For the love of theater: 11 shows opening this week

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Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis, where Theatre Latte Da will stage “Gypsy” // Photo by George Heinrich

There are 11—yes, 11—shows opening this week in and around the Twin Cities, just in time for Valentine’s Day. (Read: Date ideas!)

With such a wide variety of productions being staged, we thought we would take a minute to help you navigate your options.

Here’s what’s coming up, in order of opening date.

Feb. 9 – March 20
The Snowy Day and Other Stories
Children’s Theatre Company
Based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats, this classic story of reveling in the wonder of a fresh snowfall, whistling for the first time, and finding a special treasure is a treat for the little ones and adults alike. This new staging features puppet design by Italy’s renowned Fabrizio Montecchi, adding a fresh twist to this original theatrical adaptation.

Feb. 10–20
Tamburlaine
Bedlam Theatre
This original comedy by Sheep Theater follows the tale of a king and his lost crown. Thieves, captors, an uprising, and a shepherd round out this quick-paced, antic-heavy production, making for a fast and fun hour-and-a-half in Lowertown.

Feb. 12–27
The Aliens
Walking Shadow Company
This drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker captivated New York audiences when it debuted there in 2010, and is sure to do the same here. The story follows Jasper and KJ, who spend their days writing songs and planning novels in the alley behind a coffee shop. Barista Evan wants them gone, but instead ends up bonding with them in unpredictable ways.

June

Savage Umbrella presents “June” // Photo by Carl Atiya Swanson

Feb. 12–26
June
Savage Umbrella
An all-female cast explores the roles we play and the secrets we hide. Themes of fear, love, and identity are explored, as is the question of what it means to be seen—by ourselves, by each other, and by society.

Christiana Clark as Proteus// Photo by Jenny Graham

Christiana Clark as Proteus in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” // Photo by Jenny Graham

Feb. 12 – March 27
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Jungle Theatre
An all-female cast brings to life this classic Shakespeare comedy about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and more twists than a pack of Twizzlers.

Feb. 12 – March 5
Only One Sophie
Illusion Theatre
This history-rich production explores a boy’s desire to understand his place in the world and learn his family’s secrets, his true heritage, and how to let go. The work is steeped in the influences of Jewish immigrant culture and traditions as they connect and conflict with a modern American Jewish upbringing.

Feb. 12 – March 6
The Arsonists
Frank Theatre
Described as a “wildly funny moral play without a moral,” this production forces audiences to recognize our collective willingness to bury our heads in the sand rather than take on political and social responsibility.

 

Feb. 12 – March 6
Silence: The Musical
Minneapolis Musical Theatre
Billed as a “hilarious ‘unauthorized’ parody based on ‘The Silence of the Lambs,'” NYC Fringe Best Musical Award-winner combines whip-smart dialogue and shocking songs to make a musical that’s pungent, punchy, and more than a little surprising.

Feb. 12–20
The Naked I: Self-Defined
20% Theatre Company
This production aims to highlight the voices and experiences of trans/queer/otherwise non-cisgender and/or non-heterosexual folks through monologues, short scenes, movement pieces, spoken word poems, short film, and more.

Feb. 12 – March 6
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife
MN Jewish Theatre
Local theater matriarch Sally Wingert heads this production that follows Marjorie Taub through the throes of a midlife crisis. Flamboyant, funny, and full of surprises, this Tony-nominated satirical romp is sure to have you laughing, sighing, and connecting in more ways than one.

Michelle Barber as Mama Rose and Cat Brindisi as Gypsy Rose Lee // Photo by

Michelle Barber as Mama Rose and Cat Brindisi as Gypsy Rose Lee // Photo by Joe Dickie

Feb. 12 – March 13
Gypsy
Theatre Latte Da
“Gypsy” is the story of uber-stage mother Mama Rose and her driving ambition to raise two daughters in show business. This all-new production of the Tony Award-winning musical is directed by nationally acclaimed Peter Rothstein and features a star-studded local cast.

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Joseph Haj // Photo via Guthrie Theater Facebook’s page

In addition to the shows opening this week is a chance to meet Guthrie Theater’s new artistic director, Joseph Haj. On Tuesday, February 9, the public is invited to join Haj in the Guthrie’s McGuire Proscenium theater as he introduces himself and fields any and all questions you may have.

Haj is the Guthrie’s eighth artistic director and recently made his Guthrie directorial debut with Shakespeare’s “Pericles,” playing through February 21 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Tickets for the event are free, but reservations are required. Order online or call the Guthrie Box Office at 612-377-2224.

 
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