2018 Spring Arts & Dining Pairings

Produced by Linda Raines and Chris Tarbox
Arts Pairings by John Townsend
Dining Pairings by Bradley Traynor

Indecent
Wurtele Thrust Stage, Guthrie Theater
www.guthrietheater.org
through March 24, 2018
Lesbian master playwright Paula Vogel muses on the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, about a Jewish brothel owner and the lesbian romance between his daughter and one of his employees. The actors were arrested for performing this play. Was it because of its kiss between two women, antisemitism, or both?

Restaurant Pairing: Zen Box Izakaya
Perhaps the best pre-Guthrie gathering spot, Zen Box is perfect for a pre-show nosh and tipple, especially if you like Japanese bar food. And if you’re not quite sure what Japanese bar food is, you’re in for a real treat. Crispy fried chicken, handmade ramen, and melt-in-your-mouth pork belly are among my personal favorites.

 

Disney’s Newsies
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
www.chanhassentheatres.com
March 2-Sept. 29, 2018
Extra! Extra! Read all about it and see it live at the nation’s premiere dinner theater! New York City’s Newsboys Strike of 1899 came about because the greedy New York World publisher—Joseph Pulitzer—raised the price of his product without telling the young boys who distribute them. When they dare to strike, under the leadership of Jack Kelly, they make child labor history.

Restaurant Pairing: Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
Perhaps the easiest pairing on the list for obvious reasons, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre takes dinner and a show to a whole new level. Literally. Every time I sit down to enjoy a meal at this classic Twin Cities theater venue, I’m immediately reminded how the food matches the magic happening on stage. Don’t miss the Chicken Chanhassen. 

 

Corduroy
Children’s Theatre Company
www.childrenstheatre.org
March 6-May 20, 2018
The search for his missing button motivates Corduroy the teddy bear to look through every section of the department store. He fears the night watchman will find him before he finds the button. But there’s also a chance he will finally find a home with a caring little girl named Lisa. Indeed, the stakes are high for adorable Corduroy! 

 

Familiar
McGuire Proscenium Stage, Guthrie Theater
www.guthrietheater.org
March 10-April 14, 2018
A Zimbabwean-American couple prepare for their daughter’s Minnesota wedding. When the daughter requests a traditional African blessing before she marries her white fiancé from Minnetonka, a surprise guest shows up with some discombobulating news. A unique look at life in Minnesota written by Danai Gurira. Directed by Taibi Magar.

 

Guys and Dolls
Old Log Theater
www.oldlog.com
March 10-June 16, 2018
One of the most dynamic of Broadway musicals. Composer-lyricist Frank Loesser exuberantly reimagined the gritty realm of Damon Runyon’s mythical New York, where gangsters and gamblers sing and dance their way through Gotham’s underworld. From the night clubs scene to the Salvation Army to cafes down Cuba way in Havana, soak up fabulous tunes like “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” “If I Were a Bell,” and “A Bushel and a Peck!”

Restaurant Pairing: Cast & Cru at Old Log Theater
Not quite dinner theater, but dinner and theater in the same place sounds just as nice, no? The Old Log Theater is a wonderfully warm and inviting venue with a talented chef-driven dining spot built-in right onsite. Grab your special someone for a beautiful drive out to Lake Minnetonka, enjoy an amazing meal, then settle in for a night of great local theater.

 

A People’s History
Dowling Studio, Guthrie Theater
www.guthrietheater.org
March 14-March 31, 2018
Actor-writer Mike Daisey contrasts his view of American history as gleaned from a textbook a quarter century earlier with Howard Zinn’s popular progressive history work, The People’s History of the United States. Performed as a monologue, Daisey covers the vast contested period between the landing of Christopher Columbus in 1492 to the 2016 election. 

