Hooray! It’s starting! I have to say that it’s been totally fascinating seeing this festival I know so well through the eyes of a performer. It sure messes up your show schedule when you start the festival with five slots already filled. Plus, to insure I’ll be at the venue at the right time, I’ll be seeing whatever is showing there in the slot prior to mine, whether it’s on my list or not.
Here are my quick tips for narrowing down your options:
Go to www.fringefestival.org
At the top of the page under “Buzz” is “My Fringe 5.” Click that.
Click “view all My Fringe 5’s on one page”
Go get some coffee, because it will take a while to load.
Start scrolling down – these are the top five most anticipated shows by a couple hundred people. You will see patterns and shows that appear on many lists. It’s an excellent way to notice the dozen or so “hot” shows this year – and they’re mostly all done by seasoned Fringe vets and will undoubtedly be good.
You can look at *MY* Fringe 5 here which also includes my entire queue if you scroll down (shows I’ve marked that I plan to see), that will narrow the 176 possible shows in the festival to a more manageable 40-something.
I plan to see shows tonight in spite of my nervousness about the opening of my husband Bob Weidman’s show Now It’s Art at TRP at 8:30. I’ve always thought the premise was stupid: a Fringe artist, disillusioned by the art scene, throws a tantrum in an art gallery, pees on some art, becomes an international sensation, and battles Walker Art Center Director Olga Viso for the soul of art. (Spoiler alert: It’s not the real Olga Viso. I’m not sure the real Olga knows she’s being represented on stage. As sort of a dominatrix. With a killer voice.)
However, the show is funny, and the rock definitely rocks (all composed and recorded by Bob). The cast is extremely talented and it is, overall, a very fun Fringe show that I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who thinks the premise is in the least bit intriguing.
When I met Bob, he was staging a rock opera off-Broadway in New York. So he has some experience with this kind of thing, though he’s had to shelve his rock career to focus on his domestication ever since I imported him. This is his first opportunity to really rock Minneapolis. I’ll be there!!