, and it’s instant sisterhood. Their husbands hit it off, too, and it seems as though they’ve found their urban family — until guns enter the conversation. Friends With Guns is a dark comedy that pulls the curtain back on liberals with guns. It explores what happens when one person in a marriage suddenly does a 180 on the gun issue and it asks what we can compartmentalize and what we can’t.

Uprising Theatre Company believes in warning audiences about potentially triggering material. Friends with Guns contains the following content warnings:
-Simulated gun fire sounds
-Discussions and depictions of Intruder and Domestic Violence.
If you have questions about the specific context of these content warnings, please contact us: [email protected] and we will get back to you.

Show runs: 20 September-5 October 

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THE BIRDS

7:30 pm

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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Smokey Joe's Cafe

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

NorShor Theatre
211 E Superior St., Duluth MN 55802

$350-$50
Call 218.733.7555
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Presented by The Duluth Playhouse
  • Musical
  • Dance

Shimmy over to the NorShor Theatre to see Broadway’s longest-running musical revue that will blow the roof off and bring the house down!

Leiber and Stoller practically invented rock n’ roll, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe isn’t just great pop music; it’s compelling musical theatre.

Nominated for seven Tony Awards, this show features electrifying hits made famous by the likes of Elvis Presley, the Coasters and the Drifters. Enjoy classic tunes, like “On Broadway,” “Yakety Yak, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion #9,” and “Stand By Me.”

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Eventually, Epiphany

7:30 pm
Runs 110 minutes

The Crane Theater Studio
The Crane Theater Studio 2303 Kennedy St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

$15/$13 Fringe/Student/Senior
Call 6128168479
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Presented by Freshwater Theatre
  • Cabaret/variety
  • Storytelling

Freshwater Theatre is proud to present the next installment in its Ivey award winning short play festival series, Eventually, Epiphany, to run in rep with our main stage production, Immaculate Heart, by Ruth Virkus.

With this production, Freshwater Theatre is inviting local artists and storytellers to share tales of things they only learned about themselves in adulthood!

Featuring stories from:
Destiny Davison
Lucas Grant Skjaret
Larisa Netterlund
Eli Effinger-Weintraub
Kirstine Rosenmeier
Larry Greenstein
Monte D. Monteleagre

With 
John Leaf
Alayna Jacqueline
Luke Harger

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8 pm

ESCAPED ALONE and HERE WE GO by Caryl Churchill

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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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Mamma Mia!

8:00 pm
Runs 160 minutes

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

$53 - $93
Call 952.934.1525
Buy tickets online

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

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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Pray the Gay Away

8:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Cowles Center for the Preforming Arts
528 Hennipen Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403

$20
Call 612-206-3600
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Presented by Murray and Peter Presents
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Arab-American twins come out as gay to mom and turn

the hilarious and touching story into a raucous comedy

 

Pray The Gay Away, a true life story, 

plays in Minneapolis September 12 - 22

 

Some moms cry. Some moms give hugs. When the Zakar Twins’ uber-Christian mom learned that both her sons are gay, she threw holy water at them and began quoting Leviticus. The Instagram models turned their hilarious and unique story into a best-selling book and now a stage play, Pray The Gay Away, appearing at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis from September 12 - 22. Tickets are available at www.zakartwins.com

The true-life coming out comedy chronicles 26-year old Michael and Zach as they face awkward sexual encounters, coming out to each other, and their biggest foe – Mom, a woman who not only gave birth to what she calls one regret – but two. The hilariously and poignant play shows what it’s like growing up as gay, Iraqi-American twins in post 9/11 America. Pray the Gay Away was inspired the night Mom snuck into their bedroom and force fed them “holy grapes,” determined to “de-gay” them.

The Zakar twins are leaders in the LGBT community where they blaze a path for queer people who come from Near and Middle Eastern cultures. Their high internet profile led to an appearance on the 2018 season premiere of Tosh.O and the publication of their memoir, an Amazon #1 bestseller.

“It was confusing for our Mom,” Zach said, “in Iraq, being gay isn’t something that you discuss openly. She was worried about how the community would talk about us in a negative light. It was difficult to see her take it so hard, she basically cried and prayed for 90 percent of our coming out process.”

The show, directed by Eric Swanson and produced by Murray and Peter Present, is written by Bobby Brower and the Zakar twins, explores the awkwardness of coming of age as well as a touching testimonial to the love of family and religion.

“Our mom would shove religion down our throats,” Zach joked. “But honestly, we are who we are because of our upbringing. The message of Christianity – and any religion – is acceptance and love for all.” 

Tickets and show information are available at www.zakartwins.com. Follow the Zakar Twins on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @ZakarTwins. 

 

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