Sunday, February 23, 2020

1 pm

Significant Other- by Joshua Harmon

1:00 pm

Highland Park Community Center Theater
1978 Ford Pkwy., Saint Paul, MN 55116

$23 – $38.
Call 651-647-4315
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Presented by Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
  • Comedy

February 15 - March 8, 2020

directed by Hayley Finn

Meet Jordan, a young Jewish gay man living in New York City. Life is a whirlwind of fun with his cohort of best girl friends at his side. But as singles nights slowly turn into bachelorette parties and weddings, Jordan finds himself fantasizing and yearning for his own significant other. His tender relationship with his grandmother provides solace and support, but what does his future hold? A new comedy by the writer of Bad Jews.

Individual tickets are $23 – $38. Audio described performance is Sunday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m.

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Twelfth Night

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

$15 - $79
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy

When a shipwrecked Viola washes up on Illyria’s shores without her twin brother, she must adapt to her strange new surroundings on her own. For safety, she disguises herself as a man named Cesario, finds employment with the handsome Orsino and secretly falls in love with him though Orsino pines for Olivia’s devotion. After a series of mishaps and mayhem, their love triangle becomes so entangled it brings all of Illyria along for the ride. When at last the truth is revealed, the Bard’s starry-eyed tale proves that the revelry of love is something worth fighting for.

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2 pm

Midwest Premier of Alligator Summer by Dylan Lamb

2:00 pm
Runs 100 minutes

  • Closing night

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

Presented by The Southern Theater and Sanguine Theatre Company
  • Drama
  • Comedy

Alligator Summer is the memory play of young Antietam Julep coming of age during a reptilian rapture in 1940s Louisiana. Sequestered with his family, and the neighbors who have well-outstayed their welcome, Antietam discovers that the real blood-thirsty beasts are not the ones that lurk below. With wit, gore, sentiment, idiocy, archetypes, accents, and gators, Alligator Summer is the guiltiest of pleasures for the refined sadist in all of us

Directed by Jillian Robertson

Featuring: Gary KeastRoberta GibbonsNora Targonski-O'BrienJacob MobleyMarissa Ward, Brighid Burkhalter, and Joey Hamburger 

February 20th-22nd at 7:30pm
February 22nd and 23rd at 2pm

Tickets on-sale now https://www.southerntheater.org/shows/alligator-summer-1

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The Convert

2:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia Ave St Paul, MN 55114

$25-30
Call 612-724-3760
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Presented by Frank Theatre
  • Drama

A powerful play exploring British colonialism in southern Africa and the use of Christianity for cultural disruption.

Set in 1896 Rhodesia, a young girl whose father has passed away is to be traded, by her uncle, to an older man with ten wives in exchange for a number of goats. She escapes this forced marriage by taking refuge in the home of an African teacher in the Catholic church. In exchange, she is given a new name, forbidden to practice her traditional beliefs, required to wear clothing of the colonizers, and, eventually, is cut off from her family to prove her Christian faith. As tensions in the surrounding villages grow, THE CONVERT explores the struggle between tribal customs and the ways of the British settlers, between traditional African beliefs and the Christianity brought by the colonizers. As tensions rise in the nearby villages, resistance could mean death.

 “After producing ECLIPSED nearly a decade ago, we have been pursuing the rights for THE CONVERT and we couldn’t be more thrilled to embark on this adventure,” says director Wendy Knox. “In some ways, THE CONVERT is a very unFrank play: it’s a big, historical, realistic, three-act play! Thematically, however, it’s right up Frank’s alley. During auditions, I had two actors, who were unfamiliar with Frank’s work, ask why I was doing this play. I answered that I thought the play was an excellent exploration of the roots of white supremacy, and that the play had much to contribute to the larger conversation we are still having, and need to be having today.”

“The Convert is shown…to be a work considering questions of racial, political and religious identity and assimilation with a provocative intelligence …” —The Guardian

“Where do you belong? It’s a question that just about everyone has to face, sooner or later, in Danai Gurira’s The Convert. And the further we go, the more complex that question becomes. It’s a terrific play — a rich, thoughtful, carefully crafted piece..” —The Financial Times

ARTISTIC TEAM

Directed by Wendy Knox
Scenery designed by Joe Stanley
Costumes by Kathy Kohl
Lighting by Tony Stoeri
Fight direction by Annie Enneking
Sound by Dan Dukich
Stage managed by Megan Fae Dougherty

CAST

Maje Adams
Yinka Ayinde
Warren C. Bowles
Hope Cervantes
Ivory Doublette
A.J. Friday
Ashe Jaafaru

