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“Love and Marriage:  What a Difference a Year Makes” at Illusion Theater

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Sun Mee Chomet

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Stage spotlights for Sept. 20

  • September 19, 2013 - 3:17 PM

Love and Marriage: What a Difference a Year Makes

Through Oct. 20: A year ago, director Michael Robins and his creative team at Illusion Theater launched the musical revue “Love and Marriage.” The show, with songs by the likes of Sting and Billy Joel, opened as the debate about marriage equality was heating up. Then Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage. Now the revue returns, minus the external heat of a political campaign. But it has a strong cast that can bring its own sizzle to the stage, including singer/actor stars such as Dennis Spears and Teri Parker-Brown. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., 8 p.m. Thu. Ends Oct. 20. Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $17-$32. 612-339-4944 or www.illusiontheater.org.)

Rohan Preston

 

HOW TO BE A KOREAN WOMAN

Friday-Tuesday: Sun Mee Chomet’s “How to Be a Korean Woman,” which premiered at Dreamland Arts a year ago, is a must-see. The respected actor, a Korean adoptee raised in a liberal Jewish household in Detroit, delves honestly into her own background for this piece about her search for her biological mother. The result is a poignant and poetic work that, under the direction of Zaraawar Mistry, gets a too-brief remount at the area’s flagship theater. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Tue., Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls., $22-$30, 612-377-2224 or www.guthrietheater.org.)

ROHAN PRESTON

 

COLLIDE

Friday-Sunday: Collide Theatrical Dance Company brings a bit of jazzy Broadway movement to “The Belmont Hotel,” an evening-length production choreographed and directed by Regina Peluso. The story takes place during the 1920s Prohibition era and centers around a desperate hotel owner’s quest to keep his doors open. Jazz singers Katie Gearty and Cameron Wright, along with dancers Jeff Quast, Dora Dolphin, Renee Guittar, Patrick Jeffrey and Elander Rosser drive this sure-to-be-lively production. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., ends Sept. 29, $27, $40 opening-night VIP ticket, Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S., Mpls. 612-341-0155, www.collidetheatrical.org.)

CAROLINE PALMER

 

FLYING FOOT FORUM

Friday-Saturday: Flying Foot Forum always brings high spirits and creativity to the stage thanks to the eclectic percussive-dance vision of founder/choreographer Joe Chvala. This weekend’s concert, “Three and Three,” showcases sections from a trio of new works, including the suitably antic “Alice in Wonderland,” plus a new jazz piece from company member Karla Grotting and “Dancing Through the Halls,” a collaboration between Chvala and Ukrainian singer Natalie Nowytski. The program also features the heart-pounding “Red Walls,” Grotting’s poignant “All of One Size” and the uproarious tap classic “All Creatures Now Are Merry-Minded.” (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $30, The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-206-3600, or www.thecowlescenter.org.)

CAROLINE PALMER

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