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"The city that gave the world the New York minute has a need for speed that only cultural sprints can satisfy, short-burst offerings that slip smoothly into even the tightest leisure-hour schedule. On a prosaic level, short art frees up precious time."
I get a frisson of excitement every time a show is advertised as 90 minutes with no intermission. I know I'm going to get in, get my theater on, and get out in time to live my life.
So, as a public service, my intention was to list the running times of a few of the shows around town--to assist in theatergoing planning for those of us who may have busy lives, expensive babysitters and/or short attention spans.
|Patrick Stewart wants to get to the bar after the show.|
AND YET ... this information was really surprisingly hard to find! Apart from the Guthrie Theater, hardly any theater companies list this info on their website. I scoured the web for this info, trying the theater websites, reviews and even ticketing companies and had very little luck. Here are a few I tried to find:
Mercy Killers at Pillsbury House Theatre - about 70 minutes (but I only know because I saw it)
Passing Strange at Mixed Blood Theatre - ??
Threepenny Opera - Frank Theatre at The Southern - about 3 hours (again, I saw this one)
Rapture, Blister, Burn at 20% Theatre Company - ??
Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Guthrie - Run time: 2 hours 45 minutes including intermission (from their website)
Hamlet at Guthrie - 2 hours 25 minutes plus intermission (from their website)Shrek at Children's Theatre Company - 2 hours with 15 minutes intermission (from their website)
This is all to say--hey! Theater companies! You're awesome and I want to come and enjoy your theater. But I may be parking at a meter, or getting up early for work, or trying to squeeze two shows in an evening, so help me out! List your running times! Thank you! TheaterLove OUT.