Each week I endeavor to list new performance art productions opening around the Twin Cities. With such an abundance of companies and venues in the area, keeping track of openings can be a challenge, but I’ll link whatever I can find. Provided descriptions are reprinted from production websites.
Green T Productions: Trojan Women
The ancient city of Troy has fallen, its heroes have been killed and all that is left is the lowly people and their hapless queen. What becomes of the innocent after the war? Stunning movement and mesmerizing choral chant dramatize the fate of Troy’s people after their city has been ravaged by the Greeks during the Trojan War. Runs at Old Arizona through 10/16.
– from Green T Productions
Theater Latté Da: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
This Tony Award-winning show is the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. At first blush, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee seems like a lighthearted spoof about nine students competing for the title of spelling bee champion. Look beneath the surface, however, and you’ll see the pains and heartaches today’s students experience as they strive for academic success. Runs at the Ordway Center through 10/30.
– from Theater Latté Da
The Chameleon Theatre Circle: The Woman in Black
Arthur Kipps has a story to tell – a story that has tormented him for decades. Join him on a journey to the past and find yourself drawn alongside Arthur into a tale of mystery, intrigue, and terror as he tries to unravel the twisted history of a remote village in this mesmerizing play based on the novel by Susan Hill. Two actors bring a multitude of characters to life in an unforgettable demonstration of the limitlessness of imagination and the power of abject fear. The Woman in Black is a classic horror story that has been terrifying audiences in London for more than 20 years, and will soon be released as a major motion picture. Runs at Burnsville Performing Arts Center through 10/23.
– from The Chameleon Theatre Circle
Illusion Theater: The K of D
Urban legend and reality mingle beautifully in the person of a young girl named Charlotte, who witnesses her twin brother’s death. Rumor quickly spread that in his last moment of life, her brother kissed her goodbye, leaving her with the talent, or curse, of killing anyone whom she herself should kiss. Set in rural Ohio, this one-woman production explores the dark corners of reality that hold more horror than the best ghost story ever told. Runs through 10/22.
– from Illusion Theater
Six Elements Theatre: The Pussycat and the Master Plumber Who Was a Man
A corrupt politician uses blackmail and threats to gain power. It’s the same old story, except this particular politician is a cat! Hear Tom Thomas try to take over the world in Six Elements Theatre’s staging of Arthur Miller’s 1940s radio play. Runs at Huge Theater through 10/28.
– from Six Elements Theatre
Workhouse Theatre Company: Rabbit Hole
Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Runs at The Warren – An Artist Habitat through 10/23.
– from Workhouse Theatre Company
20% Theatre Company: The Birth of Venus
Betty is a transgender woman who has only two wishes in life: to become physically and emotionally female, and to fly a rocket into space. She befriends Ron, a goofy single father who breaks faces professionally, and Trish, a surgeon struggling to conquer her loneliness. Together they build doghouses, bake cakes, make Play Dough creatures and spaceships, and explore the depths of love and friendship in a play that mixes poetic realism with a touch of the fantastical. Runs at the People’s Center Theatre through 10/23.
– from 20% Theatre Company
History Theatre: Beyond the Rainbow – Garland at Carnegie Hall
The incomparable Jody Briskey returns as Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall in her legendary Comeback Concert! Garland leads audiences through a whirlwind of memories starting with her childhood days in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and on to the studios at MGM, marriages and divorces, and finally to Carnegie Hall. It’s a life packed with love, passion, courage, and resilience, featuring some of the greatest songs of the 20th Century sung by one of country’s foremost interpreters of Garland’s greatest hits! Including “Get Happy,” “I Can’t Give you Anything but Love,” “That’s Entertainment,” “The Trolley Song,” and of course, “Over the Rainbow.” Runs through 11/06.
– from the History Theatre
Theatre Unbound: Anna Bella Eema
Ten-year-old Anna Bella and her hermetic mother Irene live in a ratty trailer on the edge of town. When their trailer park is slated for demolition because of interstate highway expansion, Irene refuses to leave. In this moment of crisis, Anna Bella creates a new girl out of the mud behind their trailer home. This mud-girl helps Anna Bella face the world outside her home. A richly imagined tale of a fierce mother/daughter bond, told through word and song. Runs at the Lowry Lab Theater through 10/23.
– from Theatre Unbound
For previous performance arts openings–
Sept. 25th – Oct. 1st:http://knotmove.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-09-25-11-10-01-11
Sept. 19th – Sept. 24th:http://knotmove.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-09-18-11-09-24-11
Sept. 11th – Sept. 17th: http://knotmove.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-09-11-11-09-17-11
20% Theatre Company
Chameleon Theatre Circle, The
Green T Productions
People’s Center Theatre
Six Elements Theatre
Theater Latté Da
Warren, The – An Artist Habitat
Workhouse Theatre Company