 

THE GREAT DIVIDE II: PLAYS ON THE POLITICS OF TRUTH
Pillsbury House + Theatre
www.pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org
March 14-25, 2018
Beliefs vs. Truth. Beliefs Vs. Facts. These conflicts are inherent in politics. Five playwrights meditate on how beliefs might become embedded in what we think of as facts. Among these, playwright Stacey Rose has created a lesbian character confronted by nuclear holocaust. Pillsbury House is known for its assertive look into hot-button political issues.

 

The Canterville Ghost. Photo by Bob Suh

Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost
Theatre in the Round Players
www.theatreintheround.org
March 16-April 8, 2018
We know that Oscar Wilde was a gay master playwright who went to prison and died in exile and in poverty. But Wilde also mastered fiction writing, in which he infused a sense of the macabre. We know of The Picture of Dorian Gray, but there was also the very different The Canterville Ghost, in which the proverbial Wildean sense of humor actually shines through anyway. TRP offers a stage version of his ghostly short story.

 

Rigoletto
Minnesota Opera
at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
www.mnopera.org
March 17-31, 2018
The backstory: Victor Hugo’s heretical 1832 play The King Has Fun was forced by authorities to shut down after its first performance. However, it was reincarnated in operatic form by Giuseppe Verdi two decades later and became one of opera’s milestone works. This sordid tale of seduction, assassins, and an unscrupulous court jester in service of his debauched royalist master is presented by a top-notch opera company.

Restaurant Pairing: Pazzaluna
Just across Rice Park from the Ordway is a classic of authentic Italian cookery perfect for pre-Verdi victuals. Bright murals mix with the even brighter flavors across a range of iconic Italian dishes. Meatballs, frito misto, and a killer ossobuco easily gird the constitution for vengeful, albeit delicious, tragedy. 

 

A Wive’s Tale
Theatre Unbound
at Gremlin Theatre
www.theatreunbound.com
March 24-April 8, 2018
Three decades ago, much of the world was on edge because of the exceeding proliferation of nuclear weapons by the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The storage of nuclear waste also became the cause for major protests. That said, the dangers of nukes still persist and playwright Christina Ham, who gives us the dystopic Crash Test Dummies, muses on that in A Wive’s Tale. She more recently wrote Nina Simone: Four Women.

 

Dance ‘Til You Drop
COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company
at The History Theatre
www.collidetheatrical.org
March 24-April 15, 2018
Dance marathons were perversely popular in the 1930s during the economic strife of the Great Depression. The brutal “Dance ‘Til You Drop” phenomenon is most widely recalled in the film classic They Shoot Horses Don’t They? Now, the true story of a world marathon record set in Minneapolis is told by COLLIDE Theatrical Dance and the History Theatre. 

 

The Wolves. Photo by William Clark

The Wolves
The Jungle Theater
www.jungletheater.com
March 31-April 29, 2018
Playwright Sarah Delappe examines a group of high school girls during their soccer warm-ups. Each scene is framed by the actresses portraying stretching routines. Within this structure we see personal conflicts, crises involving well-being, and the struggle of the new girl fitting in. A finalist for last year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

 

Kinky Boots
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
www.ordway.org
April 3-8, 2018
Gay master playwright Harvey Fierstein’s greatest work since the watershed Torch Song Trilogy. Camp flourish has seldom been this marvelous as a stylish performer named Lola transforms a shoe factory into a supplier of elegant stiletto high heels. Songs by the iconic pop star Cyndi Lauper. 

Restaurant Pairing: Sakura
Just a few blocks away from the Ordway is a wonderful gem of a Japanese restaurant. In fact, it’s one of the most well known in the Twin Cities. Whether you’re in the mood for a light flight of sushi favorites or a heaping helping of traditional Japanese comfort food, Sakura always sates.

 

Something Rotten! Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Something Rotten!
Orpheum Theatre
www.hennepintheatretrust.org
April 3-8, 2018
Two playwright brothers in Renaissance England feel thwarted and frustrated by the fact that William Shakespeare dominates the theater scene. However, fortune shines when a soothsayer predicts they will create the very first musical ever! Never before have audiences seen dancing, singing, and acting all in the same genre!

