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It's summertime in Kent, and Charles Condomine is working on his latest novel, The Unseen. As part of his research, he and his wife Ruth host a séance with an eccentric medium known as Madame Arcati and invite their friends to play along. But the evening takes a supernatural turn when Arcati conjures Charles' first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for five years and doesn't have plans to leave.
Is our capacity for love greater than that for violence? In northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret wedding ceremony. But when an escalating civil war encroaches on their fragile union, they cannot escape its reach. Confronting the cost of intolerance, this powerful drama examines violence, the struggle to rebuild, and the human capacity for love and forgiveness.
Audience advisory: This play contains gunshots, strong language, and adult content.
The Midwest premiere of Hansol Jung's drama, directed by Signe V. Harriday.
A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a "bah humbug" until he's visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. Throughout a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present, and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways. A Christmas Carol, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, is a perennial favorite that continues the Guthrie Theater's holiday performance tradition for the 43rd year.
It has been 75 years since Anne Frank was given a diary by her father. Revisit this poignant classic yourself and share it with the young people in your life. You'll be inspired by the hope of a young girl who, in the midst of the Holocaust, could write: "In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart…if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again."
For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright and actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy, star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and her three adult children are home for the holidays in West Philly, but this year there is more than presents and yuletide on their mind. While Dotty fights to maintain a grasp on her memory, brother and sisters collide in a riotous midlife family brawl where losing your mind and losing your sanity are two different things.
A world-premiere adaption of Henrik Ibsen's play, An Enemy of the People follows Dr. Stockmann, who aims to expose dangerous water pollution in a Norwegian spa town's public baths. At first, he's seen as a hero, but gradually the whistleblower comes under fire for publicizing a problem that could destroy the town's economy and reputation. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama reveals the dangers a single person may face in a quest for truth.
There's something old, something new, and something borrowed in this feisty, heartwarming play about a Zimbabwean-American family preparing for a wedding. Marvelous and Donald have built their American dream in Minnesota, so when their daughter requests a traditional African blessing before marrying her white fiancé from Minnetonka and a surprise guest drops a bombshell, all hell breaks loose and the rehearsal dinner can't come soon enough.
Matt and Christina Drayton are a progressive couple living in San Francisco. It is 1967 when their daughter Joanna arrives home unexpectedly with Dr. John Prentice, an African-American doctor 14 years her senior. They're in love, and they want the Draytons' blessing for their marriage — today. The Draytons have prided themselves on their liberal-mindedness, but now they are forced to put their values to the test. Based on the iconic film, this classic is a witty and insightful reflection on two families confronted by their prejudices.
Winner of two 2017 Tony Awards!
Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, Indecent was inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance, in which a Jewish brothel owner learns of the lesbian romance between his 17-year-old daughter and a prostitute. Vogel's play with music charts the journey of Asch's controversial drama, which was upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some and reviled as an act of obscenity by others. Eight actors play music as well as almost 40 roles to shed light on one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history.
The game's afoot in this hilarious thriller that's anything but elementary! From the award-winning mastermind of mayhem Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor) comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone's favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit.
She's a Hmong personality coach addicted to Korean dramas (soap operas with fantasy plotlines). He's the heir to a Korean manufacturing giant banished to the new Midwest office. Will she find a man before the magic hour of her 30th birthday? Will he buck tradition and embrace his musical dreams? Fantasy collides with reality in this romantic comedy about fate, cultural clashes, and the art of losing one's virginity. A world premiere by Mu Performing Arts, directed by Randy Reyes.
As an Elvis impersonator at Cleo's bar, Casey had everything going for him, including a new sequin jumpsuit. But just like that, he loses his gig, rent is overdue, and his wife announces that there's a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, all hands are on deck for Casey's transformation. He always knew he'd be a star — but not quite like this. With zingers and showstopping numbers, The Legend of Georgia McBride makes for a wildly entertaining show.
Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new production, driven by music and the clashing cultures of Latino, white, and black migrant workers, puts you in the gritty palm of the American spirit. John Steinbeck's classic drama, directed by Annie Enneking.
Back by popular demand! The proud but poor Younger family captivated audiences with their passion, hope, and zest for living in the face of adversity. A life insurance legacy ignites dreams for a home, education, and ultimately a destiny they can call their own in the first Broadway play by an African-American woman.
Set in Verona, where the rival houses of Capulet and Montague are embroiled in a longstanding feud, Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare's famous tale of star-crossed lovers, filled with all the passion and violence of young love. Having inherited the deep-seated resentments of their parents, young people find love across a great divide. Underscored by ingenious wit and astonishing beauty, the play pits the bitterness of resentment against the intensity of romance.
Lillian Hellman began Watch on the Rhine in August 1939, during the weeks prior to the official onset of World War Two. The play debuted in 1941, eight months before the United States entered the war. In its depiction of a family that struggles to combat the rise of fascism, Watch on the Rhine emerges as a timely examination of moral obligation, sacrifice, and what it means to be American.
Devastated by his father's death and disgusted by his mother's hasty marriage to his hated uncle, Denmark's Prince Hamlet has hit the rock bottom of despair. Now the ghost of his father appears, claiming the uncle murdered him — driving Hamlet to avenge a crime that may or may not be a product of his own imagining. Grand in scope, rich in language, this classic story of haunting, both literal and metaphorical, ranks among Shakespeare's finest masterpieces. A world premiere adaptation, adapted and directed by Joel Sass.