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Minnesota Fringe Festival: Minnesota Moon- Rarig Thrust Stage

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…


Added by Jack Bonko on August 2, 2015 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Minnesota Fringe Festival: The Falling Up of Shel Silverstein- Rarig Xperimental Stage

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…


Added by Jack Bonko on August 2, 2015 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Minnesota Fringe Festival: Seriously Bugged- The Ritz

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…


Added by Jack Bonko on August 2, 2015 at 10:22pm — No Comments

Minnesota Fringe Festival: Flow- Rarig Thrust Stage

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…


Added by Jack Bonko on August 2, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Minnesota Finge Festival: Heartless

Sounds echo in the small intimate Nimbus theatre as giants stomp on through. Heartless, a production put on as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival by the theatrical company, Impossible Salt celebrates folk tales. This interesting production combines folk songs with movement to create an artistic rendition of an old folktale. Though without it’s clunky charm with it’s long scene changes, and lack of a real feeling of a resolution because of no apparent moral. The show instead finds its…


Added by Amy Walus on August 2, 2015 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Minnesota Finge Festival: A Woman In Berlin

Simplicity can be beautiful, and for a show at the Minnesota Fringe Festival this can be a necessity. So I found myself sitting in the Nimbus Theatre…


Added by Amy Walus on August 2, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FRINGE: Growing Into My Beard

        Beginning his one man show of “Growing Into My Beard” for the 2015 Fringe Festival, Bay Bryan walked down the center isle singing and only wearing a long green scarf resembling a beard and a pair of underwear. Once finished with his song, we as an audience were hit with a hilarious and song filled story of Bryan’s love life in Scotland, his auditions for shows in New York, and his life of growing up “a ginger” in Colorado. Bryan was obviously a red head and he didn’t try to hide it,…


Added by Ryan Lenard on July 31, 2015 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Why Now?

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein

Kinky Boots 

Why Now?

When you are in a room full of teenagers who want to change the world for the better, the talk about society and rights of other people is always a repetitive topic. Now, when you are with teenagers and they do want to change the world and are also obsessed…


Added by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on July 30, 2015 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Everybody Say "Yeah" for Kinky Boots

I didn’t really have any expectations as I walked into the Orpheum Theater on July 28th. All I knew was that Kinky Boots was about a lot more that shoes. It turns out that there is even more than I thought to this musical, and the audience can leave with a feeling of empowerment to accept others for who they are. The show runs until Sunday, August 2nd…


Added by Laura Wyatt on July 29, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments


As soon as you enter the theater for Once it is clear that this is a different kind of show from the rest of the Broadway season. When you enter the theater, instead of a still stage, the stage is alive with the actors having a jam session. In addition the audience is allowed to mill around onstage, which creates an entirely new atmosphere for the theater. The lights slowly fade out as the music continues until it is completely dark and the play…


Added by Karen Kenison on June 26, 2015 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Everyone Should See Once, Once

This isn’t your shimmery lighting, jazzy dancing, flashy singing type of musicals. All preconceived notions of what a typical musical looks like should be defenestrated. In its place stands Once directed by John Tiffany. Playing at the State Theater through June 28, the show’s raw emotions and captivating instrumentation will have the audience wanting to see it twice.

The show takes place in Dublin, Ireland, where a struggling musician broods over his music and a past love.…


Added by Taylor Leighton on June 25, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Once is simply "Gold"

Walking into the State Theatre for Once felt like what I imagine walking into an Irish pub on an open mic night might feel like. The stage was filled with people, both audience members and actors from the show. Behind the people on the stage was a mirror covered brick wall and a bar. The actors on stage were all playing music and singing from the time that we walked into the theatre until the start of the…


Added by Anne Boatman on June 25, 2015 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Go See "Once" While You Still Have Time!

           Once the Musical, playing at the State Theater until the 28th of June, is likely not like any musical you’ve seen before, which may or may not be a good thing. Even before the actual show starts, it brings new ideas into play -- most notably, when you walk in to be seated there is already a performance happening in the form of…


Added by Delia Grimes on June 25, 2015 at 9:57pm — No Comments

For Once in Your Life, Go Watch a Musical!

For Once in Your Life, Go Watch a Musical!

Camryn Schake

If you and your friends are searching for a solid piece of entertainment, look no further!  The State Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota currently presents the raw and engaging musical Once from June 23rd to the 28th.  This Tony Award winning performance induces laughter and innocence, while still using foul…


Added by Camryn Schake on June 25, 2015 at 7:54pm — No Comments

"Falling Slowly" for Once


   Once tells a story of two broken-hearted misfits rediscovering love- love for people, love for the world, love for music.  This story is told through awkward pauses, strategically placed subtitles, and beautiful music.…


Added by Jolie Olson on June 25, 2015 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Love Story Once Again. Kind of.

Naveh Shavit-Lonstein

Once the Musical 

Love Story Once Again. Kind of.

Many people, believe that in this world, our true love is found only once. In the award wining musical, Once, that idea is brought to life in a way that no cliché love story has ever done before. 

The big difference between this musical and almost every other theater experience I have seen is each actor plays a very specific instrument in the show. There is no…


Added by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on June 25, 2015 at 4:54pm — No Comments

A Once in a Lifetime Experience - Ha...Get It?

 I walk into the theater to find my seat. To my surprise there is a festive hoedown(or shindig if you prefer) going on onstage!  Audience members were welcome to go up on the set and hang out alongside the cast.  This was the first indication for how Once was produced which can be summed up by one word: organic.  This show strived to produce an element of authenticity to show that what was happening onstage was real life.  This realistic portrayal of…


Added by Alex King on June 25, 2015 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Once- The Irish Road Trip

Once, a minimalist show based off of the Indie film with the same name, played at the State Theater in Minneapolis this past Tuesday. Once is a musical about the character “Guy” and his relationship, friendship, and love for a girl that he recently met in an Irish bar. Once is like a car ride down a bumpy road in Ireland with many moments that make you bounce around without realizing the damage being done to your emotions. …


Added by Jack Bonko on June 25, 2015 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Once Was More Than Enough

As I walked in and sat in my seat at the State Theatre on June 22nd, waiting for the show Once to begin, I was very confused.  The cast was already on stage dancing and playing music while allowing the audience on stage to get a closer look.  Although it was…


Added by Martha Broadnax on June 25, 2015 at 4:03pm — No Comments

I Wouldn’t Trade Once for Gold

As I walked into the State Theater on June 23rd, I had to ask myself if I’d wandered into an Irish Pub. It turns out I was indeed in the correct place, but the magic of Once was present. A truly new musical, Once tells the story of a Hoover vacuum repair man and a Czechoslovakian immigrant to Dublin coming together to share a passion for music and making their dreams come true. With a raw and passionate soundtrack, Once is every hipster indie lover’s dream, which…


Added by Laura Wyatt on June 24, 2015 at 7:34pm — No Comments

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