One month. A different show every night.
Theaterpalooza? Playnado? Dramarama?
Whatever you call it, the month of September in the Twin Cities is jam-packed with theater options. (And, likely because of scheduling around the State Fair and Labor Day, that’s the case every year.)
Presumably, it’s great news for actors and other artists and a tad overwhelming for those who write about theater (boo-hoo). But theater is made for audiences, and all of these possibilities are awesome for folks who love to lose themselves in a great play or musical.
To help you wrap your brain around these 30 crazy days, we’ve worked out your all-theater month, which demonstrates how you could attend a different play every day and still not fit in everything (sorry, “Loony Lutherans” at the Ames Center in Burnsville). Obviously, this is not the only way to make it happen. And it’s just possible some people don’t have time to go to the theater every day this month. So we’ve included handy icons to help you find, for instance, all of the classics being produced, or put together a whole week of only musicals.
We’ve included some bargain performances, some with talkbacks and at least one with audio description, but if you do a little digging on websites, you’ll find many more. The main thing is to get out there and play.
What are you in the mood for? We've broken down our picks based on some broad categories:
Sunday, September 1
“The Rez Sisters”
Seven women from a Canadian Indian reserve are on an epic quest to attend the world’s biggest bingo game.
Monday, September 2
Here, Monday nights showcase improv, combining regulars such as Lauren Anderson with surprise guests.
Tuesday, September 3
Bummed about back-to-school? It’s always peak summer in the Abba musical, set in Greece.
Wednesday, September 4
“Community Ed With a Side of Just Nancee”
Three female performers meet at the intersection of improv and stand-up comedy.
Thursday, September 5
“Shame of Thrones: Stupidity War”
Sketch comedy vets take on cancel culture and prestige TV, with a dash of Minnesota Not-Nice.
Friday, September 6
“Escaped Alone/Here We Go”
Arguably, Frank Theatre kicks off the fall theater season with a pair of blistering one-acts by Caryl Churchill.
Saturday, September 7
“The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Court”
Mixed Precipitation mashes up Mozart and Devo in a community garden setting in St. Louis Park. With snacks!
Sunday, September 8
What did the title characters yammer about at the funeral of Richard Nixon? This comedy/drama has a few ideas.
Monday, September 9
“Much Ado About Nothing”
In which Shakespeare invents the rom-com. The Classical Actors Ensemble performance finds the love in love/hate.
Tuesday, September 10
“Smokey Joe’s Cafe”
They say the neon lights are bright at the Ordway, in a new staging of this stroll through the hits of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
Wednesday, September 11
“Ride the Cyclone”
The aftermath of a roller-coaster accident provides the setting for this off-Broadway sensation. Tonight’s a preview, so just $15.
Thursday, September 12
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s bluegrass musical was inspired by an unbelievable-but-true story about family bonds.
Friday, September 13
Martin Sherman’s trailblazing drama imagines a love story between two men, imprisoned in a concentration camp during WWII.
Saturday, September 14
A new company debuts with a star-studded cast in the beloved drama about a girl sent down South to learn from “hat queens.”
Sunday, September 15
The Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece has been played by Paul Newman and Orson Welles. No pressure, Linda Kelsey.
Monday, September 16
“Arden of Faversham”
Classical Actors Ensemble’s noirish staging asks who murdered Thomas Arden. And will she get away with it?
Tuesday, September 17
“Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams”
Daredevil boys fall asleep to find their dreams came true: They’ve run off and joined the circus.
Wednesday, September 18
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
Stacia Rice returns to the stage in the adaptation of Mark Haddon’s blockbuster novel.
Thursday, September 19
“The Glass Menagerie”
The last preview of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece, helmed by Joseph Haj, is a bargain. Tickets start at $15.
Friday, September 20
“Jimmy and Lorraine: A Musing”
Literary titans, friends and revolutionaries Baldwin and Hansberry, in their own words.
Saturday, September 21
Theater Latté Da’s take on the classic murder-and-showbiz musical should be especially razzle-dazzling on opening night.
Sunday, September 22
There’s a post-show discussion, with lots to discuss: The play involves Russian myths, aerialists and feminism.
Monday, September 23
Sexuality factors into many dramas, but characters in Freshwater Theatre’s romance may be asexual.
Tuesday, September 24
“If the Spirit Moves”
An artist impersonates a medium in an offbeat world premiere, only to find that she really is one.
Wednesday, September 25
Book your tickets early for this puzzle room/interactive theater combo. Only 10 amateur sleuths can attend each performance.
Thursday, September 26
Residents learn how far they’ll go to snag a primo bed at a living center for older adults. From “Rabbit Hole” writer David Lindsay-Abaire.
Friday, September 27
Sun Mee Chomet, Shanan Custer and Kurt Kwan appear in a drama in which home cooking unites a Korean-American family.
Saturday, September 28
“The Rocky Horror Show”
Spend the weekend at the St. Paul venue, which is in previews of an even more gender-bendy-than-usual version of the cult favorite.
Sunday, September 29
A callow youth is at the center of the musical that promises “Magic to Do.” Performed by Theatre 55, whose artists are over 55.
Monday, September 30
“Friends With Guns”
Gun ownership comes between friends in Uprising Theatre’s dark comedy, which also explores feminism.