Portrait of the Artist as a Yo-yo Man is a delightful show with yo-yos, paddle balls, folding chairs, and paper moving. Paper moving? Yes, paper moving. Paper moving is awesome. The stunts are amazing, but what makes this show a must-see is the storytelling. Yo-yo Man David Harris wizard tells a sweet coming of age story that gives hope to nerds everywhere. It’s classic Minnesota Fringe. Part vaudeville, part spoken-word, part-stand up, and near impossible to describe.
Harris’ sideman, 15 year-old drummer Sam Mistral, is quite the comedian himself. The artist’s page recommends this show for ages 16 and up, but I would feel very comfortable bringing an 11 or 12 year old. Both the Saturday and Monday shows sold out the tiny Rarig Xperimental Theatre, so I would recommend reserving your tickets.