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Shakespeare Apocalypse at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

Grace Peterson

Shakespeare Apocalypse

Shakespeare Apocalypse at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

            There is a continuous battle fought by actors and high schoolers alike – understanding Shakespeare. Except for the mighty few who are either geniuses or lying, it is quite hard for most of the population to comprehend the 400 year old words of Shakespeare’s literature. Shakespeare Apocalypse, performing at Theatre In The Round,…

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Added by Grace Peterson on August 9, 2014 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Fringe Orphans 3: The Legend of Orphan’s Gold at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

Grace Peterson

Fringe Orphans 3: The Legend of Orphan’s Gold

Fringe Orphans 3: The Legend of Orphan’s Gold at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

            Fringe Orphans 3, performing at Theatre in the Round, is an eclectic collection of short shows which would not have been long enough for a full fringe slot. The five minute shows range from Fit in This, about creepy weird girls who attempt to fit an “Important Man” into their…

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Added by Grace Peterson on August 9, 2014 at 11:29am — No Comments

Homohotdish’s The Tucking of My Shrew or I Got Tied Up By A Drag Queen

Homohotdish’s The Tucking of My Shrew was a beautifully choreographed train wreck. I have to say, this was the first time that I’ve ever been tied up by a drag queen and asked to read lines. The cast did a really good job of making it seem like the events that were happening in the play were happening in real life. The penis suit was incredibly funny, but it seemed to be having a bit of a problem staying erect. The costumes worn by the drag queens themselves were glittery and bedazzled and…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 8, 2014 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Loudmouth Collective’s Kitty Kitty Kitty

Loudmouth Collective’s Kitty Kitty Kitty was an amusing story about a cat named Kitty falling in love with his clone, named Kitty Kitty, before being rudely separated. It’s a story of love and loss. Death and cloning. Of what it is to be lonely. It was a beautiful story, full of laughter and tears. Katie Willer, who played Morris/Mrs. Person, was very good. The way that she showed the differences between her two…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 8, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

Renegade Play-Reading Company’s What You Will

Renegade Play-Reading Company’s What You Will is Twelfth Night from the perspectives of Sir Toby, Maria, Feste, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. RPRC took the scenes with those characters out of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and put together a coherent play. The idea of taking a well known Shakespearean play and dividing it in two so it fits in the Fringe Festivals tiny time slots is brilliant. The shows even make sense if you don’t see both of them, which is a feat unto…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 8, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

Bollywood Dance Scene - Twin Cities’ Hi! Hello! Namaste?

Bollywood Dance Scene - Twin Cities’ Hi! Hello! Namaste? was a gaudy Bollywood romp with beautiful costumes and energetic dances. Instead of just having a show made up of only dancing, like most of the dance shows you see, they added a storyline. At times the plot was a bit hard to follow and the show understandably focused on the dance numbers. There were some strong actors in the cast. Jayanthi Kumar, who played…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 8, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

Theatre Corrobora’s production Fig

I am a playwright. I write shows about the relationships between people, surprise twists and shows that get into peoples heads. Theatre Corrobora’s production Fig is the kind of show I dream of writing. Sweet, creepy, weird and psychological all at the same time. The interactions between the characters felt so real. All of the actors were perfectly cast. Aidan Gallivan, who played Fig, the imaginary girl, rounded out by…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 7, 2014 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Young Artists Council of Youth Performance Company’s Bottoms Up

Young Artists Council of Youth Performance Company’s Bottoms Up was a fun pop culture filled parody of Titanic, and although I have never seen the movie, I still really enjoyed the show. The cast didn’t seem to take themselves seriously, which was part of the charm. The pop culture references were cleverly sprinkled throughout the show. I loved the many dance sequences that accompanied some of the longer songs. The cast…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 7, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Mendota Theater Company’s Austen-tatious was an incredibly funny show where characters randomly burst into song all the time. The relationships were believable and Emma and George had great chemistry…

Mendota Theater Company’s Austen-tatious was an incredibly funny show where characters randomly burst into song all the time. The relationships were believable and Emma and George had great chemistry together. Camille Isadora Smith, who played Emma Woodhouse, had a lovely singing voice. Phillip Schramm, who played multiple characters, was wonderful at bringing each character to life. The show was very funny and although…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 7, 2014 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Rough Magic Performance Company’s production of Twelfth Night

Rough Magic Performance Company’s production of Twelfth Night was an interesting version of Shakespeare's beloved comedy about love, mistaken identity, and dressing like a man. It’s never easy to rewrite a classic Shakespeare play and still have it make sense. You have to figure out what scenes and subplots to cut so that the finished product won’t confound your audience. Rough Magic Performance Company managed to…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 7, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Hallowed FIre Players' "Esposto!"

