Friday, September 24, 2021

6 pm

Arla Mae's Booyah Wagon

6:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Crookston Downtown Square
Crookston Downtown Square 151-199 E 3rd St. Crookston, MN 56716

Suggest Donations: $5-15
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Presented by Sod House Theater
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Arla Mae’s Booyah Wagon is a poignant musical comedy that will travel to communities in Minnesota in 2021. The project is a unique collaboration between local actor Sarah Agnew and James Beard Award-winning chef Ann Kim. AMBW is designed to illuminate the benefits of buying and eating fresh, local food. Ann Kim will develop a unique booyah recipe (a traditional, thick stew served at fundraisers and community events in the upper Midwest), that can be sampled at most performances. The show will feature a troupe of performers traveling in a food truck in search of the recipe that once made Arla Mae famous. The show is created, directed and performed by Sarah Agnew and features local performers Jim Lichtscheidl (Guthrie, Jungle, Ten Thousand Things), Elise Langer (Ten Thousand Things), Oogie Push (New Native Theater, Full Circle), and Eriq Nelson (“The Dude,” Minneapolis Children’s Hospital). The set design is by Nick Golfis (Guthrie Theater), with original music by Eric Jensen (the Moving Company).

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7 pm

Hamlet

7:30 pm

  • Opening night

Elision Playhouse
6105 North 42nd Avenue, Crystal, MN 55422

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

Classical Actors Ensemble presents a masterpiece of world drama—a story of growing up, discovering who you are, and being forced to confront some of life’s biggest problems and questions, all while adjusting to a “new normal”. Directed by Joseph Papke.

Featuring:
Brennan Bassett, Jared Beebe, Katie Booth, Tom Conry, Sarah Coppenbarger, Lucas Gerstner, Jacob Hooper, Timothy Kelly, Hugh Kirsch, Carin Leonard-Gorrill, Kyle Marks, Aamer Mian, Jenny Ramirez, Steve Ramirez, James Ramlet, Dominic Rodgers, Andy Schnabel, Caroline Vodacek, and Joe Wiener

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THE 39 STEPS

7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

Lyric Arts
420 E Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303

Tickets range from $29–37
Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Written by Patrick Barlow | Adapted from the Novel by John Buchan | Adapted from the Film by Alfred Hitchcock | Directed by Scott Ford

Take a compelling Hitchcock masterpiece, mix in a juicy spy novel, and throw in a dash of over-the-top ridiculousness, and you have the recipe for the riveting and hilarious cocktail that is THE 39 STEPS. Richard Hannay, your average dashing Londoner, intends to simply take in a show at the London Palladium. But, after shots are fired, he finds himself with a frightened and strongly-accented woman in his arms who claims she is a spy being chased by assassins. When she is found murdered in his flat the next morning, Richard is thrown into a world of deadly espionage with a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" hot on his trail. With a cast of four actors playing over 150 characters, this fast-paced tale of an ordinary man on an extraordinarily entertaining adventure is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat and laughing hysterically.

KYLER CHASE as Richard Hannay
ZOE HARTIGAN as Annabella/Margaret/Pamela
JAKE SUNG-GUK SULLIVAN as Clown 2
BRENDAN VEERMAN as Clown 1

SCOTT FORD, Director
KYIA BRITTS, Lighting Designer
PAT CAMPBELL, Stage Manager
EMMA KRAVIG, Costume Designer
ZACHARIAH KUNSHIER, Assistant Stage Manager
PETER LEROHL, Scenic Designer
KATIE PHILLIPS, Props Designer
LEITA R. STREI, Assistant Stage Manager
KEELY WOLTER, Dialect Coach
JULIE ZUMSTEG, Sound Designer

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Selected cast members of YOU WHO I ALWAYS/NEVER/ONCE LOVED

YOU WHO I ALWAYS/NEVER/ONCE LOVED

7:30 pm
Runs 80 minutes

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

$15
Call 612-298-2783
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Presented by Fortune's Fool Theatre
  • Drama
  • Storytelling

The COVID-19 pandemic has made many of us examine the nature of love more thoroughly. Separated from (or trapped with?) our loved ones, many of us asked, “What is love?” and “Who/what do I love?” The kid from 4th grade? The person who left you? The grandmother you never knew? The cat who was your companion for seventeen years? Was your love fleeting or for as long as you both shall live? Was it forbidden, welcomed, almost grasped, or unrealized until now?

YOU WHO I ALWAYS/NEVER/ONCE LOVED will feature storytellers of all ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual identities -- people who've loved many times and those who have trouble loving at all -- who will create a multifaceted portrait of love gained, lost, and evaded. Their stories will move you, make you laugh, and make you ponder the vagaries of the human heart.

Because we have so many talented writer/performers in the Twin Cities, each week will feature a different group of eight superb storytellers.  Each story will run approximately 8-10 minutes, with live, original music in between. September 16-18: Josh Cragun, Destiny Davison, Eli Effinger-Weintraub, Larissa Netterlund, Ariel Pinkerton, Lacey Piotter, Jen Scott, and Tim Uren. September 23-25: Denzel Belin, Matthew Kessen, Les Kurkendaal-Barrett, Sam Landman, Anthony Neuman and Nicole Wilder, Ariel Pinkerton, and Rachel Teagle.

NO ADMISSION WITHOUT PROOF OF VACCINATION. MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES!

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Come Back

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave N Lanesboro, MN 55949

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

Sky is stunned to learn he is the sole beneficiary of his best friend Erin's estate.  But there's a catch--and it's a whopper: Sky must conquer his paralyzing anxiety and criss-cross the country in search of the perfect way to dispose of his friend's remains.  Oh, and Sky must take Erin's chatty parrot Bruce on the trip.  And contend with Erin's overbearing father who demands a traditional funeral!  At once hilarious and heart-breaking, this offbeat comedy celebrates a friendship that knows no bounds.

Content Advisory: Come Back contains adult language and the topic of suicide.

*Virtual performances are available on Saturday nights.
*Visit our website for more information.

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8 pm

The Music Man

8:00 pm
Runs 200 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen, MN 55404

$53 - $96
Call 952-934-1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The citizens of River City have got trouble… That’s a capital T, that rhymes with P and stands for “Professor” Harold Hill. He’s a charming, fast-talkin’ traveling salesman who goes city to city starting youth marching bands. Hill promises to teach the kids and raises the money to purchase the instruments and uniforms. There’s just one person who can’t tell the difference between a trombone and a treble clef – Professor Hill.  Everyone is simply enamored by Professor Hill, everyone except for the suspicious town librarian, Marian Paroo.

On a campaign to rid River City of the impending demise of their youth, Professor Hill condemns a variety of activities – including Mayor Shinn’s new pool table in the town parlor. Shinn, incensed, begins an investigation into Professor Hill’s true credentials.  Marian sees right through Professor Hill’s marching band scheme. She’s ready to tell Professor Hill off until she sees her self-conscious little brother, Winthrop, shed his shyness when he picks up a shiny, new cornet. The trouble really begins when Marian’s heart beats a little faster for Professor Hill.

Get into a little trouble with Meredith Willson’s five-time Tony Award-winning musical featuring the unforgettable songs “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Ya Got Trouble,” “Wells Fargo Wagon” and “Till There Was You.” Don’t miss this classic, all-American musical for every generation.

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