Fringe finale: All over but the counting

The 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival wrapped up Sunday night with encore performances at each of the main venues used for the event. These were the top selling shows at each theater.

With that, 11 days of theater madness ended. Weary fringers could put away their well-thumbed schedules, take their ultrapass or artist lanyards off their necks, and begin to count the days until the 2015 festival.

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The audience picks featured a number of my personal favorites from this year's festival, including Four Humors Presents Every Show in the Fringe, Edgar Allan, and what I thought was the absolute highlight, Fotis Canyon.

Final numbers from the Fringe will be released later this week.

Other obligations (and a need for sleep) mainly kept me away from the Fringe over the weekend, but I did take in the Day In, Day Out production of Boom at the Playwrights' Center.

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's one-act is a bit rough around the edges, but a game cast and strong direction from Mel Day kept the work afloat. They were able to bring out the strengths of the play, which explored topics as diverse as evolution, love, and the end of the human race.

Sad sack marine biologist Jules (Daniel Flohr) and dour journalism student Jo (Sara Marsh) get together one evening for very different reasons. Based on a Craigslist ad, Jo thinks she is in for a night of amazing sex. Jules, however, has an eye to the future of the human race.

A comet is on its way to strike the Earth and likely wipe out the human race. He wants to preserve it, Adam and Eve style. Of course, the duo are completely mismatched, which only becomes more and more clear after the strike and the two are trapped in the lab with a dwindling food supply and less-than-ideal chemistry.

The script lacks focus at key moments and the characters really don't grow all that much throughout the show. Marsh and Flohr do go all in for their characters, which helps to smooth over the rough edges. Joining them is Sandie Plendl as Barbara, who controls the action as a far-future tour guide. The eventual interaction between these groups fuels the last third of the play, which is still a bit muddy by the end.

Still, it's an example of a show that likely would never have been produced outside of the confines of the Fringe.

The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival will run July 30 to August 9.