Weekend Best Bets: May 13-15

A three-day guide to the cities’ top events

Friday, May 13

The new Normal

WHAT: Next to Normal
WHERE: Ordway Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
Tony Award–winner Alice Ripley stars in the touring rock musical Next to Normal, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, about a mother struggling with bi-polar disorder. Learn more at ordway.org

Friday, May 13

A Southern story

WHAT: In the Red and Brown Water
WHERE: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
A charismatic high-school track star in the Deep South must choose between a college scholarship and caring for her ailing mother in this acclaimed new play, directed by Marion McClinton. Learn more at guthrietheater.org

Saturday, May 14

Comic relief

WHAT: Paul Tompkins
WHERE: Parkway Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 and 9 p.m.
One of the most popular comedians in the country (The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher) has added a second show to his intimate gig at this neighborhood theater. Learn more at brownpapertickets.com

Saturday, May 14

Black is the color

WHAT: Platinum Black, a group show
WHERE: Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis
WHEN: 2-6 p.m.
A group show by 15 member artists of Rosalux, from Terrence Payne to Shawn McNulty, evokes our fascination with the color black. Learn more at rosaluxgallery.com

Sunday, May 15

The boys are back

WHAT: “Come Hell and High Water”
WHERE: Southern Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.
The Moving Company, a new ensemble led by Steve Epp and Dominique Serrand, formerly of Theatre de la Jeune Lune, creates this theatrical event out of music, movement, and narrative. Learn more at southerntheater.org

Sunday, May 15

Musical chairs

WHAT: Opus
WHERE: Park Square Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 2 p.m.
The delightful Emily Gunyou Halaas stars as a violinist stepping into a dysfunctional string quartet of ego-bound men in this smart comedy of art and passions. Learn more at parksquaretheatre.org

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