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LipsInc! Lucky 13

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Behind the infamous big screen performances of Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams in Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire is a longstanding tradition of female impersonation. Because women were banned from appearing on stage, men took on female roles in ancient Roman performances, Shakespearian plays and Kabuki theater in Japan. The act of taking on female roles continues when LipsInc!, Idaho's first professional female impersonation troupe, performs this weekend at The Balcony. In celebration of the group's 13th anniversary, Lucky 13 welcomes Pocatello-based guest performer Spyke Naugahyde for two nights of comedy and musical numbers.

"People are going to be doing numbers and performances dealing with being lucky or unlucky," said producer Doug Flanders, who performs in the troupe under the name Martini.

Gina Te and Victoria will join Martini on stage for opening and finale production numbers, as well as a series of individual performances. The troupe will also be performing a series of dramatic torch songs--think Judy Garland or Ella Fitzgerald with big hands. The show lasts two hours and will be the same performance both nights.

"People should expect to laugh their asses off and have a good time," Flanders said. "I always tell people if we get you there once--you're hooked!"

7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show, $15, The Balcony, 150 N. Eighth St., 208-368-0405, lipsinc.net.

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