Those of you following along saw me rave about Ten Thousand Things theater last fall when they opened their season with The Merchant of Venice. They followed that up with Lorca’s Blood Wedding in March and they’ve just opened the musical Little Shop of Horrors. Yes. A musical. They do them well.
The actors on the stage at a TTT production are the same ones you see at the Guthrie, Jeune Lune, and the other hot venues in the Twin Cities. The difference is the sets (virtually none), the script—pared down to the basics because they often perform for groups that haven’t seen much theater, and the lighting—whatever the room lighting happens to be. The groups they perform for are prison inmates, the homeless, and the disabled.
They do a bunch of free performances at the social venues that they serve so there really is no excuse to miss them. You do need reservations. Check the schedule. (Sorry, they won’t let you check out the prison shows but you can see them free at places like St. Stephen’s Community Center and the Dorothy Day Center.)
They also have paid performances in Minneapolis on June 15-17 and 22-24. Tickets are $20.
Bonus Link. American Theater article on 10,000 Things.