Monday, May 3, 2010 at 8 a.m.
Hmm . . . did Sherlock Holmes ever try his hand at experimental theater?
This year's annual "Five-Fifths"
deconstruction, delivered under the banner of the Minnesota Fringe
, is happening tonight and tonight only at the Ritz
. The idea is simple: take a classic work, divide it into five parts, and find an equal number of performing companies to tackle each segment (preferably with divergent missions and track records, for maximum contrast and friction).
This year's installment is a take on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story A Study in Scarlet
. The five companies signed up this year are:
, a small local company directed toward producing work by women;
So let's see: companies big and small, creators of comedies, children's mystery goofball adaptations, and dance thrown into the mix. "Five-Fifths" is always unpredictable, hard to pin down, and frequently good fun. The Fringe also seems to time it for the flush of spring, presumably evoking associations with the hot-weather theatrical Mardi Gras to come early this August.
Consider the free-for-all of the Fringe properly evoked. And who knows how these five fifths are going to collide with one another.
Five-Fifths of Sherlock Holmes plays at 7:30 tonight at the Ritz, 345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For more information and to order, click here.