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Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas  
Plymouth Playhouse Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas
 
Away in the Basement returns to the Playhouse this Christmas season! It is 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. The ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the goodie bags and putting final touches on the nativity pieces. Little do they know what surprises are in store for them as they are called upon to, once again, step in and save the day.
   
Black Nativity  
Penumbra Theatre Black Nativity
 
Langston Hughes' Black Nativity is a joyous account of the nativity told through scripture, verse, music and dance. Focusing on compassion, community and connectivity, the Harlem Renaissance poet's song-play, first performed in 1961, is a true Christmastime tradition. A retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, Black Nativity mixes text from the Gospel of Saint Luke with black vernacular. A cast of children and adults brings this timeless story to life with music and dancing in this uplifting production for the whole family. Experience this moving story at St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre.
   
Camelot  
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Camelot
 
During medieval times in the idyllic land of Camelot, Arthur rules as a wise, compassionate king who dreams of building the greatest kingdom the world has ever known, one in which knowledge and wit reign supreme over brute force. Guenevere, Arthur's beloved queen, encourages Arthur to establish the Knights of the Round Table. As the Knights and their chivalry grow in fame, the dashing Lancelot arrives in Camelot and a deep bond unites the three. But all is not well in Camelot where secrets and friction begin to emerge. Merlin warns Arthur of impending plots. Schemes to thwart the throne and ultimate betrayal challenge Arthur's dreams. Can Camelot be saved?
   
A Christmas Carol  
Guthrie Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a "bah humbug," until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through 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 Carole Petersen  
Theater Latte Da at Ritz Theater A Christmas Carole Petersen
 
Carole's back... and she's ready to deck the halls! The celebrated holiday comedy returns after an eight-year hiatus. There's no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Acclaimed storyteller Tod Petersen reflects on the yuletide season with his family in Mankato, Minnesota, and pays particular tribute to the show's namesake-his mother Carole. Join us for the long-awaited return of this hilarious and heartwarming Latte Da original.
   
A Christmas Story  
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage A Christmas Story
 
Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!"
   
Cinderella  
Children's Theatre Company Cinderella
 
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.
   
Cirque Dreams Holidaze  
Northrop Cirque Dreams Holidaze
 
Experience gingerbread men flipping in midair, snowmen intricately balancing, icemen sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment in Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Now in its eighth year of touring, this visual marvel features dozens of beautifully-costumed international artists performing jaw-dropping feats amidst marvelous settings filled with colossal candy canes, gigantic gifts and 30-foot-tall towering soldiers. Bring the whole family to Northrop on the University of Minnesota campus and find out why the New York Daily News said that Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings the magic of the holidays to life with so much energy, it "could end our dependence on oil."
   
A Comedy Roast of Mister Scrooge  
Camp Bar A Comedy Roast of Mister Scrooge
 
Miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge is about to get his chestnuts roasted on an open fire! A Comedy Roast of Mister Scrooge gives the beloved characters of Charles Dickens' timeless holiday novella A Christmas Carol the chance to finally air their many grievances with the miser who made their lives so miserable. Revel in every "Bah!" hurled at the old humbug as hilarious insults abound in this decidedly adults-only show at The Cabaret at Camp Bar in St. Paul, filled with language so strong, it just might make you see ghosts.
   
A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol  
Bunker Hills Dinner Theater A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol
 
A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is one part Fargo (minus the woodchipper) and one part A Christmas Carol shaken vigorously and served over ice. It's Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minn., and cantankerous bar owner Gunner storms out of an argument with his wife and takes to the lake on his snowmobile. Next thing you know ... crash! The ice breaks and Gunner plunges through. After he's rescued, a coma-ridden Gunner journeys to a dream world full of surprises, not the least of which is a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future -- all played by folk legend Sven Yorgensen. Gunner's unusual journey gets a fittingly rare soundtrack, with original songs like "Gramma Cut the Christmas Cheese," "The Wheel is Turnin' but the Hamster Is Dead" and "I Love You More Than Football."
   
The Elves and the Shoemaker  
Woman's Club of Minneapolis The Elves and the Shoemaker
 
A shoemaker and his wife are facing a cold, bleak winter -- that is, until a pair of elves show up who've been sent to do "a good deed for a good human." With a bit of luck and resourcefulness (and a whole lot of silliness), the lil' elves bring a bit of happiness for the shoemaker. Based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, this charming musical adaptation from Sidekick Theatre puts a humorous spin on the popular classic, yet keeps the themes of kindness and generosity.
   
From the Trailer House to the State House - Santa Style!  
Illusion Theater From the Trailer House to the State House - Santa Style!
 
Miss Richfield 1981 is running for Governor in her all new show, From the Trailer House to the State House - Santa Style! For her 17th annual holiday show, Miss R will prove why she'll be Minnesota's best commander-in-chiffon, laying out her platform in side-splitting songs, very funny videos and getting the audience involved in the movement: #BigHairMatters.
   
In My Heart: The Adoption Play Project  
Wonderlust Productions at Mixed Blood Theatre In My Heart: The Adoption Play Project
 
When Alice and Lewis's parents meet at their engagement party, misunderstandings and miscommunications about adoption lead to a trip down the rabbit hole. Can Alice, her sister Jen, her fiance Lewis, and their extended family survive adoption's mixture of delight and darkness, absurd bureaucracy and hopeful fantasy, joy and sorrow-not to mention an anxious White Rabbit, a cryptic Caterpillar, and a vengeful Queen of Hearts? As guests at this unique engagement party, audiences will be immersed in an epic journey told through story, song, dance and a chorus of adoption community members, sharing their life stories, in their own words.
   
