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Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell's first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines—upon which we all depend.
Everyone has a different view. Amy's view is that love conquers all. In 1979 Amy visits her mother, the West End actress Esme Allen, with a big favor to ask and a brash new boyfriend in tow. When the pair meet, Amy will find the views she holds so dear are painfully tested as she has to decide what's worth fighting for. What none of them can know is that the events of that day will set in motion a chain reaction which will dramatically change their lives forever.
Inspired by the life of German film director Leni Riefenstahl, Aunt Raini is an incisive look at the tensions between art and politics, family legacy and personal identity. During a visit from her great-aunt Raini (Maggie Bearmon Pistner), successful gallery owner Katharine (Heidi Fellner) struggles to keep her family's past buried. The threat of exposure intensifies when she introduces Raini to her Jewish boyfriend Joel (Michael Torsch), a struggling photographer exploring Judaism in his work. When Katharine inherits her great-aunt's original film reels that document Adolf Hitler and the rise of the Nazi Party, Joel and Raini's companion Horst (Dan Hopman) force her to confront the truth: whether Raini's art is inextricably tied to its subject matter or can be judged for its artistic merit alone.
Based on a true story, Bars and Measures, a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, is the fascinating tale of two brothers. One a classical pianist. The other a jazz bass player. One a Christian. The other a Muslim. One living in freedom. The other in jail. Separated by bars, the brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best. Music. A beautiful journey through faith, family, melody and time.
Produced by the ever-innovative Sandbox Theatre, Big Money is world premiere story based on the life of Michael Larson, who cracked the code of the 1980s game show "Press Your Luck." Created by the Sandbox Theatre ensemble, led by Derek Lee Miller, this drama/comedy is told with imagination and plenty of movement.
Long-time Penumbra company member Daniel Alexander Jones returns to the Twin Cities with Black Light, the newest iteration of performance featuring the original and elegant Jomama Jones. Moving and grooving between song and monologue, the diva and soulful songstress explores love and life with extraordinary style and strength. Featuring original songs from Jones' forthcoming album Flowering, created with Bobby Halvorson, Black Light includes music by celebrated pianist Samora Pinderhughes and vocalists Laura Jean Anderson and Kelly Erin Sloan. Representing radical love at the heart of black and queer theatre, Jomama Jones' joyous reflections expand our capacity for love.
This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou Bellamy and the musical direction of Sanford Moore, this homegrown Christmas show returns with exceptional lead vocalists, the outstanding Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir, and the stirring choreography of Uri Sands of TU Dance. Join us for an experience full of joy, community, and spirit.
Based on Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye is a heartrending coming of age story about a young black girl in 1940s Ohio. Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved, but she's only met with ridicule and abuse. Confronting turmoil at home, she prays for Shirley Temple's blue eyes, believing their beauty is the only thing standing between her and the happiness of the white girls at school. By turns beautiful and harrowing, this powerful adaptation explores the destructive power of a racist society and the strength of a community attempting to embrace an era of change.
Hold on to your pumpkins! The magical, fantastical, and all-too-hilarious Cinderella returns to our stage for the holiday season. Freshly updated with all new songs, gags, and mayhem, you'll jeer at the deliciously dysfunctional stepmother and sisters as much as you'll cheer for Cinderella in her quest to attend the magnificent ball and fulfill her destiny. Put on your glass slippers, and join us for this spectacular and outrageous telling of our unique Cinderella, guaranteed to delight.
The Dinner Detective is the largest, award-winning, interactive comedic murder mystery dinner show in the United States. Our immensely popular shows are set in the present day. This means, unlike other murder mystery dinner shows, here you will find no cheesy costumes, no campy dialogue and no hokey song and dance. Our performers are dressed just like everyone else, leaving all of the guests to suspect who is a part of the show and who is not. At the end of the night, prizes are awarded to the Top Sleuth who solves the crime with the most accurate detailed information. Each ticket to our fully interactive murder mystery show includes an interrogation reception along with a four course meal including appetizers, mixed green salad, choice of entrée and dessert.
On Sneetch Beach, there's a line in the sand—Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other. That's the way it is, was, and will be. At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine. Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots—those with stars and those without—isn't so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? In this rousing and inventive musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss' powerful parable about the surface things that divide us, it will take a courageous friendship between an unlikely pair of Sneetches to find the answers. This work is supported by a Theatre Commissioning and Production Initiative grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Dance with Love presents their new dance show Earth Shakin Latin Fusion, a unique and entertaining dance show performed by champion dancers.
Our dancers have been featured on "So You Think You Can Dance," the world renowned Broadway hit, "Burn The Floor" and Europe's "Star Light Express." Dance With Love has been featured in five countries including America, Australia, China, Finland and Russia.
This show will feature Latin and Ballroom dances choreographed and performed by Gene, Elena and the company, the show will feature sparking Hip-Hop routines choreographed by the amazing instructor and Minnesota native Trey Barber.
