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Fringe File, #24: Phil Darg on Facility

Jeff (Tim Williams, left) inspects a chart while Fran (Nicole Korbisch, right) converses with Lionel (Paul Brissett) in Imagined Theatre's Facility. Photo courtesy of Imagined Theatre. One of the most striking dramas in the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival is Imagined Theatre's Facility, a play about elder care and dementia – two highly charged

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?

REVIEW: Comic Camp Delights in Ka-Baam!! (Huge Theatre)

A partly colorized crop of Doug Kalberg's pencil-and-ink cover art for the July 15, 2017 performance of Ka-BaaM!! at Huge Theatre. This image has been altered for publication. In a June 22 piece on Minnesota Playlist, Huge Theatre's executive director Butch Roy called for media outlets to spend more time reviewing long-form theatrical

Fringe File 2017, #4: Joseph Fletcher and Willi Carlisle on There Ain’t No More: Death of a Folk Singer (MN Fringe)

Willi Carlisle in There Ain't No More: Death of a Folksinger. Photo by Robin Farrin. One of the hottest out-of-town acts coming to the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival is a solo show out of Arkansas. Willi Carlisle's folk operetta There Ain't No More: Death of a Folksinger gives a slice-of-life view of Americana,

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