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The World Over by Keith Bunin

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Open Window Theatre
5300 S Robert Trl #400, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

$20-$34
Call 6126151515
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Presented by Open Window Theatre
  • Drama

“We’re all of us meant to be heroes”. Join us for the regional premiere of playwright Keith Bunin’s unforgettable tale of adventure, love, loss and redemption. Drawing on a vast array of influences from the Bible, to The Odyssey, to Shakespeare, The World Over masterfully speaks to the original beauty and goodness of the human person, while showing just how far we’ve fallen. At once wholly fantastical and profoundly truthful, Bunin never leaves us without humor or hope in this epic story of a man in search of his home. Adam believes he is the lost prince of Gildoray, but nobody else in the world believes that Gildoray even exists. Adam will journey the world over, battling monsters, enduring shipwrecks, and daring deeds of heroism, to search for his lost kingdom and save his people.

"THE WORLD OVER is exceeding wise: a profound, insightful, thought-provoking examination of the most fundamental aspects of our humanity.” -NYTheatre.com

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Veneers

2:00 pm
Runs 90 minutes

Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

$2-$15
Call 6123772285
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Presented by Novagrex, nurtured by Arts Nest
  • Drama
  • Experimental

VENEERS follows the story of Simon, who begins to doubt his reality while attending a housewarming party. Itching with curiosity, Simon escapes to the outer world and meets the gods who dwell there, but is disappointed to find that they hardly have any of the answers one would hope for. Perhaps there is a further reality beyond this one… and beyond that… and beyond that…

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Les Miserables (School Edition)

2:00 pm
Runs 150 minutes

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

$12-$18
Call 952-855-9147
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Presented by Blue Water Theatre Company
  • Musical

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.

Performances:
Friday, February 14 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, February 15 @ 1:00 and 7:00pm
Sunday, February 16 @ 2:00pm
Friday, February 21 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, February 22 @ 1:00 and 7:00pm
Sunday, February 23 @ 2:00pm

Tickets:
$18/adults; $12/students

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Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor

2:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

  • Closing night

Northfield Arts Guild Theater
411 3rd St. West, Northfield, MN 55057

$12-$17
Call 5076458877
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Presented by Northfield Arts Guild
  • Comedy

The Northfield Arts Guild and director Marc Robinson present Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor.  This hysterical farce performs Fridays through Sundays, February 14-16 and February 21-23. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm, with Sunday matinees at 2pm. All shows are held at the Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield.

Set in the 1930s, an opera house is on the verge of disaster when the principal tenor is unable to perform. Still, the show must go on, and the opera managers must scramble to find a replacement tenor before all is lost. With a lively cast of over-the-top characters, slamming doors, and a penchant for mayhem, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor is an energetic, laugh-filled romp for the whole family.

The cast features Nick Hager as Max, the young man assigned to manage the Italian tenor, played by Bryan Reed with his equally Italian wife played by Laura Schaubschlager. Frank Blomgren plays Saunders, the opera manager working to prevent disaster and Allison Haider performs as Maggie, Saunders’ daughter who is enamored with the star tenor. Tania Legvold and Birch Carlson are brought into the hijinks respectively as Diana and Julia, the leading lady opposite the tenor and the chairperson of the opera, with Greg Muth as the Bellhop determined to have his voice heard as well.

Perfect to shake off the winter blues or to share as a romantic date with a loved one, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor keeps the laughs coming with hilarious characters and side-splitting physical comedy.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, and can be purchased online, by calling 507-645-8877, or at the Guild, 304 Division Street South. More information and tickets can be found at northfieldartsguild.org/arts/theater/60-carat-theater-season/lend-me-a-tenor/

The 60th Anniversary Theater Season is sponsored by Neuger Communications Group and Engage Print.

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The Dixie Swim Club

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

Written by Jones Hope Wooten
Directed by Eric Morris

This touching comedy centers around five Southern women who became friends on their college swim team. The group sets aside a long weekend every August to recharge their relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The play begins 22 years after they graduate from college. "The Dixie Swim Club" focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce and aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of 'teamwork', rally around their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. It is really a study in friendship and how it grows and changes through the years. 

Jones Hope Wooten are the authors of “Golden Girls” and “Savannah Sipping Society”

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DOG LOGIC

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
  • Comedy

Is it a comedy? A drama? An American fable? Well, it’s all of that — and more — because it’s a look into the unique mind of Hertel Daggett, a recluse who lives in a junk pile and talks to dead animals as the owner of an abandoned pet cemetery. But his monologues and philosophical musings are interrupted when a smarmy realtor uses Hertel’s ex-wife and long-lost mother in a plot to develop his beloved cemetery into a shopping mall.

