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Twin Cities theater: weekend rundown April 9-11

Mixed Blood opens The Elaborate Appearance of Chad Deity, tackling professional wrestling, race, commerce, and exploitation. This show got rave reviews when staged in Chicago. 

Maria/Stuart opens at the Red Eye. It looks like a weird comedy about family, secrets, and coping with the bizarre. A night in the Red Eye's cozy confines is its own distinctive experience.  

Frank Theatre is opening its adaptation of Kafka's Metamorphosis. Click here for an interview with Frank director Wendy Knox from earlier this week in the Dressing Room. 

Pangea World Theater and Teatro del Pueblo team up for Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba. It's the story of a widow who keeps her five young daughters in mourning for their late father; this being Lorca, someone's going to do something mad in defiance of societal strictures. 

Mu Performing Arts presents Becoming at Dreamland Arts; it looks like an intimate piece in a small theater setting, telling the story of one woman's personal journey (with Taiko drums). 

Theatre Unbound offers up Medea: A Noh Cycle, a collaboration with Green T Productions. It's a Japanese-style telling of Greek myth; Green T staged a nice production of Tales of Rashomon late last year.  

Minneapolis Musical Theatre opens Big River: the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with a fourteen-member cast and five-piece orchestra.

There's also Overheard in Minneapolis, How to Make Love Like a Minnesotan III at the Brave New Workshop, the unapologetic '80s fetish Footloose at Chanhassen, and the weird horror comedy Safe as Houses by Joking Envelope, toward the end of which Joseph Scrimshaw continues pioneering comedy by rummaging about in what appears to be a box of actual human funny bones. 

As is often the case in these parts, the problem isn't finding something intriguing to see; it's choosing from a plethora of options. What a nice problem to have.