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Minnesota Moon is the perfect show to end a night at the Fringe Festival. The young cast consists of two seniors in high school playing two seniors in high school. The only difference between them and the characters they are playing is the time period. Instead of having adults play these characters, these teenagers brought realistic and believable moments to the script. Minnesota Moon takes place in 1963 in the midst of the Vietnam war, a time that…Continue
The Falling Up of Shel Silverstein is the reason why the Fringe Festival is so important to Minneapolis. This work of art brought us through a time in this Chicago native’s life that isn’t noticeable in his poems. A show like this is essential to see because it opens up your mind to a life that is worse off than your own. A story about someone who came from the bottom to rise to fame. The script was beautifully written, bringing us inside the mind of…Continue
Seriously Bugged! is a musical that does a perfect job at confusing audiences in all aspects of theater. The show forced the audience with a below average book and constant black outs between each thirty second scene. Seriously Bugged! also was “different” because when a song ended the audience didn’t applaud. Nothing was happening that would have cut the dramatic tension that usually causes no applause, but more people didn’t know if they liked what…Continue
Flow is a dance review that does something that most fringe shows do, become memorable in all of the wrong reasons. This show was supposed to bring the audience on a trip, but instead made us pay more attention to other activities that we may have planned for the weekend. The choreography was delivered with little emphasis and push. A couple moments in the show were beautiful. These times only lasted for 35 seconds at the most and then chopped away by a…Continue
TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue
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SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew.
This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.