As someone (Shakespeare or Edward deVere, Earl of Oxford, depending on your take on the Anonymous controversy) once wrote that “All the world’s a stage.” These days Northeast Minneapolis is becoming a stage as one after another theater group takes up residence in the community.
Of course there has always been a rich theater tradition in the Northeast arts community. For example, Ballet of the Dolls, housed at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Avenue Northeast, has been in the neighborhood for over 25 years.
Others are welcome newcomers. In recent days and weeks I have made some theater discoveries that are close to my Windom Park neighborhood. To be sure, the few mentioned here are the ones to which I can walk; they suggest a small sample of the wide range of theater with which Northeast is replete. Because listings of theaters are somewhat iffy, the best advice is to check the local press – and to keep your eyes open as you walk the friendly neighborhoods of Northeast.
For example, just this week I walked by the former Hollywood movie theater, 2815-2819 Johnson Northeast, where a crew of movers was hauling tons of props and furniture and who knows what into the long-abandoned theater. Of course, I poked around to learn more about the company just moving into the theater, the Savage Umbrella.
The theater company is not new or new to Northeast, but new to the Hollywood where The Ravagers, their next show opens November 4. The Ravagers is a world premiere play by Blake E. Bolan with Laura Leffler McCabe, collaboratively created with Savage Umbrella. It opens November 4, with productions slated for November 4-6, 10-14, 17-19, all starting at 7:30 with tickets $12.50 – no one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets. Thusfar I haven’t paid a “welcome” call at the Savage Umbrella troupe because I know just how busy they are.
Recently I wrote about the Morris Park Players who last year moved from their long-time home in South Minneapolis to Edison High School, 700 22nd Avenue Northeast.
The Morris Park Players production of the classic Hello Dolly, on stage now at Edison.
And just the other day I sat down for a delightful chat with Liz Neerland who, with her husband Josh Cragun, is breathing life into the Nimbus Theatre, 1517 Central Avenue Northeast, which opened last spring and will premiere its second production of this theater season, Georg Buchner’s Woyczak on December 2. Details of that chat are on my blog, Poking Around with Mary or on Twin Cities Daily Planet.
Late fall and winter can be the perfect time to explore the neighborhood and to spend an afternoon or evening enjoying a fresh new theater production or to share an old favorite with new audiences. A good play, well-produced and acted by talented folks, is indeed the thing!