Now Playing Onstage in Minneapolis - Week of 10/21/2012

October 21
10:00 AM 2012
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Tales from Hollywood in Broadway TALES FROM HOLLYWOOD
Guthrie Theater
Lights! Camera! Aktion! Where did German writers and other artists go when they escaped the rise of the Third Reich? To Hollywood, of course. Hampton mines the oddness of German intellectuals in Tinseltown for both humor and humanity. Featuring theater pioneer Bertolt Brecht and novelists Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Tales from Hollywood is narrated by Ödön von Horváth, a real-life Eastern European playwright. Horváth (who in reality died before the events of the play when he was hit on the head by a tree branch in Paris) is our guide through the story – of writers who barely speak English being asked to write a sequel to Bedtime for Bonzo, of émigrés struggling with their new home and all that infernal California sunshine, of exiles trying to forget old demons and reconcile choices they’ve made in the past. Featuring a large ensemble cast, Tales from Hollywood is Hampton’s favorite play and often considered his best. Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy.
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Embers in Broadway EMBERS
Guthrie Theater
As a young man, Konrad ran away, leaving his best friend Henrik and Henrik's wife Krisztina with no explanation. "Coward," she calls him. Forty-one years, two world wars and Krisztina's death later, Konrad has returned and Henrik wants answers. Two questions have been gnawing at him all this time - but they're not the questions Konrad expects. Embers is a fascinating study of passion (love and hate), truth, friendship, the urge to be the stronger and the need to survive.
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A rousing, bawdy Southern fairy tale set in eighteenth century Mississippi, THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM is the story of the courting of Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country, by Jamie Lockhart, a rascally robber of the woods. The proceedings go awry, thanks to an unconventional case of double-mistaken identity. Throw in an evil stepmother intent on Rosamund?s demise, her pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head-in-a-trunk, and you have the recipe for a rollicking country romp.Told in "story theatre" fashion with nine principal actors on a unit set, THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM is extremely flexible in its staging and production possibilities. The hysterical book by Alfred Uhry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of DRIVING MISS DAISY, gives each actor his or her moment to shine. Composer Robert Waldman has created a score to be played by a small onstage band. It?s one of the only genuine bluegrass scores ever heard in a Broadway musical, giving this unusual tale of the Natchez Trace a distinctive sound all its own.
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Andreas Theatre
Set in 16th century Florence, Italy, the play blends songs and robust action in detailing the hilarious lengths to which the smitten Callimaco goes in winning the favors of Lucrezia, the beautiful young wife of the rich and aged lawyer Nicia. The resulting twists and turns lead to non-stop high spirits and hilarity until, in the end, everyone gets exactly what he hopes for and, quite possibly, deserves. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.
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Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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Commonweal Theatre Company

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The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark "concept" show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre. COMPANY follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with April (the stewardess), Kathy (the girl who's going to marry someone else), Marta (the "peculiar" one), as well as with his married friends. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert Contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to "those good and crazy people," his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is "alone, not alive."An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, COMPANY is as contemporary and relevant as ever (witness the recent hit revivals on Broadway and the West End). It features a brilliant energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs (including "Another Hundred People," "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive").
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