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The Antichrist Cometh and Brilliant Traces  
Ames Center - Proscenium Main Stage Hall The Antichrist Cometh and Brilliant Traces
 
It's a double feature of high-concept surrealism as the Chameleon Theatre Circle presents David MacGregor's comedy The Antichrist Cometh and Cindy Lou Johnson's arresting drama Brilliant Traces. In its world premiere, The Antichrist Cometh finds John and Leah having a nice dinner together -- which gets slightly derailed when John realizes he just might be humanity's fated antichrist. Then, in Brilliant Traces, a runaway bride stumbles into the remote cabin of an Alaskan hermit, where a strange dance of self-discovery begins. Are these two lost souls destined to help each other, or to push each other over sanity's edge? Find out at this special chance to see not one cutting-edge play but two.
   
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story  
History Theatre Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
 
Rock out to the golden oldies when History Theatre brings back its popular, award-winning production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. This hit show follows Holly's childhood in Texas, his musical beginnings with the group of high school friends who later gained fame as the Crickets, his meteoric rise to fame and his tragic early death -- all set to a soundtrack of some of rock 'n' roll's biggest hits, including Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and many more. Part biography, part rock 'n' roll concert, this musical is a joyous celebration of the life and music of one of America's most beloved musicians (played by Nicholas Freeman).
   
A Christmas Carol  
Guthrie Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
This year marks the 40th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the perennial favorite that received a new adaptation by Crispin Whittell in 2010 and continues the Guthrie’s holiday tradition for families across the region. Now is the time to experience this cherished production with your loved ones! 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.
   
The Cocktail Hour  
Guthrie Theatre The Cocktail Hour
 
When your family is in town for the holidays, we’ve got the perfect way to toast the season! With delightfully witty wordplay, A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour is a heartfelt comedy of manners that pits artistic pursuit against family loyalty. It’s the 1970s, and John arrives for dinner at his parents’ home carrying the script of his soon-to-be produced play depicting his uptight, upper-crust WASP family. Just as the martinis begin to flow, so do the revelations and recriminations – both funny and poignant. Directed by Maria Aitken (Broadway’s The 39 Steps), The Cocktail Hour is the perfect alternative holiday entertainment.
   
Disenchanted!  
Illusion Theater Disenchanted!
 
Think fairy tales are a little overexposed these days? Well, so do their stars. Disenchanted! features all of your favorite disgruntled princesses as they come together to "storm the castle" and take their lives back from the countless movie studios and toy merchandisers exploiting their happily ever afters. Mark Bergren, a former Disney writer-director, directs this hilarious sendup, with music direction by two-time Ivey Award winner Raymond Berg (Urinetown: The Musical) and Lori Dokken. Here's your chance to catch Disenchanted! before it heads off to New York for an off-Broadway production.
   
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas  
Children's Theatre Company Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
 
Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave—and who oh who will save Christmas? CTC’s Technicolor, maxed-out musical brings alive the songs, the story, and the Seuss in megadoses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. The holidays are never brighter, bigger or badder than when the Grinch is in town. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain—and cheer for a beloved holiday tradition.
   
Encyclopedia Show Minneapolis  
Word Sprout at Kieran's Irish Pub Encyclopedia Show Minneapolis
 
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."
   
Grounded  
The Playwrights' Center Grounded
 
George Brant's toothsome and timely one-woman play presents us with a passionate fighter who sees her career in the sky interrupted by an unplanned pregnancy. Reassigned to a job operating military drones, she first chafes, then numbs, then finally has difficulty separating the Middle Eastern desert she patrols and the American desert in which she lives. Sha Cage stars in Frank Theatre's production.
   
