Music By Marvin Laird

Book and Lyrics by Joel Paley

Returning by popular demand, "Ruthless" is a hilarious musical that has been an off-broadway smash hit since premiering in 1992, and was a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner.  This all-female production spoofs Broadway musicals, like Gypsy and Mame, and movies such as The Bad Seed and All About Eve.  It is the story of Tina, a precocious eight-year-old who knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking in her school play, and will do anything to get the part, including murdering the leading lady! This production features some of the leading ladies of the Twin Cities stage!  This is a show not to be missed!

This 90 minute musical is present with no intermission.

~ Dates to be Announced ~


6105 42nd Avenue North

Crystal, Minnesota

Highlights and Photos from our 2019 Production 

Video by Buddy Puddle Productions

Photos by Jessica Holleque



. . . Theatre Elision, a two-year old company that's staked its claim to putting superb actors before small audiences, giving them some strong musical material that hasn't been done to death, and letting it rip.

~City Pages

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Darkly hilarious, gorgeously sung, cleverly written, campily performed, a spoof of the entertainment industry and shows we love, Ruthless! is a super fun 90 minutes that you should add to your weekend schedule. 

~Cherry and Spoon

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Theatre Elision is quickly becoming a theater company whose shows are must-sees for me.  They are musical, filled with beautiful voices, and just plan fun to watch, and Ruthless is no exception.

~Twin Cities Stages

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Theatre Elision's production went right, again and again and again . . . I was startled by the level of talent on that stage. I've seen great staging and complex orchestras, right now I want great stories and great actors and that's what Theatre Elision is offering.

~Minnesota Playlist

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I'm totally in love with the talent on their stage! . . .Talk about vocal powerhouses!

If you missed Ruthless! The Musical but you like the idea of a woman-centric company,

put Theatre Elision's next show on your schedule.

~Artfully Engaging

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Cast & Creative

Susan Hofflander
Elena Glass
Miss Thorn
Christine Wade
Bethany McCade
Greta Grosch
Deidre Cochran


Piano:            Harrison Wade

Drums:          Erik Schee      


Production Team

Director:                     Lindsay Fitzgerald

Music Director:          Harrison Wade

Vocal Director:           Christine Wade

Stage Manager:         Z Makila

2018 Gallery 

Enjoy some highlights from 2018 show!

Production photos by Amy Stockhaus
Artwork by JoeChicoArt
Logo Art by Mog Fry
Check out a preview of the show!

Photography by Jessica Holleque & Amy Stockhaus

Graphic Design by Christine Wade and Mog Fry