What: 2010 Ivey Awards and VIP party
Where: State Theatre
When: September 20, 2010
Why: Honor the Twin Cities amazing theater community, especially this year’s top performers, playwrights, set designers, sound editors, lighting technicians, and everyone else who helps make a performance great.
Who: Those involved in the Twin Cities theater community and those who simply enjoy a night out (or ten) at the theater. Needless to say the State was packed.
This is what I hate about the Iveys: Each year, as I watch awards go to amazing actors, set designers, directors, playwrights, et al, I kick myself for missing that particular production. How did I miss Live Action Set’s The Happy Show? What was I doing that one night it ran at some theater I have never heard of? What I love about the Iveys: Everything else. Especially the fact that it reminds me to get off my couch and see more of the thousands of performances put on each year by the more than 70 professional theater groups in the Twin Cities. The Ivey is a celebration of these groups and these performances. Our own little mini-Tony Awards. Complete with musical numbers, charming hosts (Bain Boehlke and Wendy Lehr), costume changes, instant replays, tears, cheesy voiceovers—and most importantly, a ritzy VIP pre-party.
I started my Ivey night at The Forum, the art-deco masterpiece that served as party central for those who can afford the $100-plus ticket price tag. In other words, there were more sponsors and local celebs than actual actors, but I did spot KARE11’s Pat Evans, Lori & Julia, local fashion photographer William Clark, well-known theater patron Jim Smart, and Forum owners Jim and Stephanie Ringo, real estate queen Fran Davis, local scribe Max Sparber, and funnyman Joseph Scrimshaw. I was so busy snapping pics of good-looking partygoers I completely missed the pre-show snacks, but a quick survey said: delicious.
It seemed like no time before we were getting whisked out the door and down the street to the State, where a red carpet full of paparazzi and the reigning Miss Minnesota awaited guests. After pausing for the paparazzi (or in the case of this camera-shy reporter, avoiding them like the plague), it was into the State, where I spotted more famous MN faces, including my first glimpse of ringmaster Scott Mayer, plus Children Theatre’s Peter Brosius, Diana Pierce, Dudley Riggs, Regina Williams—the list goes on and on! Between awards, we were treated to performances from Rent, Live Action Set’s The Happy Show, Jennifer Baldwin Peden singing a piece from Joan of Arc, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” from the Illusion Theater’s Always and Forever, and an absolute showstopper from Theater Latte Da’s The Fully Monty, complete with (almost) full nudity. Definitely got the crowd riled up for the after party! Like I said, LOVE the Iveys!