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Fringe File #11: 30-Second Reviews, Round 4

Max Wojtanowicz in the promotional photo for Ball: A Musical Tribute To My Lost Testicle.

More rapid-fire Fringe reviews from our staff.

Ball: A Musical Tribute To My Lost Testicle

Max Wojtanowicz’s autobiographical musical Fruit and Fly first began its life at Fringe, a path leading to a run of the full-fledged show at the Illusion Theater. Now, after a battle with testicular cancer this year, another turn of life has him making hay and comedy gold about life’s twists. By tickets for the Southern Theatre’s finale – this one is sold out for its last two performances and a shoe-in for the encore.

Flying Solo: A Chronicle from the Absolute at Large and Saving Our Superman

This show consists of two solo monologues: one an absurdist view of religious wars from a dystopian future and the other on racism. Both are well performed, thought-provoking and definitely deserving a larger audience than the small group attending on Thursday night.

Game of Thrones: The Musical

It should be noted that I have only seen one episode of the entire five season HBO show Game of Thrones. A friend loaned me a DVD with its five seasons which I have yet to view. But virtually every friend I have is an avid follower of the show and, as a result, I have absorbed a lot of the storylines over the years. Thus, I could readily enjoy the various parodies and references to Game of Thrones in the musical. This is a witty, funny take off on both Games of Throne and some Disney tunes. It also has top notch acting and singing. It has definitely prompted me to pull the five season disk off the shelf and start watching the series in earnest.


A great example of site-specific performance shaping the experience in ways that a traditional theatre does not allow. This modern update of the story of Penelope’s suitors from The Odyssey is a fun spectator comedy. Go early; the picnic area at Matthews Park (and the show box office) are located at the park’s southwest corner.


Twin Cities Arts Reader