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"Edgar Allen" at the 2014 Fringe Festival

The Coldhart’s production Edgar Allan was bone tinglingly creepy and it gave me goosebumps within the first f


"Rewind-A-Buddy" at the 2014 Fringe Festival

Freshwater Theatre’s Rewind-A-Buddy was nothing like I expected it to be. It was both hysterically funny and heart wrenchingly sad all at the same time. Buddy, played by J. Merrill Motz, was relatable and everything that happened seemed to escalate naturally, nothing ever seemed forced. Motz had great facial expressions that really tied the show together. It was very interesting to watch Buddy getting more and more frustrated and upset as the show went on. The actor who played Buddy seemed very emotional at the end of his performance, which made the things he said about loneliness feel much more personal. This was a very well done show and their use of repetition was exquisite.


"Couples Therapy" at the 2014 Fringe Festival

This is a show that every type of audience can relate to. Young or old, male or female, married or single, anyone can find something to enjoy in the witty and modern take on relationships that is Couples Therapy. The two person cast works stupendously. Kellian Kary and Nick Wolf have a clear chemistry that is essential to such an intimate show. The quick wardrobe changes and dialogues heard backstage add comedic value and display the writing and acting talent of this dynamic duo.


"Shakespeare Apocalypse: A New Musical" at the 2014 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, exposes many of the issues modern generations have with Shakespeare’s writing and provides a glimpse of what would happen if we decided to stop reading Shakespeare – an apocalypse, obviously. The story begins with Peter, a starving young actor (naturally), and Amy performing Hamlet when Peter forgets his next line. He then begins improvising. Then improvising turns into a big rant against Shakespeare. This is all filmed by teen vlogger Tracy, who puts it on the internet and the video goes viral. Soon people all over the world are burning Shakespeare’s work and proclaiming #downwiththebard! In a turn of Freudian proportions, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Ernest Hemingway come back, having sold their souls to the devil for literary immortality, to destroy the world. Peter and Amy must save the world. With twists and turns at every corner, Shakespeare Apocalypse does not follow the normal path of apocalypse stories at all, making it truly original and innovative.


"Fringe Orphans 3: The Legend of Orphans' Gold" at the 2014 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 toys, to Great Moments in Metro Transit which chronicles a man’s experiences riding the bus for a year as he slowly becomes less phased by all the strange stuff that happens. Since every show is written by different authors, and most have different actors, the stories do not in any way connect. This is alright, they are not supposed to, but what this does lead to is a wide range of humor and quality. Since every show is so different from the next, it is very unlikely for anyone to enjoy every single one. Since there is such a wide range, though, there is something for everyone.


"The Tucking of My Shrew" at the 2014 Fringe Festival

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 completely perfect for their characters. Their makeup combined elements from Shakespearean makeup and traditional drag queen makeup. The show was brilliant and I loved it.


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.


Fringe Review - Persons Unknown - Rarig Proscenium - 5 stars

One of the many things for which I have to thank the late John Munger for is opening my eyes to all the many opportunities to see different kinds of dance at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.  If

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