Directed by Miriam Monasch, the cast includes: Ian Fyfield, Meri Golden, Josh Jabas, and Stacey Poirier.

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

2:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Cross Winds United Methodist Church
15051 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55311

Presented by Cross Community Players
  • Comedy
  • Musical

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. The story centers on an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. You won’t want to miss this riotous ride of a show, complete with audience participation!

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3 pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

3:00 pm
Runs 120 minutes

Black Box at The Hanifl Performing Arts Center
4941 Long Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110

$5-$10
Call 6513488578
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Presented by Children's Performing Arts' CYPP
  • Comedy
  • Musical

The tale of several socially awkward youngsters finding joy, heartache and a purpose in competing at the regional spelling bee features a score by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin. 

The Collaborative Youth Performance Program, CYPP, is completely youth lead! From directing, choreographing, costuming, lights, musical directing, stage managing, and more will all be led by youth! This allows all of the students involved to be immersed into musical theater and work together to create a production.

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The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy De Las Rosas

3:00 pm
Runs 75 minutes

SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
55 Victoria Street N, St. Paul, 55104

$12 - $16
Call 651-225-9265
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Presented by SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
  • Drama
  • Experimental

A SteppingStone Theatre for Youth World Premiere!

by Ricardo Gamboa

Jimmy is just like every other boy on the block—except he can move things with his mind. It’s a power he hopes can make him rich, famous. So when his mom, who came to Chicago without proper documentation, lets him join little league, Jimmy performs miracles. Pretty soon, people are talking about him as much as they are about the disappearances plaguing the community. But, on his 13th birthday, when his mother also goes missing, Jimmy must learn to use his powers for something else besides cosmic home runs. He teams up with two super-powered siblings who have been avoiding living in shelters to rescue his mom, the other “disappeareds”, and discover who is behind the kidnappings. 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Ricardo Gamboa is an award-winning artist and activist working in his native Chicago and NYC. 

In New York City, he is an alumni of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics’ EmergeNYC program, member of the NY Neo-Futurists, and Critical Collaborations Fellow at New York University. In Chicago, he is a member of Free Street Theater and the Southside Ignoramus Quartet, founding adult partner of the Young Fugitives, and creator and host of the live news show and podcast The Hoodoisie. He is the recipient of a MacArthur International Connections Award and Joyce Award amongst others. His current projects include the web-series BRUJOS and the play MEET JUAN(ITO) DOE. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at New York University’s renowned American Studies program. He has worked with over 5,000 young people in the United States and Latin America

Creative Team 

Director - Adrian Lopez-Balbontin

Assistant Director - Kivan Kirk 

 

Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de la Rosas was developed and received workshops with Free Street Theater, 2015 and
2018.

Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de la Rosas is presented by special arrangement with the Robert A. Freedman
Dramatic Agency, Inc.

 

 

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Silent Sky

3:30 pm
Runs 120 minutes

The Bell Museum, Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium
2088 Larpenteur Ave. W, St. Paul, MN 55113

$15 students / $30 adults
Call 612-626-9660
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Presented by Theatre Pro Rata
  • Drama

Theatre Pro Rata is partnering with The Bell Museum, Minnesota’s official natural history museum, to present Silent Sky inside the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium. Written by Lauren Gunderson, Silent Sky takes place in the early twentieth century, when Henrietta Leavitt and a group of women “computers” pursued astronomical research at the Harvard Observatory under the supervision of a male scientist. Their work proved to be crucial to the development of the field. Henrietta herself had to balance her dedication to her work with the demands of her family, health challenges, and the possibility of personal relationships. The achievements and difficulties of a woman scientist in a challenging historical period combine in this thought-provoking and engaging play. Come listen to the music of the spheres!

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5 pm

Cabal

5:00 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.

Tickets are now on sale through March 29. 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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7 pm

Twelfth Night

7:00 pm

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

$15 - $79
Call 612.377.2224
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Presented by Guthrie Theater
  • Comedy

When a shipwrecked Viola washes up on Illyria’s shores without her twin brother, she must adapt to her strange new surroundings on her own. For safety, she disguises herself as a man named Cesario, finds employment with the handsome Orsino and secretly falls in love with him though Orsino pines for Olivia’s devotion. After a series of mishaps and mayhem, their love triangle becomes so entangled it brings all of Illyria along for the ride. When at last the truth is revealed, the Bard’s starry-eyed tale proves that the revelry of love is something worth fighting for.

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