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October 25, 2004 // UPDATED 4:26 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

'Mishegass! Such a Musical'

What do you get when you put Jewish brainiacs, ballplayers, spies, gangsters, stooges, musicians and other celebrities all on stage at the same time? Pure silliness. Hence "mishegass," the Yiddish word for insanity, is the perfect fit for this musical revue/celebrity family reunion.

Albert Einstein mingles with Major League ballplayer Moe Berg (who later dumped athletics for a career as a spy), gangster Meyer Lansky, two-thirds of "The Three Stooges" (Larry and Curley), jazz great Louis Armstrong (who was taken in by a Jewish family), Wild Bill Donovan, Bert Williams, Eddie Cantor and other Jewish Who's Who.

Like at most family get-togethers, the "Mishegass!" characters swap both serious and humorous stories. Unlike other gatherings, however, their outlandish tales are punctuated by a live musical score -- 16 original songs performed by Jewish contemporary music ensemble Klezmerica.

Thru Nov. 14, Thursday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 and 7 p.m. The Woman's Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove St. $15-$35. 673-0404.

Halloween every day

It's Halloween everyday for the oddballs in the Buffalo Gal Productions' cabaret, "Monsters, Witches and Freaks."

Produced and directed by Perrin Post -- known for her well-received productions "Broadway's Legendary Ladies" and " Girls & Guns" and "Vixens: The Sexy Bad Girl Revue," among others -- culled from the dregs of entertainment's horrifying past and present for this original revue.

Expect morbidly moving numbers from: "Wicked," "Sweeney Todd," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Jekyll and Hyde," "Batboy," "Into the Woods," "Beauty and the Beast," "Phantom of the Opera," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Hairspray" and countless other creepy favorites.

Oct. 29-Nov. 27, Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Loring Playhouse, 1633 Hennepin Ave. S. $24. 604-4466.