Friday, March 9, 2018

6 pm

Don't Hug Me, We're Family

6:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

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

$68 including dinner off a menu, nonalcoholic beverage, tip, tax & handling fee, & show; MPR, $62.20 evenings only; noon lunch matinee, $46.
Call 715.386.2394 ext 332
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Presented by St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Don’t Hug Me, We’re Family is the sixth in the Don’t Hug Me series of musical comedies. Gunner and Clara Johnson are owners of a little northwoods Minnesota bar called The Bunyan. Things are tight so, to make ends meet, they rent out a little radio station, KOLD Radio, in the bar for extra money. Gunner hosts a radio show called “Crappie Talk,” devoted entirely to ice fishing for crappies. Because of its narrow subject, Gunner has no listeners, and he loses his only advertiser Kanute’s Bait Mart and Deer Petting Farm. His wife Clara hosts "Book Beat." She has all the listeners and all the advertisers. This doesn’t sit well with Gunner, who has been competitive with Clara ever since she beat him in the County Fair fishing contest. Things get turned upside down when two fish-out-of-water Brooklyn Italians come to town and threaten the existence of the radio station, promoting Clara and firing Gunner. Gunner has his work cut out for him. He needs his radio station job, he needs his dignity, but most important, he needs Clara.

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7 pm

Petri Dish - Screen: ASSA

7:00 pm
Runs 153 minutes

  • Opening night
  • Closing night

Fresh Oysters Performance Research
512 E 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN


Presented by Skewed Visions
  • Film

$5 suggested donation

Skewed Visions Members: free as always. Become a member here.

PETRI DISH is Skewed Visions' regular and perpetual series of discussions about the relationship between specific works of art and the process of thinking about and creating new work.

SCREEN is our ongoing series of private screenings of fascinating films with discussions (with food and drink). Each month an artist chooses a film to stimulate all of us into a conversation about art.

This time Boris & Katya Oicherman present the first of two films from the Perestroika era of Soviet cinema: Assa (1987) by director Sergei Solovyov. You can see what Katya and Boris have to say about this film here:

The second film in the series, Black Rose is an Emblem of Sorrow, Red Red is an Emblem of Love (1989), is by the same director and will screen March 23.

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7:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Opening night
  • Opening night

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN

Call 952-979-1111
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Presented by Stages Theatre Company
  • Dance
  • Kids


Mar 9 – 25, 2018

A dance-inspired original performance based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

In collaboration with Escalate Dance

Age Recommendation:  All Ages


This fairy tale classic by Hans Christian Andersen dances onto our main stage this March. The Emperor’s nightingale sings more beautifully than any other creature in the kingdom, but is suddenly replaced by a bejeweled mechanical bird that proves to be more predictable. When the mechanical bird eventually breaks down and the Emperor is taken ill, however, the real nightingale returns to restore the Emperor’s life through its uncompromisingly beautiful song. The story about the power of real beauty to stir the heart is told through original music and dance. It continues our popular collaboration with Escalate Dance that brought you Owl MoonTwelve Dancing Princesses, The Snow Queen and The Velveteen Rabbit.

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The Wiz

7:00 pm

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Children's Theatre Company & Penumbra Theatre
  • Musical
  • Kids

Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends in this dazzling mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Embark on this Oz-some adventure through a magic land where you will meet funky monkeys, winkies, Addeperle and Evilene. You don’t need a wizard – just believe in yourself to find home and feel that brand-new day!

January 23-March 18, 2018

A Children’s Theatre Company and Penumbra Theatre Production of
The Wiz
Adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Book by William F. Brown
Additional material by Tina Tippit
Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Directed by Lou Bellamy
Choreographer Patdro Harris
Best enjoyed by all ages

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Twelfth Night

7:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

JSB Tek Box
JSB TEK BOX at the Cowles Center 528 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, 55403 2nd Floor

Call 651-330-5037
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Presented by Shakespearean Youth Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Kids

I am all the daughters of my father’s house, 
​And all the brothers too….

At once hilarious and heartbreaking, timeless and strikingly relevant, Shakespeare’s bittersweet exploration of identity, longing, and unrequited love remains one of the greatest and most complex comedies in the western canon.​

Join SYT’s Core Ensemble at the Cowles Center in Minneapolis for a dizzying dive into the world of Twelfth Night.

TWELFTH NIGHT opens March 9th at the Tek Box at the Cowles Center!


528 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, 
55403 2nd Floor


Fri, Mar 9th at 7:00 pm 
Sat, Mar 10th at 7:00 pm 
Sun, Mar 11th at 2:00 pm 
Tue, Mar 13th at 12:00 pm 
Wed, Mar 14th at 12:00 pm 
Fri, Mar 16th at 7:00 pm 
Sat, Mar 17th at 7:00 pm 

Group rates available.
Please contact the SYT Box Office (NOT the Cowles Center!) for ticketing inquiries.
Box Office: 651-330-5037





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7:00 pm

  • Opening night

Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Children's Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Kids

March 6-May 13, 2018

Based on the Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy books by Don Freeman
Licensed by CBS Consumer Products
Adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
A Children’s Theatre Company Commissioned World Premiere
Best enjoyed by preschool+

Join Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. Will the night watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find this important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? The tender, enduring story about true friendship stirs up the stage with a bustling rumpus of action! Don’t miss it!

