previews

ILLUSION THEATER: "These Old Shoes." Transatlantic Love Affair presents a show about an elderly man who prepares to leave his home for a retirement community. Previews 7:30 p.m. Wed. 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat. $17-$25. Ends Feb. 14. 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-339-4944.

STEPPINGSTONE THEATRE: "Four Little Girls." Four children are killed in a Birmingham church bombing. Previews 10 a.m. & noon Fri. 7 p.m. Fri.; 3 p.m. Sat.-next Sun. $12-$15. Ends Feb. 22. 55 N. Victoria St., St. Paul. 651-225-9265.

OPENING

FRANK THEATRE: "Love and Information." Caryl Churchill's look at the consequences of society's constant appetite for knowledge. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. next Sun. $22-$25. Ends Feb. 22. Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE., Mpls. 612-724-3760.

THEATER MU: "Fresh Off the Boat." An exploration of relationships between U.S.-born Chinese and newcomers. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. next Sun. $10-$28. Ends Feb. 15. Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Mpls. 651-789-1012.

SPECIAL SHOWS

FITZGERALD THEATER: "A Prairie Home Companion." Live radio show with Garrison Keillor and guests. 4:45 p.m. Sat. $32-$48. Ends Feb. 21. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul. 651-290-1221.

TOURING

HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST: "I Love Lucy: Live on Stage." 1 & 6:30 p.m. today. $39-$99. State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 1-800-982-2787.

CONTINUING

BLOOMINGTON CIVIC THEATRE: "La Cage Aux Folles." 2 p.m. today, next Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri.; 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat. $27-$34. Ends Feb. 15. Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington. 952-563-8575.

CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRE: "Hello, Dolly!" 6:30 p.m. today, next Sun.; 8 p.m. Tue., Thu.-Fri.; 1 & 8 p.m. Wed., Sat. $47-$84. Ends Feb. 21. 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen. 952-934-1525.

CHILDREN'S THEATRE COMPANY: "Snowflake." A wordless play that uses physical humor to tell the story of a slightly mad genius. 2 & 5 p.m. today, next Sun. $10-$58. Ends Feb. 22. 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. 612-874-0400.

JUNGLE THEATER: "Gertrude Stein and a Companion." 2 & 7:30 p.m. today, next Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu.; 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $25-$43. Ends March 8. 2951 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. 612-822-7063.

MINNEAPOLIS MUSICAL THEATRE: "Calvin Berger." Loosely based on "Cyrano de Bergerac," four high school seniors suffer from unrequited feelings and physical insecurity. 2:30 p.m. today, next Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat. $25-$30. Ends Feb. 15. New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-455-9501.

MUSIC BOX THEATRE: "Triple Espresso." 3 p.m. today, next Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thu.; 8 p.m. Fri.; 5 & 8 p.m. Sat. $31-$36. Ends Feb. 15. 1407 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. 612-874-1100.

OLD LOG THEATER: "Outside Mullingar." A romantic comedy about two introverts. 2 p.m. today, next Sun.; 1:30 p.m. Wed.; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri.; 7:30 p.m. Sat. $24-$35. Ends March 7. 5185 Meadville St., Excelsior. 952-474-5951.

PARK SQUARE THEATRE: "The Color Purple." 2 p.m. today, next Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat. $35-$68. Ends Feb. 15. Historic Hamm Building, 20 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul. 651-291-7005.

PLYMOUTH PLAYHOUSE: "Pop Up Musical." A combination of Broadway tunes and trivia. 2 p.m. today, next Sun.; 1 p.m. Wed.; 1 & 7:30 p.m. Thu.; 7:30 p.m. Fri.; 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sat. $28-$39. Ends June 14. 2705 N. Annapolis Lane, Plymouth. 763-553-1600.

STAGES THEATRE COMPANY: "Goodnight Moon." 2 & 4:30 p.m. today, next Sun.; 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Wed.-Thu.; 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Sat. $12-$16. Ends Feb. 16. Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins. 952-979-1111.

SWANDIVE THEATRE: "Defying Gravity." A free-structured look at the 1986 Challenger disaster. 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Fri. $24. Ends Feb. 21. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S., Mpls. 612-548-1171.

THEATRE NOVI MOST: "Rehearsing Failure." A new play about the former lovers of Bertolt Brecht. 2 p.m. today, next Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Sat. $24. Ends Feb. 22. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S., Mpls. 612-874-6338.

CLOSING

BRAVE NEW WORKSHOP: "Twerking Around the Christmas Tree." 7:30 p.m. Thu.; 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $18-$36. 824 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-332-6620.

BRYANT-LAKE BOWL: "Party in the Rec Room." Author Lorna Landvik's solo improv show. 7 p.m. today, Fri.-Sat. $15-$18. 810 W. Lake St., Mpls. 612-825-8949.

PHIPPS CENTER FOR THE ARTS: "Pump Boys and Dinettes." A group of gas station employees perform bluegrass on the side. 2 p.m. today, next Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Fri.; 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sat. $18-$25. 109 Locust St., Hudson. 1-715-386-8409.

PHOENIX THEATRE: "White Rabbit, Red Rabbit." Forbidden from travel, a man turns his isolation to his advantage. 8 p.m. Wed. $10-$12. 2605 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-377-2285.

THEATRE IN THE ROUND: "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." An adaptation of the Muriel Spark novel. 2 p.m. today, next Sun.; 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $22. 245 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. 612-333-3010.

COMEDY

ACME COMEDY COMPANY: Jackie Kashian. 8 p.m. Tue.-Thu.; 8 & 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $15-$30. Historic Itasca Building, 708 N. 1st St., Mpls. 612-338-6393.

RICK BRONSON'S HOUSE OF COMEDY: Sam Tripoli. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thu.; 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Fri.; 7 & 9:30 p.m. Sat. $13-$20. 8100 24th Av. S., Bloomington. 952-858-8558.

DANCE

CAAM CHINESE DANCE THEATER: "Dancing in Chinese Opera." 7 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. next Sun. $15-$20. The O'Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Av., St. Paul. 651-774-0806.

COWLES CENTER: Contempo Physical Dance. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. next Sun. $20-$25. 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-465-0230.

HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST: "Shaping Sound." 8 p.m. Sat. $43-$79. State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.