‘Wits’ at the Fitz; ‘Spring Awakening’ at the U

Theater Latté Da stages 'Spring Awakening,' an update of an 1891 coming-of-age tale, about two teens in love and the exhilarating rebellion of youth.
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Friday, April 13

This Show Will Make You Smarter

WHAT: Wits
WHERE: Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul
8 p.m.

Andy Richter and Reggie Watts, who were both part of Conan O’Brien’s live tour during his TV hiatus in 2010, reunite at the Fitzgerald for a night of comedy and music. Watts is both a standup comic and a wry hip-hop musician, a sort of Andy Kaufman meets Ice Cube. Learn more at fitzgeraldtheater.org

Friday, April 13

The Duchess of Coolville

WHAT: Rickie Lee Jones
Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis
8 p.m.

It’s a strange nickname, but the Duchess of Coolville has undoubtedly earned it, collaborating with everyone from Tom Waits to Alison Krauss over the past 30 years. Her last release wasn’t an album but a concert film, shot in Stockholm, and she’ll reach back into her catalog for this show. Learn more at hennepintheatretrust.org.

Saturday, April 14

Sinatra Returns

WHAT: Sinatra: Nice ‘n’ Easy
WHERE: Capri Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m.

Vocalist Jason Richards, who has studied Sinatra’s phrasing and style for decades, channels Ol’ Blue Eyes in this concert performance, backed by Rick Carlson on piano and the Wolverines Jazz Trio. Learn more at thecapritheater.org.

Saturday, April 14

Love Is in the Air

WHAT: Spring Awakening
WHERE: Rarig Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

Theater Latté Da stages this recent Broadway smash, an update of an 1891 coming-of-age tale, about two teens in love and the exhilarating rebellion of youth. Cat Brindisi, daughter of longtime Chanhassen Dinner Theatres director Michael Brindisi, stars as the young woman in question alongside her mom, Michelle Barber. Learn more at latteda.org.

Sunday, April 15

Bon Iver’s Muse

WHAT: Kathleen Edwards
WHERE: Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
7 p.m.

Kathleen Edwards may have come to Americans’ notice by way of her recent beau, Bon Iver. But the Canadian alt-country crooner has a decade-long career, leavening her folk-pop with the mix of quirkiness and innocence we’ve come to expect from our northern neighbors. Learn more at varsitytheater.org.

Sunday, April 15

Inside the barrio

WHAT: The House on Mango Street
WHERE: Southern Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 4 p.m.

Sandra Cisneros’ classic contemporary novel is a heart-warming family story about a girl growing up Mexican American in Chicago and this production, by Pangea World Theater and Teatro del Pueblo, boils down it all down into scenes of grace and tenderness. Learn more at southerntheater.org.

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