2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival

This year's Minnesota Fringe Festival, featuring 174 theater and dance performances at 20 venues, will be held from July 30 to Aug. 9.

Your guide to the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Fest

Your guide to the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Fest

This year's Minnesota Fringe Festival of 174 theater and dance performances at 20 different venues will be from July 30 through August 9. Click on a venue to get more information.
Stage & Arts
August 6, 2015

Best of the Fringe: 11 shows you shouldn't miss at MN Fringe Fest

With so many shows and performances at the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival, where do you start? Here are our reviewers' top 10 picks.
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2015

'Terra Incognita': Acrobatic dance that celebrates the human form

Bodies twist and fly through the air, bounce off each other and stand still in UpLift Physical Theatre's 47 minutes of exhilaratingly acrobatic dance. Performed…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2015

'Ghosts of the Living, Ghosts of the Dead': A fine piece of personal storytelling

It is so warmly rewarding to walk into a theater with meager expectations and walk out genuinely moved by a young artist brave and articulate…
Stage & Arts
August 4, 2015

'Under the Current': Electric lights and spellbinding sound in a dance work

Work lights and their bright orange extension cords become characters in this three-part dance work. They are moved about the space, turned on and off,…
Stage & Arts
August 4, 2015

'Trans Families': First-person portraits of discrimination

A transgender person’s transition re-orients the worlds of their spouses and children in ways just as consequential as the one making the transition. This staged…
Stage & Arts
August 4, 2015

'Dance With the Devil': Hip-hop trip through the 7 deadly sins

The seven deadly sins provide the premise for Fringe veteran Erin Sheppard’s latest crowd-pleaser, which debuted at the Twin Cities Horror Festival last fall. Punctuated…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Spicy Masala Chai': A romping Bollywood romance

The infectious spunk of the dancers and actors that make up this Bollywood-inspired rom-com could charm the most cynical Fringe patron. Threaded around the story…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'105 Proof': Transatlantic Love Affair's inventive take on Prohibition

The troupe Transatlantic Love Affair has been a Fringe darling for several years. Director Diogo Lopes puts eight actors and two musicians into a story…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'The Consolation': Ari Hoptman's provocative Holocaust drama about Adolf Eichmann

Playwright Ari Hoptman invokes the concept of the banality of evil in this piece about the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, who toiled in Hitler’s…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Ferguson, U.S.A.': Documentary theater as a mourning ritual

Playwright Maxwell Collyard dives into the hurt and hostility following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown with a documentary theater piece relying on witness testimonials,…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Too Punk to Care': Love on the edge in a musical satire

This satirical musical gem will appeal to those who like punk and those who don’t. A dynamic acting ensemble portrays a lovable anti-authoritarian clique of…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Lungs': The environmental ethics of having a baby

A man (Dustin Bronson) and a woman (Katie Kleiger) consider having a baby. She wonders if bringing a 10,000-ton carbon footprint into the world is…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Falling Man': A fascinating piece of dance improv by Leonard Cruz

Leonard Cruz’s powerful body finds moments of weightlessness while his pristine technique grounds this improvisational work, a sampler platter of different styles of movement, from…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Hope You Guess My Name': Trying to find the funny in Faust

Ari Hoptman has written one of the best shows in the 2015 Fringe. This isn’t it. You definitely should check out Hoptman’s “The Consolation.” You…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Shelly Bachberg Presents Orange Is the New POTUS': Political satire as blunt object

Is Michelle Bachmann even a thing worth parodying anymore? Max Wojtanowicz thinks so, and he’s put together a blunt political satire that is sure to…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'The Mrs.': Four wives in search of their husband

Plural marriage, better (and more judgmentally) known as polygamy, is mischievously spoofed, almost to the point of ridicule, in a crowd-pleaser directed by Samantha Baker…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Getting to Ellen': A luminous piece about a woman's transgender journey

David Ahlvers’ inspired stage adaptation of transgender author/activist Ellen Krug’s autobiography illuminates her identity struggle with glistening clarity. A seamless acting trio — Amy Schweickhardt,…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Standing on Ceremony': Short pieces on gay marriage

Vibrant performances shine throughout these short works that muse on gay marriage. Stephanie Weiss delights as a Jewish mother who takes out a personal ad…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'A Mermaid in Narnia (on LSD)': A solo piece that taps the inner self

Ariel Leaf’s transgressive solo piece relates her adolescence of navigating hallucinogenic drug use and happy sexual experiences with both genders in contrast to rape and…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Apostle on the Edge': A letter from Paul that's more apology than epistle

James Hanson proposes that through a wrinkle in time, the apostle Paul comes to us on his last day of life to set the record…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Dr. Deep — Shake Your Noggin Like a Bobblehead': Selling the spiritual with sly panache

