Each week I endeavor to list new performance art productions opening around the Twin Cities. With such an abundance of companies and venues in the area, keeping track of openings can be a challenge, but I’ll link whatever I can find. Provided descriptions are reprinted from producing company.
Children’s Theatre Company: Marcy Watson to the Rescue
Mr. and Mrs. Watson think that 54 Deckawoo Drive will be the perfect home for their family—especially their beloved Mercy. But when Eugenia Lincoln gets wind that her new neighbor is a P-I-G (or a porcine wonder, depending on your point of view), Eugenia stirs up trouble of the most hilarious sort. Bring your appetite for a little comic mayhem, inadvertent heroism, and hot buttered toast. From the beloved series by local author Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie). Runs through 10/23.
– from Children’s Theatre Company
Ananya Dance Theatre: Tushaanal – Fires of Dry Grass
The second in a four-part, anti-violence series exploring how women in global communities of color experience and resist violence, Tushaanal (“fires of dry grass” in Bengali) revolves around stories of gold, an element mined and harnessed as capital, and a symbol of desire, beauty and artistry. Tushaanal is co-directed by Chatterjea, ADT’s founding artistic director, and OBIE Award-winning theater artist Laurie Carlos. Runs at the Southern Theater through 09/11.
– from Ananya Dance Theatre
Open Window Theatre: Leaving Iowa
The comedy about family vacations! This is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns to boyhood Iowa and sets off on a wild adventure to find a proper resting place for his father’s ashes, guided by memories of the torturous vacations of his childhood. Don’s existential journey leads him to reconcile his past & present at the center of the country. Revisit your own childhood in this hilarious and fast paced play! Runs through 10/02.
– from Open Window Theatre
Bloomington Civic Theatre: Brighton Beach Memoirs
A recipe for hilarity served up Neil Simon-style, this autobiographical Tony Award winner intermingles drama with comedy and chronicles the misadventures of Eugene, who dreams of baseball and girls, struggles with hormones and nagging parents, and copes with the mundane existence of his 1930s erratic family life in Brooklyn. Runs through 10/02.
– from Bloomington Civic Theatre
Eat Street Players: The Sound of Music
One of the most popular musicals on stage and film in the past century. A beautiful love story, charming children, and a thrilling escape from danger combine to make this the perfect outing for any age. Join the Eat Street Players for this exciting opener to the 2011-12 season. Runs at the Howard Conn Theater through 09/25.
– from Eat Street Players
Lyric Arts: Leading Ladies
Performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” in the Amish country of Pennsylvania is not exactly as fulfilling as Jack and Leo, two classically trained British actors, hoped life would be. When they hear that an ailing woman in York, Pennsylvania plans to leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, the duo are determined to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives. However, when they get there, Jack and Leo find that fate has thrown them a twist—the relatives are actually supposed to be nieces! Recommended for ages 13 and older. Runs through 09/25.
– from Lyric Arts
Park Square Theatre: August – Osage County (Previews 09/09 – 09/15)
When their alcoholic patriarch disappears, a large extended family returns to the homestead. Forced to confront unspoken truths and secrets, the family must also contend with Violet, the acid-tongued, pill-popping mother at the center of this storm. By turns poignant and appalling, this gripping play took Broadway by storm. On our stage, local actors will have the chance to blow you away. Runs through 10/02.
– from Park Square Theatre
Theatre in the Round Players: Bus Stop
A young, headstrong rodeo cowboy falls head-over-heels for a nightclub singer and whisks her onto a bus to go home to Montana. But theirs is just one story on a bus of likable misfits, who find themselves stranded for a night in a small town in Kansas. This warm and affecting romantic comedy was an immediate hit when it opened on Broadway, and became best known for its film version starring Marilyn Monroe. Runs through 10/02.
– from Theatre in the Round Players
Workhaus Collective: A Short Play About 9/11 (Preview 09/09)
A Short Play About 9/11 follows three characters: a hilarious talk show host on the verge of being fired after a monologue of 9/11 jokes; a Russian bio-chemist whose frequent appearances as a terrorism expert are marred by his inability to stay sober; and a young woman who realizes the agonized face on all those “Missing” posters may be her own. The play charts their struggle to resume a normal life, and the surprising role humor and art play in the healing process. Oh, and it’s funny. Runs at the Playwrights’ Center through 09/24.
– from Workhaus Collective
Freshwater Theatre Company: The Book of Liz / Dirty Girls Come Clean
Freshwater Theatre Company opens its season with two productions running in rep:
- The Book of Liz: Sister Elizabeth (Liz) Donderstock (of the Squeamish colony) is about to be squeezed out of her life’s work – making world-class cheese balls. Her midlife version of Rumspringa and her colony’s attempts to cope with her absence paint the backdrop for this smart comedy by the brilliant brother/sister duo of David and Amy Sedaris.
- Dirty Girls Come Clean: An examination of what it means to be a “Dirty Girl”, this multi-disciplinary production is curated by co-artistic director Ruth Virkus. By turns raw, hilarious, introspective and sexy, the confessional style festival features all new work by some of the best local writers and performers in the Twin Cities. Running the gamut from autobiographical to biblical, each piece is a unique take on how women define themselves, or are defined by others.
Runs at Nimbus Theatre through 09/25.
– from Freshwater Theatre Company
Guthrie Theater: Much Ado About Nothing (Previews 09/10 – 09/15)
Is falling in love only for the young? Not according to Joe Dowling’s take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The play centers on two couples: young lovers Claudio and Hero and middle-aged Benedick and Beatrice, sworn enemies who become the victims of a clever scheme. In a world where everyone eavesdrops, meddles and minds others’ business, Benedick’s friends fool him into believing Beatrice loves him and the women do the same for Beatrice. Thus begins their inevitable and entertaining journey to finding true love late in life. This charming exploration of love and marriage, friendship and honor, delivers music, dancing and merriment, proving that falling in love is for everyone, young and old. Runs through 11/05.
– from the Guthrie Theater
Theatre Pro Rata: Cat’s Paw
In a bunker somewhere under Washington D.C., a bomb is being constructed. A hostage is bound. A reporter is ushered in. Martyrs will be made by force and lives will be advanced by obsession. In the great stand-off between terrorism and media, between motive and message, between sincerity and manipulation…one man has a master plan. And that man will win. Runs at the Gremlin Theatre through 09/25.
– from Theatre Pro Rata
For previous performance arts openings–
Aug. 28th – Sept. 3rd: http://joltleft.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-08-28-11-09-03-11
Aug. 21st – Aug. 27th: http://joltleft.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-08-21-11-08-27-11
Aug. 14th – Aug. 20th: http://joltleft.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-08-14-11-08-20-11
Ananya Dance Theatre
Bloomington Civic Theatre
Children’s Theatre Company
Eat Street Players
Freshwater Theatre Company
Open Window Theatre
Park Square Theatre
Theatre in the Round Players
Theatre Pro Rata