Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fringe 2017 - Encores - Overview of the 8:30pm Crowd on Closing Night

Closing day of the Fringe, and it turns out that a lot of the audience favorites with high attendance that landed the encore slots at 8:30pm tonight (Sunday 8/13) are shows that I've seen.  Here's the rundown of what I know:

On the West Bank:

Mixed Blood:
The Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly
tweet review -  #MnFringe show 13, Wright Stuff - mom says, "I haven't laughed like that in a long time!" Me neither - 5 stars

Theater In The Round:
Fruit Flies Like A Banana: World Tour
tweet review - #mnfringe show 12 - Fruit Flies Like a Banana: World Tour; I see and hear music and dance in a new way every time I see them - 5 stars

Rarig Center - Arena:
The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox (2 shows today, 5:30pm and the 8:30pm Encore)
tweet review - #mnfringe show 36 - Memory Box/Sisters Fox - story of Spiritualist Fox sisters lovingly rendered; exquisite - 5 stars

Rarig Center - Thrust:
Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners (2 shows today, 1pm and the 8:30pm Encore)
tweet review - #MnFringe show 10 - Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners: skillful silent pratfalls, prop comedy, audience bits - 4.5 stars

Rarig Center - Xperimental:
Hot Air (2 shows today, 1pm and the 8:30pm Encore)
tweet review - #mnfringe show 28 - Hot Air - manic, wonderfully silly improv film noir; great black/white look, plus shadow play, live piano - 4.5 stars

Also in the 8:30pm Encore slot on the West Bank, the Southern Theater, with a show I didn't get a chance to see:
De Hjerteløse [The Heartless]



In Uptown:

Phoenix Theater:
Blackout Improv - link to full review
tweet review - For #mnfringe show 2, @blackoutimprov gives us a musical guest followed by 45 minutes of swag hat conversation and improv comedy - 5 stars

Bryant Lake Bowl:
Boombox - link to full review
tweet review - Boombox (#mnfringe show 3) from @heyohannahstarr - "Now THAT was a 5" says Mom - comedy, song, audience interaction, amazing - 5 stars

Jungle Theater:
Dungeon
#mnfringe show 50 - Dungeon - mind-blowing combination of shadow puppets, live action, light/dark, brother/sister rescue mission - 5 stars

Also in the 8:30pm Encore slot in Uptown, two other shows I didn't get a chance to see:
HUGE Theater - The Zoo Story
Intermedia Arts - Mayor Lear of Townsville



In The Northeast

Only seen one of these:

Ritz Theater - Studio:
A Pickle (2 shows today, 1pm and the 8:30pm Encore - but both already sold out)
tweet review - #MNFringe show 31 - A Pickle - great script, great performance, recreating the story of an MN original (and those pickles) - 5 stars

Of the others I haven't seen, I think I'm going to try and hit the Encore at

Strike Theater - Broad Sex in the Twin Cities
(I get to see plenty of straight white male theater the rest of the year.  Fringe, especially this year, I've been trying to see as much theater by women, queers and people of color as I can.  This'll be another entry in that roster.  They are also on my list of random shout-outs, so they seem like the most likely option at 8:30pm if I want to see something new.)

Also in the 8:30pm Encore slot in Northeast, two other shows I didn't get a chance to see:
Ritz Theater - Mainstage - RomCom-Con
Crane Theater - Absurd Advice

Something for everyone, so get out there and enjoy one last day of Fringing, right to the end.  Thanks to all the Fringe staff, volunteers, techs, and artists for another great festival.























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