Jumpin' Jack Kerouac at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival

In Jumpin' Jack Kerouac, at the Rarig Proscenium, choreographer Windy Bowlsby takes on the challenge of teaching a bunch of veteran Fringe writers to dance. The Fringe preview gave the impression that the show might be played for laughs, but the whole production was done with sincerity and commitment. The result is a show that is a celebration of the collaborative spirit of the Fringe Festival itself.


Reach at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Reach, presented by Nautilus Music-Theater at the Rarig Xperimental, is a buffet of new music, sung by some of the Twin Cities' best singer-actors. I never miss the Nautilus collaborations at the Fringe. While I enjoy the frantic energy of the "fringier" musicals, it was nice to hear a show where intonation wasn't optional. Presented as an anthology of five vignettes, some pieces have a self-contained story and some are excerpts from a larger work. But all loosely share the universal theme of aspiration.


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The Tourist Trap at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Tonight the role of Wendy Gennaula will be performed by Chris Gennaula.  Last night our "Good to Momma" Blogger took the night off from the Fringe to actually blog a bit.  So, tonight while she is back at her 'Fringe Beat' I will guest blog about a show I saw last night.


Minnesota Fringe Festival: Rich Pieces and Other Dances at the Southern Theater

SHOW TITLE: Rich Pieces and Other Dances
PRODUCER: Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre
SHOW DESCRIPTION: "Raw emotion momentarily captured" describes the spellbinding work of these exquisite dancers. Inspired by the poetry of Adrienne Rich, these dances encapsulate haunting images that entrance audience members.


Shakespeare Apocalypse: A New Musical at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival: Blithe and Bonny and Baby Oil

What if you set out to make the quintessential Fringe show? You might start off with some Shakespeare. Maybe make it a musical! Add some pop-culture references and ghosts.


The Genealogy of Happenstance at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival

There are three chances left to see The Genealogy of Happenstance, an intimate one-person show by Allegra J. Lingo, including tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00 P.M. It is the story Allegra and her wife Amy's real-life journey to expand their family.


Marie Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bete Du Gevaudan at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Marie Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bete Du Gevaudan, by Sandbox Theatre is playing at the Southern Theatre. I highly recommend it; there are three performances left including one tonight (Tuesday) at 5:30. Billed as "something different" this drama uses music, movement, puppetry, and storytelling to tell the tale of a town terrified of a mysterious monster devouring its citizens. Eerie and lush, Marie Jeanne is powerfully moving.


Our American Assassin, or You Can't Handle the Booth! at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Our American Assassin, or You Can't Handle the Booth!, presented by Mainly Me Productions story by Josh Carson and Andy Kraft is playing at the Theatre in the Round. Just a note-while many of Mainly Me productions are all ages shows, this one is not. There is a lot of profanity.  But the show is clearly marked ages 16 and up on the artists page.

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