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.
Studio 206: Force/Matter
Force/Matter is a cross-disciplinary exploration combining movement, language and visual elements to explore the confluence of physical law and human relationship. It draws on both the laws of classical and modern physics and the notion of a thought experiment to tell an intertwined story about couples who meet, attract, repulse and move through three “worlds”… one level, one sloped and one turned at a 90 degree angle. Runs through 06/11.
– from Studio 206
Theater Latté Da: Steerage Song
Ellis Island was the gateway to America—a land of opportunity for some, a land of exclusion for others. 5,000 immigrants a day passed through this “Island of Hope, Island of Tears.” Packed into the steerage of steamships, they left Europe’s shores with few possessions but a wealth of hope, promise and music. Steerage Song is a musical kaleidoscope of their journey to America. Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard have woven together a rich tapestry of immigrant songs, patriotic tunes, and melodies of Tin Pan Alley, a tribute to the voices that created a new sound of America. Runs at the Fitzgerald Theater through 06/05.
– from Theater Latté Da
Lyric Arts: Arsenic and Old Lace
The Brewster spinsters weave a tale of murder and mayhem that pushes the envelope in this farcical American comedy. Drama critic Mortimer Brewster simultaneously attempts to deal with his crazy family and local Brooklyn police as he debates keeping his promise to marry the woman he loves. Although the Brewster sisters are famous for their charitable acts, Mortimer discovers the homicidal duo have been murdering the lonely old men who come to their home seeking lodging with poisoned homemade wine. Just one sip of this tale will have you drowning in hijinx, intrigue, and laughter. Recommended for ages 11 and older. Runs through 07/18.
– from Lyric Arts
Theatre in the Round Players: Beyond Therapy
They meet through the personals. Bruce likes to cry, express his emotions and confesses to Prudence that he’s bisexual. Prudence doesn’t think men should cry unless something falls on them. And things only get worse when they turn to their psychiatrists for help. This screwball farce is one of Durang’s most popular and frequently performed comedies. Runs through 06/26.
– from Theatre in the Round Players
Eat Street Players: The Red Tureen
Returning to his boyhood home in western Ireland, young Father Padraig Bones is about to learn that in Famine Ireland, the truth is the first hungry casualty. The Red Tureen follows Padraig in his hungry struggle against British policies that turn food into a weapon. The fate of his beloved Kilkieran Valley lies in the balance. Runs at the Howard Conn Theater through 06/12.
– from Eat Street Players
20% Theatre Company: That Face
Mia is at boarding school. She has access to drugs. They are Martha’s. Henry is preparing for art college. He has access to alcohol. From Martha. Martha controls their lives. Martha is their mother. That Face is a hard-hitting, intense, visceral, and “gob-smacking” dissection of parent-child relationships. Runs at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage through 06/19.
– from 20% Theatre Company
For previous performance arts openings –
May 22nd – May 28th:http://icedjamb.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-05-22-11-05-28-11
May 15th – May 21st:http://icedjamb.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-05-15-11-05-21-11
May 8th – May 14th:http://icedjamb.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-05-08-11-05-14-11
Eat Street Players
Theater Latté Da
Theatre in the Round Players
20% Theatre Company