This Weekend (And Beyond) Get Out And See Theater!
Need help picking out the right show? I’ll run down some great theater options for you in this post. There's something for everyone: music, puppets, witches, human rights themes, and whimsy.
Share any upcoming shows that you are excited about in the comments.
Theater Pro-tip: Make sure to leave lots of time to arrive at your venue early and plan for heavy Super Bowl traffic on the roads.
It’s the final weekend of Dead Man Walking at the Minnesota Opera at the Ordway Center for the Arts in St. Paul. I saw this powerful contemporary opera last week; read my review. Performances run through February 3, 2018.
Last night I saw The Wiz at Children’s Theatre Company with my friend and arts colleague Kemi. Wow. This show was complete musical excellence.
It was my first experience seeing a show on the main stage, which is kind of hard to believe since I see so much theater. Here's my advice: If you only see one musical this year, make it The Wiz. There was so much amazing vocal talent on stage! The show was two hours long, perhaps the perfect length, and filled with songs that either touched your heart of had you tapping your toes. The audience was pretty fabulous, too; There were lots of young people and one of the most diverse theater audiences I’ve seen in Minnesota.
"My concept for [The Wiz] is rooted deeply in African American history & custom, Dorothy's journey from (in our production) Nicodemus, Kansas to the Wiz's palace in Harlem, pays homage to the Great Migration made during Reconstruction by thousands of African Americans from rural environs to urban living."
~Director Lou Bellamy, founder of Penumbra Theatre
This will be a truly magical event for children and for those of us who grew up watching Mr. Rogers on the television.
"We want to tell the stories of our own incredibly diverse neighbors who are helping people and communities believe in themselves, making better lives and neighborhoods."
The Minnsky Theatre in Northeast Minneapolis is a new venue for 20% Theatre. They were originally scheduled to perform this piece, where they have done so in the past, at Intermedia Arts in South Minneapolise. Unfortunately for our community, Intermedia has closed permanently. Check out and support 20% Theatre as they try out this new venue and continue their important work.
Cheap Theater Tickets for Artfully Engaging Blog Fans
The Gremlin Theatre (Saint Paul, MN)
A dark duologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, "A Steady Rain" explores the complexities of a lifelong friendship tested by domestic affairs, violence and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, and after working together for several years as police officers in Chicago, they are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny's wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line. Written by Keith Huff ("Madmen, House of Cards"), "A Steady Rain" premiered on Broadway with Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman. Gremlin Theatre now brings this profound work to St. Paul, presented on the intimate stage of their new thrust theater.
Half-price tickets available: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 / 7:30pm | $14
Open Eye Figure Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)
This all-ages adventure short-circuits the trappings of Disney "princess" culture and plumbs the mysteries of the constellations in a funny, fanciful, and poignant hero's journey about a mother who has gone missing and an astronomer-daughter determined to find her. Filled with ingenious puppetry, lavishly orchestrated songs, and madcap performances, "Constance In the Darkness" celebrates a new kind of princess who navigates a complicated past and uncertain future as she trains her telescope out to the stars as well as into the human heart.
Half-price tickets are available:
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pm | $10
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 4:00pm | $10