A Klingon Christmas Carol  
The Historic Mounds Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
 
Boldly taking Dickens' holiday classic where no Christmas show has gone before, A Klingon Christmas Carol re-imagines Ebenezer Scrooge's tale of greed and redemption using the Star Trek alien race's code of honor and courage. Now, three Klingon ghosts will help the cowardly Scrooge become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate. Performed in the Klingon language with English subtitles, this A Christmas Carol-meets-Star Trek mash-up is sure to crack up Trekkies and Dickens fans alike. This voyage to the final frontier of holiday fun blasts off from The Historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul.
   
The Lion In Winter  
Guthrie Theatre The Lion In Winter
 
"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. Best known for the film adaptation starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn, this viciously funny drama is a high-stakes chess game where the pieces constantly change sides and no one is spared the sword. Brace yourself for an epic family takedown at the Guthrie Theater, just in time for the holidays.
   
The Littlest Angel  
Howard Conn Fine Arts Center The Littlest Angel
 
All the love, laughter and magic of Charles Tazewell's beloved children's book comes to life in this fun and inspiring musical stage adaptation of The Littlest Angel. A great holiday treat for kids of all ages, The Littlest Angel follows the humorous misadventures of a little angel who wreaks one disaster after another while finding his way in heaven. But when Christmas Day finally rolls around, this mischievous angel ultimately learns a timeless lesson about the true spirit of giving. This Youth Performance Company production at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center offers a meaningful tale that's sure to resonate with audiences of all faiths.
   
Million Dollar Quartet  
Old Log Theater Million Dollar Quartet
 
The musical captures the memorable day when four Rock n' Roll greats made music history. On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley at Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis, TN. The man who made it happen was the "Father of Rock'n'Roll," Sam Phillips, who discovered them all. This was the only occasion the four legends-to-be played together, and it has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.
   
Nutcracker (not so) Suite  
Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts Nutcracker (not so) Suite
 
Experience a Twin Cities holiday tradition as Myron Johnson's Nutcracker (Not So) Suite returns in a new production with James Sewell Ballet. Johnson's inventive remix of this Christmas classic goes back to E.T.A. Hoffman's original tale for a grittier coming-of-age story while injecting it with fresh music and choreography and a setting that changes every year. The new production transports the story to 1960s New York and is chock-full of colorful characters, including a life-size Barbie doll and beatnik stand-ins for the rats. A lively score of Christmas carols colliding with hip-hop and R&B brings the whole thing to life at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.
   
The Oldest Boy  
Jungle Theatre The Oldest Boy
 
A thoughtful, moving exploration of parenthood, love and letting go, The Oldest Boy is the story of 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. The New York Times said, "'The Oldest Boy' is...marked by Ms. Ruhl's inquisitive intelligence, clean-lined eloquence and spiky humor." Variety praised the play, calling it "...extremely imaginative and hypnotically beautiful."
   
Orphan Train  
History Theatre Orphan Train
 
1889. Over 100,000 orphaned children were shipped by rail from the slums of New York City to farm families in the Midwest between 1858 and 1929. Orphan Train brings to life the struggles and joys of the children who landed in Minnesota and the families who took them in. This stirring folk musical follows a handful of children - a brother and sister who were separated, a tough boy and a spirited girl whose courage soars in the face of adversity, and an African-American girl who finds love in the home of a Buffalo Soldier's family. Don't miss this new look at a History Theatre classic that will tug at your heartstrings and entertain audiences of all ages with humor and love.
   
The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer  
Park Square Theatre The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer
 
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."
   
Triple Espresso-a highly caffeinated comedy  
New Century Theatre Triple Espresso-a highly caffeinated comedy
 
It's the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist Hugh Butternut, magician Buzz Maxwell and comic Bobby Bean reluctantly reveal the details in a high-energy joy ride that will make you laugh and laugh and laugh!
   
Wait Until Dark  
Ames Center Wait Until Dark
 
Blind housewife Susan is being terrorized in her apartment by a band of criminals who believe she has the heroin-stuffed doll they smuggled into the country. But Susan's no helpless victim. Utilizing her unique abilities, she's able to level the playing field with the help of a young neighbor, devising a pulse-pounding game of cat-and-mouse that unfolds in the dark of night and has been thrilling audiences for decades. Originally produced on Broadway in 1966 and made into the classic Audrey Hepburn film a year later, Wait Until Dark is an electrifying thriller by Frederick Knott, the playwright behind Dial M for Murder. Now you can enjoy all the pulse-pounding tension of Wait Until Dark at the Ames Center's Black Box Theatre ... but be prepared to spend the finale propped precariously on the edge of your seat.
   
What Fools These Mortals Be  
The Lab Theater What Fools These Mortals Be
 
Interact Theater's ensemble ignites the stage this fall with What Fools These Mortals Be. Master playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling heads up the cast -- as the Bard himself -- for an unforgettable evening of theater, humor, music and over-the-top foolishness accompanied by original music and stage direction by Ivey Award-winning composer Aaron Gabriel. It's 1589, and Queen Elizabeth has heard rumors of "strange sisters" in the dark woods and a potential plan by her courtly fools to commit royal murder. This convinces her to round up and execute all the fools in the land, who promptly leave for the New World in order to save their own skin. Once there, they realize the only way to return home and regain the Queen's favor is to create the single greatest play ever written, with a little help from a new playwright named William ... something-or-other. A mash-up of Shakespeare's most iconic scenes, What Fools These Mortals Be is performed with Interact Theater's trademark style of humor and heart. Commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with this production at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis.
   
What the Elf?!  
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre What the Elf?!
 
As we all look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the upcoming holiday season. This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with on Facebook to beautiful downtown Minneapolis and laugh together at "The Brave New Workshop's 2016 Holiday Revue: What the Elf?!" We'll have signature drinks, hilarity for all, and of course, our own special version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."