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"Native Man the Musical" was among sold-out shows at weekend one of the Fringe Festival. Image provided by Fringe Festival.
Ticket sales for the opening weekend of Minnesota Fringe Festival were almost exactly the same as last year, said Fringe officials Monday.
In the first four days of the Festial, the Fringe issued 17,700 tickets to 347 performances, compared to 17,780 tickets to 384 performances in 2013.
“Last year, we had more performances during the opening weekend, but we have almost identical ticket sales this year," said Executive Director Jeff Larson, "which means our average house size is larger this year.”
There were several sold-out shows over the weekend, including:
“The History of Minnesota – Unscripted” presented by The Theater of Public Policy
“The Finkles' Theater Show!!!” presented by Ryan Lear and Rachel Petrie
“Top Gun: The Musical” presented by Rooftop Theatre Company
“Pretty People Suck (And Other Indisputable Fact about the Universe)” presented by Arc Stages Satellite
"Crime and Punishment"
“Crime and Punishment” presented by Live Action Set (3 performances)
“Into the Unreal City” presented by Catalog Models (4 performances)
“Native Man the Musical” presented by New Native Theatre
“The Sex (Ed) Show” presented by V as in Victor (3 performances)
“It Only Takes One: A New Musical” presented by World Tree Theatre
“Slut Club” presented by Showers in the Dark Productions
“Macaroni On A Hotdog” presented by Snapdragon Theatre
The 2014 Minnesota Fringe continues through Aug. 10. A full schedule of the festival’s 169-show lineup and links to buy tickets can be found at fringefestival.org.
See reviews of Fringe shows by Star Tribune writers at startribune.com/fringe.
Cast members of "Another Opening, Another Show" previewed their Fringe show on July 21. Star Tribune photo by Renee Jones Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Minnesota Fringe Festival, that unpredictable, 11-day cavalcade of monolog, dance, comedy, drama and musicals, opens in a week and runs July 31 to Aug. 10. Based on ticket sales in the past seven days, Fringe executives says these are the top-selling shows.
1. There is No Myth
2. Crime and Punishment
3. The Tiger in the Room
4. Top Gun: The Musical
5. A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant
6. A Christmas Carol Passover
7. The Whole World is Here
8. It Only Takes One
9. Sex & Turkey
10. Flushing New York
We preview the risk-takers who produce musicals at the Fringe in a story on Sunday (July 27). We publish the complete Fringe schedule online and in print on Thursday (July 31). Those with intense interest may view this year's complete Fringe listings right this minute right here.
Beginning next Friday and Saturday, watch the Star Tribune for short reviews of 40 Fringe shows by our crack squad of veteran Fringe-critiquers.
The captains of Fringe have gathered short preview videos of a bunch of shows on their YouTube page.
Cast members of "Strangetalk," a Fringe show by Theatre Passe-passe. Star Tribune photo by Renee Jones Schneider.
Photo by David Joles
For many years, there has been idle chatter about how smaller performance groups and venues could somehow leverage their disparate values into something greater.
The Southern Theater has put that concept to work in ARTshare, a new program that uses the subscription model to let audiences sample work from 15 resident theater and dance troupes. Patrons buy an $18 monthly membership and then are all set to pick and choose. Memberships go on sale July 22 for calendar year 2015. The Southern hopes to sell 1,500 memberships and will stop at 2,100.
At the same time, the Southern will change how it schedules performances and allow several companies to run in repertory.
“When multiple resident companies perform in the same week, audiences have more opportunities to see new work,” said Damon Runnals, the Southern’s executive director, in a statement.
The program provides stability for the companies involved, variety for audiences and a much stronger sense of purpose for the Southern, which has in recent years had financial and programmatic issues. The 200-seat theater on Washington Av. now has something that loosely resembles an eclectic season that relies on the strengths of the producing companies.
“The end result is hopefully a better fulfillment of The Southern’s mission: to foster a community of exceptional artists,” Runnals stated.
There will be 15 productions, according to the press release, with 144 performances through 2015. A partial list of the companies includes: Black Label Movement, Four Humors Theater, Live Action Set, Mathew Janczeski’s ARENA DANCES, Sandbox Theatre, Savage Umbrella, Swandive, Sossy Mechanics, TigerLion Arts, Workhaus Collective.
Memberships and information will be available at the Southern’s website, starting at 2 p.m. on July 22.
Three theater artists will test drive new work next Monday at The Southern Theater in Minneapolis. The three are current Playwrights’ Center McKnight fellows Sun Mee Chomet, Denise Prosek and Stephen Yoakam.
The show is 7 p.m. Monday at the Southern, 1420 S. Washington Av., Mpls. Tickets are free but you should reserve, either online or by calling 612-332-7481.
A couple weeks in advance of the happy chaos that the opening of the Green Line will create, Bedlam Theatre opens the door on its new digs in Lowertown St. Paul (213 4th St. E.) on Saturday with a day-long party from noon till after midnight. The festivities begin with kid-friendly puppet activities, followed by cabaret performances, live bands and wee-hours dancing to vinyl spun by KFAI music director Miguel Vargas.
In keeping with Bedlam's philosophy of putting the community in community-based theater, the space will serve food and drink daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to encourage residents and visitors to stop in, share ideas and be part of whatever creative process might be going down at the moment. The same concept was behind their popular happy hour at the former West Bank location in Minneapolis, but they're opting for midday this time around because the lunch hour is more of a peak activity time in downtown St. Paul, said director John Bueche.
Bedlam's first Lowertown show opens June 13, the night before the new Green Line brings thousands of Minneapolitans who hate driving on 94 pouring into St. Paul's streets. Titled "The Beast," the play written by Ryan Underbakke follows events leading up to a fictional massacre of an immigrant family in northern Minnesota.
For now, the theater's website is calling for deep-pocketed beer drinkers to fork over $1,000 to help them stock up for tomorrow's party, with the payback being free beer through 2020. Good luck with that, guys -- we're guessing there might be a few takers. See more info here.
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