Let's talk about the elephant in the room, Gerald is no good at dancing. But the pessimistic pachyderm has the help of his perky pal Piggie to teach him how. The melodic musings of this dynamic duo make for one grand day at the theatre as Elephant and Piggie put on a show where we learn the important responsibilities of being a good friend. Based on The New York Times best-selling book series by Mo Willems, Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play! is a jazzy, jolly, and joyful vaudevillian romp of a musical that will leave you tickled pink. Complete with the nutty back-up singers, The Squirelles, get ready for this raucous dance party that will have the whole theatre "Flippy Floppy Floory"!
"To create something new, we must first love what is old." Set in San Francisco's Chinatown in the late fifties, Flower Drum Song is a funny and moving story which explores what it means to be an American and touches the history of every person whose forbearers once arrived as strangers to these shores. The new, fully revised version includes David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-nominated text. This co-production with Mu Performing Arts is directed by Randy Reyes.
Why is it so hard to grow up? GIRL is a good girl: smart, beautiful, and a little rebellious, or, as her family would say, "hard-headed." For the most part, she has played by the rules, finishing college and then graduate school. She is perfectly poised for success, but something is in her way. Floundering in love, life, and career, GIRL goes on a journey to discover what she's missing, but wherever she goes, there she is. Eventually, GIRL learns that what she's seeking is herself: powerful, grounded, and so much stronger than she thought. A groundbreaking new musical by Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri, Girl Shakes Loose is the soulful story of one woman's search for herself. Based on the lush poetry of Sonia Sanchez and featuring a stirring original score, you won't want to miss this world premiere. Brimming with hope, humor, and headstrong passion, you'll cheer GIRL on, remembering your own journey along the way.
Based on the celebrated novel, The House on Mango Street is a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – about a young Latina growing up in Chicago. Determined to leave her impoverished neighborhood, she discovers writing is both her way out and her path back to the place where she invented herself. Written by Sandra Cisneros, this is a newly adapted production, freshly imagined for the Proscenium Stage by Amy Ludwig, and directed by Signe V. Harriday.
Winner of the 1936 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Idiot's Delight is a romantic commentary on greed, idealism, love, and the grim realities of war. An eccentric assortment of characters are stranded together in a European mountaintop resort at the outbreak of war, including a munitions magnate, his mysterious Russian mistress, and an American song and dance man with his chorine companions "Les Blondes." Girl Friday Productions brings its signature large ensemble cast to this dramatic comedy with musical accents, set in a world on the brink.
Everyone has a wish: The Baker and his wife long for a child but cannot conceive, Jack desperately wishes his cow would once again provide milk so he would not have to sell her, and Cinderella dreams of attending the king's ball and being free of her cruel stepmother and step-sisters. When their tales intertwine and lead into the woods, dreams come true, but not without consequence, and the characters are forced to band together to save their world from destruction.
Vocalist Connie Evingson returns to Jazz at the Jungle select Sundays following opening night.
It is 1977, and in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, city officials threaten to level a makeshift taxi dispatch office where neighbors have gathered for years. At a time when safe and comfortable transit was not guaranteed for black customers, Becker's car service provided mobility and a modicum of respect for the community. Now his building has been identified as prime real estate for redevelopment, and he might be forced out of business. Meanwhile, his estranged son has been released from prison and wants to come home. As pressure mounts, Becker is forced to reckon with powers beyond his control. Jitney is an "explosive" and "gripping" portrait of African American life from the pen of one of America's greatest writers. Join us for a riveting production brought to you by the nationally-known and critically-acclaimed creative team at Penumbra Theatre.
For the first time in more than 20 years the Guthrie will stage Shakespeare's searing masterpiece. After years of ruling Britain in peace, a respected King Lear decides to relinquish his crown and divide his kingdom among his three daughters. But when their love and loyalty falter, so does Lear's sanity. King Lear is a gripping portrait of fathers, daughters and a once mighty ruler thwarted by his own hubris and betrayed by a vanishing mind.
It begins with light, a sliver, a flash, then comes a sound, a pulse, a beat, a crash like a giant hammer smashing through the sky. Thus, the story of Boom, the son of Thunder, begins as he sets out on an epic search for his father, ultimately discovering his true self and the strength within him that always existed. This mythical adventure will transport you and your child on a fantastic journey where the littlest things can make all the difference in the world. This play is supported by The Joyce Award.
UCLA Delta Nu Sorority President, Elle Woods, decides to attend Harvard Law to win back her ex-boyfriend. She proves herself along the way.
Cliton can't tell a lie, but his master Dorante can't tell the truth. Dorante is in hot pursuit of one woman, but thinks she is another, which leads to amazing mix-ups and breathtakingly intricate lies. Sharp and saucy modern language adds zest to this sparkling urbane romance. An area premiere by David Ives, adapted from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille, and directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson.
