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"Pecan Brown and the Seven ....’s" at the 2014 Fringe Festival

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.

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"Four Humors Does Every Show in the Fringe" at the 2014 Fringe Festival

There may be 169 shows in the 2014 MN Fringe Festival, but the Four Humors does all of them in their production aptly named Four Humors Does Every Show in the Fringe. To start the show, the cast has a random audience member pick a ping pong ball, each numbered one through 169. Next, the cast parodies the actual Fringe show which corresponds to that number. The show utilizes improv spectacularly. The cast clearly has chemistry and responds well to each others’ choices. A guest performer is brought in for each of the shows and helps facilitate the transitions. Every so often a “new show review” will come in and the cast quickly responds to whatever the review states. The show is jammed packed with brilliant improvisation and witty one-liners. What sets this show apart from most improve comedy shows is the fact that it weaves together an entire plot with character developments. This means that after the show is over the audience leaves with a well-rounded tale, true to the actual show’s synopsis, and is still entertained with the vibrant action and laugh-out-loud moments. I give 1.25 stars to each of the humors (that means 5 stars overall).

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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.

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"Fotis Canyon" at the 2014 Fringe Festival

In Fotis Canyon, one man sits on the stage. One desk, one light cue, one large and eager audience. "Mike Fotis is a god," I hear fringe goers whisper as we shuffle into the Rarig Thrust. The show begins. He asks for the houselights up because 'we're all a part of this". He checks his phone for the time, he takes the occasional drink from a water bottle, and he simply sits and begins his storytelling. This show is funny, the audience laughs like high school kids fawning over the queen bee. The writing is well done, hilarious and insightful and covers everything from the challenges of having your mom dress you and your twin brother identically all through middle school, to the challenges of social anxiety in his given industry. My only complaint, the show didn't seem exactly like live theatre, or the kind of live theatre we're used to. Its a bit off putting to see he hasn't even memorized the show. It felt like you were listening to a really interactive audio book. Like sure, we all want to read Bossypants, but wouldn't you rather hear it from Tina Fey herself? This show is something different to give a try, I promise you'll have something to say about it. 

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"The Confederate" at the 2014 Fringe Festival

I didn't even read a synopsis for The Confederate, to be quite honest. I was near the Mixed Blood theatre at showtime, and decided to give it a try. Something to know about me; I am extremely interested in mind games. I am currently perusing a degree to work with the psychology of marketing, which in other words could mean how to manipulate peoples brains in order to make a sale. (To put it lightly). This show is set in 1960s, and follows a New England husband and father of nine as he takes a new job as an actor in a study at Yale University. Post Holocaust, The Milgram Experiment is testing how far people will go, even if means torturing or killing someone, because they are told to do so. It deals with themes of authority and has some really original ties to Greek mythology. As the story goes on, the audience sits at the edge of their seats as you can't help but think "this is messed up. This is messed up but I can't get enough". The performance from lead actor Robb Krueger was outstanding. I will repeat, outstanding. The show moves gracefully and everything from props, to sets, to costumes, to lights all were realistic and well executed. Even if you aren't as interested in the topic of social experiments as me, I can promise you will still thoroughly enjoy this show. 

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Young playwright/actress and director duo address 'racial biases' in Fringe play

Pecan Brown and the 7…’s

Kloie Rush-Spratt’s first play, Pecan Brown and the 7…’s, is about dealing “with a world full of racial biases.” Her one-act play is part of the 2014 Minneapolis Fringe Festival.

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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.

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Fringe Review - Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bete du Gevaudan - Southern Theater - 5 stars

Sandbox Theatre has grown so adept at doing so much with very little that it’s easy to take something as accomplished as Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bete du Gevaudan for granted. That would be a mistake. Thankfully, the audiences of the Twin Cities don’t look likely to take the skillful storytelling of Sandbox for granted any time soon. It’s probably because, all theater trappings aside, audiences enjoy a good adventure story, or a good monster yarn, well told. Few tell them as well as Sandbox.

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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.

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