Restaurant Pairing: Brit’s Pub
What better way to whet the appetite for a little Shakespeare-era laughter than a little hop across the culinary pond for some inspiration? Brit’s Pub is an unnecessarily oft-forgotten hotspot of British food fun with traditional favorites like bangers & mash, fish & chips, and, of course, their famous scotch eggs. 

 

Five Points
Theater Latté Da
www.theaterlatteda.com
April 4-May 6, 2018
The year is 1863, right smack in the middle of the Civil War period. Two men—a young black performer and a former jig champion of Irish descent—take colossal risks in realizing their American Dreams. A new work from Theater Latté Da. Choreography by Kelli Foster Warder.

Restaurant Pairing: The Sheridan Room
One of my favorite little theaters in Minneapolis is right next door to one of my favorite little restaurants. The Sheridan Room serves up a solid scratch-made menu of comfort food classics, perfect for a pre-show nibble in Northeast. Highlights include the juicy beer can chicken, super sumptuous mac and cheese, and the burger. 

 

Mermaid Hour: Remixed. Photo by Rich Ryan

Mermaid Hour: Remixed
Mixed Blood Theatre
www.mixedblood.com
April 6-29, 2018
David Valdes Greenwood’s play looks at working class parents dealing with their daughter’s gender transition. Opposing parenting styles and their own marital issues add to the mix, along with their child’s first crush, the intensity of puberty, and the internet serving as a pivotal source for the answers to difficult questions. 

 

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
Wurtele Thrust Stage, Guthrie Theater
www.guthrietheater.org
April 7-May 27, 2018
One of the biggest movie box office hits of the ’60s and nominee for Best Picture of 1967 has been adapted for the stage. A white upper-middle-class couple find themselves confronted by their own previously unconscious prejudice when their daughter requests their marriage blessing. For them, the rub is this: she plans to wed an African-American man 14 years her senior. 

 

Still Dance the Stars
Yellow Tree Theatre
www.yellowtreetheatre.com
April 13-May 13, 2018
A married couple faces an unthinkable loss. In addition, their dance studio is faced with the real possibility of closing down. However, something magical happens when they find a box containing stuffed animals. This inspires a dance that can potentially heal broken hearts and spirits.

 

Follies
Schneider Theater, Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts
www.btacmn.org
April 14-May 6, 2018
Perhaps the greatest Stephen Sondheim musical. The bittersweet nostalgia for lost youth and lost love is unforgettable as rendered with apparitions of the Ziegfeld Follies and their luminescent dancers. An old theater structure on the verge of demolition spirits forth memories of all the fabulous performances that played there long ago. And a reunion of older performers adds to the wistfulness of it all.

 

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax
Children’s Theatre Company
www.childrenstheatre.org
April 15-June 10, 2018
A fable for environmental protection that speaks out on behalf of the trees. In the Dr. Seuss rhyming classic adapted for the stage, silky soft tufts of Truffula trees are in great demand for knitting. Is this really worth losing all the trees for?! The Children’s Theatre is a sure bet for manifesting the stylized, whimsical world of Dr. Seuss.

Restaurant Pairing: Quang
Just a hop, skip and jump from the Children’s Theatre is an all-time favorite of mine with a story all its own to tell. While there are several life-changing Vietnamese restaurants throughout the Twin Cities, the indefatigable Quang will always be my go-to. Full of fresh, vibrant, yet soul-warming comfort food Vietnamese classic, Quang is a family tradition.

 

The Diary of Anne Frank
Proscenium Stage, Park Square Theatre
www.parksquaretheatre.org
April 19-28, 2018
The 14-year-old girl who kept a diary while hiding from the Nazis in her Amsterdam home provided one of the greatest works ever written by a child. Her diary was only discovered by chance and she never knew of the unprecedented impact she would have on our planet because she perished after being sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Park Square revives the diary’s beloved stage adaptation.

