(UPDATE 8/4: Sadly this show dropped out before their opening performance. Good news is that taking over the open slot is Walking Shadow's production of the late Charlie Bethel's one-man adaptation of Gilgamesh, performed by John Heimbuch.)
Old Habits: A Dragtastrophe
A Blank Page Burns
Written by Frances Wetherall
Venue: Theater In The Round
Tagged for: Comedy, Dance, Physical Theater, Sci-Fi, LGBTQIA+ Content, Political Content
Content Warnings: Adult Language, Crude Humor, Gun/Weapon Usage, Loud Noises, Violence
When Dani wins a drag competition run by a mysterious organization, they also gain a powerful rival. Just how far (and how fast!) will Lavishous go to get the crown she thinks she deserves?
In this campy action-comedy, troublemaking is all. When Dani wins the first round of a Drag competition run by a mysterious organization, they also earn the envy of a powerful rival. Just how far will Lavishous go to get the crown she thinks she deserves?. Elle, Dani’s Minnesota nice girlfriend, will have to find her inner warrior while their respective fathers, Jake and Drew, must return to the habits of their rebellious youths in order to have any chance at saving the one they all care for. Happy Holes golf course doesn’t know what’s coming. Old Habits: a Dragtastrophe is a ridiculous, heartfelt, pull-no-punches thrill ride through the Twin Cities Queer Scene at its most whimsical.
This preview had a couple of stoners and a car that flies over a lake to escape pursuing cops, all in three minutes, so… points for effort…
Public Displays of Affection
Created by Tim Cameron
What if we could SEE the realm of truth and meaning inside our collective mind? In music, glowing image, movement and text, The FalseHood explores whether we can recognize lies and truth, and act accordingly.
Venue: Southern Theater
Tagged for: Dance, Musical Theater, Original Music, Physical Theater, Puppetry, Sci-Fi, Historical Content, LGBTQIA+ Content, Political Content
Content Warnings: Adult Language, Loud Noises, Mental Illness, Sexual Content, Other Divisive Content
I’ve seen other Fringe offerings from this artist. They’re always their own kind of world, always unusual and a bit off-kilter, but very deliberately. You’ll know from the preview video if this kind of thing is for you or not. But it’s another brand of queer content for the Fringe this year. Also, I’m amused whenever I see a show that uses the catch-all content warning “Other Divisive Content” because it could quite literally be anything and you won’t know until you’re in the middle of it.
Here's some handy links to this year's Top 10 list and Top 11-20 List, plus the full list of all returning favorites at this year's Fringe, plus a link to all the 2023 Minnesota Fringe Festival coverage.