Thursday, May 21, 2020

Theater Crush Thursday: Theatre Elision

Today, on #TheaterCrushThursday the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers want to give our love to Theatre Elision, a small theater company who cropped in 2017 and has since made a name for themselves within the Twin Cities Theater community and found a permanent home in Crystal, MN in 2019. The theater is true to their name, Elision meaning “the process of joining together or merging thing, especially abstract ideas” (I love how they have this front and center on their website. They state their purpose of developing and producing new or little known theatrical works that tell compelling stories with music. And they succeed! I know that many of the Twin Cities Theater Bloggers, including myself, always try to get to an Elision show in order to experience something new. Unless they are remounting a past successful work (they have brought back Ghost Quartet and Ruthless season after season to very happy theater goers). Every time I go into an Elision show it is the first time I have seen, and heard of the work and I always walk away with a smile on my face and often times frantically searching for a recording online to hear the songs which have just been newly introduced to new over and over again.
In the 2018 Twin Cities Theater Bloggers Awards, the TCTBers choose Theatre Elision as our Under the Radar Award pick, says “They are masters of mounting new or little known works filled with beautiful, well-performed music and just the right amount of absurdity.” Not only do they choose their shows well, they also cast extremely talented performers. In 2019 they were featured in the Star Tribune for this fact. They are a company who hires at least 50% women and pays performers a union wage, impressive for a theater so young.
Theater Elision’s 2019-2020 season as always looked very interesting. It included shows such as Islander – a musical which premiered in 2019 to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and Elision’s production is slated to be the US Premiere. And City Stories, a play with music that played Off-Broadway and Elision is going to be performing along with Rosabella Gregory who wrote the music. I can’t wait for them to come back so that I can experience these and many more new shows.
If you want to support Theatre Elision they have set up a Patreon 
 where you can unlock clips from some of my favorite of their past shows like Sea Cabinet and Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical.