Theater Spotlight: 421

By John Townsend July 12, 2011

Categories: Arts & Culture, Our Scene

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9 to 5: The Musical — The US Supreme Court recently refused to hear a case involving 1.5 million female Walmartworkers. Based on the hilarious 1980 film classic about workplace misogyny, this musical grooves with the lyrics and Tony-nominated score by Dolly Parton. Ordway Producing Artistic Director James Rocco says, “Its issues are still potent. That’s why the musical is relevant. It brings a new generation to a funny and exaggerated story with issues that are still real.” Through July 17 • Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul • (651) 224-4222 • www.ordway.org

Peligro — Curator Jaime Carrera says, “I want this entire show to really blow the audiences expectations out of the water.” Kats D. Fukasawa melds Butoh dance with bodily functions. Benjamin Frederickson, whose bio lists his sex-worker experience along with his Minneapolis College of Art and Design degree, will screen his never-before-seen Minneapolis videos. Dustin Maxwell will work with a rather unusual sex toy. Bad Boy Carrera, who recalls the early brazenness of John Waters, is far more daring. July 22-23 • Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls. • (612) 721-3595 • www.patrickscabaret.org

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum — In 1962, five years after he wrote the lyrics for West Side Story, timely Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for this bawdy view of Ancient Rome. Based on various farces by Plautus (251-183 BC), it won the Best Musical Tony Award, and beckoned the 1960s Sexual Revolution, just as West Side Story beckoned the Civil Rights movement. John Command, a master director of musical comedy and hit shows, makes his Jungle debut as director of this musical. Through July 31 • Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. • (612) 822-7063 • www.jungletheater.org

Momentum: New Dance Works — Contemporary dance innovation takes flight! Kenna Cottman’s Shared Language blends Hip Hop with Backa Niang’s storytelling, mixed with elements of Senegalese saber dance. Echo Park reimagines two cultural phenomena: Les Sylphides without ballerina Margot Fonteyn, who performed it to accolades in 1963, and The Pips without Gladys Knight. Choreographer Chris Yon says, “I make dances like this as a way to telepathically correspond with heroes and peers. This dance is a transmission.” Through July 23 • Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls. • (612) 340-1725 • www.southerntheater.org

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