Hauptmann  
People's Center Theater Hauptmann
 
John Logan's Hauptmann is an intense dramatization of the 1932 investigation into the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's young son. When the primary suspect quickly became the German immigrant Bruno Hauptmann, the young F.B.I. head J. Edgar Hoover used the case to secure his position at the institution he would give his life to. An Oscar-nominated screenwriter (The Aviator, Gladiator and many more). Logan's absorbing drama is a fascinating look at the justice system, bringing up difficult questions that call into doubt whether Hauptmann was guilty or a victim of the media and rising anti-German sentiments in America. The story is told from Hauptmann's point of view, speaking directly to the audience and enacting vignettes that show the investigation, the trial and its aftermath.
   
Hello, Dolly!  
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Hello, Dolly!
 
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.
   
A Hunting Shack Christmas  
Yellow Tree Theatre A Hunting Shack Christmas
 
From Jessica Lind Peterson, the playwright who brought Yellow Tree Theatre audiences the smash hit Miracle on Christmas Lake, comes another holiday comedy. A Hunting Shack Christmas finds married couple Charlie and Jennifer trying to smooth out a marital rough patch right before their 10th anniversary. So, with Christmas three days away, it's off to the family hunting shack in an attempt to rekindle the faded flames of love ... only to find that Charlie's estranged uncle Big Paul is squatting at the shack, out of which he's operating an illegal venison jerky operation with the help of his scrappy mistress June. Filled with quirky characters and hilarious oddities, the question is: will this Minnesota-centric comedy find its oddball foursome enjoying a merry Christmas together, or suffering through a holiday from hell?
   
The Juniper Tree  
Open Eye Figure Theatre The Juniper Tree
 
This classic Brothers Grimm story brims with singing birds, dancing bones, and barking trunks. Add a live band to blast the brutish stepmother and soothe the sobbing sister, and you get a not-to-be missed whirl of fairytale fun where everyone (who's supposed to) lives happily ever after.
   
Life Could Be A Dream  
Old Log Theater Life Could Be A Dream
 
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.
   
Love's Labour's Lost  
The Moving Company at The Lab Theater Love's Labour's Lost
 
The Moving Copmpany gives a makeover to the seemingly familiar, yet totally new - a mad festival of lovers, lunatics, and poets, let loose upon the verdant meadow of Shakespeare's mind.
   
Neil Gaiman's Murder Mysteries: A Play for Voices  
Black Forest Inn - Festsaal Banquet Hall Neil Gaiman's Murder Mysteries: A Play for Voices
 
Join master storyteller Neil Gaiman on a dark journey to the Realm of Angels, where the first murder has occurred, in Shadow Horse Theater Company's audio drama of Murder Mysteries: A Play for Voices. With intricate sound design and thrilling storytelling, Murder Mysteries takes you to a bustling Heaven before the dawn of creation, where an angel has been killed. When the Angel Raguel is assigned to find the murderer, his investigation leads him deeper into the mysteries of Heaven itself and sets in motion events that will define the future of angel and humankind forever. The author of the landmark comic book series The Sandman as well as novels like American Gods and Coraline, Neil Gaiman is widely considered one of the greatest fantasy writers of his generation. With Murder Mysteries: A Play for Voices, the acclaimed author takes his imagination into a whole new medium.
   
On Golden Pond  
Jungle Theatre On Golden Pond
 
Wendy Lehr and Bain Boehlke -- who have each netted an Ivey Lifetime Achievement award and a McKnight Distinguished Artist award -- play Ethel and Norman Thayer, an elderly couple who spend their summers on the shores of the eponymous body of water. Ernest Thompson's 1979 play was made famous in a 1981 film production starring Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn.
   
Relics  
Guthrie Theatre Relics
 
The year is 2314. Archaeologists have discovered a 300-year-old colony in what used to be called North America. You are invited to the opening night gala exhibition of the artifacts they uncovered. This imaginative, promenade-style theatrical event encourages patrons to move freely through exhibits, life-size dioramas, and reenactments of the daily life, rituals and battles of the “Ancients.” This mind-bending, interactive performance allows you to see today through the cracked lens of tomorrow.
   

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