This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution. Made popular by the Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds movie, the play is a nostalgic look at a delicate subject, but there's nothin' dirty going on!
In 2005, the first Church Basement Ladies Musical opened to wild enthusiasm. Now Plymouth Playhouse is bringing the original back to celebrate ten years of laughter, toe-tapping music and touching memories that will make you laugh and cry all at the same time. Fall in love for the first time or the tenth with the ladies who volunteer in the church kitchen -- Karin, Mavis and widow Vivian Snustad -- serving up humor and heart in generous portions.
"This was no boat accident." Voted No. 1 comedy in Twin Cities by One Girl, Two Cities, this long-running fan favorite show finds the talented cast of A Drinking Game Minnesota delivering a new live staged reading each month -- and July's installment features their rendition of Steven Spielberg's thriller Jaws. Just in time for the 40th anniversary of its release, this horror classic will performed in full, complete with props, music, costumes, choreography and a bit of audience participation, all set to a drinking game, with beer and wine available for purchase at the venue. Stay out of the water, and head over to the Phoenix Theatre for Shadow Horse Theatre's presentation of A Drinking Game Minnesota: Jaws.
In this adaptation of an adaption of an adaption from Four Humors Theater, three idiots are let loose on The Southern Theater stage to perform in one hour what Vanity Fair hailed as "the only convincing love story of our century": Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film Lolita. Watch these three idiots (well, four, including the director) make mistake after mistake in this fast-paced, highly physical comedy, which in the end allows these three idiots (well, five, including the playwright) to discover bigger truths about themselves and this classic tale. Four Humors Theater, known for making the beautiful foolish and the foolish beautiful, took home awards at both the Cincinnati and Minnesota Fringe Festivals for this unique three-man take on Lolita.
Based on John Waters' cult classic movie Hairspray, this live musical adaptation swept the 2003 Tony Awards and inspired a remake of the classic film -- this time starring John Travolta in drag. Set in 1962, Hairspray follows "pleasantly plump" teenager Tracy Turnblad, whose dream is to dance on a local TV dance program. When she wins a spot, she becomes an overnight celebrity and launches a campaign to integrate the show, which until then did not allow black dancers (except once a month on "Negro Day"). Packed with catchy tunes that nod to Elvis and Motown and a plot that's both bubblegum sweet and socially relevant, this feel-good musical takes the stage at Bloomington Center for the Arts.
Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, the stage musical is a fusion of various elements from the two. This is the story of the Banks family when a new nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives on their doorstep at 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London. The family finds that Mary Poppins is the answer to their prayers, but in the most unique and marvelous way. Along the journey we find that even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the very special nanny who proposes that "anything can happen if you let it."
Does art imitate life? Or does life imitate art? From Pulitzer finalist and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl (Dead Man’s Cell Phone, In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)) is this wickedly clever and charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss — or when actors share a real one. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. The New York Times hailed Ruhl’s new play a “daffy comedy about the emotional pitfalls of the acting life.” The New York Post said it “aims for big laughs and hits its target.” Vulture raved “Stage Kiss itself is a gift and a rarity: a superb new romantic comedy that does justice to both sides of the genre equation. It’s moving, smart, and flat-out hilarious.” Make a date night for one of the hottest new plays to hit the stage.