Minneapolis/St. Paul Spotlight: November 2010
Christmas Time Again
The holiday fare continues with Phillip Grecian's stage adaptation of A Christmas Story (Children's Theatre Company, November 16 - December 31). Based on the short stories of Jean Shepherd and the eponymous film, A Christmas Story makes its CTC debut this season. The Stages Theatre Company puts up Junie B. in Jingle Bell, Batman Smells (November 19 - December 27) and Penumbra brings back their perennial favorite, Black Nativity (November 26 - December 26).
Audiences looking for big laughs this holiday season should look no further than the Jungle Theater and their production of the riotous one-man tour de force, Fully Committed (November 5 - December 19). Nathan Keepers plays Sam Peliczowski, an unemployed actor/telephone operator for Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant who just wants to go home for the holidays. Of course, what holiday would be complete in this bastion of public radio without David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries (Hennepin Stages, November 26 - December 31). This year's production features Joe Leary as "Crumpet" the elf.
Early this month, Spring Awakening makes a brief two performance stop at the Orpheum (November 6 & 7). If you didn't catch this Duncan Sheik musicalization of Frank Wedekind's story of puberty in fin-de-siècle Germany when it came to the Orpheum in 2009, make sure to see it this time around. The slightly more carefree musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a satire of corporate America, plays the Minnetonka Theatre (November 5 - 20).
If you're not quite fed-up with election season yet, Theatre in the Round keeps the politics rolling with Born Yesterday (November 19 - December 12), one of the longest-running comedies in Broadway history. It's about the rich and eccentric Harry Brock, who arrives in Washington with the aim of shaking things up. Just in time for the impending Minnesota winter, Park Square Theatre presents Shakespeare's classic, A Midsummer Night's Dream (November 16 - December 17).