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PREVIEW: Lady with a Lap Dog (Fortune’s Fool)

Laurel Anderson (Mrs. Prozorov, Dasha, others), Joel Liestman (Dmitri), and Andrea Leap (Anna). Photo by Daniel Pinkerton. "Translation," Umberto Eco wrote, "is the art of failure." The subtleties of translation may make seemingly small differences large and cause one thing to be mistaken for another. Next week, Fortune's Fool Theater opens a

NEWS: Sally Ordway Award Proves Fatal to Recipient

The late J. Otis Powell. Poet, playwright, and overall multi-talented artist J. Otis Powell died on Monday, August 28. Powell was 61 years' old, and had been awarded a Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Commitment just five days prior. He had struggled with ill health, and received a kidney transplant several

Fringe File, #30: Final Box Office Results for 2017

A bar chart showing historical box office totals for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The Minnesota Fringe Festival announced the final statistics today for the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival. The 11-day festival brought in 46,076 butts-in-seats, spread across 860 performances of 167 shows at 17 venues in Minneapolis. Why Count Butts-in-Seats? Since 2016, the

INTERVIEW: Claire Wellin and Youth in a Roman Field

Actress-musician-songwriter Claire Wellin. Photo by Tiffany Topol. This Friday, Claire Wellin is bringing her band Youth in a Roman Field to Icehouse in Minneapolis. Youth in a Roman Field's "ghost folk" sound emphasizes haunting strings, acoustic instruments, and multipart vocal writing. The MSU-Mankato graduate spoke with the Arts Reader's Basil Considine about

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

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