Aug 6, 2011
FRINGE SHORTS: “Sousepaw: A Baseball Story” by Shelby Company
phillip low joins the ranks of mnartists.org's theater critics with this year's Fringe coverage. Read on for his assessment of Shelby Company's "Sousepaw: A Baseball Story," a show he's deemed his first five-kitty review of the year.
Aug 5, 2011
FRINGE SHORTS: "You Only Live Forever Once" by Four Humors Theater
Christy DeSmith took in Four Humors' puppetry-laden spoof on the spy-thriller, "You Only Live Forever Once." It wasn't the funniest Four Humors show she's seen, but as long as she lingered over the ensemble's subtler jabs at the genre she liked it fine.
Aug 5, 2011
FRINGE SHORTS: "Buckets and Tap Shoes" by 10 Foot 5 Productions
Camille LeFevre kicks off our 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival coverage with an enthusiastic review of "Buckets and Tap Shoes" by brothers Rick and Andy Ausland, who've been putting on some iteration of this toe-tapper in every Fringe since 2004.
Aug 12, 2010
FRINGE SHORTS: "Speech!" by Ferrarri McSpeedy
Max Sparber heartily recommends the anarchic, always-witty humor of "Speech!", a lunatic story about the misadventures of a high school debate team by Ferrarri McSpeedy (Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic).
Aug 12, 2010
FRINGE SHORTS: "Bedroom Eyes" by Junkyard Theater
Lightsey Darst reviews a sultry-silly cabaret by MDT ballet dancer Justin Leaf's alter ego, Mistress Ginger, who puts on a song & dance show that specializes in "the songs that got your grandma into bed."
Aug 11, 2010
FRINGE SHORTS: "#Ringtone" by Alan Berks and Company
Max Sparber reflects on the conundrum of human connection and isolation in the brave new world of social media and internet technologies, as interpreted by Alan Berks' experimental play "#Ringtone."
Aug 9, 2010
FRINGE SHORTS: "The Selkie" by Scotia Productions
Camille LeFevre saw one of the two shows (!) based on selkie mythology, "The Selkie," on opening night -- a blend of Scottish dance with contemporary movement and gesture, she found it sweet and heartfelt, if a little wet behind the ears.
Aug 7, 2009
FRINGE SHORTS: "Tales ... of the Expected" by Ari Hoptman
Max Sparber appreciated Ari Hoptman's dry, quirky wit very much -- read on for Sparber's take on the production, which he says is inspired by early MAD MAGAZINE and Jay Ward's "Fractured Fairy Tales" in equal measure.
Aug 4, 2009
FRINGE SHORTS: "The Three Bonnies" by DA Dance
Lightsey Darst took in the horse-filled, cowboy-themed dance show "The Three Bonnies" by founding Zenon member Denise Armstead and found it to be an ambitious but puzzling production.
Aug 3, 2009
FRINGE SHORTS: Cathy Wright's "Thrower of Light"
Dance critic Lightsey Darst will be sending in dispatches and short reviews throughout this year's Fringe Festival. Here, she kicks off our Fringe coverage with a brief on Cathy Wright's itch-and-grit movement piece, "Thrower of Light."
Aug 3, 2009
FRINGE SHORTS: "Fearsome Critter" by Mother/Destroyer
Playwright Matthew Everett will be sending back dispatches from the festival all week. Here's his take on "Fearsome Critter," a show, which he was happily surprised to discover, that totally faked him out.
Aug 8, 2008
FRINGE SHORTS: "The Jamal Lullabies" by Emily Conbere
Review by Lightsey Darst
Lightsey Darst assesses the satirical musical theater production, "The Jamal Lullabies," by Emily Conbere and the East River Commedia--showing at the Southern Theater for two remaining shows, August 8 and 10.