A collage of promotional images for the 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival.
One week ago, Minnesota Fringe released the schedule for its 25th Annual Fringe Festival and the inaugural, concurrent Family Fringe. Since then, a certain breed of Fringe fans has been poring over the schedule and show list, planning everything from where to eat to where to park – and, of course, what shows to see.
Where to begin? This year’s Minnesota Fringe options are divided into two separately ticketed clusters: the main Fringe Festival and Family Fringe. Fringe Festival shows take place in the Cedar-Riverside and Northeast neighborhoods in Minneapolis, while Family Fringe takes place at the Celtic Junction Arts Center in St. Paul. Fringe Central will be at the Red Stag Supperclub in Northeast Minneapolis, while Family Fringe Central will take place at Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul.
Still unsure where to start? Here are five mostly-not-family-friendly shows to consider that embody some aspect of the craziness and trading on pop culture that runs through Fringe:
Deep in The 100 Acre Woods: A “Pooh”-dunnit? (Fearless Comedy Productions)
Couple Fight: The Musical! (Weggel-Reed Productions)
The Buttslasher (New Endeavors)
Puns on buns are just the start of this comic horror mystery, which dares to bare a derriere while parodying classic gumshoe yarns. One of several returning shows from last year’s Fringe, The Buttslasher packed audiences into the Ritz Theater Studio, missing the encore by just a handful of no-shows.
MEDUSA (Vox Medusa and Infiammati FireCircus)
Kaboom (Sheep Theater)