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Stage spotlights: 'Pippi Longstocking' and 'The Golden Ass'

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON
  • Star Tribune
  • April 26, 2012 - 3:23 PM

'PIPPI LONGSTOCKING'

Opening: Children's Theatre head Peter Brosius directs the company's sixth staging of "Pippi Longstocking," the classic story about a mischievous girl. Pippi (newcomer Katie Adducci) gets into a lot of scrapes but her strength, wit and humor help her to undo them, and audiences. (7 p.m. Fri., 2 & 5 p.m. Sat. & Sun., 7 p.m. Wed. Ends June 10. $10-$43.50. Children's Theatre, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. 612-874-0400 or www.childrenstheatre.org.)

THE LISPS' 'FUTURITY'

Friday-Saturday: This do-it-yourself musical by Brooklyn Indie rockers the Lisps has been likened to "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." It centers on a Civil War soldier who dreams of a future when the steam-powered artificial intelligence he and his mentor think up helps end human misery. It's told with folk, Brechtian choral music and rock 'n' roll.(8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $18-$25. 612-375-7600 or www.walkerart.org.)

'THE GOLDEN ASS'

Opening: The ensemble members of Nimbus Theatre have woven Roman writer Apuleius' 2nd-century stories into a comic theatrical evening. The picaresque action centers on would-be wizard Lucius, who tries to turn himself into a bird, but ends up becoming a donkey instead. Liz Neerland adapts and directs. (8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. 7:30 p.m. Thu. Ends May 20. $10. Nimbus Theatre, 1517 Central Av. NE., Mpls. $10-$18. 612-548-1380 or www.nimbustheatre.com.)

'COPENHAGEN'

Opening: Director Bryan Bevell stages Michael Frayn's drama about an imagined 1941 encounter between Nobel-winning physicists Werner Heisenberg and his mentor, Niels Bohr. The two men, who have found themselves on opposite sides in WWII, discuss science and life at a time when their work could lead to the end of both. (7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends May 13. $15. Workhouse Theatre, 4400 Osseo Rd., Mpls. 612-216-1583. www.workhousetheatre.org.)

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