Everyone is raving about "Four Humors Does Every Show in the Fringe" (which is fine because it was a fantastic show), but Esposto! is where it's at! With terrific actors, a hilarious script, and comedy of all sorts, Esposto! is going to be a hard show to beat in my opinion. It follows an evening in the life of your stereotypical Italian family in New York. Arguments ensue at every corner about basically everything, and just when you think they're one big happy family all of…

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Added by Christopher Cartwright on August 6, 2014 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Foul and Fair's "Silenced"

I have a lot of contrasting emotions with this play. It's about a playwright who's play keeps getting rejected by Broadway producers because it isn't "realistic" enough, even though it's a very real play about victims of abuse, bullying, assault, etc. The actor who played the main character was fantastic, and was by far the best actor on stage. Unfortunately not too many of the other actors lived up to his stage presence. But I think part of it has to do with the choppy script. For the first…

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Added by Christopher Cartwright on August 6, 2014 at 1:58pm — No Comments

The Honest Magician's "An Honest Magic Show"

Thoroughly entertaining. Goodness gracious. I don't really know what I was expecting, but I was very impressed and enjoyed the show! Nick Lande was quite the audience charmer - with his combination of magic, comedy, and theatre, there was really nothing I didn't like about his show. Being the "honest magician" that he was, he taught the audience several tricks and reminded us how it's always more fun to enjoy the magic than to search for how the magician does his or her illusions. Lots of…

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Added by Christopher Cartwright on August 6, 2014 at 1:50pm — No Comments

I Love You, Bickwitus Productions’ Comic-Con Clue

I Love You, Bickwitus Productions’ Comic-Con Clue was a goofy show with an interesting concept. There were many parts in the show where the dialogue was well thought out, but there were other times when the writing seemed to be a bit lacking. The acting was pretty good and the actors played believable Comic-Con goers. Overall, Comic-Con Clue was a fun and interesting show with lots of nerd jokes and murder.

 

Added by Emma Dalen on August 5, 2014 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Under The Skin Theater Company’s Pecan Brown and the Seven ....’s

Under The Skin Theater Company’s Pecan Brown and the Seven ....’s was an interesting idea, but it was poorly executed. Two of the actors seemed very passionate about what they were saying, but the rest of the cast looked like they were about to fall asleep. The show could use a lot of work. It’s still got a ways to go till it’s not preachy anymore, but still sends a message. And I’m still confused as to why Thor was the narrator.

Added by Emma Dalen on August 5, 2014 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Four Humors' "Four Humors Does Every Show in the Fringe"

FANTASTIC improv concept - randomly select a ping pong ball (each ping pong ball has a number to represent an actual show in the Fringe), and based on the title, 250-character description, and picture, perform that play. Sounds ridiculously insane, right? The Four Humors were incredibly talented and so funny! The show that was selected was Captain Do-Good Saves the Future from Wal-Mart. It's hard to believe that what they came up with wasn't scripted! The show flowed so nicely and…

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Added by Christopher Cartwright on August 5, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Dana’s Boys’ Hour Town

I am a firm believer in only giving a show five stars if it truly deserves them, and Dana’s Boys’ Hour Town won those five stars fair and square. This Minnesotan themed rewrite of Thornton Wilder’s beloved play Our Town was a brilliant work of art that incorporated a lot of pop culture references and inside jokes about Minnesota’s history and culture. Sulia Altenberg’s ending monologue made my eyes tear up. Hour Town…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 5, 2014 at 10:01am — No Comments

Broken Silence Theatre’s Equanimity

Broken Silence Theatre’s production of Equanimity was a fascinatingly hectic show. There were some very thought provoking ideas about the reality of dreams and what it is to be alone. At moments Equanimity was very confusing and the ending seemed a bit sudden and abrupt. All in all, I’d say that this is a fun show to see and that it is appropriate for ages 15 and up because of sexual themes.

Added by Emma Dalen on August 5, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

Campbell Production’s Failure: A Love Story

Campbell Production’s Failure: A Love Story was beautifully tragic and heartbreakingly funny all at the same time. In the span of 55 minutes it made the audience laugh and it made them cry. The story was well written and surprisingly believable. The cast members seemed comfortable with each other and apart from a few line fumbles they seemed to know the play very well. Kim Kivens and Charles Fraser were brilliant in…

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Added by Emma Dalen on August 3, 2014 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Before I Go… At the Minnesota Fringe Festival

Grace Peterson

Before I Go…

Before I Go… At the Minnesota Fringe Festival

            Before I Go…, performing for the Minnesota Fringe Festival at the Mixed Blood Theater, is a “collection of tragicomedies” which explore death and the moments before. Each mini-play involves a different set of characters who go through very distinct journeys to their last moments of life. The play uses these diverse circumstances to examine the ways in…

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Added by Grace Peterson on August 3, 2014 at 9:35pm — No Comments

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