Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fringe 2017 - Returning Favorites List

Over the years since 2003 when I first got drafted to start this blog about the Minnesota Fringe Festival, I’ve accumulated quite an ongoing list of Top 10 and Top 20 artists I was anticipating.  Each year I cleared out the list to make room for more.  So here’s some favorites of the past making returns this year - links to fuller write-ups will be added as I post them.  Meantime, you can’t go wrong giving these folks a try (I think I caught them all. It's entirely possible I missed someone.  I'll update as necessary):

Marcus Anthony (2014 Top 10) of
Hey Rube - Be Your Selfie

Amber Bjork (2012 Top 10) of
The Winding Sheet Outfit - The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox

Allison Broeren (2007 Top 20) of
La Vie Theatre - Debacle: Stories of Life’s Ultimate Fiascos! - some reasons why

Josh Carson and Andy Kraft (2012 Top 10) of
Outlandish Productions - The Wright Stuff, or You’ll Believe They Can Fly! - some reasons why

Laura and Zach Delventhal (2015 Top 20) of
Delve Theatre - Making It Home - some reasons why

Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions (2007 Top 10) - Sevlin & Devlin Presents: Seven Evans In Heaven

Matthew Foster (2003 Top 10) of
American Civic Forum - Themselves They Made Immaculate: Clara Barton at Andersonville - some reasons why

The Fourth Wall (2015 Top 20) - Fruit Flies Like A Banana: World Tour - some reasons why

Katherine Glover (2012 Top 10) Presents - Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler - some reasons why

Andy Gullikson and Robb Krueger (2011 Top 10) of
SaMi Productions - The Perils of Steve

Keith Hovis (2014 Top 20) of
Devious Mechanics - Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant

Ariel Leaf (2015 Top 10) and Scot Moore (2013 Top 10) of
Mermaid Productions - A Mermaid Abroad, and A Fish Out of Water - some reasons why

Howard Lieberman (2009 Top 20) in
2Lorens - 1967

David Mann (2005 Top 20) - The Best of All Possible Worlds

Maximum Verbosity (2007 Top 10) - Serpentine - some reasons why

Tyler Michaels and Tyler Mills (2016 Top 10) of
Bearded Men Improv - Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign

Mike’s Brass (2015 Top 10) - Rumpus

Derek Miller (2006 Top 10) of
The Miller Conspiracy - The Banana Wars - some reasons why

Mame Pelletier (2015 Top 10) of
FurTrader Productions - F@*k the 90s - some reasons why

Jeffrey Peterson choreographing (2010 Top 10) for
First Daughter Dance - So Goshdarn Warm and Fuzzy! - some reaons why

Potter Presents - Sean Neely (2014 Top 20)

Victoria Pyan (of Little Lifeboats (2015 Top 10), and director for Delve Theatre) also in
Oncoming Productions - The Last Bombardment - some reasons why

Tom Reed (2008 Top 10), involved in both:
Weggel-Reed Productions - Couple Fight 3: Weddings!
(including 2014 Top 10'er Shanan Custer)
Turd Spout Productions - Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL - some reasons why

Rough Magic Performance Company (2014 Top 20) - Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges) - some reasons why

Ben Sandel (2006 Top 10) - Spec - some reasons why

Scream Blue Murmur (2009 Top 20) - Atlas Dynamo’s Burnt Offerings - some reasons why

Joshua Scrimshaw (2005 Top 10) of
Comedy Suitcase - Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
also in
Tim Uren’s (2004 Top 10)
Ghoulish Delights - The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
(also including 2014 Top 10'er Shanan Custer)

Sheep Theater (2015 Top 10) - Pinocchio - some reasons why

Siege Perilous Films (2014 Top 10) - Small Time Dicks

Lucas Skjaret (2014 Top 10), directing for
Market Garden Theatre - On The Exhale

Kirsten Stephens (2008 Top 20), producing for
Laughing Nomad Productions - Never Wonder Land

Rachel Teagle (2008 Top 10) of
The Rachel Teagle Effect - Queen of Delicious Animals - some reasons why

Paul von Stoetzel (2009 Top 10) - directing for both
The Park Theater Company - Blackbeard’s Revenge
Headcanon - The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi

Check out the links, put some shows on your Fringe calendar.  Enjoy!

And here's some handy links to the full list of this year's pre-Fringe top 10, and 11-20, and all the random shout outs in these Top 10/Top 20 posts - links all gathered in a single list to take you to fuller posts and Fringe pages.  Enjoy!

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