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Best Theatre Gems In The Twin Cities

Sure there's the State, the Orpheum and the Ordway theatres. They are gorgeous theatres and wonderful shows grace their boards. We all know about the historic Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, the famous Old Log Theatre in Excelsior and our beloved dinner theatre in Chanhassen. But, let me tell you about a few fantastic theatres you may not be aware of.

The Illusion Theater
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The Mixed Blood
1501 S. 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55454


Making art of life. Tackling real issues. Showing another perspective. When you leave a Mixed Blood show you leave changed. Real shows take the stage offering provocative theatre.

Brave New Workshop
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The Brave New Workshop
2605 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408


Improv, Improv, Improv. Did I mention their hilarious shows? Always relevant and always funny.

The History Theatre
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The History Theatre
30 E. 10th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101


Bringing historical events to life. This magical theatre brings original work to the stage to re-create points in history making them unforgettable. Many shows are by local playwrights and feature a lot of Minnesota history.

The Ritz Theatre
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The Ritz Theatre
345 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Tucked away in NE Mpls. the Ritz brings great burlesque shows and is home to Ballet of the Dolls.

The Illusion Theater
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The Illusion Theater
Hennepin Center for the Arts
528 Hennepin Ave. #704
Minneapolis, MN 55403


The Illusion Theatre features Minneapolis Musical Theatre's season, home to Miss Richfield's annual Holiday shows and other thoughtful, original shows. It's on the 8th floor of Hennepin Center for the Arts.

Plymouth Playhouse
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Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N.
Plymouth, MN 55441

Home of those crazy Church Ladies and those who know how to Talk Minnesota. Their musical comedies will get you singing along.

Park Square Theatre
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Park Square Theatre
Historic Hamm Building
20 W. 7th Place
St. Paul, MN 55102


Park Square says about its theatre, "exceptional live theatre that touches the heart, engages the mind, and delights the spirit." That about says it. They try different shows outside of the classics and you may even catch one with such popular faces on stage as Richard Ooms or Linda Kelsey.

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