Aug 9, 2013
FRINGE SHORTS: "Cocaine and Ethel Merman: The New Homo Guide"
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L. Robert Westeen's one-man show features defiantly traditional storytelling about coming out, with a tale strong enough at its center, told so well, that it's compelling for any audience, gay or straight.
Aug 7, 2013
FRINGE SHORTS: "Non Edwards' Bob Fosse Makeover"
There's nothing new here. In the world of post-modern dance, all of the elements of this “makeover”—stillness, repetition, lack of emotion or expression—have been done many, many times before.
Aug 6, 2013
FRINGE SHORTS: "Analog" by Katharine Hawthorne
Hawthorne’s created an intriguing (and too long, by half) complex dance work that eschews 21st-century obsessions—with the digital, the virtual, the quotidian, the ironic—to display the body as a thinking machine alive in the real world.
Aug 9, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "The Dust" by Core Project Chicago
Amber Davis enjoyed the excerpts from Core Project Chicago's thought-provoking interdisciplinary movement piece exploring the entanglements of Death, Fate, Memory and Man.
Aug 9, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: “Identity" by Threads Dance Project
Camille LeFevre says this young dance troupe performs sometimes unsteadily, but with conviction: "The intention is laudable. The choreography and its execution are still in process."
Aug 8, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "Bodacious Beauties" by Eileen Rosensteel
Amber Davis was intrigued by Eileen Rosensteel's turn-of-the-20th century piece on sideshows and sizeism, and though the premise is promising, the script lacks the nuanced storytelling that would have made its message more resonant for modern audiences.
Aug 7, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "Ivory Tower Burning" by Jay Gabler
Before serving as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet, Jay Gabler received a doctorate in sociology from Harvard, an education he puts to fine use in his thought-provoking Fringe Festival debut, "Ivory Tower Burning," says Camille LeFevre.
Aug 6, 2012
FRINGE SHORTS: "Voices of Action: Women in Performance"
Actor and stage manager Amber Davis is a new addition to mnartists.org Fringe team. First up: she recommends a thoughtful assortment of dance works featuring Taja Will, Elizabeth June Bergman, Lynn Andrews and Krista DeNio.
Aug 12, 2011
FRINGE SHORTS: "Longing for Qeej" by Iny Asian Dance Theatre
Lightsey says you should go see "Longing for Qeej" - not for the usual "cultural blahblah" reasons - but for the glitter and incandescent smiles, and to encourage more working in these dance forms to make forays outside specifically Asian audiences.
Aug 10, 2011
FRINGE SHORTS: "The Attic Room" by RE/Dance Group
Camille LeFevre raves, "After years of watching dance at Fringe and writing aimed at encouraging the almost-there, it's a joy to discover a fully-formed show that, even in its youthful vigor, engages the intellect and resonates with the heart and spirit."