'Understood' Image courtesy Trademark Theater



Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Oct. 3-27
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 3
7:30 p.m.
Every Wed. from Oct. 17-24
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Oct. 7-28
2 p.m.
Oct. 15
7:30 p.m.
$20; $15 students.

Trademark Theater, run by two Tylers, is one of the Twin Cities’ highest-profile new company launches in recent years. Tyler Michaels is an actor and director whose star has been rising since he was handed the Emerging Artist Ivey Award in 2014. Tyler Mills is a writer known for acclaimed Fringe shows. Though the company’s debut production, last year’s The Boy & Robin Hood, was underwhelming, this fall’s production of Understood is a very different endeavor. Written by Mills and directed by Michaels, Understood comes billed as a surreal two-hander about a young married couple whose relationship has become strained. The disappearance of their dog sends them on a journey staged at Soma Studios, a new art space in the Grain Belt building. Michaels says in a statement that he hopes the production will help facilitate “difficult but necessary conversations” about personal and political differences as the midterm elections approach. It’s a worthy, if daunting, aim. Find tickets and more info at