Ten Thousand Things strips down Eliza and Henry

Categories: Theater
Eliza's affection for Henry Higgins is so obvious
​Ten Thousand Things made out like bandits in this year's City Pages Best of the Twin Cities, grabbing a nod for Best Small Theater and Best Director for Michelle Hensley. Tonight they're opening My Fair Lady, in a stripped-down take on the classic musical by Lerner and Loewe. Early odds have it one of the top left-field date nights of the season. 

The show stars Kate Eifrig and Steve Hendrickson as Eliza and Henry, a Cockney girl and the professor from who she takes elocution lessons. What is usually a big confection of a musical is here rendered with a cast of five, getting down to the skeleton of what is a story about gender, class, and power. 

The cast is rounded out by Bradley Greenwald, Kimberly Richardson, and Luverne Seifert, and Lear deBessonet directs. This is a sterling cast throughout, and a terribly interesting choice for a company with a remarkable knack for digging out what is true from the shows it tackles (whether those truths are pleasant or not). 

My Fair Lady plays at the Minnesota Opera Center May 7-30. Tickets are $25, $15 Sundays for students with ID. Shows are 8:00 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4:00 p.m. Sun. For tickets click here

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