A Variety of Productions to Sate a Variety of Palates

Annie the Musical


Issie Swickle
Annie
 
LYNN ANDREWS
Miss Hannigan
 
GILGAMESH TAGGETT
Oliver Warbucks
 
ASHLEY EDLER
Grace Farrell
 
GARRETT DEAGON
Rooster Hannigan
 
LUCY WERNER
Lily
 
Allan Ray Baker
FDR
 
AMY BURGMAIER
Mrs. Pugh, Ensemble, u/s Miss Hannigan
 
CAMERON
MITCHELL BELL
Bert, Ensemble
 
ANGELINA CARBALLO
July, u/s Molly
 
JOHN CORMIER
Ickes, Ensemble, u/s Rooster Hannigan
 
BRIAN COWING
Bundles, Ensemble, u/s FDR
 
Adia Dant
Pepper, u/s Annie
 
TODD FENSTERMAKER
Drake, Ensemble, u/s Warbucks, FDR
 
CHLOE HORNER
Swing
 
LILLYBEA IRELAND
Tessie
 
EVAN MAYER
Swing
 
JAKE MILLS
Ensemble, u/s Bert
 
MEGHAN SEAMAN
Ensemble, u/s Lily
 
HANNAH SLABAUGH
Star to Be, Ensemble
 
SYDNEY SHUCK
Kate
 
LILY EMILIA SMITH
Ensemble, u/s Grace Farrell
 
LILLY MAE STEWART
Molly
 
CHLOE TISO
Swing
 
ISABEL WALLACH
Duffy
 
Sunny
Sandy
 
MACY
u/s Sandy
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Photo by Joan Marcus.

Photo by Joan Marcus.

Annie
Through Apr. 5
Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Av., Mpls.
(800) 982-2787
www.HennepinTheatreTrust.org

The national tour of Annie has been directed by the musical’s very own lyricist and original director of the 1977 Tony Award-winning original, Martin Charnin. Liza Gennaro, the daughter of that production’s Tony-winning choreographer, Peter Gennaro, has stepped into her father’s old shoes and has incorporated some of his original work and some of her own. Tomorrow is Annie’s most famous song and stands tall as one of the most uplifting tunes in musical theater. Music by Charles Strouse.

Photo by Kelly Nelson.

Photo by Kelly Nelson.

Art
Through Apr. 20
Muse Event Center, 107 Third Av. N., Mpls.
(800) 838-3006
www.brownpapertickets.com

Yasmina Reza is perhaps the most recognizable woman playwright in the world but her first Olivier-winner for Best Comedy and Tony-winner for Best Play, Art, is about three contentious men and is still the favorite Reza play among world theatergoers. Theatre Coup d’Etat, known for taking on challenging material, is presenting it at the Muse Event Center’s intimate Club Room.

Director James Napoleon Stone describes the conflict in Art:  “Sometimes when friends such as Serge (Elohim Pena), Marc (Lucas James Vonasek), and Yvan (Kevin Fanshaw) have a disagreement over how art can or should be done, or what it even is in the first place, when it’s actually disagreement between the core of those individuals. Art is a reflection of ourselves and what we see around us, but we mostly argue over whose lens it is we’re all seeing the art through. Sometimes even someone you’ve shared a lens with for years turns out to be just another asshole, shich can be brutal as all hell to deal with, and I think that is the truth of this particular story.”

Photo by Lauren B. Photography.

Photo by Lauren B. Photography.

 

Fruit Fly: The Musical
Through April 11
Illusion Theater at the Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Av., Mpls.
(612) 339-4944
www.illusiontheater.org

The evolution of Fruit Fly has been impressive. Audiences flocked to it at the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival and were touched by its loving look into the friendship between a straight woman and a gay man, drawn from the actual friendship between the writer-performers themselves, Sheena Janson and Max Wojtanowicz. It was workshopped during Illusion Theater’s 2013 Fresh Ink series and has now been developed into a full production directed by Nikki Swoboda, with music by Michael Gruber.

Wojtanowicz points out that “our original Fringe version was under and hour, and telling the story of my friendship with Sheen  in that amount of time meant we had to wrap if up with a fancy little bow quickly. Since then we’ve really fleshed out the story. The audience really sees the full evolution of this friendship, through good times and bad. The show is now about 90 minutes, with four new songs since the Fringe.”

Photo by Ariel Leaf.

Photo by Ariel Leaf.

 

If You Don’t Weaken and The Recollection Collection
Through Apr. 12
Nimbus Theatre, 1517 Central Av. NE, Mpls.
(612) 816-8479
www.freshwatertheatre.com

Freshwater Theatre operates a repertory system where one show or set of shows plays on alternating dates with the other at one space. Queer content permeates their current line-up. Jenna Zark’s new comedy, If You Don’t Weaken plays in rep with an anthology production of short plays about the nature of memory under the rubric of The Recollection Collection.  Something significant has been evolving with Freshwater as they are becoming a magnet for established acting talent while still incorporating younger faces. In the current rep you will see such veteran actors as Charles Numrich, Muriel Bonertz, Brian Joyce, Muriel Bonertz, Dann Peterson and  Brian Columbus. Linda Sue Anderson, a beloved Twin Cities actress is serving as assistant director for Zark’s play.

For years Ariel Pink has been a dynamic artist regarding themes of gender and sexuality. She is If You Don’t Weaken’s director and shares “while not the focus of the story, there is a growing awareness between Amy (Rebecca Gebhart) and Caron (Tara Lucchino), and we realize that Amy’s attraction to women may perhaps hae been one of the reasons Amy’s marriage failed. Neither woman knows how to broach the topics with each other, and it causes tension and strife between them. While never resolving itself, the women, in discovering who they want to be, grow closer and open the door to possibility.”

 

Anthony Neuman has written Imagine Memory, for The Recollection Collection. Neuman says it “brings the question of whether our memories are “real” or constructed. If they are in fact constructed, who better than an imaginary friend to help  understand their magic, and to create a perfect wedding proposal.”

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