Sunday, June 3, 2018

1 pm

An Enemy of the People

1:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

McGuire Proscenium Stage
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

$15 - $77
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Drama

An Enemy of the People follows Tom Stockmann, a geologist who discovers dangerous water pollution in the Springs, a highly anticipated resort that recently opened in his Norwegian town. In Tom’s mind, the path to a solution is clear: inform the public and close the resort to prevent a crisis. But gradually, he comes under fire – from his brother (the town’s mayor), to the press, to his neighbors and his own family – for wanting to publicize a problem that threatens to destroy the town’s economy and reputation. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama is a powerful investigation of ambition, integrity and the price we pay for truth.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

1:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Commonweal Theatre Company
208 Parkway Ave. N Lanesboro, MN 55949

$15-$35
Call 800-657-7025
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Presented by Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Comedy
  • Musical

In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears and dreams through hilarious and touching tunes. (And it’s not just about the spelling: the adult cast is ultra geek-chic in their middle school costumes!) Alan Bailey, director of such audience favorites as Souvenir and Sylvia, returns for this Tony Award-winning musical about friendship, sacrifice and valuable lessons in fair play.

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2 pm

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

2:00 pm

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

Presented by Children's Theatre Company in Partnership with The Old Vic (London)
  • Musical
  • Kids

April 17-June 10, 2018

Children’s Theatre Company in partnership with The Old Vic Present
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax 
Based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Adapted for the stage by David Greig
Music and lyrics by Charlie Fink
Directed by Max Webster 
Choreographer Drew McOnie
A U.S. Premiere by Children’s Theatre Company 
Best enjoyed by everyone

The silky soft tufts of the Truffula trees, are the perfect stuffs to knit the perfect Thneeds. But the first chop, chop of the perilous ax, begins the powerful tale of The Lorax. When the last tree of the forest falls, was it worth losing paradise for nothing at all? The most beloved environmental tale of all time, The Lorax will have you singing in Seussian rhymes!

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The Taming of the Shrew

2:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

Twin Cities area outdoor locations
See www.cromulentshakespeare.org for sites and times

Presented by The Cromulent Shakespeare Company
  • Comedy

Shakespeare's popular comedy about greed, manipulation, and misguided approaches to romance. Full of great gags, this production is fun for the whole family. 

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10-Minute Play Festival

2:00 pm

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

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

This has become one of our most popular events! Ten short plays from around the world are presented by some of your favorite LPT performers and directors. It’s short attention span theater at its best!

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Bull by Mike Bartlett

2:00 pm
Runs 65 minutes

  • Closing night

May 26-28: Element Boxing Gym; May 31-June 3: A-Mill Artist Lofts
Element Boxing Gym 655 Fairview Avenue North Saint Paul, MN, 55104 A-Mill Artist Lofts 315 SE Main St. Minneapolis, MN 55414

Presented by Hypnic Jerk Theatre
  • Comedy

This vicious comedy is an allegorical death match between business colleagues – full of bizarre power plays and one-upmanship – wherein one of three employees is allegedly going to be fired. 

Pop-up, Lights-on Theatre--Two weekends. Two Locations. Low Tech.

A modern morality—or amorality—play that keeps its adrenaline level high and, at the very end, raises it off the charts." —NY Times.

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Dead Man's Cell Phone

2:00 pm
Runs 100 minutes

Dreamland Arts
677 Hamline Avenue N, Saint Paul, MN

Presented by Lex-Ham Community Theater
  • Comedy

The Lex-Ham Community Theater will present Sarah Ruhl’s comic look at technology and relationships – Dead Man’s Cell Phone at 7:30 p.m., June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and at 2:00 p.m., June 2, 3 at Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave. N., Saint Paul.  The show is directed by Natalie Novacek.

The cast includes:
Lois Estell
Jacob Guizor
Katie Kaufmann
Erika Kuhn
Barcy Stricker, and
Craig Turino

Dead Man’s Cell Phone was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play in 2008.  In the play, Jean, while enjoying a quiet time at a café, picks up the cell phone of Gordon – who has just died – and quickly becomes immersed in Gordon’s family and business. 

There will be a post-show reception after the Sunday, June 3 matinée at Groundswell, 1340 Thomas Avenue. 

Ticket prices are $19 for adults and $15 for students.  The Thursday, June 7 performance will be “pay what you want”.  NOTE: Some language in this play may not be appropriate for young children.

You can reserve tickets and find out more information about the production at www.lexhamarts.org.

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GUYS and DOLLS

2:00 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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Postmortem

2:00 pm

Theatre in the Round
245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis MN

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

It’s April, 1922, and actor William Gillette, famous for portraying Sherlock Holmes for 30 years, has invited the cast of his latest play to spend the weekend at his castle home in Connecticut. When a late-night séance reveals a murder, Gillette must solve the case using everything he’s learned from playing the great detective. Popular playwright Ken Ludwig mixes suspense and humor in a show that has delighted audiences nationwide.

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The Red Box

2:30 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
  • Drama

"The Red Box," by Joseph Goodrich adapted from the novel by Rex Stout
The brilliant and quirky Nero Wolfe untangles a murder mystery which reveals a complicated family drama full of secrets and half-truths.

