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
The cast of First Year Queer in an previous show: Lyssa Sparrow (center) with Anthony Art (left) and Corinna Troth (right). There is a Fringe category called Something Different. Lyssa Sparrow's First Year Queer, now playing at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, has that label – and it certainly isn't inaccurate. The subject matter
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
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?
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
Our popular Fringe File series on the Minnesota Fringe Festival returns. Pictured: Max Wojtanowicz in a promotional photo for MN Fringe 2016's Ball: A Tribute to My Lost Testicle. A Fringe show may begin with the first glimmer of an idea or the drawing of its number, but its first incarnation ends with the money.
Michael Hollinger's Red Herring, now playing at Theatre in the Round, is a bedroom farce whose mistaken identities and misunderstandings quickly spiral outside of the bedroom into potential nuclear war. That's a slight exaggeration – but it does run very quickly , at least, into Cold War spycraft and nuclear
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,