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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