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7:30 pm
Runs 135 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

Fran Loesser's celebrated Musical Comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway.  Guys & Dolls is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy for all ages!

Set in a mythical New York City, Guys & Dolls tells the tall of one Nathan Detroit, a guy who needs a venue for his "permanently established floating craps game." His best venue falls through and he needs money to underwrite an alternative option.  He turns to Sky Masterson, a high roller who will be on anything if the stakes are high enough.  Desperate for a sure thing, Nathan bets Sky he can't get a date with Sarah Brown, the earnest proprietor of the Save-a-Soul mission.  

Things don't go as planned and, along the way, you are treated to some of the most memorable Broadway tunes: Luck Be a Lady, Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat, Sue Me, A Bushel and a Peck... and more.

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Constance in the Darkness: A Musical in Miniature

7:30 pm
Runs 70 minutes

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

Call (612) 874-6338
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Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Musical

This adventure short-circuits the trappings of Disney ‘Princess’ culture and plumbs the mysteries of the constellations in a funny, fanciful, and poignant hero’s journey about a mother who has gone missing and an astronomer-daughter determined to find her.

Aided by her trusted sidekicks Bobo the Bear and Lamby-Lamb, Constance must first confront the evil Queen Harmonica and her dreaded army of saxophones!

Filled with ingenious puppetry, lavishly orchestrated songs, and madcap performances featuring Open Eye regulars Emily Zimmer and Maren Ward, Constance celebrates a new kind of princess who navigates a complicated past and uncertain future as she trains her telescope out to the stars as well as into the human heart.

Conceived and created by Michael Sommers and Josef Evans
Book, music and lyrics by Josef Evans
Designed by Michael Sommers
Directed by Annie Enneking
Performed by Emily Zimmer and Maren Ward
Lighting by Michael Murnane

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7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

$29 - $53
Call 612-339-3003
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Presented by Theater Latte Da
  • Musical

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Peter Rothstein
Music Direction by Jason Hansen

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Stephen Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligent lyrics and stunning music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. The musical provides a glimpse into the psychology of America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing, and alarmingly funny, Assassins has been called “the most controversial musical ever written.”

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Almighty Voice and his Wife by Turtle Theater Collective

Almighty Voice and his Wife

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Opening night

The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Avenue

Call (612) 326-1811
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Presented by Turtle Theater Collective
  • Drama

Turtle Theater Collective presents the U.S. premiere of Almighty Voice and his Wife, an iconic text of the Native theater canon by Delaware playwright Daniel David Moses. Almighty Voice and his Wife tells the true story of a Cree man arrested for killing a cow. Under threat of hanging he escapes, unleashing a year-long manhunt that gives rise to his status as a martyr and a legend. The work consists of two vividly contrasting acts that explore Almighty Voice as both victim and hero. The first act is a tender and intimate portrait of him and his wife in life; the second is an outlandish white-faced vaudeville routine of the two in the afterlife.

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7:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Opening night

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

$20 - $27
Call 715.386.8409
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Presented by The Phipps Center for the Arts
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller


In this beloved musical comedy, Princess Winifred arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab’s castle hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood – one that can feel a pea that is underneath a pile of mattresses.

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The Roaring Girl

The Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Street St. Paul, MN 55114 (next to Lake Monster Brewing)

$16 - 40
Call 651.321.4024
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Presented by Classical Actors Ensemble
  • Comedy

Classical Actors Ensemble presents Middleton and Dekker's rarely produced Jacobean comedy about the gender-role-defying Moll Cutpurse.

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Rabbit Hole

7:30 pm

Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave. White Bear Lake, MN

$25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student
Call 6514295674
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Presented by Lakeshore Players Theatre
  • Drama

This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner deals with how family members survive a major loss. The different ways of dealing with grief lead to dramatic (and sometimes humorous) confrontations.

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7:30 pm

Wurtele Thrust Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$29 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama
  • Comedy


Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s The God of Vengeance – a play that follows a Jewish brothel owner and the lesbian romance between his daughter and a prostitute – Indecent charts the journey of a drama upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some, and an act of obscenity by others. An ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portrays more than 40 roles to shed light on one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history. 

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Park and Lake at St Paul's ELCA of Minneapolis

7:30 pm
Runs 130 minutes

St Paul's ELCA of Minneapolis
2742 15th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55407

Call 612-203-9502
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Presented by Ten Thousand Things
  • Comedy

Co-directed by Michelle Hensley and Luverne Seifert

Featuring Stephen Cartmell, H. Adam Harris, George Keller, Thomasina Petrus, Kimberly Richardson, Luverne Seifert, Eric "Pogi" Sumangil and Karen Wiese-Thompson

In this delightful romp, a group of eight motley employees at a failing small-town car wash decides to take their destinies into their own hands. Devised by veteran TTT actors Luverne Seifert, Stephen Cartmell, Sun Mee Chomet, Joy Dolo, H. Adam Harris, George Keller, Kurt Kwan, Thomasina Petrus, Randy Reyes, Kimberly Richardson, Eric "Pogi" Sumangil, director Michelle Hensley and playwright Kira Obolensky.

