Sunday, January 14, 2018

2 pm

The Audience's Nightmare (or, the theatre of the absurd)

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Blue Water Theatre Company
605 Rice Street East Wayzata, MN 55391

Presented by Blue Water Theatre Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Directed by C. Luke Soucy & Sam Weisberg

***FEATURING TWO PLAYS***

The Actor's Nightmare, by Christopher Durang

The magic of theatre is that something can go wrong at any moment. Or every moment. So it's too bad that George Spelvin doesn't know his lines. Or his name. Or that he's going on in fifteen minutes. Good thing no one's died from missing their cues, right?

-- AND --

The Bald Soprano, by Eugene Ionesco

When Bobby Watson first moved to London, she never imagined what adventures waited in store. but whether it's her host of kooky relatives or her gorgeous dead husband, Bobby's search for love can't be stopped! With endless supplies of cheap Rumanian yoghurt and Manchester only a train ride away, enjoy Ionesco's classic tale of a commercial traveller in the big city!

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Superior Donuts

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

$21-$30
Call 763-422-1838
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Presented by Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • Drama
  • Comedy

By Tracy Letts
Directed by Matt McNabb

Superior Donuts takes places in the historic Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, where Arthur Przybyszewski runs a donut shop that has been in his family for sixty years. Franco Wicks, a young African-American man, and Arthur’s only employee, wants to modernize the shop while Arthur is more content to spend the day reminiscing about his Polish immigrant father.

Described as a “…soulful play, full of humor and humanity” by Variety, this provacative comedy-drama by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tracy Letts explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.

Letts' play is also the inspiration for the recent hit CBS comedy starring Judd Hirsch and Katey Sagal.

Intended for mature audiences. 

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Forever Flight

2:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

$8 - $20
Call (612) 326-1811
Buy tickets online

Presented by Animal Engine
  • Comedy
  • Kids

A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.

In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a friend — so he folds one out of a piece of paper! When his paper plane flies too far, it's up to him to journey across land, air, sea, and even outer space to find it — and grow up along the way.

All performed in breathtaking detail by one actor on stage, Animal Engine Co-Artistic Director Karim Muasher, without a single word. Created in collaboration with visionary director Ryan Underbakke (Children's Theatre Company's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Live Action Set's Seven Shot Symphony, Taous Khazem's Sunrise at Midnight). With original music by whimsical composer John Hilsen.

Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery's world famous novel Le Petit Prince, Windsor McCay's groundbreaking comic strip Nemo in Slumberland, and any story of children going on fantastical adventures. The show is extremely visual and appropriate for audiences of all ages, though it is best suited for ages 8 and up.

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The Voysey Inheritance

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

JSB TEK BOX at The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave # 215, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Presented by Mosaic Productions
  • Drama
  • Comedy

From the company that brought Grusome Playground Injuries to the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival, we are excited to share with you The Voysey Inheritance, adapted and directed by local artist Michael Dufault. 

This portrait of greed centers on a family of financial planners who have been defrauding their clients and leading an extravagant lifestyle for two generations. Will it all come crashing down? And if so, on whose head? If you liked Downton Abbey, you'll love The Voysey Inheritance. 

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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical

Life Could Be a Dream

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street, Excelsior, MN

$30 - $40
Call 952-474-5951
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Presented by Old Log Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical

Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract and realizing their dreams of making it to the big time!

Hear hits like: Fools Fall in Love, Tears on my Pillow, Unchained Melody, Runaround Sue, and of course, Life Could Be a Dream.

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Rhinoceros

2:00 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
  • Comedy

It’s a typical morning in a small American town — until a rhinoceros charges down the street. No one is really alarmed, but Berenger soon discovers everyone around him is turning into a rhinoceros – his friends, his co-workers, the townspeople. He’s desperate to save them but no one will listen, until he’s left alone to question what it is to remain human in the face of the trampling herd. Provocative, funny, and frightening, Ionesco’s most renowned work has become a classic parable of social conformity – and human nature.

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GUYS ON ICE

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

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

$19 - $26
Call 715.386.8409
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Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Guys on Ice

Book and lyrics by Fred Alley, Music by James Kaplan

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.

From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers. As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da lake, Lloyds ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field. Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler Ernie the Moocher.

With musical numbers like “De Wishing Hole,” “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit,” and “Fish is de Miracle Food,” Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off. The Green Bay Press-Gazette said, “It’s Wisconsiny. It’s also surprisingly touching.”

