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1984  
Intermedia Arts 1984
 
George Orwell's classic of dystopian literature is boiled down to a small ensemble staging in Theatre Pro Rata's production. Pro Rata company member Grant Henderson plays Winston Smith -- a man who tries to escape the crushing conformity of a brave new world. John Middleton plays O'Brien, Smith's interrogator and a high-ranking official at the Ministry of Truth.
   
33 Variations  
Park Square Theatre 33 Variations
 
Obsessed by a musical genius, Katherine is on a mission to unlock Beethoven's strangest mystery: why can't Ludwig stop generating complex variations on a simple waltz? On stage, present-day New York and nineteenth-century Austria co-exist, brilliantly bridged by memory, tenacity and live music. Both Katherine and Beethoven deny love and friendships as they strive for perfection; they might share just enough to make time (and our hearts) stand still.
   
Busytown the Musical  
Children's Theatre Company Busytown the Musical
 
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.
   
Colossal  
Mixed Blood Theatre Colossal
 
Mixed Blood -- which pioneered the concept of colorblind casting in decades past -- continues to expand its definition of inclusive theater: Andrew Hinderaker's script will be performed in four 15-minute quarters with a half-time show, featuring a dance company and a drum corps. Toby Forrest, a quadriplegic actor from Los Angeles, leads a 20-person cast directed by Will Davis, a transgender theater artist known for movement-based work.
   
The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show  
Courtyard Marriott - Minneapolis Downtown The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show
 
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.
   
The Doyle and Debbie Show  
Actors Theater of Minnesota at Camp Bar The Doyle and Debbie Show
 
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)."
   
Dracula: The Musical  
Youth Performance Company at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center Dracula: The Musical
 
Dracula -- the world's favorite and most famous vampire -- may best be known for his bloodcurdling (and slurping) feats of shape-shifting, mesmerization and allurement ... but sometimes he's just gotta sing! An upbeat and humorous musical spoof of Bram Stoker's immortal creation, Dracula: The Musical follows its young heroine, Sarah, as she journeys to 505 Transylvania Avenue -- prompting a fun, funny and family-friendly adventure that features classic horror film favorites like Igor and the Bride of Frankenstein. Celebrate the Halloween season with songs and howls of laughter courtesy of the Youth Performance Company.
   
Eating Raoul  
Hennepin Theatre Trust at New Century Theatre Eating Raoul
 
Sex and murder, cannibalism and the American Dream -- it's all fair game in the hilarious cult classic musical Eating Raoul. The show centers around the appropriately named Paul and Mary Bland, a prudish couple that dreams of opening a restaurant far away from the sexual deviants who surround them in lusty Los Angeles during the swinging '60s. Their crazy scheme to fund their new endeavor? Mary and Paul will lure perverts into their apartment with a promise that Mary will fulfill their wildest fantasies -- and Paul will administer a lethal blow to the head with a frying pan. But when hot-blooded Chicano Raoul discovers the Blands' plan and wants in on the deal, Mary must choose between her new Latin lover and her faithful foodie hubby.
   
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.
   
The Heidi Chronicles  
Guthrie Theatre The Heidi Chronicles
 
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.
   
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.
   
The House On Mango Street  
Park Square Theatre The House On Mango Street
 
Esperanza has dreams, hopes, and plans that lie beyond her dilapidated home on Mango Street. Her friendship with Rachel and Lucy helps her discover the real life and culture beneath the crumbling edifices of her dangerous neighborhood. Her friendship with Sally helps her discover womanhood. Her writing helps her discover who she is. This touching and humorous story of a young girl growing up in Chicago among Chicanos and Puerto Ricans has been a mainstay of American literature and culture for a quarter-century. Esperanza learns that she can go home again, and even that she'd never left at all.
   
Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet  
Illusion Theater Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet
 
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.
   
The Jeweler's Shop  
Open Window Theatre The Jeweler's Shop
 
The town jeweler is the centerpiece of this timeless poetic drama penned in 1960 following three couples, one newlywed, one whose marriage is on the rocks -- and the engagement of the son of the first couple and the daughter of the second. The joys, mysteries and pitfalls of love sparkle in The Jeweler's Shop, actor, poet and playwright Karol Wojtyla's (Pope St. John Paul II) best-known play, which was made into a 1989 film starring Burt Lancaster, Ben Cross and Olivia Hussey, and made its off-Broadway debut in New York in 1994.
   
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.
   
The Marriage of Bette and Boo  
Theatre in the Round The Marriage of Bette and Boo
 
Bette and Boo never should have gotten married. Their son Matt narrates scenes of their bewildered attempts to provide a semblance of hearth and home - all the while undermined by their own families, bereaved by miscarriages and alcoholism, and utterly mystified by their priest. A very black comedy, and hailed as the best play by one of theatre's leading satirists.
   

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