University of Minnesota Physicians—Mill City Clinic
Stages Theatre Company and Jon Ferguson team up with a group of student actors for a visual site-specific ensemble piece that travels through the realm of psychiatric disorders.
7 p.m. Aug. 5-7, 12-14.
Same Planet Different World, from Chicago, presents a dance piece combining religion, sex, and film noir. And we all know what a spicy stew those three elements can cook up.
8:30 p.m. Aug. 5-7, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and 10.
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The Minnesota Fringe Festival is 17 years old now and, while its content hasn't grown more conventional, it seems to get better organized every year. This year, 876 performances of 169 productions sprawl out over 19 stages in 11 days (that's a lot of sprawling). Single-show tickets remain a reasonable $12 (after purchasing that multiuse $4 Fringe button); kids' tickets are $5. All shows come in at less than 60 minutes, and all seating is general admission. The box office for each show opens at the venue a half-hour before curtain. For advance tickets call 866.811.4111 or go to fringefestival.org (the Fringe's website is also an excellent go-to source for show information, schedules, and audience reviews).
There are a total of 19 Fringe venues this year, including four site-specific performance locales. Bedlam Theatre is Fringe Central again this year, with food and drink service until 2 a.m., nightly activities, and generally the party atmosphere you're looking for. Have a good time out there, and keep looking for that unexpected gem.
2010 Minnesota Fringe Festival Venues
(in Minneapolis, unless noted)
Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St.
Gremlin Theatre, 2400 University Ave. W., St. Paul