Each week I endeavor to list new performance art productions opening around the Twin Cities. With such an abundance of companies and venues in the area, keeping track of openings can be a challenge, but I’ll link whatever I can find. Provided descriptions are reprinted from production websites.
Maximum Verbosity: Yellow Kings and Darker Things
Celebrate this Halloween season in a double-bill of spine-tingling tales from two of the Twin Cities’ masters of the macabre!
- Death and the deathless. Dragon shadows. Wolf dreams and time machines. Your biological clock is ticking, and founding Rockstar Storyteller phillip low has plenty to say about it in this cabaret of macabre sketches and stories. Quantum Suicide and Other Songs of Death: fondly dedicated to everyone who is dying. Especially you. (WARNING: This show contains profanity.)
- It is said that the play The King in Yellow is a strange story of such decayed debauchery, that those who read its virulent pages will fall to insanity. Hildred Castaigne claims that it has merely made him… ambitious. Welcome to a futuristic version of 1920 that never came to pass, a cold desolate world imagined by Robert W. Chambers in 1895. Unhappy with this world? Never fear, a Lethal Chamber has just been opened at Washington Square for your suicidal convenience. Tim Uren brings you an alternate future that’s already past in a new adaptation of The Repairer of Reputations.
Runs at People’s Center Theater through 10/30.
– from Maximum Verbosity
Katha Dance Theatre: Sundari Aur Nag (Beauty and the Beast)
A double bill of classical dance and live music that the whole family is sure to enjoy. Kathak Yatra (the journey of Kathak dance) showcases classical Kathak dance of North India and Sundari Aur Nag, an Indian retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Sundari Aur Nag is a poignant collaboration with Ethnic Dance Theater that embraces Kathak dance, storytelling and music. The entire sumptuous and mesmerizing performance will feature Rita Mustaphi’s choreography, live music from world-renowned musicians from India and England, vibrant costumes and handmade sets imported from India. Runs at the O’Shaughnessy through 10/31.
– from Katha Dance Theatre
Open Eye Figure Theatre: Cabinet of Wonders (an impossible history)
“Bizarrely entertaining” – Philadelphia Weekly thus responded to Kira Obolenky’s newest work, Cabinet of Wonders (an impossible history), commissioned in 2009 by Philadelphia’s Gas and Electric Arts through a prestigious Pew Initiative Grant. The play was nominated for Outstanding New Play by Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards as was the music by Tim Harbeson. Open Eye Figure Theatre is proud to present this dynamic new work – combining song, movement, puppet and objects in a powerful examination of life that is both alternately wicked and mordantly funny. Runs through 11/14.
– from Open Eye Figure Theatre
Ten Thousand Things: Life is a Dream
A young prince is born, but the stars predict he will grow up to be a monster. Is it possible to defy the future that the stars – and society – have consigned you to? Runs at Open Book 10/29 – 10/31, moves to the MN Opera Center from 11/5 – 11/7, and returns to Open Book 11/12 – 11/21.
– from Ten Thousand Things
Guthrie Theater: The 39 Steps (Previews 10/30 – 11/04)
Combining a spy thriller with farcical comedy and ingenious theatrical invention, The 39 Steps is an engaging, fast-paced whodunit that celebrates the magic of theater. Closely following the storyline of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film, the play features more than 150 characters brought to life by a cast of just four actors, including Robert O. Berdahl (Macbeth) as the intrepid hero Richard Hannay; Sarah Agnew (Dollhouse) as all female roles (including a beautiful spy with a deadly secret); and Jim Lichtscheidl (The Two Gentlemen of Verona) and Luverne Seifert (The Government Inspector), two of Minnesota’s greatest comedic actors – all putting their many sidesplitting skills to the test in this wildly entertaining experience.
– from the Guthrie Theater
Minnesota Opera: Cinderella
Amid a blaze of vocal pyrotechnics and a shimmering score, Angelina finds her Prince Charming (despite the efforts of her idiot stepfather and obnoxious stepsisters). Though The Barber of Seville made Rossini famous, his take on the Cinderella story cemented his reputation as a master of comedy. This fairy tale stars Romanian mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu, making her debut on the American opera stage opposite the dashing tenor John Tessier. Runs at the Ordway Center through 11/07.
– from the Minnesota Opera
For previous performance arts openings –
Oct. 17th – Oct. 23rd: http://echoflam.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-10-17-10-10-23-10
Oct. 10th – Oct. 16th:http://echoflam.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-10-10-10-10-16-10
Oct. 3rd – Oct. 9th: http://echoflam.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-10-03-10-10-09-10
Katha Dance Theatre
Open Eye Figure Theatre
People’s Center Theater
Ten Thousand Things