Past Productions

Over the River and Through the Woods, by Joe DiPietro, November 4-18, 2012



Directed by Robert Marcus and Shelli Place
Lighting by Matthew Kraft
Stage Manager, Kevin Todd
Set Design and Costumes, Lin Mathison
Makeup Artist, Christopher Russo
Graphics Designer, Ella Reid

Nick Cristano John  Marshall Berard
Frank Gianelli Marshall Hambro
Aida Gianelli Gini Adams
Nunzio Cristano Robert Marcus
Emma Cristano Lynne Vannelli
Caitlin O’Hare Asha Menina


Pardon our Schtick-The Gift of Laughter

Theater NOW presents its 2013 season fundraiser “Pardon our Schtick!“, with a classic variety show of vaudeville, old time radio, TV and borscht belt comedy  Just in time for the holidays, you can bring the gift of joy and laughter to a senior citizen or group of seniors  throughout the Twin Cities, by donating a seat for these seniors.

Theater NOW is funding its first community outreach program to bring the mission of “Family and Generations” with this wonderful production of  the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s finest live radio, TV and stage comedy, and bring a senior audience a day of comedy, hilarity and laughter from an era of classic comic performers.  From Vaudeville, radio, borscht belt, and live TV comedy, comes “Pardon our Schtick!”.

Your donation of any amount will bring a senior citizen from the many senior centers and senior homes Theater NOW partners, and give them the joy of laughter we all so need this holiday and every season. Please give to this wonderful cause and bring our seniors the joy and laughter of an era gone by. Sponsor a senior and give an afternoon of comedy, and fun will be had by all.  The Sunday matinee will be held at the Lowry Lab Theater, December 23rd, from 2-4 pm.

To make your donation or for further information, please contact Robert Marcus, Theater NOW, at 651-321-8840 (all donations are 100% tax deductible. Theater NOW is a Non-Profit 501c3 corporation).


This Sunday, February 24th, 3PM at the Hopkins Center for the Arts…   click here for (MAP)


The Kitchen Sink Cast

With your host Marshall Hambro

 Michelle Myers Berg

Asha Brown

Shanan Custer

Ari Hoptman

Brian Kelly

Melinda Kordich

Kenny Martin

Martin Ruben

Edwin Strout

Eric Webster

With piano accompaniment by Raymond Berg

The Kitchen Sink comedy sketches from the golden age of radio…

Burns and Allen

Fibber McGee and Molly

The Honeymooners

The Marx Bros., Duck Soup

I Love Lucy

Groucho Marx, You Bet Your Life

The Life of Riley

The Bickersons

About The Kitchen Sink

 ”The Kitchen Sink” had its genesis as a Christmas benefit show for Theater Now at the Lowry Lab Theater in Saint Paul. Originally titled “Pardon My Shtick,” it featured many of the same wonderful actors you are watching today, and was – in a word – a hit. There were several Christmas songs and sketches, most of which are not in this show. However, some of the sketches were timeless, and we’ve included them this afternoon. We hope you enjoy these delightful comedy sketches from the golden age of radio, performed by some of our best Twin Cities actors. Thanks so much for coming!

Marshall Hambro, Executive Producer

The most wonderful thing about theater is that an idea can blossom from anywhere and be produced on stage for an appreciative audience within months, in this case, WEEKS. The Kitchen Sink originated from a love and appreciation of the golden age of comedy, in the Vaudeville playhouses, to the radio stations and eventually to TV’s in every home. This is the result of a brilliant idea spawned from a love of comedy. The artists you will see here today, are the best in the Twin Cities. BRAVO to you all and enjoy the show… there’s more to come…

Robert Marcus

Artistic Director

Theater NOW

Artistic Director ……………………………… Robert Marcus

Producer ……………………………………… Marshall Hambro

Our many thanks to our great talent at Theater NOW that support The Kitchen Sink and members who share that talent with us all. Your support is always appreciated. Please consider a donation by donating through our website, or by calling 651-321-8840. Visit us at



5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche … Directed by Shelli Place… It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. But when Communists threaten their idyllic town and long held secrets come to light, will the sisters be able to keep their cool… or will they sacrifice everything in the name of quiche?”

A Minnesota PremierTheater NOW brings this world premier to the Minnesota stage…Follow us on

Performances Thursday – Sunday, May 2-12, 2013.