At St Paul's ELCA of Minneapolis on Feb 16-18 and Mar 9-11.

Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30pm. Sunday shows at 4pm.

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Solo Emerging Artist Celebration

7:30 pm

Dowling Studio
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Cabaret/variety
  • Experimental

Three groundbreaking, local solo artists — Antonio Duke, A.P. Looze and Ifrah Mansour — perform solo pieces in repertory in the Guthrie’s first-ever Solo Emerging Artist Celebration.

Antonio Duke
Tears of Moons
Through poetry and prose, inspired by An Iliad, Duke embodies victims of racial violence from 1955–2015, chronicling hate crimes against African Americans and exploring mankind’s addiction to violence.

  • Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1 at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Antonio Duke is an actor and playwright who strives to create stories that embody the black diaspora as authentically as possible. In his writing he focuses on mythology, which possesses “an intimacy and epic quality he’s driven to explore.” Duke is passionate about making ancient stories anew with modern circumstances. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, Duke has worked onstage with Penumbra Theatre, Teatro Del Pueblo, Pillsbury House Theatre, Climb Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Mission Theatre Company; Day In, Day Out Productions and Nebraska Shakespeare Festival.

A.P. Looze
Foray Softly
Sometimes you find what you’re looking for, sometimes you don’t, and sometimes you find something else entirely. Follow them on an exploration of foraging, and take a journey to places where the most tender version of self may arise.

  • Sunday, February 25 at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

A.P. Looze is an artist who seeks the truth, and goes on heartfelt and honest adventures to find it. They make work that touches on concepts of spirituality and healing by way of personal narrative, investigation and inquiry of past experience, and whatever is at their fingertips or on their mind. Their work has been performed as part of 20% Theatre Company’s Naked I and Q-Stage, at Queertopia, Patrick’s Cabaret, Bryant Lake Bowl and Madame.

Ifrah Mansour
How to Have Fun in a Civil War
In a captivating refugee story of resilience, Mansour revisits her childhood memories of the 1991 Somali Civil War. Layering poetry, puppetry, video and interviews, she confronts violent history with humor.

  • Sunday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 28 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11 at 1 p.m.

Ifrah Mansour is a Somali multimedia artist, performer and educator who uses art to bridge cultures and generations. “My artwork is informed by my lived experience, and that of my community as Muslim refugees and Somali immigrants.” Mansour binds multiple genres to create multi-sensory artwork that illuminates the invisible stories of immigrants. Her artwork takes the form of plays, poetry, installations, puppetry and community collaborations. Her work has been seen at the Minnesota State Fair and Northern Spark Festival, as well as by primarily East African immigrant youth and elders at educational performances. Recent art and performance works include My Aqal, Somalia’s Balloon, Lablaab the Spill, Isug, Corn for Ayayo, and the films Stray and Can I Touch It currently on display as part of the “I am Somali” exhibition at Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Programming in the Dowling Studio is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. All tickets to performances that are a part of the Level Nine Series are $9.

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10 pm

The Local Music Scene presents: The Floating Perspectives

10:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

  • Opening night
  • Closing night

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
810 W Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408

$8 in advance, $10 at door
Call 612-825-8949
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Presented by The Local Music Scene
  • Comedy
  • Improv

The Floating Perspetves will perform original songs, and The Local Music Scene will improvise comedic scenes inspired by their lyrics.

The Floating Perspectives bring you powerful, incisive lyrics backed by a lush string ensemble. Behind their deceptively upbeat music and rich harmonies, The Floating Perspectives grapple with the beauty and uncertainty of life to bring you a real, but positive message. Drawing influence from the energy of rock, the rhythmic drive of bluegrass, the catchiness of pop, and the lyricism of indie music, comes this energetic, acoustic band with a sound all its own.

The Local Music Scene is a group of seasoned local improvisers. All of them either are local musicians, or enjoy local music. At the very least, they’ve heard the term “local music.”

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Sex Ed: a sexprov Masturbation Madness

10:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55408

Presented by What's Next
  • Comedy
  • Improv

Sex is fun! Sex ed should be too. How many of us sat through an awkward health class that everyone giggled through. Well we put the giggles to good use. This show will bring the comedy to Sex Health Education combining improv, stand up, and sketch writing to promote fun and healthy sex values. Every show will have fun “lessons” and our audience will walk out satisfied and a little more informed.

What's Next is changing the conversation surrounding sex and sexual health education. To do this we have created a monthly improv and sketch comedy show "Sex Ed: a sexprov"!

This month we're talking masturbation.
Featuring sketches by:
Philip Simondet
Laura Hild 
Josiah Thompson
Performers include:
Stephanie Stine
Josiah Thompson
Erica VB
Corey Boe
Stand-up by:
Trae Primrose
Music by:
John Hilsen

Cum as you are on March 9th at 10:30pm at Phoenix Theater to drink, laugh, and learn something new and exciting about sex while we better the world one orgasm at a time.

This is an 18+ event

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