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Minnesota Fringe Festival: Zen and the Art of Ushering, Sneak Thief and Ooh La La
We’re hours away from the half-way mark!! See shows! Get out there!! Go team!
The highlight of my Monday was something I saw by chance (i.e., I was already there and had no real motivation to switch venues). Zen and the Art of Ushering (or What I Learned While Putting People in Chairs) by Hannah Starr at the Playwrights’ Center is an absolute charmer. It’s the fictionalization based on real events of the surprisingly dynamic job of ushering at the big blue box down by the river, a job Hannah loves.
Hannah is an engaging 21-year-old nymph of talent, including a bit of opera singing, combat, impressions, energy and keen observations.
If you do the math and some Facebook stalking, you’ll come to realize that someone who is 21 was born in 1990. 19 fucking 90. A real live person who can drive and drink legally and write extremely charming Fringe shows has come into being in the time since I was promoted from cocktail waitress to bartender at William’s in Uptown. She is less than half my age. I feel like my young cat Balto, who is spending his day wandering around the house wailing, occasionally attacking old Chiko, and periodically dramatically flopping on the floor in a position that can only be described as Dead Cat. He’s doing it because he’s bored and not being let outside so he can go lick the neighbor’s barbeque utensils. I’d do it in protest of aging and time passage.
I comfort myself in knowing there is much talent, humor and humility in at least some of the young generation. Hannah is a gem, this show is a gem, and I implore you to see it. How about tonight (Tuesday) at 10?
Sneak Thief at Mixed Blood is awesome. They don’t need any help from me to promote this sweet hit – a show that will be appreciated by a broad audience, Fringe veteran and newbie alike. Bumbling diamond thieves (professional and other) and their madcap antics…what’s not to love? My Tim Hellendrung crush has moved to level Orange. You can see them Wednesday at 7.
Ramsey Brown’s Ooh La La has a lot of heart. Ramsey’s story will resonate particularly with young (and formerly young) women who find themselves in serial questionable relationships in their quest for love and self-discovery. Ramsey is very funny, and this is a solid show. This show won’t be for everyone, but if the description grabs you, you’re the target audience and you should plan to be at the Playwrights’ Center Wednesday at 10.