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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

Fringe File, #28: Graphs and Charts, Part 1

A mosaic of different graphs of Fringe Festival sold-out attendance data. It's been one week since the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival closed its doors and the Fringe staff are still tallying and double-checking festival data. While a fuller report on the festival box office is still forthcoming, here are six figures

Fringe File, #27: The Arts Reader Awards

A photo collage of the recipients of the Arts Reader's awards for the 2017 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Read about our awards process. Read about why we give awards related to Minnesota Fringe Festival. The annual Minnesota Fringe Festival floods Minneapolis with an 11-day deluge of theatre, music, dance, spoken word, and (as they say)

Fringe File, #26: The Encores

The 2017 Minnesota Fringe encore shows. The Minnesota Fringe Festival concludes Sunday with a full schedule of shows and a final round of encore performances. The encore performances, which are comprise the best-selling production from each venue, were announced this evening on the patio of the downtown Grumpy's in Minneapolis. The

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, #22: REVIEW: Fringe Central

To Fringe artists, Fringe Central is the heart and hub of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. This designated gathering place sees artists and audiences mixing, swapping show suggestions, and generally relaxing after a long day of Fringing. It's also one of the most dysfunctional parts of the festival. There is no permanent

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, #20: Mini-Reviews, Pt. 4

A promotional image for R. R. Ronson's The Legend of the Storm and I. Cocaine (Cold Lake Productions) An update of a century-old play by Pendleton King, this intimate person drama is an engrossing theatre production about drug addiction and the toll that it takes on a relationship. Ernest Briggs's direction shines,