2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival

This year's Minnesota Fringe Festival, featuring 168 theater and dance performances at 15 venues, will be held from Aug. 4 to 14.

How to navigate the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival

How to navigate the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Here's a map to the venues for the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival.
168 shows, 850 performances, 11 days: Why the Minnesota Fringe Fest matters

168 shows, 850 performances, 11 days: Why the Minnesota Fringe Fest matters

August 2, 2016
It's like an Uber for theater lovers, with artists taking the wheel for thousands of joy-riding Minnesotans.
'Now or Later': This political drama ranks as one of the Fringe's best shows

'Now or Later': This political drama ranks as one of the Fringe's best shows

August 8, 2016
New Epic Theater gets into politics in a piece that dares to chew over ideas and make us think. A scandal is brewing with the…
Stage & Arts
August 10, 2016

'Abreast of Burlesque': Foxy Tann glams it up with a revolving cast of entertainers

Foxy Tann emcees a revue that twirls its tassels and camps up the art of striptease. Tann promises new performers every show, all of them…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Pistachios': For two brothers, religion is a tough nut to crack

This drama about two brothers by Nathan Bergstedt and John Schroeder takes its time to build, but comes through in the end. Gary is setting…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Of Something Human': Tamara Ober soars in dance show about connection

A longtime Fringe favorite as a solo performer, Tamara Ober does a splendid job stepping into a new role — choreographer. The show, created with…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Broken English, Mother Tongue': Personal tales and cultural lessons from Puerto Rico

Just when you think you’re going to see a Fringe show, all of a sudden you are being tested on your knowledge of Puerto Rican…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Unsafe at Any Speed': A former motorist takes the wheel

Michael Merriam loves cars; it’s the people behind the wheel he has an issue with, even when that person is him. As he relates the…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Four Duets & One More': Love and levity in dance by Denise Armstead troupe

Chapeaux, monkeys and relationships figure into this performance by DA Dance. “Do You Like My Hat” pairs choreographer Denise Armstead with Gerry Girouard for a…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Know Your B-Movie Actors': There will be a test

While you can quibble with his conclusions — there are movies far, far worse than “Plan 9 From Outer Space” — Derek Lee Miller’s enthusiasm…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Airbags': A veteran flight attendant tangles with a millennial

Who knew that “airbags” was slang for older flight attendants? Rebecca Sandell pays tribute to a hard-bitten, retiring steward named Anderson (Shelli Place), who is…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'AfterLife': Candy Simmons delights in a dark comedy about a murderous midwife

This solo show is macabre fun. Candy Simmons plays a Southern midwife who wants to have children of her own but has no luck with…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Grandma Bernice Tells All': Sad, charming stories from a South St. Paul childhood

Playwright Kristine Malm Holmgren portrays her mother, a Swedish immigrant raised in South St. Paul. There’s lots of homespun hokum from this woman who…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Oh Snap! My Alien Children Are Trying to Kill Me': The joys and horrors of fatherhood

Austin, Texas-based performer Zell Miller III’s wonderfully crass solo show takes an irreverent look at parenting that alternates between high-energy comedy and heartfelt moments. A…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Lewis/Clark': A poetic exploration about discovery and friendship

In a heady meditation on exploration, discovery and the emotional journeys of friendship, actresses Emily King and Debra Berger don the roles of famed 19th…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Frame Works': A choreographer translates paintings into movement

Choreographer Margaret Marinoff attempts to lift the colors and movement of an artist’s paintbrush onto the stage. Beginning with a piece in which three dancers…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Babylon Revisited': F. Scott Fitzgerald tale of an American in Paris

Bruce Abas adapts, directs and stars in this stage version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1930 short story about an American in Paris. Charlie Wales (Abas)…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Sometimes There's Wine': The beloved '2 Sugars' are back, with glasses in hand

Actually, there’s always wine in Shanan Custer and Carolyn Pool’s follow-up to their Ivey Award-winning “2 Sugars, Room for Cream.” The recipe is largely the…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'The Life of Charles Schulz': Solo show illuminates the quiet Minnesotan who created 'Peanuts'

For a man of such fame, the “Peanuts” cartoonist was a shy, insecure man who preferred the time spent at his drawing board. Brad Erickson…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Becoming Inga': Colleen Kruse recounts her double life as a sex worker

Local storyteller Colleen Kruse’s three-year stint as a sex worker provides the material for this searing, uniquely adult solo show. Employing a wry, deadpan delivery…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'There's No Coffee in Heaven': Mormon angst, served with a cup of joe

Actor/writer Jayme Allen is exorcising her experience of growing up Mormon. There was no coffee, tea or tobacco in her youth and now she wonders…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Cougar-oke': A crazy sendup of soap operas, with karaoke machine

Before the opening performance, James Detmar admitted that the cast hadn’t rehearsed. Thankfully, this sendup of soap operas by way of a karaoke machine is…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope': A dark sci-fi drama about a space mission gone wrong

