824 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Category: Performing Arts Venues
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
Every winter, Minnesotans can expect to have their residential rationale challenged by incredulous out-of-state acquaintances. What could possibly compensate, these puzzled inquisitors ask, for living in sub-arctic conditions where exposed skin freezes in minutes and the risk of hypothermia forces us indoors for much of the season? What could we be doing behind closed doors? For one answer, look to the annual winter revue from sketch comedy troupe the Brave New Workshop. This year's feature, A Snowplow Named Desire: Love in Minnesota, continues the group's tradition of focusing its winter theme on the thermometer-defying passions of our hot-blooded citizens. Irreverent yet affectionate, the show tends to be a highlight of local comedy, in large part because the humor derives directly from inflating the amorous absurdities of stoking romance at -20 degrees. Combining new material with standout sketches from past seasons, the show promises a breathless succession of knowingly intimate laughs performed by an experienced cast of BNW players: Lauren Anderson, Matt Erkel, Bobby Gardner, Andy Hilbrands, Tom Reed, and Taj Ruler, along with BNW virgin Melanie Wehrmacher. Directed by the BNW's own creative couple, Caleb and Katy McEwen, A Snowplow Named Desire provides convincing evidence that Minnesota winters aren't so frigid after all. The show is in previews February 6-12.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 6. Continues through April 12, 2014