Illusion leaders, Tyler Michaels, and Sally Wingert Honored at Ivey Awards

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Tyler Michaels in Cabaret.
Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris of Illusion Theater shared the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Ivey Awards Monday evening. The honor came as a surprise to them, as they didn't think the organization would break with tradition to honor a duo.

To no one's surprise, Tyler Michaels earned the Emerging Artist award, following a year that included top-line roles in Cabaret (Theatre Latte Da), The Little Mermaid (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres), and My Fair Lady (Guthrie Theater).

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Impractical Jokers Brings Stunts, Stories, and a Giant Bus to Minneapolis

Categories: Comedy
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For the past three and a half years, Q, Murr, Joe, and Sal from the hit show Impractical Jokers have put each other through pretty much every embarrassing stunt and painfully awkward punishment they can think of. But that's nothing compared to what they can do to each other on tour.

This fall, the dudes are hitting the road and bringing their live show to theaters all over the country, sharing videos, stories, and stunts that were too insane for television. Before they wreak havoc on the Orpheum Theatre, we sat down with James "Murr" Murray to talk about their show this Friday night.


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Little Boy finds humor and heartbreak in Hiroshima

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Photo by Bruce Silcox
Masanari Kawahara.
Masanari Kawahara was born 23 years after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, but the event has been a considerable factor in his life and his art. Kawahara spent his time as a youth in Hiroshima's Peace Park, and his home city's infamy was part of the everyday fabric.

The performer and puppeteer has turned his eye to Hiroshima in a trilogy of plays. Little Boy follows I.N. and Hiroshima. The latest work, which premiered over the weekend as a Pangea World Theater production at Pillsbury House Theatre, takes the name of the bomb dropped on the city to a literal level. Meaning, Kawahara plays the bomb just as that: a little boy.

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Ed Huyck Live Tweets the Iveys Tonight

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This evening, the local theater community celebrates its accomplishments at the annual Ivey Awards. The event, now in its 10th year, is notable for its open-ended structure. There are no nominees, no established categories (save for Lifetime Achievement and the Emerging Artists awards), and no set number of awards given out. Instead, audiences will be treated to presentations on this past season, brief acceptance speeches, and bits of upcoming works.

City Pages theater critic Ed Huyck will be in attendance, live tweeting the exciting proceedings. To get in on the action, follow us @cpdressingroom.

IF YOU GO:

10th annual Ivey Awards
7:30 p.m. Monday
Historic State Theatre
805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
$25-$35; $95-$125 VIP package
For tickets and more information, call 1.800.982.2787 or visit online.
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Standup Sean Donnelly on Performing in Alaska, Fur Thongs, Life in Long Island

Categories: Comedy
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"I've never been to Minnesota before," says comedian Sean Donnelly. He has, however, performed all over North America. "This past year, I did some pretty crazy places. I was in Reno and I was in Anchorage, Alaska, for the first time in my life. I did comedy there, and I performed in Newfoundland. I've been all over the map."

It was his management company that booked the gig in Alaska. "I didn't turn it down because I'd never been to Alaska. Why else would I have a reason to go there?" After two flights and 10 hours in the air, he was in the 49th state.

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Four Free Things to do This Week

Categories: Free Stuff
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This week in free stuff to do we have a double book release party, an epic mini-festival of music, and a party offering hot dish and wine. Come take a look.

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Middle Brother Makes Muddy Work of Intriguing Idea

Categories: Theater

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Photo by Michal Daniel
The cast of Middle Brother.
Middle Brother, Eric Sharp's exploration of Korean roots, is a mess of a play. Sharp's ideas bounce around the Southern Theater stage, never combining into a cohesive whole.

A game cast (including playwright Sharp) makes the best of the meal on offer, aided by clever direction and stage design.

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Best Of Dressing Room: September 15-19

Categories: Weekly Wrap-up
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Folks in the Twin Cities are always up to something exciting. Here are some of Dressing Room's top stories from this week:

-- We recapped the top looks we saw at Envision Fall 2014.

-- We hung out at Furry Migration and learned a little more about furry culture.

-- The Walker is turning 75 soon. For our Fall Arts issue we examined its rich history, from early scandals to weird experiments in modern art.

-- Drew Ailes had some thoughts on things Minnesotans need to stop doing.

-- The Art Shanty Project announced that it will be taking 2015 off before (hopefully) coming back in 2016 bigger -- and with more support -- than ever.

Park(ing) Day Returns

Categories: Festivals
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Park(ing) Day is back for its second year, turning parking spots in southwest Minneapolis into mini festivals of art, food, and fun. Sponsored by Experience Southwest and Minneapolis's Great Streets program, the event this year has increased the number of intersections that will transform parking spots into community spaces.

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Dos and Don'ts of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Categories: Nerdery

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Renaissance vikings!
Believe it or not, there's more to the Renaissance Festival than people dressed in costumes and barrels upon barrels of mead. With shows, rides, parades, games, and more, it can be overwhelming trying to plan out your trip back in time.

We spent a whole day at the hallowed Ren Fest to discover the dos and don'ts of wandering around ye olde Shakopee without missing out on the best parts. We learned plenty, and wanted to impart our new-found wisdom to you -- like don't spill mead on yourself because that sweet, sticky mess that will have the bees buzzing around you all day.

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