Restaurant Pairing: Forepaugh’s
The maze-like myriad of nine different rooms in this beautiful 19th century Victorian St. Paul mansion makes for a magical night of dining. The contrasting new American cuisine leaves your taste buds equally dazzled. Not far from Park Square Theatre, you’re in for a perfect pre-theater night experience.

 

Jersey Boys. Photo by Joan Marcus

Jersey Boys
Orpheum Theatre
www.hennepintheatretrust.org
April 24-29, 2018
One of the great rock musicals. Relish the success story of the tuneful pals from New Jersey who would ascend to pop music royalty. The Four Seasons’ sound was truly unique. Lead singer Frankie Valli, with his signature high pitch piercing through, gloried in such pop classics as “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Rag Doll.” In contrast is the smooth and unforgettable “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Winner of the Tony, Grammy, and the Olivier.

Restaurant Pairing: Murray’s
Get in the mood for Broadway and vintage Big Apple with a time travel trip back to a Minneapolis classic still cranking out one of the best steaks in town. Murray’s has been making steaks melt in your mouth for 70 years and lives up to legend.

 

This Bitter Earth. Graphic courtesy of Andy Weaverling

This Bitter Earth
Penumbra Theatre Company
www.penumbratheatre.org
April 24-May 20, 2018
It’s not often that we see a gay-themed play at the prestigious African-American theater the Penumbra, but this recent poetic script by Harrison David Rivers has been one hot property! A wealthy white man who advocates for civil rights and an introspective black playwright soon find that their love meets challenges in a time when extrajudicial killings of black men are happening. 

 

On Our Own Terms. Artwork by Archie Bongiovanni

ON OUR OWN TERMS: Voices at the Intersection of Transgender Experience and Mixed Blood Theatre
Mixed Blood Theatre
www.mixedblood.com
April 27-28, 2018
Three plays dealing with transgender themes will be given voice. One is written by a trans playwright with a cast that includes gender-nonconforming actors. Another has a trans main character written by a cisgender Latino playwright. Another cisgender playwright creates a work for a cast of trans and gender-nonconforming members. It’s theme will be trans-inclusive and metaphorical.

 

The Metromaniacs
Theatre in the Round Players
www.theatreintheround.org
April 27-May 20, 2018
The term “metronamie” means “crazy for poetry.” This 18th century French farce revels in one of the great conceits of comedy, mistaken identity, as well as one of the prime elements of much classical drama: rhymed verse. Young Damis has fallen in love with a mysterious poetess, not knowing that she is really a middle-aged man. 

 

Soft Boundaries. Photo by Blair Moore

Soft Boundaries
Gamut Gallery
www.gamutgallerympls.com
April 28-May 18, 2018
The celebrated Elliot Park-based art exhibition space Gamut Gallery will host its latest exhibition Soft Boundaries, which will examine presentational vulnerability and boundaries tested through the violation of intimate spaces. Curated by Juleana Enright, the exhibit will feature artwork by nine artists—many of them being artists of color, transgender, queer and non-binary-identifying—including Blair Moore, Lamia Abukhadra, Mikki Coleman, Zeam Porter and Uncle Reezy. According to the gallery, the exhibition will illustrate how vulnerability can be used as an act of resistance and healing. There will also be a special performance night on May 3.

 

An Enemy Of The People
McGuire Proscenium Stage, Guthrie Theater
www.guthrietheater.org
April 28-June 3, 2018
Henrik Ibsen is known as the Father of Modern Drama. He was the first modern European to boldly put forth controversial socioeconomic political themes as a steady diet. In An Enemy of the People, we see the public reaction when it is discovered that the water in a Norwegian town is polluted. What’s an awful predicament in the first place is heightened because its renowned public baths are a destination for well-financed visitors to relax and heal. In other words, the town’s livelihood is at stake. 

 

Candy Box Dance Festival. Photo by Galen Higgins

Candy Box Dance Festival
ARENA Dances
at The Southern Theater
www.arena-dances.org
May 4-12, 2018
Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES had been a notable dance company for more than two decades. Janczewski is known for the sensuality and intensity of his performance work. This second Candy Box Dance Festival features workshops and live performances in the historic Southern Theater. 

