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"Lake Untersee," a new play by Joe Waechter about a disaffected teen who travels to Antarctica, will open the 8th season of Workhaus Collective in Minneapolis. It will be directed by Jeremy Cohen of the Playwrights' Center, and will be staged at Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis.
The Workhaus season continues with "Skin Deep Sea," by Stanton Wood. It is described as "an unusual love story about a two-headed witch, a pirate airship captain cursed with bad luck, a Cuban war hero in search of a meaningful cause, and the two feuding daughters of robber baron Penelope Cooke, the fifth richest person in America." It opens in February at Playwrights' Center.
The third play is "The Reagan Years," by Dominic Orlando. The play follows four friends as they graduate from college. Their attempt to "keep the party going" runs spectacularly off the rails. It will open in April at Playwrights' Center.
The Minneapolis-based Workhaus Playwrights Collective includes Trista Baldwin, Alan Berks, Jeannine Coulombe, Christina Ham, Carson Kreitzer, Dominic Orlando, Joe Waechter, and Stanton Wood.
Tickets for "Lake Untersee" are available not via Illusion's box office at 612-339-4944. Or click on the Workhaus website.
"Native Man the Musical" was among sold-out shows at weekend one of the Fringe Festival. Image provided by Fringe Festival.
Ticket sales for the opening weekend of Minnesota Fringe Festival were almost exactly the same as last year, said Fringe officials Monday.
In the first four days of the Festial, the Fringe issued 17,700 tickets to 347 performances, compared to 17,780 tickets to 384 performances in 2013.
“Last year, we had more performances during the opening weekend, but we have almost identical ticket sales this year," said Executive Director Jeff Larson, "which means our average house size is larger this year.”
There were several sold-out shows over the weekend, including:
“The History of Minnesota – Unscripted” presented by The Theater of Public Policy
“The Finkles' Theater Show!!!” presented by Ryan Lear and Rachel Petrie
“Top Gun: The Musical” presented by Rooftop Theatre Company
“Pretty People Suck (And Other Indisputable Fact about the Universe)” presented by Arc Stages Satellite
"Crime and Punishment"
“Crime and Punishment” presented by Live Action Set (3 performances)
“Into the Unreal City” presented by Catalog Models (4 performances)
“Native Man the Musical” presented by New Native Theatre
“The Sex (Ed) Show” presented by V as in Victor (3 performances)
“It Only Takes One: A New Musical” presented by World Tree Theatre
“Slut Club” presented by Showers in the Dark Productions
“Macaroni On A Hotdog” presented by Snapdragon Theatre
The 2014 Minnesota Fringe continues through Aug. 10. A full schedule of the festival’s 169-show lineup and links to buy tickets can be found at fringefestival.org.
See reviews of Fringe shows by Star Tribune writers at startribune.com/fringe.
Cast members of "Another Opening, Another Show" previewed their Fringe show on July 21. Star Tribune photo by Renee Jones Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Minnesota Fringe Festival, that unpredictable, 11-day cavalcade of monolog, dance, comedy, drama and musicals, opens in a week and runs July 31 to Aug. 10. Based on ticket sales in the past seven days, Fringe executives says these are the top-selling shows.
1. There is No Myth
2. Crime and Punishment
3. The Tiger in the Room
4. Top Gun: The Musical
5. A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant
6. A Christmas Carol Passover
7. The Whole World is Here
8. It Only Takes One
9. Sex & Turkey
10. Flushing New York
We preview the risk-takers who produce musicals at the Fringe in a story on Sunday (July 27). We publish the complete Fringe schedule online and in print on Thursday (July 31). Those with intense interest may view this year's complete Fringe listings right this minute right here.
Beginning next Friday and Saturday, watch the Star Tribune for short reviews of 40 Fringe shows by our crack squad of veteran Fringe-critiquers.
The captains of Fringe have gathered short preview videos of a bunch of shows on their YouTube page.
Cast members of "Strangetalk," a Fringe show by Theatre Passe-passe. Star Tribune photo by Renee Jones Schneider.
Two revered singer-songwriters – country giant Merle Haggard and alt-country hero Ryan Adams – are booked for October concerts in the Twin Cities.
The mercurial Adams will appear Oct. 13 at Northrop Auditorium, promoting his new album “Ryan Adams,” due on Sept. 9 on Blue Note Records. It will be his first Twin Cities appearance since 2011 at the State Theatre.
Tickets, priced at $49.50 and $38, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Northrop.umn.edu and 612-624-2345.
Haggard will return to Mystic Lake Casino on Oct. 5. Tickets, priced at $39 and $49, will go on sale Saturday at ticketmaster.com.
Some lucky theatergoers will get to spend an intimate evening with stage star Sally Wingert in the dog days of summer.
Wingert will perform in “Rose,” Martin Sherman’s one-woman show about an 80-year-old Holocaust survivor. The two-hour show will be staged in various Twin Cities homes in August as the kick-off to the Minnesota Jewish Theatre’s 20th anniversary season.
Wingert has headlined other shows at MJTC, including "Family Secrets," "Woman Before a Glass," and "2.5 Minute Ride." Randy Latimer starred in MJTC’s production of “Rose” in 2002 and 2003. Hayley Finn directs the current revival (Aug. 9-24).
MJTC’s 2014-2015 line-up includes David Ives’ “New Jerusalem, the Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656." While Ives is known primarily for comedy, the funniest thing about "New Jerusalem" may be its long title.The drama, which centers on a would-be chief rabbi accused of atheism, will be directed by Kurt Schweickhardt, who has acted in or staged several shows at the St. Paul-based company (Oct. 18-Nov. 9).
Jenna Zark’s “The Chanukkah Guest,” which was commissioned by MJTC commission from Eric A. Kimmel’s book of the same name, will be MJTC’s holiday offering. Zark previously adapted “The Magic Dreidels” for MJTC. A director for “The Chanukkah Guest” has yet not been named (Dec. 4-21).
“Stars of David,” a musical revue adapted from Abigail Pogebrin’s book, celebrates the lives of figures such as Leonard Nimoy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Michael Kissin directs (Feb. 14-March 8, 2015).
MJTC closes its season with Jack Canfora’s “Jericho,” which orbits the lives of 9/11 survivors. Warren Bowles directs (April 18-May 20, 2015).
Three- play season passbooks, $55-$75, are available. Individual tickets to “Rose,” $45-$55, also are avaialbe. The Aug. 9 opening performance includes pre- and post-show receptions. Tickets to the holiday production go on sale Nov. 7.
“It’s a very strong season with many different types of work,” said MJTC artistic director Barbara Brooks. “I’m thrilled that [producer] Daryl Roth’s office contacted me about the musical, ‘Stars of David.’ I’m thrilled that Mike [Kissin] is doing it. ‘Jericho’ is a very absorbing piece of theater that was first seen last fall. And I’m glad to be working with Sally again. It's a great season for us.”
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