Zaraawar Mistry’s clever one-man show begins with an air of meditative reverence, complete with a tolling gong. Don’t be fooled. Over the course of a…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'To the Moon': A whimsical fairy tale starring Tyler Michaels

A couple’s journey in search of a child takes them through strange landscapes in this whimsical fairy tale written by Tyler Mills and narrated with…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Pariah': Strindberg transplanted to California

Actors Adam Houghton and George Dornbach are rivetingly understated as the older Mr. X and the younger Mr. Y in their contemporary adaptation of August…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'Leaving St. Paul': Shining a light on the Twin Cities' segregationist past

Actor Robert Isaac, who resembles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has his cadences down pat, is thunderous in Barbara Teed’s “Leaving St. Paul.” In…
Stage & Arts
August 3, 2015

'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star': Shameless fun

If every show in the Fringe were as fun as this shamelessly stupid parody of the original “Star Wars” trilogy, we’d have something. It mangles…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'A Woman in Berlin': Unflinching solo work about a WWII survivor

Eva Barr has crafted a solo show from the diaries of an anonymous woman who watched the Russian army advance into Berlin in the spring…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Arrest Me: A Musical Drama': Sketches inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement

Most artists have embarrassing, half-baked ideas in their youth that they can point to from a mature distance with laughter. Maybe the creative team here…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Craigslist: Not a Musical!' Hilarious riffs on real-life online ads

The Yeah No Sketch Show Players riff on real, bizarre Craigslist ads (“You farted in Trader Joe’s”) with boundless energy and audacity, barreling right through…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Merry Spider Café': A comedy duo's winning world

Longtime colleagues Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic present a string of interlocking comedy sketches on topics as wildly divergent as children's theater, Harley Davidsons, Sunshine…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Two Jokes, One Act': A trio of performers reimagines a 19th century work

This re-imagining of 19th century Anton Chekhov farces is distantly amusing for modern audiences. Three performers (Laura Delventhal, Aaron Konigsmark and Zac Delventhal) transition fluidly…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Confessions of a Delinquent Cheerleader': A rollicking walk of shame

Engaging Mame Pelletier pulls her audience kicking and cringing back into the 1980s, when she was a Lutheran high school cheerleader with “a claw” of…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Stuff That Reminds Me of Other Things': Storytelling on the run

This show-on-foot will jog your finer memories — and those better left behind. Keely Wolter radiates a Leslie Knope-style charm as she traces commonplace locations…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Broken Bone Bathtub': Steamy intimacy in a bubble bath

Seven people crammed into a little bathroom and a woman in a hot bubble bath. Yeah, it gets close but that heat fuels the intimacy…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Glorious Garbage, Good Grief': The wonder years of a juvenile delinquent

Where better to exorcise your demons than the place they were born? Storyteller Damiian Mario Lang brings his biography to the backyard of the house…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'High Flight': Dance, poetry and the real-life story of a vanished pilot

A brass quintet, spoken exposition, poetry and dance comprise this hybrid performance piece that explores the disappearance of pilot Mike Bratlie during a routine flight…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Siren Song': A labored look at the loss of love

Director/playwright Joseph Miller had an idea: A guy is so spooked by his own nature and family history that his capacity for love is ruined.…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Office at Night': Edward Hopper's mysterious painting brought to life

The beguiling power of a younger woman over older men is conjured in this one-act inspired by Edward Hopper’s 1940 painting of a white-collar man…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Love and Persuasion': A mind-reader walks into a bar

In Andy Rakerd’s play, mystery man Charlie (Nick James) walks into a bar where Matthew (Jordan Solei) is having a drink. Charlie says he’s a…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Bobby Gould in Hell': Trying to catch a break from Satan

David Mamet's wicked little one-act finds a louse begging for a second chance — forgiveness — from none other than the Prince of Darkness.
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Trial by Jury': A gut-buster by Gilbert & Sullivan

And now for something completely different at the Fringe: Gilbert and Sullivan! The duo's only one-act operetta, a courtroom tale of broken marital promises, gets…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Picture of Dorian Gray': He's got 99 problems

If you thought Oscar Wilde's story was just about beauty and immortality, you've got another think coming. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's postmodern stage adaptation features a Dorian…
Stage & Arts
July 31, 2015

'Total Eclipse of the Heart': Soap opera meets the surreal

This ensemble-created comedy, directed by Christopher Kehoe, presents an episode of a TV soap opera named for the 1980s power ballad of the title. As…
Stage & Arts
July 30, 2015

After more than 2 decades of live arts, Minn. Fringe Fest freshens up

The Fringe Festival welcomes a rise in offbeat venues and traveling storytellers in the spirit of old-school weirdness.
Stage & Arts
July 28, 2015

Theater spotlight: Minnesota Fringe Festival

The Twin Cities theater scene gives itself over to 11 days of hijinks with the Minnesota Fringe Festival, a mélange of theater, dance, spoken word, performance art and whatever else you've got.
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