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Weekend Arts Roundup: Fun and Laughs

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by Marianne Combs

November 21, 2013

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Brave New Workshop cast (l to r): Andy Hilbrands, Tom Reed, Matt Erkel, Lauren Anderson, Taj Ruler
Dani Werner / Brave New Workshop

MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about three shows that can help you forget the stress of the holiday season through hearty, healthy laughter.

Two Sugars, Room for Cream — This two-woman show, performed by Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool, looks at the witty banter and observations on life we enjoy over coffee. This 2013 Ivey Award-winning production is staging at the Jerome Hill Theatre in downtown St. Paul to Dec. 1.

Born Yesterday — A Broadway play turned 1950 Academy Award-nominated film, Born Yesterday is a screwball comedy about a corrupt businessman trying to get ahead. This play is staging at the Guthrie Theater; it opens Saturday and runs until Jan. 5, 2014.

I Saw Daddy Marry Santa ClausBrave New Workshop's annual holiday show combines holiday-related humor with a look at the year's hottest topics. This production continues the BNW's 55-year tradition of Christmas shows featuring songs and sketches, including the troupe's signature take on "The 12 Days of Christmas." (Disclosure: one of the BNW cast members is an MPR employee.) The production runs until Feb. 1, 2014.

Marianne Combs joins The Current's Morning Show for the Weekend Arts Roundup every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Read about all the latest arts news at the State of the Arts blog at