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Fringe File, #21: REVIEW: Sean Neely‘s Return to Fringe

A digitally altered version of the show image for Sean Neely. Trigger warning: This review discusses Sean Neely's self-titled show about pedophilia and child abuse. Arguably, the most controversial show in the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival is Sean Neely's self-titled show Sean Neely. This show, presented as a true confession, makes digs at local theatre

INTERVIEW: Singer-Songwriter Jackie Venson on Strange Brew

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jackie Venson. Photo by Jinni J. This Thursday and Friday, Austin-based singer-songwriter Jackie Venson opens for Gary Clark Jr. at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN. The Arts Reader's Basil Considine caught up with Jackie to discuss her music and influences. Why the live album Jackie Venson Live now?

Fringe File, #13: Mark Monfils on Directing Thor: Jurassic Park

Mark Monfils directing a rehearsal. Photo courtesy of Access World Productions. The Minnesota Fringe Festival, which opens on Thursday, features 164 different productions presented by hundreds of amateur and professional artists. Theatre veteran Mark Monfils is one of those artists, directing Songs for a Post-Apocalyptic World and Thor: Jurassic Park. The Arts Reader's Hanne