"Well – what shall we hang? The holly or each other?" Set during Christmas 1183, The Lion in Winter tells the wickedly amusing tale of King Henry II, his imprisoned queen (released only for the holiday), and their three entitled sons who vie for the throne in a double-dealing division of the kingdom. With elegance and barbarism, devotion and disloyalty, this brutally funny family comedy is a high-stakes chess game where the pieces constantly change sides and no one is spared the sword.
Shakespeare's great tragedy explores the darkest corners of the human heart as the ambitious Macbeth schemes and murders his way to the throne. Filled with raw ambition and greed that seems ripped from the headlines.
California truck driver Larry Walters attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to his lawn chair one afternoon and soared 16,000 feet into the sky. If you remember reading that in the paper 20 years ago, you may have had a good laugh. But for Larry, flying was serious business and his adventure meant everything to him. But then, this world is a tough place for dreamers.
Eleven years ago, wealthy Nebraska businessman James Herrold unjustly threw his only son, Paul, out of the family business. Now he wants Nero Wolfe to find Paul so he can make amends. But what if the young man doesn't want to be found? And what if he's the same Paul Herrold on trial for murder? This case draws the great detective and his devoted sidekick into a web of deceit, one that even the master sleuth may regret taking on.
You can't choose your neighbors. In this brilliant new comedy, cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbeque for Pablo's colleagues and a delicate dispute over a longstanding fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples' notions of race, taste, class and privilege.
A moving and delightful exploration of love and letting go. The story centers around an American mother whose young son is believed to be the reincarnation of a high Buddhist Lama. When Tibetan monks arrive unexpectedly, asking to take her child away for a life of spiritual training in India, she and her Tibetan husband must make a life-altering choice that will test their faith...and their hearts...
At the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, brave women and men of all backgrounds said goodbye to their families, boarded buses and headed into the Deep South to battle discrimination. Arrested and imprisoned in Mississippi's notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary, these Freedom Riders endured by creating a nightly variety show called "The Parchman Hour." The Parchman Hour is a captivating play with music, one that reveals a defining chapter in American history while celebrating the hope and resilience of a community that joined together to stand against segregation.
This fiercely moving portrait of a family living and struggling on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s was the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway.
Meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. An area premiere of the comedy-drama by William Eno, directed by Joel Sass.
From the internationally renowned ensemble The Moving Company (core members of the former Theatre de la Jeune Lune), comes Refugia, a riveting investigation of the lives of those who find themselves navigating life's margins at the crossroads of transition. Composed of interconnected chapters and conveyed through music, movement, language and video, this world premiere – developed by the Guthrie – explores exile, borders and the displacement of peoples now and throughout time. At once funny and poetic, cinematic and theatrical, Refugia is a vital new work not to be missed.
Two young lovers, their relationship forbidden by clannish feuding, sacrifice everything to be together. French composer Charles Gounod gives a decidedly sumptuous, 19th-century spin to Shakespeare's classic tale of passion and tragedy.
For the Cavendishes, the "Royal Family" of Broadway, the show must go on. Set in 1920s Manhattan, this American classic (loosely based on the legendary Barrymore family) centers on three generations of actors, each at different stages in their careers. From an aging grande dame to a promising ingénue, together they confront a choice between secure, yet dull domesticity and an erratic, egocentric yet potentially fulfilling life on the stage. A brilliant, fast-paced comedy, The Royal Family is a masterfully written love letter to the Great White Way.
Full of humor and emotional depth, a fresh adaptation of Austen's treasured novel opens the season in a bright, bold and theatrical way. Set in late 18th-century England, Sense and Sensibility centers on sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, whose lives are turned upside down when their father passes away suddenly, leaving them penniless and with reputations at stake. Together the women must learn to mix sense with sensibility to find happiness in a society where love is ruled by money.
Back by popular demand! This soulful play takes you back to early 1900s New York City— a creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive "American Songbook." George Gershwin himself, joined by three stunning singers and a fantastic band, reveals the folk songs, blues, jazz, Yiddish theatre, cantor chants, and opera that fused into songs like "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You." Created and written by Joseph Vass and directed by Peter Moore, this audience favorite features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin with additional lyrics from Porgy and Bess by DuBose Heyward.
Inspired by George Seurat's famous painting, this dazzling musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, two of the greatest musical theater artists of our time, merges past and present into a poignant and sophisticated exploration of what it takes, and what it costs, to be an artist. George is an obsessive painter who risks it all, including his relationship with his lover Dot, to complete his latest masterpiece. A century later, George's great-grandson is working as an artist in New York City. In search of inspiration, he soon discovers that the answer to his future is painted clearly in his past.
Waking from hibernation in the Spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons. The amphibian odd couple celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them the best-est of friends while joined by a colorful cast of birds, mice, turtles, and that slo-o-ow snail with the mail. Nominated for three Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unforgettable and tuneful musical is back on our stage after almost a decade! Don't miss this exuberant story based on the treasured books by Arnold Lobel in a musical that soars like a kite and blossoms like spring.