Flying Foot Forum Provides Pulse-Pounding Percussive Movement

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Brian Evans and Rush Benson
During the 1990s, you couldn't throw a pair of tap shoes without hitting a percussion-based dance show, as the Blue Man Group, Stomp, various Lords of the Dance, and others prowled theaters around the world.

Joe Chvala and Flying Foot Forum have spent the last 25 years making athletic and gloriously noisy dance. The company takes a look back at its history and premieres several new works in a new revue in the Guthrie's Dowling Studio.

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One Arm Offers a New Look at Old Tennessee Williams Story

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Twin Cities audiences will get a second chance to see a rare Tennessee Williams work over the next two weekends when One Arm returns to the stage.

The piece, about a boxer who turns to hustling after losing an arm, was a hit at last year's Minnesota Fringe Festival. Director Joe Stodola is back, along with some players from last year's version.

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Ten Thousand Things Looks at Returning from War in Forget Me Not When Far Away

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Company members of Forget Me Not When Far Away
For her latest collaboration with Ten Thousand Things, playwright Kira Obolensky had her eye on a dark 1930s work by Odon von Horvath, Don Juan Comes Back from the War.

She passed the script off to Ten Thousand Things' Michelle Hensley. When they met the following week, Obolensky could tell that Hensley didn't like the script.

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George Lucas Wouldn't Be Pleased with This Star Wars and Hamlet Mashup

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We're living in George Lucas's world.

Since the King of Modesto unleashed Star Wars in 1977, there have been seismic shifts in our culture. Over the weekend, Avengers: Age of Ultron made more money than the GNP of some countries, while attendance at the Minneapolis Comic Con might have rivaled that of a Twins-White Sox game.

It's not difficult to assert that the growth of summer blockbusters — not to mention the increased obsession over science fiction and fantasy — was fathered by Lucas's little film set in a galaxy far, far away.


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Space Girl: Raise a Glass for the Fallen Cadets

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Will the nefarious invasion plan be a success? Find out in Space Girl.
A busy work schedule kept me from Comic Con over the weekend, but I got plenty of that geeky goodness Sunday evening at Bedlam with the pulpy adventures of Space Girl.

It has it all: nefarious, galaxy-spanning plots; reckless heroes; cardboard sets; and a host of red-clad extras ready to die at every turn.

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For the Loyal Offers Shattered Look at Sexual Abuse

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The company of For the Loyal
Lee Blessing's For the Loyal starts out as a typical, albeit very intense, drama. On an unnamed college campus, a graduate assistant in the football program has just caught one of the coaches with an underage boy.

He tells his wife, who is then horrified to find that the program is just going to sweep the whole mess under the rug. It's at this moment that Blessing's play, now receiving its world premiere production at Illusion Theater, turns into something far more intriguing.

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Space Girl: "We Get to Have More Theater with Cardboard Robots and Death Rays"

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Will the nefarious invasion plans be a success? Find out in Space Girl.
If Comic Con doesn't provide enough geeky delights this weekend, Bedlam Theatre has you covered with Space Girl, an epic adventure that embraces the best of pulp and classic science-fiction.

The adventure, created by Peter Rusk and Justin Spooner, follows the titular character as she battles with the Emperor Dread Lord across the galaxy (or at least a cardboard recreation of the galaxy).

City Pages took a moment to email chat with Rusk about the show.

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Detroit '67 Pushes the Summer of Love Riots Down to Human Size

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Allen Weeks
In the summer of 1967, sister and brother Chelle and Lank are looking to make a life in the heart of Detroit. Chelle wants to just continue with the underground club they run in their basement, fueled by cheap liquor and Motown 45s.

Lank has plans that go beyond the 8-track player he's bought. He wants to go above ground by buying into a neighborhood bar. Yet in Dominique Morisseau's powerful drama Detroit '67, playing at Penumbra Theatre, their world is about to erupt in violence and fire.


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Sylvére Lotringer on Antonin Artaud at the Walker

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Theater dorks and French theory snobs will be congregating at the Walker Art Center this Wednesday for a discussion about Antonin Artaud, one of the most fascinating figures in theater and philosophy of the 20th century. Speaking on Artaud's legacy is French theorist and literary critic Sylvére Lotringer, a professor emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University and Jean Baudrillard Chair at the European Graduate School. Lotringer is the author of Mad Like Artaud, and has recently completed a film about the philosopher's descent into madness, The Man Who Disappeared. A selection of the work will be screened as part of the event.  


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CTC Goes Flying with Peter Pan

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Meghan Kreidler (Tiger Lily) proves to Peter Pan (Tyler Michaels) that Yellow Kangs, er, her Pounce girls, are indeed best.
Peter Pan: The Musical is an epically silly piece of theater that gets a fittingly silly production from the Children's Theatre Company.

There are goofy and grand performances galore, from Tyler Michaels's pitch-perfect Peter to Reed Sigmund's panto-esque Captain Hook, and all the way down to the various little Lost Boys and and Tiger Lily's Pounce (more on that in a moment).

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