Theater nerds, a Shakespeare mashup and a song-story combo in this batch of Fringe shows.
“Tatterhood,” directed by Emilia Allen, is drawn from Norse mythology. Tatterhood (Parker Genne) is a dirty hussy who rides a goat and carries around a wooden spoon. When a royal seeks to marry her, she agrees, but only on her own terms. Allen does some interesting gender reversals in casting. Genne, who is feral in the title role, is joined by actors Laura Asheim and Sean Hansberry as well as musician Joseph Ye in this wildly imaginative production.
(7 p.m. Fri., 2:30 p.m. Sun.; Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake. St.)
Welcome to the Lotus Center, the obscure locale of this darkly sensual, raw and melodic piece. Employee Colleen Kruse spins tales about her job “facilitating kink” with a flat, dry delivery that contrasts eerily with Karen Vieno Paurus’ jazzy, lush musical numbers. The two alternate storytelling and singing in a series of vignettes that explore desire, dreams and lust in a surprisingly visceral fashion. The connections between the two forms can sometimes seem tenuous, but when they click, as in Paurus’ rendition of “Be My Baby,” they are spellbinding.
(10 p.m. Thu.., 7 p.m. Sat.; HUGE Theater, 3037 Lyndale Av. S.)
Real Dead Ghosts
Confine two characters to a room in an isolated location and get them talking about their relationship issues. That’s the formula that playwright Jonathan A. Goldberg seems to exploit in this talky one-act. An insecure, controlling woman and an apathetic, aimless man who hunts for ghosts wallow in their co-dependence at a cabin in the woods. Lara Hillier and Nathaniel Kent from Brooklyn, N.Y., give solid performances and find moments of intimacy. But the play’s references to past jealousy, unemployment and abuse feel cliché rather than seriously penetrating.
(10 p.m. Wed., 7 p.m. Sat.; Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St.)
Some great talent contributes to this abridged “Twelfth Night,” adapted by Catherine Johnson Justice, who plays Viola, and staged by Terry Hempleman, who plays Orsino. The acting ensemble also includes Alayne Hopkins as Olivia, Clarence Wethern as Sebastian and Emily Zimmer is Feste. The creative team hits some marks in this ambitious production, even if the usually reliable Hempleman seems miscast as the duke.
(5:30 p.m. Wed., 8:30 p.m. Fri, 1 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Sun.; Rarig Thrust, 330 21st Av. S.)