 

Under This Roof
Dowling Studio, Guthrie Theater
www.guthrietheater.org
May 4-20, 2018
Former Lavender Magazine Performer of the Year, Barbara Kingsley, and a Lavender Best Supporting Actor, James A. Williams, steer this project. The setting is 1940s Cleveland, Ohio, where a serious accident is suffered and racial differences suffuse the community. The race, gender, disability concerns, and power struggles may have happened two generations ago but they still have relevance. 

 

Lord Gordon Gordon
History Theatre
www.historytheatre.com
May 5-June 3, 2018
The History Theatre has a knack for uncovering stories from Minnesota’s past and shaping them into engaging theater. The first rate duo that created Glensheen—Jeffrey Hatcher and Chan Poling—take on one of smarmiest swindlers in state history. The infamous con artist Lord Gordon Gordon wormed his way into the hearts and minds of certain wealthy Minnesotans in the 1870s. Find out just how he did it! 

 

Thaïs
Minnesota Opera
at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
www.mnopera.org
May 12-20, 2018
The conundrum of the spirit vs. the flesh ignites the passionate Jules Massenet opera based on the novel by Anatole France. In fourth century Egypt under Roman rule, a monk tries to convert a courtesan and devotee of the goddess Venus to early Christianity. His religious zeal, however, conceals his lust. Acclaimed soprano Kelly Kaduce plays the vocally challenging title role. 

 

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Photo by William Clark

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
The Jungle Theater
www.jungletheater.com
May 26-June 24, 2018
Be transported back to 1959 to an intimate bar in Philadelphia where legendary blues singer Billie Holiday sang one of her last gigs. Thomasina Petrus stars as the woman whose life was ripped apart by drugs and alcohol. Hear the tunes that made the blues icon famous. This award-winning play with music will be directed by Marion McClinton, known for his exceptional productions of African-American drama.

Restaurant Pairing: Blue Door Pub
Some nights you just want a really good burger, whether you’re headed to the theater or not. There are fewer satisfying beefy wonders than the Blucy’s at Blue Door. These signature cheese-stuffed packages of joy are the stuff of burger legend. And because you’re already in a festive mood, make room for the nacho totchos and SPAM bites.

 

DAT BLACK MERMAID MAN LADY / THE SHOW
Pillsbury House + Theatre
www.pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org
May 30-June 17, 2018
Playwright Sharon Bridgforth draws from Yoruba deities and the idea that the ways of embodying gender are vast. Some of the characters include HoneyPot, Miss Kitty and dat Black Mermaid man lady. The piece is described as a processional with audience interaction welcome.

 

Underneath the Lintel
Theater Latté Da
www.theaterlatteda.com
May 30-July 1, 2018
Glen Berger’s solo drama is a detective story and a quest at the same time. The character is a Dutch librarian who has never left her home town. But when a travel guide book that is 113 years overdue is actually returned to the library, she is more than intrigued! A clue scribbled in a margin and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket spur her on to get the bottom of this very curious situation.

 

Postmortem
Theatre in the Round Players
www.theatreintheround.org
June 1-24, 2018
Comedic playwright Ken Ludwig transports us back to a real person—William Gillette—who gained fame for playing Sherlock Holmes for three decades. When fellow actors visit his Connecticut castle home, a late-night seance is held. But rather than being charmed by the novelty of it, they are shocked to discover that a murder has been committed!

 

Chicago. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Chicago
Orpheum Theatre
www.hennepintheatretrust.org
June 5-10, 2018
Kander and Ebb’s musical phenomenon with its Bob Fosse-style choreography, so glidingly angular and erotic, makes for a potent vision of Chicago’s gangster culture of the 1920s. A vaudevillian performance style embodies a show that entertains marvelously while exposing the criminal underworld during Prohibition.

