Annie Enneking's hybrid play/concert riffs on fact and fiction surrounding the legend of Joan of Arc. Enneking certainly picked the right woman to channel. Like Saint Joan, she's a woman of many facets—singer, dancer, musician, writer, actor—who got the call to perform, and has continually reinvented herself over the couple of decades that she has been gracing Twin Cities stages. Other artists with whom she's worked, including director Wendy Knox and choreographer Shawn McConneloug, have been inspired by Enneking's boundless versatility and her willingness to try just about anything. The Joans is about as perfect a foray into sex, deconstruction, and rock 'n' roll as you're likely to see this year—maybe decade. Enneking presented a workshop version at Open Eye Figure Theatre last year, where she embodied three Joan personas: a young "marauding virgin," a middle-aged actress, and a rock star. Singing her own songs and telling her own stories, she rocked audiences' worlds. This production features direction and additional text by Whit McLaughlin, artistic director of Philadelphia's New Paradise Laboratories, and music by Chadly Koppenhaver and Pablo Jones, who will accompany the divine Enneking.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Feb. 17. Continues through Feb. 26, 2011