Fringe Festival 2011: A preview of your best bets

Theater fans can pick from 168 shows

Tickets are still $12 for each performance (along with a one-time purchase of a $4 Fringe button), while kids 12 and under are $5 (no button required). A bevy of discounts and multi-show passes are available. To order in advance, call 866.811.4111 or visit www.fringefestival.org. The box office for each show will be open 30 minutes before each performance.

Most of the theaters are on the West Bank or around Uptown, and executive director Robin Gillette suggests that, considering the amount of road construction in the city this year, it may be a good idea to choose a venue or location and make a day of it, instead of trying to get completely across town in the half-hour between performances.

The closing of Bedlam Theatre means Fringe Central moves from the West Bank to Lyn-Lake at Moto-i (2940 Lyndale Ave. S.). Along with serving as a gathering spot for Fringers to drink and talk about the shows they've seen, the venue will also host special events. Again, check the Fringe website for a list of activities.

Executive director Robin Gillette gears up for two weeks of Fringe frenzy
Jayme Halbritter
Executive director Robin Gillette gears up for two weeks of Fringe frenzy

Details

VENUES

• Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis

Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis

Gremlin Theatre, 2400 University Ave., St. Paul

HUGE Improv Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 Franklin Ave. W., Minneapolis

Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Minneapolis

Playwrights' Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis

Theatre in the Round Players, 245 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis

University of Minnesota Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis

"BRING YOUR OWN" VENUES

Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis

Kieran's Irish Pub, 601 First Ave. N., Minneapolis

Mill City Museum, 710 S. Second St., Minneapolis

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