Of the many opportunities afforded by the annual Minnesota Fringe Festival (the next of which is just around the corner, August 2-12), few compare with the thrill of discovering emerging talents. Such has certainly been the case with playwrights/directors/performers Steven Lewer and Maddy Heyman. Alumni of the Youth Performance Company, the duo have generated buzz for two consecutive years, first in 2010 with their witty skewering of supernatural angst in SemiDarkness: A Twilight Parody, followed in 2011 by Damn You, Auto Caress!, a clever reenactment of the communication/technology fails posted to the website damnyouautocorrect.com. With Heyman pursuing a degree at the University of Southern California, the pair's collaborative voice has been quiet since last summer. Thankfully, their absence comes to an end with the debut of Apocalypticality at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. A cataclysmic comedy, the play concerns the lovelorn misadventures of Rocket, a socially maladjusted teen who unwittingly unearths a scroll promising the end of days. Global destruction, however, will depend upon the capricious whims of each performance. (Two possible endings have been prepared.) Developed under a refreshingly DIY aesthetic, the student-led production is further buoyed by the melodic score of indie artist August Moon. All in all, the work provides further evidence of bright futures for Lewer and Heyman, as long as the world doesn't come to an end, of course.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: July 26. Continues through July 29, 2012