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 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



• 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


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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Carol-Ann Wodehouse
Carol-Ann Wodehouse

This year 2011 the Fringe in Edmonton, Alberta was ver disappointing, I am a walker/runner and the route I take touches upon the Fringe so I was there around three times. zi hsve been fringing for at least 20 years, I was not impressed with this year at all. The "kid's midway" that idea sucked whom ever thoght of that should be shot. The no dogs policy,, why???? It didn;t go over well as I saw dogs inside the grounds more than less, dogs are a constant in and around Whyte Ave another idea bites the dust, You didn;t have to worry about crowds because there weren't any, I hope the fringe comes back like they were, fun not boring. Too bad for the Fringe organizer, one idea for nexr year; ditch the midway very lame. I could go om forever bit won't, The 2011 Fringe sucked big time

Nellie DeBruyn
Nellie DeBruyn

Saw preview of Disney Dethroned at Sample Night Live a couple days ago. Can't wait to see the whole show.

Matt Saxe
Matt Saxe

I really enjoyed this article, but I have to ask, did both of Scrimshaws shows have to be mentioned in the Best Bets list? I'm not knocking Scrimshaw. He's a Fringe mainstay and his shows are always hits, so couldn't a different show, by either a local co. or an out-of-town visitor have been mentioned instead of one or the other of his shows? Just saying. Fringe, to me, has become one of the highlights of my entire year. The only bad thing about it is, if you're in it, you miss so many good shows! Oh well, its about as close to perfect as an event that the Cities has. If you've never been to a Fringe show, make it a priority to do it this year. Its something everyone should do at least once.