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Minnesota Local Theater Spring Preview

April 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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(credit: Kelly Klatt/plymouthplayhouse.com)

(credit: Kelly Klatt/plymouthplayhouse.com)

With more live theatre per capita than all United States metro areas other than New York City, the Twin Cities has long been one of the best places in the country to catch a performance. This spring is no exception with local theatres and national touring companies vying for your entertainment dollar. Whether you prefer musicals or a stage play, there are literally dozens of opportunities to support the arts this spring in Minneapolis, St. Paul and many suburban areas, too. Here are just a few that may interest you.
hairspray Minnesota Local Theater Spring Preview

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“Hairspray”
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W 78th St
Chanhassen, MN 55317
(952) 934-1525
www.chanhassentheatres.com

Date: Now through May 26
Price: $56 – $65
Click here for a schedule of events.

“Hairspray” is an incredibly popular musical extravaganza based in Baltimore and includes 1960’s-style dancing, rhythm and blues. Originally produced as a film in 1988, it was further popularized in a Hollywood film starring John Travolta. If nothing else, you will walk away from the show with some new hairdo ideas, but make sure to have a few cans of hairspray nearby.

theaddamsfamily Minnesota Local Theater Spring Preview

(credit: Jeremy Daniel/ theaddamsfamilymusicaltour.com)

“The Addams Family”
Ordway Center
345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-4222
www.ordway.org

Date: May 8th through May 20th
Price: $27 – $88
Click here for a schedule of events.

Charles Addams’ cartoons that became the television show with the great sing-along lyrics, is now a musical comedy that is touring nationally. All of your favorite characters will be come out to bring you back to those childhood memories. Don’t miss your chance to see the Broadway production of “The Addams Family,” running Tuesdays through Sundays at this magnificent jewel in downtown St. Paul.

timestandsstill Minnesota Local Theater Spring Preview

Cast of Time Stands Still with director Joe Dowling (credit: Guthrie Theater/Facebook)

“Time Stands Still”
Guthrie Theater
818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 377-2224
www.guthrietheater.org

Date: April 7 through May 20
Price: $24 – $62
Click here for a schedule of events.

Written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Donald Margulies and directed by the incredible Joe Dowling, this play focuses on relationships, mid-life crises and friendships, creating a performance that’s both moving and hilarious at times. It is the story of a journalist and photographer couple, James and Sarah, who return to New York from Iraq after she has been injured. Praised by the New York Times, it will be staged on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the world-renowned Guthrie in downtown Minneapolis.

amightyfortress Minnesota Local Theater Spring Preview

(credit: Kelly Klatt/plymouthplayhouse.com)

“A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement”
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN 55441
(763) 553-1600
plymouthplayhouse.com

Date: Now through August 26
Price: $26 – $38
Click here for a schedule of events.

Located in the Best Western Kelly Inn, just 15 minutes west of downtown Minneapolis, the furthest seat from stage is just 25 feet away at this intimate 211-seat theatre. The Plymouth Playhouse is hosting “A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement” this spring and summer season. The current Church Basement Ladies are at it again as this musical comedy presents stories of faith, friendship and absolute craziness that has the audience rolling in the aisles.

doubt Minnesota Local Theater Spring Preview

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“Doubt, A Parable”
Park Square Theatre
20 W 7th Place
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-7005
parksquaretheatre.org

Date: April 20 through May 13
Price: $25 – $58
Click here for a schedule of events.

Park Square has been delighting Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theatre fans since 1975 with top-rate performances and an amazing array of theatrical opportunities. This spring, it is hosting “Doubt,” a story of Sister Aloysius and her battle with charismatic Father Flynn. The fascinating play focuses on truth and personal integrity, as the two lock horns over her belief that the priest is showing particular favor to one of her students.

As if these aren’t enough, check out the plays and musicals offered by Old Log Theater in Greenwood, the Hennepin Theatre Trust Series that presents at the Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century theaters in downtown Minneapolis, and the Mixed Blood Theatre near Seven Corners, also in Minneapolis.

New York City native Marc Friedman has called the Twin Cities home for nearly 30 years. His urban upbringing has him constantly exploring Minneapolis and St. Paul for locally owned dining spots and neighborhood shops. Marc’s passions include travel, an industry which he has worked in his entire career, indie movies, a strong cup of tea with milk (his Mom is from England), dark chocolate, red wine and the Daily Show. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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