July 29th, 2011

New Tilley Hat

Very Preliminary Fringe Schedule

Every year, I keep saying that I won't do as many Fringes as the previous year, and every year I manage to see even more. The 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival looks to be even more interesting than last year, partially because I know more of the participants and partially because I've started coverage earlier and am tapped into the "buzz" more than a week beforehand.

Without trying hard, I scheduled 25 performances:

Thursday, August 4
5:30 p.m. Mother Tongues Core Project Chicago Lab
8:30 p.m. You Only Live Forever Once Four Humors Theater Bryant-Lake Bowl
10:00 p.m. Lot O' Shakespeare Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre Bryant-Lake Bowl

Friday, August 5
5:30 p.m. The Smothers Brothers Grimm Comedy Suitcase U of M Rarig Thrust
10:00 p.m. Macbeth: The Video Game Remix Theatre Arlo U of M Rarig Thrust

Saturday, August 6
1:00 p.m. The Proper Way to Beat a Dead Horse Serious Business U of M Rarig Xperimental
4:00 p.m. Brain Fighters Joking Envelope U of M Rarig Thrust
5:30 p.m. HERO: A New Musical RawRedmeat Productions U of M Rarig Xperimental
8:30 p.m. Minnesota Middle Finger Ben San Del Presents Theatre in the Round

Sunday, August 7
1:00 p.m. A Good-Natured Gut LS Dance Collaborative Lab
2:30 p.m. Fletcher & Zenobia Save the Circus (by Edward Gorey) Live Action Set Mill City Museum
4:00 p.m. Those Were the Days: A Tribute to Television Themes Blue Umbrella Productions Theatre Garage

Monday, August 8
5:30 p.m. Taiko Blast! Mu Performing Arts Mixed Blood
7:00 p.m. Disney Dethroned: Snowcahontas and the Tangled FrogBeast Tom Reed Mixed Blood
8:30 p.m. Balls Out! Late Night Menu Mixed Blood

Tuesday, August 9
5:30 p.m. Camelot is Crumbling: An Arthurian Nightmare Maximum Verbosity Bryant-Lake Bowl
8:30 p.m. Dancing with Death Smiling Lune Intermedia Arts
10:00 p.m. Something's Gone Wrong in the Dreamhouse Scream Blue Murmur Intermedia Arts

Wednesday, August 10
8:30 p.m. Indignorance BS Productions U of M Rarig Arena

Thursday, August 11
5:30 p.m. William Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece American Shakespeare Repertory Theatre in the Round
7:00 p.m. History Camp Zombie High School Mixed Blood

Friday, August 12
4:00 p.m. John Dingley and the Biggest Pack of Lies You Ever Heard John Dingley Augsburg Studio
5:30 p.m. Highlander: The Musical! Rooftop Theatre Co. Augsburg Mainstage

Saturday, August 13
2:30 p.m. Tortoise in Flight Third Rabbit Dance U of M Rarig Proscenium

Sunday, August 14
1:00 p.m. Improvidence! Infinitely Spectacular Productions Lab

Those in bold are "must sees" for me, and I could easily have bolded a few more. A few were added from seeing their 3-minute bits at the second Fringe-For-All or from the descriptions in the program book/on the website.

This is, of course, subject to much change.

At the moment, I have three videos up. I'll simply make the links, not embed them, to save bandwidth.
Joe Bozic & Mike Fotis talk about "Once Upon a Time In The Suburbs"
Interview with Tim Mooney Part I
Interview with Tim Mooney Part II

I'll put up the audio files -- the reports submitted to KFAI-FM's News Department (now headed by Dale Connelly) plus the full interviews -- in a separate page on romm.org. 2011 Fringe coverage (so far) which will be updated as time and energy permit. The page also includes interviews from Fringes in 2005-2010, though not all of them.