Indie 500

With roughly 100 productions and 500 performances, the Minnesota Fringe Festival turns low-budget theater into a two-week marathon

Vixens: The Sexy Bad Girl Revue

Buffalo Gal Productions Sexy has never been this wholesome. Really. I'd bring Grandma to see these six women strutting onstage in bustiers and tap pants (and often less). They make growling and dropping your voice to registers somewhere below Marlene Dietrich's look practically innocent. Vixens: The Sexy Bad Girl Revue is 13 of the I-am-woman-hear-me-roaringest numbers from Broadway, played sassy and scintillating. Although at the first performance the sound system often turned strong voices into shrill mush, the performers nearly brought down the house with songs like Lieber and Stoller's "I'm a Woman" and "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago. Thu 8:30 p.m., Fri 1:00 p.m. Music Box Theatre. (Cornell)

Wildlife

Fleneur Productions In this one-man performance piece by Brooklynite John O'Donoghue, an artist new to an unnamed city embarks on a steady descent into madness. While disjointed soliloquies abound (the guy is nuts, after all), O'Donoghue brings a venerable arsenal to the project: His body movement is fluid and powerful; he has a gift for ranting; and he bears a striking resemblance to Tom Waits. And so the actor ensures that even if audiences cannot relate to the emptiness of this drifting soul, they can at least be entertained by it. Fri 4:00 p.m., Sun 5:30 p.m. Hennepin Center for the Arts Little Theater. (Kaminsky)

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