What kind of holiday show do you want? This year, the Twin Citians have more choices as performing arts companies pick up the vacation pace, despite COVID-19 closures. Here are stage shows that will make your season happy and bright. But one, a deadpan thriller, offers a bit of counter-programming.
Please note that all of these shows take place in venues with COVID-19 protocols.
” Everything is calm ”
Many shows are about ancient events, but the Theater Latte Da’s docudrama focuses on a relatively recent special event – the 1914 Christmas truce during World War I, when enemy soldiers halted their fighting to observe the holidays together. . Director Peter Rothstein created this a cappella work in 2007 and it has become a staple of the holidays, with PBS filming and airing the production. The 10 actors mix songs from all over Europe as well as patriotic tunes and cut-throat songs. (7:30 p.m. Fri, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sat, 2:00 p.m. Sun, 7:30 p.m. Wed-Thu end Jan 2 Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE, Mpls. 35 $ -53 $. 612-339-3003 or latteda.org.)
For some, getting back into the holiday spirit is best done with a show that follows the seasons. One of those shows is “Black Nativity”, the witty celebration of the Penumbra Theater returning from a gap year. Meanwhile, conductor and soloist Yolande Bruce has passed away. Pop-soul songwriter g’Beau has stepped in to lead the Kingdom Life Choir and Maestro Sanford Moore returns with soloists Dennis Spears and Greta Oglesby. Jennifer Whitlock tells and Leslie Parker choreographs a show whose observation of the birth of Christ is coupled with a concentrate of liturgy and black songs. (December 2-24, Penumbra Theater, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul. $ 15- $ 40. 651-224-3180 or penumbratheatre.org.)
St. Paul-based Collide Theatrical is targeting the top of the tree star with its Holiday Cabaret, an ode to joy and merriment featuring live music and dancing. Music Director Andy Fraser teams up with country stylist Rachel Holder on holiday classics and classics as five dancers spread happiness through the choreography of Heather Brockman and Collide founder Regina Peluso. (December 3-12, Collide Cabaret, 755 N. Prior Av., # 235H, St. Paul. $ 20- $ 45. 651-395-7903).
“Amahl and the Night Visitors”
At the Skylark Opera Theater, director Gary Briggle stages Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1951 opera, made for television, about an impoverished and disabled boy and his mother who are visited by the Magi as they bring gifts to the child born in Bethlehem. Twins Henry and Oskar Helle-Morrissey alternate in the title role, while Vicki Fingalson plays the mother in this one-act act which is suitable for families with children over 6 years old. (December 4-19, Andy Boss stage at Park Square Theater, 20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul. $ 20- $ 35. Skylark.booktix.com or 651-252-1867.)
‘Tales of the Charred Belly of the Yule Log’
For one night only at the Guthrie Theater, seasoned storyteller Kevin Kling presents his “Tales from the Charred Belly of the Yule Log”. Witty and ironic, Kling is known for his insightful tales from his life and adventures. It complements the evening of “Tales” with contributions from the Brass Messengers, featuring singer Simone Perrin and conductor Dan Chouinard (7:30 Dec. 7, Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. $ 28. 612-377-2224 or guthrietheater.org.)
Of course, a theater lover who wants to skip the season altogether can do so with “Jacuzzi,” the comedic counter-lineup from theater company Dark & Stormy. Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, “Jacuzzi” is set in a Colorado ski lodge and features an actual hot tub on stage. Actors Clint Allen, Darius Dotch, Paul LaNave and theater founder Sara Marsh make up the cast. (Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday to December 19, 450 Main St. N., Stillwater. $ 25- $ 39, 612-397-7926 or darkstormy.org.)