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3 pm

Taking Shakespeare

3:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

  • Closing night

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

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

Taking Shakespeare by John Murrell.  Featuring Linda Kelsey & John A.W. Stephens.  Directed by Peter Christian Hansen.  What is the power of art? And what should we make of our lives? An aging professor, questioning her relevance and ability, agrees to tutor a young slacker who is addicted to video games and failing academically. Despite their seemingly insurmountable differences, as they explore Shakespeare’s Othello together, both make unexpected discoveries about themselves and each other. A sharp, funny, and engaging play, perfectly suited for Gremlin’s intimate space.

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4 pm

The Stuff of Dreams: Women in Shakespeare

4:00 pm
Runs 60 minutes

  • Closing night

Grainbelt Warehouse/ Artspace, Studio 202
Grainbelt Warehouse/ Artspace, Studio 202 77 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Rough Magic Performance Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Five talented actresses bring to life curated scenes from Measure for Measure, Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, and Taming of the Shrew, providing a new narrative that speaks to power struggles and gender dynamics from Shakespeare's time to today.

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The Good Person of Szechwan at Open Book

4:00 pm
Runs 135 minutes

  • Closing night

Open Book
1011 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55415

$10-$30
Call 6122039502
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Presented by Ten Thousand Things
  • Drama

A tale, told with music and humor, of a poor woman who receives a bag of gold from the gods and is torn in two as she tries to help all her struggling friends but take care of herself at the same time.

Directed by Michelle Hensley

Featuring Christina Baldwin, Sun Mee Chomet, Joy Dolo, Tyson Forbes, Elise Langer, Harry Waters Jr, Karen Wiese-Thompson and Max Wojtanowicz

We're at Open Book May 10-13 and May 31-June 3. (At St Paul's ELCA of Minneapolis May 3-6, 17-20, and May 24-27.)

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

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5 pm

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

5:00 pm

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

Presented by Children's Theatre Company in Partnership with The Old Vic (London)
  • Musical
  • Kids

April 17-June 10, 2018

Children’s Theatre Company in partnership with The Old Vic Present
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax 
Based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Adapted for the stage by David Greig
Music and lyrics by Charlie Fink
Directed by Max Webster 
Choreographer Drew McOnie
A U.S. Premiere by Children’s Theatre Company 
Best enjoyed by everyone

The silky soft tufts of the Truffula trees, are the perfect stuffs to knit the perfect Thneeds. But the first chop, chop of the perilous ax, begins the powerful tale of The Lorax. When the last tree of the forest falls, was it worth losing paradise for nothing at all? The most beloved environmental tale of all time, The Lorax will have you singing in Seussian rhymes!

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6 pm

Disney's Newsies

6:30 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, Minnesota

$51 - $91
Call 952-934-1525
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Presented by Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Musical

Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly and his friends live day-by-day selling newspapers for pennies. When a publishing giant raises the price the Newsies pay - the Newsies declare a strike against all the publishing giants. Through courage, determination, and friendship the Newsies are ready to take a stand and seize the day!

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7 pm

NW4W 2018: Shinar//Picasso

7:00 pm

  • Closing night

Red Eye Theater
15 W 14th St Mpls, MN 55403

$10 - $18
Call 612.870.0309
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Presented by Red Eye Theater
  • Dance
  • Experimental

Week Two: ISOLATED ACTS, May 31, June 1-2-3

A Double Bill

The Speculative Sentence by Sharon Picasso 

   + Here’s How (Refuted) by Anat Shinar

Sharon Picasso’s new movement work for four, The Speculative Sentence, inserts chance as a factor in what is illuminated on stage.  Using motion detector lights, hand-held light wands and other practical light sources, the piece is a fascinating study of the spaces in between – the idea that we can’t necessarily choose what we reveal or hide about ourselves, and that often what connects us with one another can be equally random. Featuring dancers Brian J. Evans, Heidi Kalweit, Jesse Neumann-Peterson and Erin Thompson.

In Here's How (Refuted), Anat Shinar draws on a long-time obsession with self-help literature. Along with dancers Kara Motta and Kristin Van Loon, Shinar posits that minimal effort brings about maximal change, as long as one believes it can. Integrating movement, text, and installation, Shinar crafts a space in which clarity and disorientation overlap, reflecting how her struggle with anxiety manifests externally. 

 

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Ain't It a Grand and Glorious Feeling

7:30 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Mojo Coffee Gallery
2205 California Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by Theatre elision
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The seven Princess Musicals were written and produced between 1915 and 1918 specifically for the Princess Theater in New York City.  The Princess was a small theatre, requiring simpler, more intimate shows than were common during this "Ziegfeld" era.  Not only were the Princess Musicals written specifically for a smaller space, with believable stories that would resonate with the public, the shows were also designed to keep production costs low.  They became a turning point in the evolution of musical theatre, not only because of their structure, but also because the music and lyrics were largely written by Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse.  There was much more to the Princess Musicals, however, than low-budget shows in a small setting.  The stories were simple and real. They were comedies, but the humor came from real-world situations.  Because they couldn't afford big stars or high production values, the shows relied on good story-telling and great music.  This original musical, featuring the music of Jerome Kern and his Princess Musicals collaborators, tells a story in much the same style, but with a modern twist. The songs may not exactly fit the sensibilities of today's young men and women, but the sentiments are timeless.   Surprisingly, we find that the age-old story of romance, love, and marriage hasn’t changed much in 100 years!

NOTE: TICKET PRICES INCLUDE DINNER OR DESSERT - YOUR CHOICE!  DINNER SEATING AT 6:30.  DESSERT SEATING AT 7:00.  SHOW STARTS AT 7:30.

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