Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Fringe 2022 - Voices from Night 2 of Fringe Previews

Random snippets from Fringe 2022 Preview Night 2, with links to the respective show pages and/or previous blog posts about this year's shows, plus video clips posted by the Fringe.

In order of appearance... 

The Witchy World of Luna Muse

“It warms my gaping hole… (pause, long enough for the audience to go there)… where a heart should be.”

(Full preview here)

Happy Endings Church: A Haggardly Tale of Woe and Redemption

“Where will I find a godly blond man?”
“God just spoke to me… about a boy!”

(Full preview here)

The Hysterical Woman

“It’s my womb.  It’s gone missing.”

(Full preview here)

Shoe Night

“I didn’t stop existing just because you wanted me to.  I’m still here.”

(Full preview here)

Action Will Be Taken! - (an ACTION-PACKED play!!)

“Vigorous personalities who are just obsessed with telling you their life stories.”

(Full preview here)

The Brothers Dangus Vol. 1: The Liturgy of the Big Yellow Ghost

“The epidemic of pink eye that followed… It’s not our fault.”

(Full preview here)

Curtain Call: Letters to My Friend Louie Anderson!

“I can’t believe I just met Shaun White!”

(Full preview here)

Expiration Date

“Myrtle symbolizes love.”

(Full preview here)

The 3 Way

“How should I know?  I’m not an orthodontist.”

(Full preview here

Foreigner Frenzy - The MAST Diaries of 1978!

Misread this one completely.  I honestly thought the title referred somehow to the rock band Foreigner, because it was a woman reading from her very colorful college diaries from the late 1970s when she went from sheltered virgin to party girl in a matter of months.  But the preview makes it clear she was referring instead to her sexual awakening because of the attentions of foreign men, men from other countries, other cultures.  That kind of foreigner frenzy.  Which… uh… yikes.  Now, the men in the photo advertising the show don't seem to be from particularly non-European countries so perhaps she just hooked up with exchange students from Sweden or Australia.  Regardless... awkward branding.  However, she is a vivid journal writer.

(Full preview here)

WHOOSH! The Civil War Mythology of Michael Hickey and His Perilous Precipitation Over St. Anthony Falls

(I could probably watch this actor recite anything and not be bored.)
Rather than an excerpt from the show, he just chatted with the audience in character from the show, and did a meditation in part about what it must have been like to be on the Rarig Thrust stage when it first opened in the early 1970s because that would have meant that you made it into college rather than gotten shipped off to the war in Vietnam.  I can’t do it justice, it was fascinating.

(Full preview here)

Finger-Lickin’ Good

“Acting is the most heroic thing you can do as an American.”

“Have you ever thought of doing your job at Medtronic in New York?”

(Full preview here)

Erotica For Houseplants 

"Hello.  Consent is crucial.  Would you like to hear some erotica for houseplants?”

(Full preview here)

Gods In The Chrysalis

Ancient Greek gods in modern clothes speaking in rhyme to one another while meddling in the romantic interactions of humans - as you do.

(Full preview here)

The Conversation

“Who do you belong to?”
“I belong to you.”

(Full preview here)

He-Man Is The Devil and Other Satanic Panic Tales

“In my church, demons were real, and they’re out to get you.”

(Full preview here)

What Takes Who

“At the end of the day, you don’t get to decide who you are.”

(Full preview here)

She’s Already Gone

“Your drawer full of shit.  That’ll save us.”

(Full preview here)


“A week later, you look effortless.”

(Full preview here)

Who’s Afraid of Winnie the Pooh?

“You know, I’ve never hit a toy before.”

Hilariously catty voiceovers from offstage while a man in Pooh ears drags a liquor cart onstage and then devours a pot of honey in front of us for three minutes in a very intimate fashion.

(Full preview here)


“We get to the same point in our day every day and it just stops.  It all goes blank.”

(Full preview here)

Endometriosis, The Musical

(That’s it, can't top the title, and the fact that they had a genuinely enjoyable show-stopping musical number from a set of  women waiting in line at the Target pharmacy for birth control)

(Full preview here)

Desi Heart Crust

“We have a small, multicultural cast of 65 people.”

(Full preview here)

(You can click on the following links to see a set of links to the full Top 10 list, the Top 11-20 list, a list of returning favorites, and the full coverage of the 2022 Fringe on this blog.) 

(Side note: Also during Fringe season, Minnesota has a primary election coming up on August 9th.  Early voting options are currently available.  You can also check out what's on your ballot ahead of time on the Minnesota Secretary of State website, as well as other voting services and information.  In Minneapolis, not only do we have the Governor and Lt. Governor on the ballot, but there's our U.S. Congressional Rep., our MN State Senator, the MN Secretary of State and MN Attorney General, as well as our County Sheriff and County Attorney, and two members of the Minneapolis School Board.  These are the people who decide what laws we live under and how they get enforced.  These are the people who decide whether or not we have voting rights.  These are the people who decide how our kids learn.  This is how we change things.  Personally, I'm alternately furious and despairing that my goddaughter and her little sister now have fewer rights over their own bodies than they did a month ago - there are things we can do, voting in the primary (and the general election) is one of them - here's a place you can go to do more.)





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