A space mission goes disastrously wrong in this adaptation of an existential short story. It’s a little darker than the typical Fringe fare, but Wayward…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'The Gun Show': Five stories that illustrate the debate over firearms

How topical, right? Playwright E.M. Lewis’s monologue pleads with both sides on the gun debate to put down their verbal weapons and start listening in…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'The Chair-Builders': A couple finds magic in a Little Free Library

What if you could let go of all of your fears? That’s the premise of Gemma Irish and Mark Sweeney, playing a young couple whose…
Stage & Arts
August 8, 2016

'Grand Theft Autobiography': Beguiling tale of a man's misspent youth

Daniel Pinkerton’s misspent 1966 makes for a beguiling mix of story and song. Even though this includes running away to Los Angeles and stealing cars…
Stage & Arts
August 6, 2016

'Shaken – and Stirred': Jawaahir tells ancient tales through belly dance

The title may sound like something from a Bond flick, but this is a collection of belly dances by Jawaahir Dance Company, a longtime exponent…
Stage & Arts
August 6, 2016

'Bezubaan: The Voiceless': All we need is love (and Bollywood dancing)

It might be ambitious to solve the world’s prejudices in a one-hour Fringe show, but the creators of “Bezubaan: The Voiceless” give it the Bollywood…
Stage & Arts
August 6, 2016

'Egregious Errors by the Writers of WriterRung': Writing yes, acting no

Writers groups are fun to be in because you get to chat and talk with friends. Watching that happen on stage? Not so much. The…
Stage & Arts
August 6, 2016

'Electric Sun': A sci-fi journey through a dark (literally and figuratively) world

This four-person sci-fi play depicts an apocalyptic world with a crushingly heavy hand. Explainer lines fill in gaps left by the sparse setting, leaving no…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'The Exclusion Zone!' Zany tales from impish N.Y. storyteller Martin Dockery

If Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was a raconteur and theater artist instead of a rocker, he would be Martin Dockery. The New York storyteller has passion,…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'The Fever': A great solo performer tackles Wallace Shawn's timely piece about privilege

Actor Pat O’Brien performs Wallace Shawn’s monologue about privilege and the stark inequalities that mark a capitalist system. Shawn’s piece questions a world in which…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'Sleeper': Family-friendly show offers a magical tale via Middle Eastern dance

Al-Bahira Dance Theater, led by Mirah Ammal, offers up love, magic, revenge and Middle Eastern music and dance in this work drawn from European-American, Persian,…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'Evil Twin': Separated at birth, but joined by a madcap dilemma

Brevity can be its own reward. Billie Jo Konze and Ilana Kapra play a pair of twins separated at birth who find themselves imprisoned together…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'Ball': This charming one-man musical isn't your average cancer-survivor's tale

We have a winner. Subtitled “A Musical Tribute to My Lost Testicle,” Max Wojtanowicz’s show is charming, witty, moving and thoroughly enjoyable. Singing about his…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'Apple Picking': This trippy detective story is inventive and fun

Apple Picking A mob hitwoman (Mo Perry) is about to off her stoner boyfriend (Jason Ballweber) in an orchard. But he has laced her drink…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'Twice': Vignettes about gay men and their families

Playwrights Lee Lawing and Chris Andersen have mixed and matched some short scenes revolving around gay men and their family histories. The best of these…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'Couple Fight II: Friends and Family': A Fringe fave is back, with new combatants

Couple Fight II: Friends and Family This 2015 Fringe favorite returns for a well-deserved encore with seven new pairs of friends, family and lovers picking open…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'Portrait of the East River': An impressionistic exploration of young love

Twin f-bombs open this show and a woman crying out into the night closes it. Brooklyn-based director Molly-Margaret Johnson returns to Minnesota, collaborating with her…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'Rune': A journey above the Arctic Circle through dance, video and music

Vox Medusa artistic director Kristin Freya ventured above the Arctic Circle in Norway to connect with her indigenous Sami roots. “Rune” is the otherworldly result.…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'For Worse': Husband-and-wife monologues about life and family

Playwright Ann Bertram offers two discrete monologues, flimsily strung together. In the first, Greg (Edward Linder), stuck in the middle seat of a delayed flight…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness': A fearless act of vision

Leslye Orr shares her vision with the audience. The first way, through a flimsy pair of glasses that block the sight in the left eye,…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'Penelope': Odysseus takes a walk in the park (with hot dogs!)

The troupe Savage Umbrella gives off the vibe of “Hair” as a band of self-absorbed actors flit about a city park and deconstruct Greek myth.…
Stage & Arts
August 5, 2016

'Celebrity Book Club': Local notables take the stage in an improvised chat show

Throw Slash’s biography in the trash, or add it to the shelf at celebrity book club? Audience members get in on the decisions — and…
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