Restaurant Pairing: Mercy
Right across the street from the Orpheum, I can’t think of a better dazzling dinner spot to pair with one of my favorite dazzling Broadway shows. Executive chef Mike Rakun and his business partner wife Abby Rakun are telling a story with Mercy, just as inviting and even more delicious than the one you’ll watch on the other side of Hennepin.

 

Equivocation
Walking Shadow Theatre Company
at Gremlin Theatre
www.walkingshadowcompany.org
June 9-24, 2018
Four centuries before 9/11, the terrorist Gunpowder Plot against England’s monarch, James I, rocked not only the British Isles, but the Western World as well. However, like many such events, rumors abound that the official story may not be reliable. Equivocation explores that when a man named “Shagspeare” is hired to investigate and write a “true historie” of the nefarious plot.

 

Carol Burnett
Orpheum Theatre
www.hennepintheatretrust.org
June 15-16, 2018
Few living comedians, or as she was referred to until the 1990s, comediennes, have endured like the one and only Carol Burnett. From the Historic Orpheum stage she will field questions reminiscent of the openings of her classic television variety show. Video clips and her personal reflections will comprise what promises to be a lovely evening at the Orpheum.

Restaurant Pairing: Revival
It might not be particularly venue-adjacent (you’ve got a Minneapolis and St. Paul location to choose from), but an evening with the best comedian in the country deserves the best country food in the city. Revival offers up life-changing ribs, brisket, and southern fried chicken. Do yourself a favor and go crazy with sides, especially grits, mac and cheese, and slaw.

 

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Proscenium Stage, Park Square Theatre
www.parksquaretheatre.org
June 15-Aug. 5, 2018
Five actors play over 40 comic characters from the kinetically kooky playwright, Ken Ludwig of Lend Me a Tenor fame. A fabled detective sets out to solve a notorious case at a very brisk pace. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson explore what’s behind the threat of bloodthirsty hounds on the English moors. Scary! But bright fun too! 

 

Fellow Travelers. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Opera

Fellow Travelers
Minnesota Opera
at The Cowles Center for the Performing Arts
www.mnopera.org
June 16-23, 2018
The McCarthy Era in Washington D.C. is the setting for an opera. A recent college graduate and a State Department official meet by chance in a time when homosexual relations within the government could get you fired and stigmatized from then onward. The McCarthy witch hunt targeted suspected Communists and “sexual subversives.” 

 

West Side Story
Wurtele Thrust Stage, Guthrie Theater
www.guthrietheater.org
June 16-Aug. 26, 2018
This 1957 musical was groundbreaking in its depiction of interracial divisions between young Puerto Rican immigrants and young poor whites on the mean streets of New York. The gang warfare dynamics were built into the show then by gay choreographer Jerome Robbins. Gay playwright Arthur Laurents’s book for West Side Story was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with unforgettable music by Leonard Bernstein and soul-stirring lyrics by the young Stephen Sondheim.

 

French Twist. Photo by V. Paul Virtucio

French Twist
Flying Foot Forum
at Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Park Square Theatre
www.parksquaretheatre.org
June 22-July 15, 2018
The pre-eminent percussive dance troupe, the Flying Foot Forum, and its auteur choreographer, Joe Chvala, reprises its stylishly zany look at life from the vantage point of a Paris sidewalk cafe and an underground nightclub. Soak in the street life, a buffoonish King, and to top it all off, eleven male dancers dressed as women who perform the Can-can!

Restaurant Pairing: Meritage
An evening of French theatre set on a Paris sidewalk screams out for Meritage. Couples would do well to make a meal at this award-winning French Brasserie. It’s the perfect little place for a romantic nibble prior to a St. Paul production. If the chilled lobster is still on the menu, do yourself (and your relationship) a favor and order it.

 

Roots & Wings: 30 Years With One Voice
One Voice Mixed Chorus
at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
www.ordway.org
June 23-24, 2018
One Voice Mixed Chorus celebrates three decades of musical expression. This wonderful group is comprised of GLBT folks and straight supporters of the GLBT community. The multigenerational group will perform such favorites as “Gay vs. Straight Composers” and “Lesbian Second Date Moving Service.” 