Purchase Tickets here

Performances at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN.  2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408 Don’t miss this outrageous and extravagant event sweeping the country from coast to coast… and NOW for the first time in Minnesota.. by Theater NOW 


May 2, 3, 4 – 8:00pm,  May 5 – 7:30 pm

May 9, 10, 11 – 8:00pm,  May 12 – 7:30 pm

For ticket and performance information email or call 651-321-8840

Tickets can be purchased online for all performances, and at the box office one hour prior to any performance.  Online tickets go on sale for all performances…March 9th, 2013,

Following sold-out houses and extended runs in New York and Chicago during 2011 and 2012, Theater NOW is delighted to be the first to bring this blockbusting new comedy to Minneapolis. Directed by Shelli Place, produced by Robert Marcus, and featuring the talents of Dawn Brodey, Beth Desotelle, Anna Hickey, Erin Mae Johnson, and Andrea Wollenberg.

Please NOTE: Online ticket holders will have priority seating prior to general same day box office admission.


Visiting Mr. Green is fully powered up and we hope you don’t miss this highly charged and powerful drama. Tickets on sale now.

Directed by Chava CurlandFixes

Robert Marcus as Mr. Green and Tom Glaser as Ross Gardiner

Sabes JCC, Minneapolis, July 5, 6, 7, 2013

At Theatre NOW, we see the world as a place shared by generations of stories, sewn into a patchwork of love, pain and laughter. We value, above all things, the opportunity for one generation to learn from another, binding us and connecting us.

Eighty-six year old widower Mr. Green is almost hit by a car driven by young corporate executive Ross Gardiner. Found guilty of reckless driving, Ross is ordered to spend the next six months making weekly visits to Mr. Green. What starts off as a comedy about two men who resent being in the same room together, develops into a drama with tremulous vulnerability, traveling with the characters from antagonism and condescension to disgust, distress and finally acceptance.

This touching story tackles issues such as aging, dementia, love, spirituality and sexuality inspired once again through our mission of family and generations.


Over the River and Through the Woods, by Joe DiPietro.

Directed by Matthew Kraft

Sabes JCC, Oct. 31-Nov 17, 2013


Opening night Special…Thursday, Oct 31… Bring a hat, glove, scarf or small clothing article for donation and get in for $10.00 (1/2 off General Admission)….

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Theater NOW presents “Over the River and Through the Woods,” a comedy about faith, family, and most of all, food!

This touching and hilarious play receives its encore production from Theater NOW, a Twin Cities theater company presenting contemporary and classic plays that explore the family journey through the generations, witnessing the love, pain, and laughter of our most sacred family stories.

Nick is an up-and-coming marketing executive in New Jersey who’s just been offered his dream job in Seattle. But first he has to break the news to his loving but overbearing Italian-American grandparents at their weekly Sunday dinner.

Needless to say, Nick’s grandparents—Frank and Aida, Nunzio and Emma—aren’t happy. They can’t understand why Nick would want to leave his family behind to move cross-country. Maybe if he could just meet the right girl, he’d settle down…

Enter Caitlin O’Hare, Emma’s lovely—and single—neighbor. As the grandparents scheme to bring the two wayward young people together, the play lovingly explores the ties that bind—and sometimes strangle—the generations.

Theater NOW’s Artistic Director Robert Marcus explains, “‘Over the River and Through the Woods’ is a wonderful dramatic comedy that exemplifies Theater NOW’s mission of producing work that takes our audiences through a journey of family and generations.”

“It’s significant that most of the action in the play takes place around the kitchen table,” Marcus adds, “because that’s the place where the generations meet. Everyone in the audience can see themselves somewhere around that table—either the older generation trying to pass their wisdom along to the younger, or the younger members trying to find their individual identities in the midst of family.”

Dates: Thursday–Sunday, October 31- November 17, 2013

Times: 7:30 P.M., Thursday–Saturday, with 2:00 P.M. matinees on Sundays

Location: Sabes JCC, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd S, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Tickets: $10–$20, with discounts available for seniors, students, and groups. Tickets available at, at 651-321-8840, and at the box office one hour before performances.


Directed by Matthew Kraft

Nick Cristano……..John Marshall Berard

Frank Gianelli…….H. William Kirsch

Aida Gianelli………Gini Adams

Nunzio Cristano… Gabriele Angieri

Emma Cristano….Carol Kaiser

Caitlin O’Hare……Anna Sutheim

Set Design…………Lin and Bruce Mathison

Stage Manager…..Odion-Victoria Igbavboa

Theater intern…..Caitlin Miler

Producer………….Robert Marcus