The show postcard for Pound: A Musical for Dogs.
Last night saw the second round of live previews for the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. A total of 29 shows presented 3-minute excerpts, many of whose opening moments were carefully designed to discomfort and upstage Fringe Executive Director Jeff Larson during the introductions and seize audience attention. This usually worked quite well for them, which in turn doesn’t bode well for Jeff next year. (Sorry, Jeff.)
The variety of shows previewed included standup comedy, dancing, traditional musicals, and more than a few shows that defy easy descriptions. The content was even more diverse, ranging from a show about Patrick Swayze (Sons of Swayze – one of two such shows in this year’s Fringe, actually) to stealing cars (Grand Theft Autobiography), mobsters (A Date With Dillinger), spies (Life in the Time of Spies), and a scatalogical theology of sorts…to name only a few. A scheduled Tamil dance show withdrew.
Here are six editor’s picks from the set, paired with the briefest of rationales:
A site-specific show set in a public picnic area, recasting the courtship of Penelope in The Odyssey as a modern garden party.
Family-friendly, incredibly cute, and peppy in sound.
A sequel to one of last year’s most hilarious shows, recreating real-life fights in the cast’s lives.
Hard to describe, but wildly entertaining.
Classic mobster-moll, with a twist.
A timely, wry parody of Get Smart, The Man from UNCLE, and Kingsman.
Basil was named one of Musical America's 30 Professionals of the Year in 2017.