 

Love Never Dies
Orpheum Theatre
www.hennepintheatretrust.org
June 26-July 1, 2018
In the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, the luminous soprano Christine goes to New York to sing at an esteemed opera house. Unfortunately, her handsome husband Raoul has hit the bottle and the cards as well. Therefore, the Phantom seizes the vulnerability of her situation. 

 

The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide To Losing Your Virginity
Andy Boss Thrust Stage, Park Square Theatre
www.parksquaretheatre.org
July 27-Aug. 19, 2018
Randy Reyes directs the May Lee-Yang comedy of star-crossed lovers. She is a Hmong personality coach addicted to soap operas with fantasy plotlines. He is an heir to Korean manufacturing fortune. She is up against the clock to marry before her 30th birthday. He wrestles with the traditional expectations of what a “good son” is supposed to align with. Will they connect?!

 

Beehive: The ’60s Musical
Old Log Theater
www.oldlog.com
June 29-Sept. 22, 2018
One of the coolest jukebox musicals ever! The popular tunes of popular female singers of the 1960s remind us (thankfully) that The Beatles and Bob Dylan were not the only game in town during that dynamic decade. Six women reflect on a range of things from their first Beehive Dance to issues of the day. And winding through all that are favorite songs like “Be My Baby” and “Me and Bobby McGee.”

 

Jeeves In Bloom
Theatre in the Round Players
www.theatreintheround.org
July 6-29, 2018
The name “Jeeves” has become synonymous with the term “valet.” A manservant for a man of the British upper class was likely to know his employer as well, if not better, than anyone else. It was humorist author P.G. Wodehouse who named his recurring fictional valet Jeeves. The man of means he is attached to, Bertie Wooster, visits a country home where desire, burglary, and a homicidal French chef make for rollicking fun.

Restaurant Pairing: Eastside
It is neither cliché nor hyperbole to say Eastside has it all. Perfectly situated along Washington Avenue, this aesthetically beautiful eatery is wonderfully inviting, along with a thoughtful menu and a staff clearly passionate about offering guests a memorable meal.

 

Not Every Mountain
Dowling Studio, Guthrie Theater
www.guthrietheater.org
July 7-15, 2018
The experimental performance collective the Rude Mechs, aka Rude Mechanicals, has been seen, as one might expect, at the Walker Art Center. So the fact that the Guthrie Theater is having the group from Austin, Texas develop an original work about change and permanence, extends their reach away from classics into the avant-garde. Performers use string, cardboard, and magnets to make mountains that rise, shift and grow. 

 

The Legend of Georgia McBride
McGuire Proscenium Stage, Guthrie Theater
www.guthrietheater.org
July 14-Aug. 26, 2018
Matthew Lopez’s popular play shines with an Elvis impersonator who transforms into a drag artist after he loses his gig at a bar. But the driving impetus for Casey to make that change is the need to provide for the baby his wife is expecting. When a drag show moves into his sphere, he hears the muse, and makes his way to unexpected stardom. 

 

Hand To God. Photo by William Clark

Hand To God
The Jungle Theater
www.jungletheater.com
July 21-Aug. 19, 2018
Robert Askins’s award-winning satire uses puppets to channel subconscious and semiconscious hostilities. When his father dies, a meek fellow named Jason takes part in The Christian Puppet Ministry. This triggers a revolt within his psyche that reveals a dangerous irreverence, that of course, is anything but meek.

 

The Sex Show
Dowling Studio, Guthrie Theater
www.guthrietheater.org
Aug.10-19, 2018
Sun Mee Chomet is an accomplished actress known for her ferocity in the Guthrie’s King Lear and for personal revelation in How to Be Korean Woman, her solo show. With The Sex Show, we get to see her talent as a director. This new movement theater piece features an ensemble of Twin Cities Asian-American artists who will explore stereotypes, sexuality, and Asian-American identity. It aims to encourage discussion about a taboo subject.

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