Fringe Festival Reviews

Dave Mondy's monologue about growing up as a secret sinner in Bloomington aspires to be revelatory. And a raw, angsty meditation on sexually hypocritical ministers, vaguely tawdry strip clubs, and the emotional awkwardness of losing one's virginity might be ballsy if this weren't the Fringe, where the secret lives of theater geeks are well-known. Although Mondy seems to overestimate the twitter-factor that this Minnesota Zephyr-like tour of his sexuality will have, his delivery is assuredly wry, plus he's handsome and poised. That alone should ensure an unstoppable train of Fringe groupies. Thu 4:00 p.m., Sat 4:00 p.m. Jungle Theater. --Steve Marsh

 

Whoppers
Kevin Kling

According to Kevin Kling, you can survive for hours in a moose carcass. And the students of Gustavus Adolphus are cutting-edge surrealists who follow a talking ram-turned-beauty queen. Which is to say, Kevin Kling is a total liar. His one-man storytelling show Whoppers succeeds in the unlikely task of making Minnesota sound exotic to lifelong Minnesotans. Along the way, Kling hits on his favorite subjects: distracted parenting, bloodthirsty brothers on the loose, and our boundless capacity (and need) for self-delusion. Would Kevin Kling's cult audience pay $50.00 for these tickets? Believe it. Wed 8:30 p.m., Thu 7:00 p.m. Woman's Club of Minneapolis. --Stephanie Curtis

 

FRINGE THEATERS

Okay, so here's where we give you some basics about attending the Fringe Festival. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors (104 and up--no, just kidding...62 and older), $5 for kids under 12 (years, not inches), and $10 for MPR members. Advance tickets are sold through Uptown Tix at 612.604.4466. Or you can buy tickets at the door, starting 30 minutes before curtain. You can also get tickets at fringefestival.org, where you'll find lots more Fringe info than we have room to print.

Unlike last year, you don't have to buy one of those Fringe buttons to get into shows. That was lame. But if you do buy a Fringe button (available at any venue), you'll get $2 off every ticket except children's tickets. Plus you'll be further supporting the Minnesota Fringe Festival, which is a nonprofit organization.

This year marks the debut of Fringe Central, which takes over Hennepin Stages (formerly Hey City) throughout the 10-day fest. There you can see previews of Fringe shows, grab a beer, buy tickets at the Uptown Tix kiosk, see live bands, and hobnob with your fellow Fringers. Fringe Central is open from 5:00 p.m. till midnight Wednesday through Saturday, and 5:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.

This year there are 24 Fringe venues or galleries, the addresses of which follow. Turn off your cell phone. Don't laugh at the fart jokes--you'll only encourage them. Unless it's a really good fart joke. On an unrelated note, let's all agree to stop using the word pimp as a verb. Have a good time.

Acadia Café, 1931 Nicollet Ave. S.

Brave New Workshop, 2605 Hennepin Ave. S.

Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St.

*Cafe Barbette, 1600 W. Lake St.

*Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S.

CalibanCo Theatre, 610 28th St. W

Fringe Central, Hennepin Stages, downstairs, 824 Hennepin Ave. S.

Hennepin Stages, upstairs, 824 Hennepin Ave. S.

Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave.

The Ice House, 2540 Nicollet Ave.

Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave. S., 8th Floor

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St.

Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 212 3rd Ave. N., #140

Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.

Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S.

Loring Playhouse, 1633 Hennepin Ave.

MCTC Whitney Mainstage and Studio, 1424 Yale Place

Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 Franklin Ave. W.

Old Arizona, 2821 Nicollet Ave.

Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S.

Red Eye, 15 W. 14th St.

*Thorpe Building, 1618 Central Ave. N.E.

Via's Vintage Wear, 2405 Hennepin Ave.

Xelias Aerial Arts Performance Studio, 1101 Jackson St. N.E..

Woman's Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove St.

(* - venues marked with an asterisk feature Visible Fringe exhibitions rather than live performances )

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