 

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The Maids

2:30 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

$15
Call 612-377-2285
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Presented by Glowing Ember
  • Drama

Sisters
Servants
Lovers?
Murderers??

Inspired by the brutal murders committed by the Papin sisters in 1930s France, this early play by Genet asks many questions but offers few answers.

By turns bewildering, funny, sexual, frightening, and appalling – this 75 minute show is everything but dull.

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3 pm

Triple Espresso--a highly caffeinated comedy

Triple Espresso--a highly caffeinated comedy

3:00 pm
Runs 110 minutes

Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville MN 55337

$41-48
Call 800-982-2787
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Presented by Ames Center and VenuWorks
  • Comedy

Triple Espresso tells the story of three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in 4-minutes of magnificent failure on national television. Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell, and Bobby Bean tell their rags-to-rags story earnestly, with hysterical results. Butternut is a musician, a vulnerable soul with a lounge lizard smile; Maxwell is an uncertain magician with an attitude; and Bean is an irrepressible, all-over-the-map entertainer with big dreams. The laughter is infectious and the comedy appeals to everyone from first graders to college students to baby-boomers to grandparents.

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A Steady Rain

3:00 pm

The Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul, MN 55114

$28 - $8
Call 1-888-71-TICKETS
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Presented by Gremlin Theatre
  • Drama

Gremlin Theatre Presents: A STEADY RAIN

by KEITH HUFF directed by ELLEN FENSTER

featuring DUSTIN BRONSON & PETER CHRISTIAN HANSEN

A STEADY RAIN is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and loyalty struggle for survival. A dark diologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A STEADY RAIN explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence, and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, and after working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny's wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line.

“Keith Huff's A STEADY RAIN offers one of the most powerful theatrical experiences in many seasons.” —Backstage

“A tale of friendship, loyalty and betrayal that keeps you guessing about where guilt truly lies to the final line.” —The Guardian

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5 pm

Forever Flight

5:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

$8 - $20
Call (612) 326-1811
Buy tickets online

Presented by Animal Engine
  • Comedy
  • Kids

A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.

In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a friend — so he folds one out of a piece of paper! When his paper plane flies too far, it's up to him to journey across land, air, sea, and even outer space to find it — and grow up along the way.

All performed in breathtaking detail by one actor on stage, Animal Engine Co-Artistic Director Karim Muasher, without a single word. Created in collaboration with visionary director Ryan Underbakke (Children's Theatre Company's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Live Action Set's Seven Shot Symphony, Taous Khazem's Sunrise at Midnight). With original music by whimsical composer John Hilsen.

Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery's world famous novel Le Petit Prince, Windsor McCay's groundbreaking comic strip Nemo in Slumberland, and any story of children going on fantastical adventures. The show is extremely visual and appropriate for audiences of all ages, though it is best suited for ages 8 and up.

Read more

Forever Flight

5:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

The Southern Theater
1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

$8 - $20
Call (612) 326-1811
Buy tickets online

Presented by Animal Engine
  • Comedy
  • Kids

A boy. A paper plane. An unforgettable adventure.

In this family-friendly show from critically acclaimed theatre company Animal Engine (Petunia and Chicken, Darlings), a lonely boy needs a friend — so he folds one out of a piece of paper! When his paper plane flies too far, it's up to him to journey across land, air, sea, and even outer space to find it — and grow up along the way.

All performed in breathtaking detail by one actor on stage, Animal Engine Co-Artistic Director Karim Muasher, without a single word. Created in collaboration with visionary director Ryan Underbakke (Children's Theatre Company's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Live Action Set's Seven Shot Symphony, Taous Khazem's Sunrise at Midnight). With original music by whimsical composer John Hilsen.

Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery's world famous novel Le Petit Prince, Windsor McCay's groundbreaking comic strip Nemo in Slumberland, and any story of children going on fantastical adventures. The show is extremely visual and appropriate for audiences of all ages, though it is best suited for ages 8 and up.

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7 pm

Four Dances

7:00 pm

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake St MPLS 55408

$8-$15 sliding scale
Call 6128258949
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Presented by Presented by Julia Gavin Bither, Non Edwards, Laura Levinson & Kerry Parker  
  • Dance

Four local choreographers - Julia Gavin Bither, Non Edwards, Laura Levinson & Kerry Parker - come together to showcase four new works. As distinct as they are intertwined, these are dances of bones, of questions, of carrying stories with us into the rich darkness of tomorrow.   

Sundays, January 14 and 21, and Mondays, January 15 and 22 at 7:00pm (doors at 6:00) $8-$15 sliding scale

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