The story of ANTIGONE, the last in a trilogy by Sophocles, is rooted in civil disobedience, set in the aftermath of civil war. Oedipus' two sons have killed each other in a fight for the crown of Thebes. Their uncle Creon becomes king and declares that Eteocles will receive holy burial while his brother Polynices is left unburied to rot at the gates of the city as a warning to other traitors. Their sister Antigone can't accept this desecration. Knowing full well it will result in her own death, Antigone determines to bury Polynices, so his soul may rest.
Ifa Bayeza's benevolence makes its world premiere at Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul. A small, segregated town is turned upside down when fate brings a young boy from Chicago to a candy counter in Money, Mississippi. The second play in Bayeza's powerful trilogy about Emmett Till, benevolence is a haunting, unforgettable portrait of the collateral damage surrounding a case that gained international attention and sparked the civil rights movement. Penumbra produced Bayeza's award-winning The Ballad of Emmett Till in 2014 to critical acclaim, and now proudly presents this second chapter.
Broadway's hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.
Fresh off its Tony-nominated Broadway revival, Falsettos arrives at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul as "an exceptional production of a perfect musical" (The New York Times). The story revolves around a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. At times both hilarious and achingly poignant, Falsettos shines an ahead-of-its-time spotlight on the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family ... and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories. A hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1992, this always-timely show won Tony Awards for its book by James Lapine and William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and its score, also by Finn.
Catch five new plays from five different directors, each an inventive new take on the hardboiled genre, as Fearless Comedy Productions brings Fearless Five: Noir to the stage. In one play, a crew out to bring off the heist of the century has to outsmart not only the cops, but the Motion Picture Production Code, which says they have to fail. In the next, a gumshoe's internal monologue is actually a guy who follows him around the stage. Another parodies Taxi Driver for the Uber generation. See these hilarious homages and more at The Historic Mounds Theatre in Saint Paul.
It's hard enough for Mr. Popper, a modest painter, to support himself and his wife, and the unexpected addition of ten penguins makes it even tougher. But then! The imaginative Popper turns his talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act. They sing! They dance! They become a theatrical sensation and give a must-see Penguiny performance! Applause! Applause! This play shows you a wild and witty way to follow your dreams.
The Youth Performance Company delves into the civil-rights and student-activism movement of the '60s with the play Periphery. It's 1960 in North Carolina, and everyone knows that only white people can eat at lunch counters. But four young African-Americans change what "everybody knows" by taking the radical move of sitting at a lunch counter and asking for a cup of coffee. What happened next changed history. Recommended for 4th-graders and above, Periphery comes to the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center in Minneapolis.
Whether you're a Quidditch expert or merely a muggle, you'll find laughs aplenty in Potted Potter, the smash-hit comedy that takes on the zany challenge of cramming all seven books in the popular Harry Potter series -- that's roughly 4,000 pages -- into 70 hilarious minutes. Created by Olivier-nominated actors Dan Clarkson and Jeff Turner, this unauthorized parody has played to sold-out houses all over the world. Two actors inhabit 360 characters, fend off a live fire-breathing dragon and even manage to stage a real-life game of Quidditch in the theater. Now coming to Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis, the show was a critic's pick of The New York Times, Daily Herald and Time Out London, among others, who hailed it as a must-see family event for anyone age 6 to Dumbledore.
Winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Skin of Our Teeth juxtaposes everyday life with the historical and mythological past to create a wonderfully odd world. The play follows the adventures of an eternal American family residing in prehistoric and contemporary New Jersey who prevail over a series of apocryphal catastrophes. The ice age, the great flood, world war, family strife, political conventions... the Antrobus family, their maid Sabina, and a host of other characters survive through eons of calamity with their hope intact. Continually facing the end of days, humanity perseveres. This 75-year old comedy about resilience and hope feels fresh and profoundly relevant for today.
The musical comedy that's "touchingly beautiful... heartrending and hilarious" (Say Entirely) has become a Twin Cities Valentine's tradition and is returning for a 5th season at Art House North in Saint Paul. Yummy cupcakes and coffee included! During intermission, Michael Pearce Donley (of Triple Espresso fame) will perform love songs by request whilst you enjoy your dessert!