Stage spotlights: Open Eye Figure Theatre, Park Square, Theatre Pro Rata

  • Updated: June 5, 2014 - 3:10 PM
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Sam Pearson, left, plays Archie Goodwin and E.J. Subkoviak is Nero Wolfe in “Red Box.”

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WEILL & BRECHT:  THE BERLIN YEARS

Friday-Sunday: Bradley Green­wald can’t get enough of playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill. Fresh off his star turn as Macheath in Frank Theatre’s production of “The Threepenny Opera,” Greenwald is headlining a concert titled “Weill & Brecht: The Berlin Years.” He will be joined by fellow singers Prudence Johnson and Diana Grasselli, and will be accompanied by pianist Dan Chouinard, violinist Gary Schulte and guitarist Brian Barnes. The concert will take place in Open Eye Figure Theatre’s 90-seat auditorium, an intimacy that suggests an oversized living room. The song list includes numbers from “Threepenny” such as “Ballad of Mack the Knife,” “Pirate Jenny” and “Pimp’s Ballad.” (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun, Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Mpls. $22. 612-874-6338 or openeyetheatre.org.)
Rohan Preston

Red Box

Opens Friday: Playwright Joseph Goodrich (who penned “Panic” last summer) is back at Park Square Theatre with this adaptation of a Rex Stout story featuring famous fictional detective Nero Wolfe. E.J. Subkoviak portrays the portly sleuth, and Sam Pearson plays a slick theatrical producer who comes to Wolfe for help. Peter Moore directs the show, which is a world premiere and the first time the Stout estate has given permission for Wolfe to be depicted on stage. The cast includes James Cada, Susanne Egli and Nicholas Leeman. (7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat., Thu., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends July 13, Park Square Theatre, 20 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul, $38-$58, 651-291-7005 or parksquaretheatre.org.)
Graydon Royce

 

Twelfth Night

Opens Friday: Sundry Twin Cities environs will become Illyria in Theatre Pro Rata’s production of “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare’s comedy of disguises, misplaced affections and the search for true love. Carin Bratlie directs this show with actors Derek Meyer, MaryLynn Mennicke and Amber Bjork in various parks throughout the Twin Cities. The only place where admission is not free is the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which charges a regular gate fee. Otherwise, you can bring wine, cheese and a blanket starting this weekend at Union Depot in St. Paul, Loring Park in Minneapolis or Caponi Art Park in Eagan. (6:30 p.m., free, see complete list of dates and locations
at theatreprorata.org.)
Rohan Preston

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