Sunday Fringe recap: slowing the pace


by Kate Hoff • August 4, 2008 • By the end of Saturday, the third day of the Fringe, I had consumed 14 shows – one short of what was possible. Experiencing a little Fringe fatigue, I slowed it down for Sunday; instead of running to shows, I read reviews, caught up on the other blogs, and did some thinking about my strategy for the next week.

Full Frontal Fringe is the blog of Kate Hoff, one of five bloggers covering the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the Daily Planet.

Upon checking out the Fringe staff blog, I found out how to get the daily Fringe schedule on my iPhone! Just when I thought the Fringe staff couldn’t possible get any smarter, they go and do this. It’s the coolest thing ever.

I finally ventured out to the 5:30 showing of Stupid Face presented by Courtney Roche at U of M Rarig Xperimental. Just over four years ago, Courtney woke up unable to move the left side of her face. I enjoyed this nice little show about pivotal life events – Bell’s palsy, in this case – by a young and very gifted performer. While this is Courtney’s first Fringe outing, I have a feeling it won’t be her last. I look forward to more. (I also agree with Ben San Del’s assessment that she should try stand-up comedy.)

One show under my belt, and time for a break! If you haven’t eaten at Fringe Central at Bedlam Theater yet, get on it. You MUST be sick of Jimmy John’s by now. The food at Bedlam is lovely; I can heartily recommend the pierogi and half kielbasa platter that comes with beets, sour cream and fresh horseradish…on the lighter side, the tilapia is great. The pizzas are also excellent…and food is served until 1 a.m. (though not the whole menu). I keep meaning to grab a bag lunch for food on the fly. Check it out.

Refueled, we headed back to Rarig for 10.10 Post 9.11: Laughter in the Aftermath presented by Adam Sharp at U of M Rarig Proscenium. Adam has been actively promoting his show on FaceBook (finally, some use other than knowing what my peripheral acquaintances are doing from minute to minute). It’s ambitious to take on this level of political satire – and quite a few bits work well. I admit it’s not really my thing – but I could recognize that it didn’t suck (though it was a bit screechy in parts) and the audience seemed to be loving it.

Kate Hoff is a fundraiser, printmaker, and alternative-theater denizen. Her prints were included in the Visible Fringe show in 2004—also the year she began blogging about the festival. A few years, countless blog entries, and a hundred-some Fringe shows later, Kate joined the Fringe board in early 2008. The views expressed here are hers alone and do not represent the official position of the Fringe (unless noted).