Thursday, November 26, 2015

Spend Your December at the Theater! (2015 Holiday Theater Preview)

What better way to spend the dark, cold nights of December than in a theater, seeing something amazing. And holy cats, are there some good shows coming up! Here are a few shows we are super psyched to see.

QUICK!  This Weekend Only:
A Very Asian Christmas - Mu Performing Arts at the Southern
When: November 28, 2015 - November 29, 2016
Why It's On My List: Because it's written, directed and starring Randy Reyes (as Jasmine), who is freaking hilarious. Also starring fabulous local actors like Alex Galick and Sara Ochs. And Mu Daiko!

The Night Alive - Jungle Theater
When: November 6 - December 20, 2015
Why It's On My List: Nothing says the holidays to me like a dark Irish drama. And the cast is can't miss (including Stephen Yoakam, Sara Richardson and Tyson Forbes).

Christmas in the Airwaves - Lyric Arts
When: November 20 - December 20, 2015
Why It's On My List: Old-time radio in a World War II setting at Christmastime? Yes, please. (Link goes to a Remember WENN episode of the same name. Why is this show not on dvd yet?)

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story -  History Theatre
When: November 21 – December 20, 2015
Why It's On My List: It's a charming show, and it features the adorable Ricardo Vasquez and two new favorite actors: Brant Miller (from Four Humors' Mortem Capiendum) and Kory LaQuess Pullam (from Pillsbury House's Prep and Guthrie's Choir Boy).

Snow Queen - Park Square Theater
When: November 27 - December 27, 2015
Why It's On My List: It's a less oft-told holiday tale, and features musical direction by Denise Prosek, who does such beautiful work with Theater Latte Da.

Liberty Falls, 54321 - Moving Company at the Lab Theater
When: November 27 - December 20, 2015
Why It's On My List: Baldwins, Nathan Keepers and even the picture of Stephen Epps makes me laugh out loud.

Black Nativity - Penumbra Theatre
When: December 3 - December 20, 2015
Why It's On My List: Because I spent years working at the Fitzgerald Theater and T. Mychael Rambo and company's music was my holiday soundtrack. Also, I love this from their website:
"Penumbra’s treasured holiday tradition returns with a focus on compassion, connection, and community. Civil Rights leader and theologian Dr. Howard Thurman suggested that “the work of Christmas” begins after we return to our everyday lives. This work is “to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among brothers, to make music in the heart.” What makes your heart sing? How will you dedicate your energies during the New Year? This Christmas, the most radical expression of love is justice. Be the light."
Purple Cloud - Mu Performing Arts at Mixed Blood Theatre
When: December 4 - December 20, 2015
Why It's On My List: Because Mu has become one of my go-to theater companies in town. Enough said.

Miss Richfield's Christmas Cone of Silence - Illusion Theater
When: December 4 - December 20, 2015
Why It's On My List: It's been ages since I've seen Miss Richfield, and she's a Minnesota classic. Also, sometimes (especially during the holidays), you just need to laugh.

Nutcracker (not so) Suite James Sewell Ballet at The Cowles
When: December 4 - December 20, 2015
Why It's On My List: Myron Johnson's "highly inventive and irreverent production is set in the 60’s, beginning on the Upper-East-Side and careening into a beatnik downtown vibe with a life-size Barbie doll." Fabulous.

A Midwinter's Night Revel - Walking Shadow Theatre at Red Eye
When: December 4 - 30, 2015
Why It's On My List: Cause it's "an enchanting Yuletide revel ... in the spirit of A Midsummer Night's Dream."

The Sound of Music - Ordway Center
When: December 10, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Why It's On My List: Because some of the best shows I've seen this year (Damn Yankees and The Pirates of Penzance, not to mention last year's A Christmas Story) have been Ordway productions.

The Holiday Pageant - Open Eye Figure Theatre
When: December 11 - 21, 2015
Why It's On My List: 'Cause not enough holiday shows star Lucifer. Also, the cast includes Sarah Agnew and Luverne Seifert, I'm so sold.

Sunshine - Dark & Stormy Productions at Artspace Grain Belt Warehouse
When: December 16, 2015 - January 9, 2016
Why It's On My List: Too much cheer? Too much laughing? How about checking out a nice "funny, frightening, and poignant" play in a unique setting?

The Great Work - 7th House Theater at the Guthrie (Dowling Studio)
When: December 20, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Why It's On My List: Cause it's 7th House Theater, a fairly new theater made up of young, ingenious, and talented artists like David Darrow, Grant Sorenson and Cat Brindisi.

Happy holiday theatergoing!!

Note: Edited to add Liberty Falls, 54321 and The Sound of Music, thanks to reminders from Cherry and Spoon.