The Sklar Brothers

Photo by Randall Slavin,

Performance spotlights: The Sklar Brothers and 'Blind Date'

  • February 23, 2012 - 9:02 AM

The Sklar Brothers

From Abbott and Costello to Tenacious D, the best comedy duos have a bedrock of preternatural chemistry -- a trait that identical twins Randy and Jason Sklar were born into. Perhaps most famous for their appearances on VH1's "I Love the '80s," the brothers also hosted "Cheap Seats" (a "Mystery Science Theater"-informed sports show) on ESPN Classic for four seasons. These days they host the popular "Sklarbro Country" weekly podcast; their third comedy album, "Hendersons and Daughters" was released last fall to critical praise. Fans of rapid pop-culture riffing will find plenty to laugh about at tonight's back-to-back standup shows. -Jay Boller

Zorongo Flamenco

Many are familiar with the adventures of Zorro, but few expect him to show up here in Minnesota. "Zorongo Flamenco" artistic director and choreographer Susana di Palma imagines the masked crusader in our own back yard through a world premiere loosely based on her family memoir: "Zorro in the Land of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker (Moningwunakauning)." Assuming the shape-shifting form of Ojibwe trickster Nanabozho, Zorro arrives to reunite an American Indian family after the children are shipped off to missionary boarding schools. The work explores a troubling era in relatively recent history -- one in which a culture was completely threatened by assimilation and colonialism. The stellar cast of flamenco and native dancers and musicians features Spain's Antonio Granjero as Zorro/Trickster. -Caroline Palmer

'Blind Date'

Canadian actor/writer Rebecca Northan's "Blind Date" is not to be confused with any of the many properties by the same name. In this partly improvised show, Northan plays Mimi, a Parisian temptress who picks a member of the audience each night for a blind date. The production, which originated in Canada, is backed by producer and onetime Ordway Center CEO Kevin McCollum ("Rent" and "In the Heights"). It has been described as "part burlesque, part Lucille Ball," and fraught with all the tension of two strangers meeting for the first time. -Rohan Preston

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