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Last Day! 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival Wraps

So, this is it, folks! Last day of shows, ending in a wild dance party at the Varsity tonight.

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Fringe Sampler #3 aka Phillip Low Four Ways, Friday Night, Lots of places

This schedule is really only for more advanced Fringers. It's the Fringe equivalent of a Triathlon.

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Fringe Sampler #2, Friday Night, Downtown Minneapolis

Just trust me here. This is your chance to try Fringe without having to think too much or do hours of research on shows. These are all winners.

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Fringe Sampler, Friday Night, Rarig

Heading into the final weekend of Fringe, and you haven't had a chance to catch any shows yet? Maybe you're overwhelmed by all of the options, further complicated by all of the show reviews...who to trust? Well, me. Here are some shows you can try out. These might not be everyone's favorites, but they're really excellent and will have very broad appeal. And I don't predict that they will sell out and leave you stranded without a plan at the last minute.

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Stairway to Kevin at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

Another artist hailing from parts other than Minnesota is Kevin Thornton, bringing us Stairway to Kevin, my favorite in a pretty stellar lineup yesterday (Failure: A Love Story, Green T's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Amateur Hour, all at the Illusion).

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Now I See: Could be the Best Show of the Minnesota Fringe Festival

I received a second-hand compliment on the capris I’m wearing today. They feature a whimsical mouse family. One of the mouse children is holding a balloon that is sailing up toward my crotch. I’m not really a whimsical mouse pant kind of girl, but I am a “Chico’s, brand new with tags now $9 at the thrift store” bargain shopper. I look like I should be teaching Kindergarten. Which would be frightening for everyone involved.

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Songs to Hitch Your Trailer To at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

We’re very lucky to have Paul Strickland back in town. In true wandering troubadour style, he’s currently between homes, living on the road, telling stories, playing his guitar and singing for walking around money. Luckily, he’s very good at what he does. This year he’s peddling Songs to Hitch Your Trailer To, a prequel to last year’s Ain’t True and Uncle False – but since it’s a prequel, it doesn’t matter at all if you didn’t see last year’s show, because it hasn’t happened yet. Truly engaging; one of the top shows in the Fringe: 5-star reviews across the board. Show this out-of-towner some love; you're actually doing yourself a favor. Find him in the Rarig Arena tonight (Wednesday) at 10, Friday at 8:30 or Saturday at 4.

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Fotis Canyon, The Genealogy of Happenstance, and Fiddlestick Conundrum at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

One of the themes that keeps cropping up in this year’s Fringe is anxiety disorder. The kind that needs medication or other professionally counseled coping techniques to manage. I don’t know if life has become so complicated that more and more people are getting more and more freaked out, or whether we’ve just become more adept at talking about it.

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