Gertrude Stein and a Companion

Opening: The Jungle Theater brings back an old favorite with this play about the iconic writer and her longtime lover, Alice B. Toklas. The Jungle has produced the show seven times, most recently in 2001. Claudia Wilkens again takes her place as Stein and Barbara Kingsley is Toklas. They first assumed those roles in 1992. Little could they have known that the show would become the most-popular title in the company's repertory. Stein and Toklas became legend for their place in the American expatriate scene in Europe. Bain Boehlke directs. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Thu. Ends March 8; Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls.; $28-$48, 612-822-7063 or

Graydon Royce

Calvin Berger

Opening: This musical takes Cyrano de Bergerac to high school. Actor Gregory Adam plays the title role in a Minneapolis Musical Theatre production directed by Joshua James Campbell. Emily Madigan, who has done ensemble work at Chanhassen and Latte Da, plays Rosanna, the object of Calvin's unrequited love. MMT's production is the regional premiere. Kathleen Marshall directed a production at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey in 2010. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Thu. Ends Feb. 15; New Century Theatre in City Center, 615 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.; $25-$30, 612-455-9501 or www.


Pop-Up Musical

Opening: This is something really different for Troupe America. The company built on "How to Talk Minnesotan" and "Church Basement Ladies" has picked up a quirky little revue that became a huge hit in the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Four actor/singers run through 24 Broadway tunes in the style of VH-1's Pop-Up videos. The songs include standards such as "Edelweiss," "All That Jazz" and "Luck Be a Lady." So you can enjoy the music and find some amusement in the pop-ups. The cast is Jennifer Eckes, Judi Gronseth, Kevin Werner Hohlstein and Timm Holmly. (7:30 p.m. Fri., 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., 1 p.m. Wed.-Thu., 7:30 p.m. Thu. Ends June 14; Plymouth Playhouse, I-494 and Hwy. 55, Plymouth; $28-$39. 763-553-1600, ext. 1 or


Rehearsing Failure

Opening Saturday: Conceived six years ago by director Lisa Channer with playwright Cory Hinkle and composer Annie Enneking, "Rehearsing Failure" is set during rehearsals of Bertolt Brecht's "The Life of Galileo" in summer 1947. The show orbits the iconic German theater-maker and his relationship with three female collaborators who, in the past and present, shared his bed. But the women — his wife, Helene Weigel, and former lovers Elisabeth Hauptmann and Ruth Berlau — were not muses. They were creative equals who worked with Brecht. Channer helms a cast that includes Barbra Berlovitz, Sarah Richardson and Pearce Bunting, who plays Brecht. (7:30 p.m. Sat., Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Av. S., Mpls. $24. 612-326-1811 or

Rohan Preston

Like a Fiery Comet, Jean Michel Basquiat Shoots Across the SkY

Opening: Paul Herwig's Off-Leash Area dance-theater company has become known for its neighborhood garage tours, which literally takes shows to neighborhood garages. He is bringing the company's latest show, about the meteoric life of iconic '80s Haitian-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, to his own home. "SAMO: Like a Fiery Comet, Jean Michel Basquiat Shoots Across the Sky" will be performed by dancer Brian Evans as the title character and Herwig as Death. The show is being produced in Herwig's heated garage for two weekends. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun.; 3540 34th Av. S., Mpls.; $10-$20 suggested donation. 612-724-7372