My Fair Lady offers thorny delights

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Joan Marcus
The Guthrie's midsummer blockbusters are often a bore, offering work that is crowd-pleasing but lacking in depth and vibrant energy.

Well knock me over with a feather, but My Fair Lady has both of those things in bunches, just like the omnipresent baskets of flowers that decorate the stage.

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Adrienne Truscott is Asking For It at Bryant-Lake Bowl

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Everyone knows you're not supposed to write jokes about rape, right? Well, not so fast. Adrienne Truscott takes on the taboo topic in Asking For It, a runaway hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The comedian and performance artist, who has been touring all year, lands at the Bryant-Lake Bowl this Thursday and Friday. Performing nude from the waist down, Truscott takes aim at rape culture in a piece that has a mix of high-brow and low-brow antics.


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Tyler Michaels readies for Guthrie debut in My Fair Lady

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The company of My Fair Lady.
It's been a busy 2014 for Tyler Michaels. The young actor has gone from starring as the Emcee in Theatre Latte Da's Cabaret, to the handsome prince in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' Little Mermaid, to the lovestruck Freddie in the Guthrie Theater's My Fair Lady.

And the work isn't going to stop soon. "I have my next year already booked," he says.

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Showboat Players stay fresh, get ready to resume Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Back in mid-June, the cast and crew of the Minnesota Showboat Players were ready for a full summer of performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde along the Mississippi riverside in St. Paul. They got through a pair of previews and opening night and then...

The deluge that has affected so much of Minnesota scuttled the full start of the run, as the waters on the Mississippi made getting to the venue dangerous.

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Godspell closes TRP season

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Director Dann Peterson has a long history with Godspell, the musical retelling of the Gospels,  which he helms at the soon-to-open Theatre in the Round production.

"I first saw this show in one of its early touring days at the old St. Paul Auditorium. I have seen several other productions over the years," he says. "This is the fifth time I have directed a production of this show, and each time I have given it a different setting and a different treatment."

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Illusion's Michael Robins explores grandmother's story in Fresh Ink's Walking Across Poland

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Patrick Scully is one of the featured creators in this year's Fresh Ink series at the Illusion Theater.
Illusion Theater's Michael Robins has turned to his own family history for the latest work in the company's longstanding Fresh Ink series.

"My grandmother lived with us until I was five," Robins says. "She took care of us until I started going to school."

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Queertopia: Bring on the evolution

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During an aside last night by Tiffany Roberts, host of this year's Queertopia at Intermedia Arts, she acknowledged a typo in the show's subtitle, "QUEEREVOLUTION." Apparently, there has been some confusion about whether that meant "queer revolution" or "queer evolution." While both meanings could definitely fit the mood of the show, which is co-presented with Bedlam Theatre, "evolution" seems a more appropriate signifier for this edition of the festival as performers probe, celebrate, and explore queer identity and community in a rollicking evening of entertainment.  


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Local and national acts converge for Twin Cities Improv Fest

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Artists from all over are ready for the eighth Twin Cities Improv Fest this week.
Huge Improv Theater brings back the popular Twin Cities Improv Fest for an eighth year. Running from Wednesday to Sunday, the festival features dozens of local and national troupes.

Masterminds  Butch Roy, Nels Lennes and Lauren Anderson have built the latest iteration of festival, and Roy took a few moments to answer questions about the event.

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HOBT's Sandy Spieler on her McKnight award and what comes next

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It's been almost two months since In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre hosted its 40th MayDay Parade and Festival. Now the organization gets to celebrate again, as artistic director Sandy Spieler has been honored with the 2014 McKnight Distinguished Artist award, which comes with a cash prize of $50,000. Rather than being a grant that artists apply for, the award is given out to established artists who have helped to  "lay the foundation for Minnesota's rich cultural life."

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Kate Guentzel takes us inside the lost heart of The Heiress

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Morris Townsend (John Catron) and Catherine Sloper (Kate Guentzel).
There are plenty of ways to sum up the story of The Heiress, the classic stage adaptation of Henry James's Washington Square that is currently playing at the Jungle Theater. Perhaps the most fitting is this:

You reap what you sow.

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