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EDITORIAL: On Lists and Awards

A double photo collage of every show image from the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Some trivia: the decision to found the Twin Cities Arts Reader was made during the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival. It's only natural, then, that the festival was very much on the core leadership team's minds as we brainstormed about

REVIEW: Engelbert Humperdinck in Fine Form (Ordway)

Englebert Humperdinck in a 2011 concert.  When I was first asked if I would review Engelbert Humperdinck’s concert at Ordway Center, my first reaction was that I thought he was dead.  After going to Sunday’s performance, however, I am glad to say that this octogenarian is not only alive, but possesses

Fringe File, #25: The Last Two Days of Fringe / Prelude to the Encores

A photo collage of Minnesota Fringe Festival show images. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is nearing its close, with just two days' – and 214 performances – remaining. Audiences have spoken about their favorites, both in online reviews on the Fringe website and by putting butts into seats. Each day comes with new word

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, #23: Lyssa Sparrow on First Year Queer, Kink, and Consent

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

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

Fringe File, #19: Mini-Reviews, Pt. 3

A promotional image for Featherstone Creative's Pope Joan. Gruesome Playground Injuries (Mosaic Productions) Although far from a world premiere, Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries feels fresh despite 6 years on the shelf. It has a talented cast of two playing quirky characters, an organizing schtick (the terrible injuries that people invite and