In London's West End, Blood Brothers is a legendary show, having played an incredible 10,000+ performances over 24 years. Now the megahit musical from Willy Russell (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine) comes to the Ames Center's Black Box Theatre. The secret of the show's success may be in its inescapably dramatic premise. Meet two boys, Mickey and Eddie -- one rich, the other poor -- who are, regardless, the best of friends growing up in Liverpool in the '60s. But little do they know how close they truly are, as they're actually fraternal twins who were separated at birth. Moreover, their mother once swore that if either boy were to ever discover their true connection, both would soon be struck dead. The power of her prophecy and the strength of the brothers' friendship are both tested when Mickey and Eddie fall for the same girl.
It’s all so terrifically busy and so wonderfully witty: boogie down with Huckle Cat, Mistress Mouse and the entire population of Richard Scarry’s Busytown in a cabaret-style musical of puppets and people—and Lowly Worm pops up in his apple car too! Written by local treasure Kevin Kling, Busytown takes the delightful characters to an unexpected place: a town where hustle and bustle, madcap and a hint of mayhem means full-blown fun for everyone in the family.
A wild comedy born from the improvisation of the original creators, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged deconstructs all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in one evening! Experience the Bard’s plays like never before with Titus Andronicus as a cooking program, the History plays as a football game and more. Filled with pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue and clunky female impersonations, this show is for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike. Praised as “Intellectual vaudeville” from The New York Times, “Rollicking, fast-moving and hilarious” from the The Guardian and “Fresh, energetic and funny. A wild and silly frolic” from Pia Lindstrom, WNBC-TV.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective serves up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. Everyone gets a commemorative mug, and the top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. For more info and a sample menu, please see the full event description.
What happens when you hitch your star to a loose cannon? Well, in the case of The Doyle and Debbie Show, hilarity ensues. Doyle Mayfield is a washed-up country star desperate to make a comeback after 30 years of certified has-been status. He's been through multiple wives and vocal collaborators -- each dubbed "Debbie" for the sake of the act -- and nothing's clicked. But when Doyle sees a single mother of three belting out a beautiful tune at a VFW hall he realizes he may have finally found the "Debbie" that could turn his life around. The Doyle and Debbie Show delivers big laughs and 16 original songs, including "Barefoot and Pregnant," "Blue Stretch Pants" and "When You're Screwin' Other Women (Think of Me)."
Live music, mascot dancing, movies, stories and more -- it's all part of the monthly variety extravaganza Encyclopedia Show Minneapolis at Kieran's Irish Pub Titanic Room. Each month, Encyclopedia Show commissions artists and experts from a wide variety of disciplines to showcase their individual talents and create a collective tongue-in-cheek encyclopedia entry. A new topic is tackled for each performance, from video games to flightless birds to the periodic table. Hosted by spoken word artist Allison Broeren, and featuring fearless fact-checker Levi Weinhagen, the show's been lovingly described as "nerdcore vaudeville."
The Heidi Chronicles traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland from high school in the radical ʼ60s to her career as an art historian in the heartless ʼ80s. As Heidi determines her place in society and how to juggle success and failures in work, friendship and romance, The Heidi Chronicles asks the ever-present question: Can women have it all? Variety raved "not many plays manage Heidi's feat of inducing almost continuous laughter while forcing the audience to examine its preconceptions," while the New York Daily News called it "not just a funny play, but a wise one." Leigh Silverman, the Tony Award-nominated director of the hit Broadway musical Violet, will make her Guthrie debut at the helm of this Pulitzer Prize-winning gem.
Dolly Levi is a delightfully scheming busybody who makes her living as a matchmaker in glamorous New York City. She's out to make a match for Horace Vandergelder, the "well-known half-a-millionaire," with the charming hat maker, Irene Molloy - but in the process, Dolly snares a groom for herself. Dolly masterfully orchestrates romance and adventure in a glittering mixed up night on the town.
Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher -- writer of Casanova with Heath Ledger and The Duchess with Keira Knightley -- now presents Hamlet with ... Jeffrey Hatcher. That's right, Hatcher himself takes the stage to tell the tale of this particularly tragic Dane in Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet, a solo show at the Illusion Theater. Back when he was 10 years old, Hatcher adapted, directed and performed a production of Hamlet starring his fifth-grade classmates. The first show sold out, as did the second and a career was born in humble Steubenville, Ohio. Now, decades later, the successful writer ruminates on his early start on the stage. Incorporating memories of his Ohio Valley childhood, this clever and deeply-felt show celebrates theater as home, refuge and platform.
From the writer/director/producer of the smash hit The Marvelous Wonderettes comes this 1960s musical comedy follow-up. The doo-wop quartet called The Crooning Crabcakes -- the boy group once banned from the Springfield High School prom in favor of the Wonderettes -- sets out to finally find their own path to the top of the charts by entering a radio talent contest. This family-friendly show features plenty of fun banter, along with such classic songs as "Stay (Just a Little Bit Longer)," "Runaround Sue," "The Great Pretender," "Tears On My Pillow," "Unchained Melody," "Earth Angel" and more.
The energetic escapade features Lady Enid and Lord Edgar, a long-suffering housemaid, a dubious farmhand, and enough vampires, mummies, ghosts and werewolves to create an irresistible evening of murder and mayhem. During the fast-paced show, Greenwald and Cartmell play all eight characters, continuously changing costumes, wigs, characters and genders, plunging in and out of disguises and doors with lightning-quick dexterity (aided by a nimble behind-the-scenes team).
To Garrison Keillor's resume (radio raconteur, novelist, screenwriter, poetry-pusher, bookstore owner), you may now add "playwright." The Bard of Lake Woebegon's first full-length stageplay will offer a glimpse of public radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" onstage, offstage and through the eyes of the show's enigmatic creator.
Yellow Tree Theatre's seventh season kicks off with N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker, a longtime stage favorite for a reason -- it's got romance, drama, humor and even a little magic. The story revolves around farm girl Lizzie, whose marriage prospects and dreams of escape are as dry as her family's drought-ridden farm, despite the best efforts of her dad and brothers. Enter the fast-thinking, smooth-talking "rainmaker" Starbuck, who seems to offer the answer to all their problems -- for a price -- but whose interaction with Lizzie allows her to see herself in a surprising new light. First debuting on Broadway in 1954, Nash's funny and poignant American classic shows the power of hope over hardship.
This rocking country jukebox musical celebrates the songs of an American music legend: The Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire includes performances of such Cash classics as "Folsom Prison Blues," "A Boy Named Sue," "Jackson," "I Walk the Line" and, of course, "Ring of Fire." Without impersonation, the show presents Cash's music in authentic fashion. It also pays tribute to him with dance, comedy and stories. Ring of Fire was created by Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby Jr. and conceived by William Meade.
Unflinchingly honest and unabashedly heartwarming, Seedfolks is filled with raw, inspiring stories you’ll never forget. Where all her neighbors see a rat-infested vacant lot, nine-year-old Kim sees a place to plant some precious beans—and, one by one, the people of her community sow seeds of hope amid the dirt and grit, tending dreams to full bloom. The garden flourishes through 11 narratives by award-winning novelist Paul Fleischman, all brilliantly brought to life by Ivey Award-winning actress Sonja Parks.
Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman brings an ancient and beloved Chinese fable to life in a dazzling new adaptation hailed as “strikingly beautiful” by National Public Radio. Based on a story as popular as Cinderella, The White Snake chronicles the tale of a gentle serpent spirit who lives for centuries coiled on a mountaintop. One day, she transforms herself into a beautiful young woman and, with her feisty companion Green Snake, travels down to the world of humans where she unexpectedly finds love and vows to remain a human forever. But when a vengeful monk discovers her true identity, he becomes determined to destroy the life and love that she’s built. Funny, moving and stunningly staged, The White Snake is a ravishing theatrical spectacle that will enchant and delight young adults to the young at heart.
If you thought Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street was outrageous, the Brave New Workshop offers its own comedic spin on pop culture, politics and everyday life in its 285th production, The Wolf of Walmart. Not ones to follow the pack, this talented group of writers and actors hunts down the humor in the most unexpected places in its new collection of sketches and songs. Experience their high-risk, high-reward approach to satire that makes the Brave New Workshop so popular.