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Throughout July, I highlighted works by people I thought would be shows worth seeing, but I couldn’t get to everyone. Beyond those shows I podcasted about, here are others I recommend during Minnesota Fringe 2012.

Someone Is Wrong On The Internet

Kelvin Hatle wrote and performed the deviously clever Death Perception in 2011. When I’ve seen him perform, his performances are driven and energetic, yet his physical embodiment of characters very precise. I believed he could be a manifestation of Death, or evil Edison in To Mars With Tesla. I’m eager to see what he’s prepping, especially since, as of the writing of this post, he may just be finishing the piece.

Strange Dreamz with Kevin J Thornton

Another solo performer whose name also begins with K, Kevin is a storyteller and damn easy on the eyes. Perhaps I have a little crush (look at that picture, dammit!), but I’m also looking forward to more storytelling and music that were hallmarks of his show last year, his ongoing podcast and other projects.

Billy Beechwood and the Mountain of Terror

I love Ferrari McSpeedy–if you ever get the chance to see Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic perform, take it. They are giving of themselves and their audiences, and create an energy onstage that I’ve never seen anywhere else. And here they’ve created a show all for you. You should probably take advantage of that.

Ash Land

I’m going to begin referring to the Transatlantic Love Affair–the ensemble behind Red Resurrected and Ballad of the Pale Fisherman–as the Pixar of the Minnesota theatre community. For the last two years they’ve created do-not-miss productions. Do. Not. Miss.

Evil Dicks

Serial killers, terrorists, and baddies make me perk up in morbid fascination–these are people gone wrong, wholly familiar yet terribly alien. Though I’ve not seen Allison Broeren perform before,  a solo show featuring dickishly evil dudes has my curiosity.

Steampunk Apocalypse

Dawn Krosnowski leads Steampunk Delusions, and she has saved my ass in D&D with her reanimated zombie bears, so I owe her one. But 1) it’s steampunk, 2) there’s “seat-wetting” comedy and 3) a cast of 25. Soak that last in for a minute. A fringe show has a cast of 25 people. That’s a feat onto itself, and definitely something to see.

Their Century

I am impressed by what David Schlosser has accomplished here. After his father died, he interviewed his father’s siblings about growing up, and Their Century resulted. My father died a few years ago, and I’ve always thought about interviewing family to gain a deeper understanding about him and his life. But David did it, and I’m jealous.

Joe Dowling’s William Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” on the Moon, featuring Kate Mulgrew as Lady Capulet

I had a fantasy wherein I interviewed Christopher Kehoe about this show, and then I revealed I had a very special guest, Kate Mulgrew. It’s possible I could have made it happen. However, I’ll save that connection for when I want to get MulgrewCast off the ground.

Kehoe’s show last year, Reykjavik, was brimming with ideas, images, and sounds that required a lot of unpacking. I don’t know what to expect here, and that may not be everyone’s liking, but it is to mine.

Kafkaesque: A Musical Metamorphosis

Last year, Nathan Schliz wrote and composed Nightmare Man, and this year he’s created a musical version of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. The first was an odyssey into one man’s nightmares, and now we’re dealing with a nightmare made real, set to music with a dash of the dark side.

The Gentlemen’s Pratfall Club

If I had anything beyond a cursory knowledge of physical comedy history, Comedy Suitcase’s Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen would still whup me good in a trivia contest. But even though my knowledge is minimal, pratfalls are still damn enjoyable. These are talented, funny men who know how to fall down. You can’t ask for more than that.


I realize that may not be enough for you, be you newbie or a hardcore fringe nerd. If not, check out MinnPost’s guide and recommendations, and follow Matthew Everett over at TC Daily Planet for more fringe previews and reviews. Marianne Combs also gives her rundown on the 10 solid bets for the Minnesota Fringe over at the State of the Arts blog. And please follow me on twitter! I’ll be tweeting throughout the festival, and will try to challenge myself and you to some out and about fun!

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