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The Twin Cities' very own sibling detectives tackle another thrilling mystery in this affectionate parody of children's adventure novels. Action for the kids, wit for the adults, comedy for everyone!

The Harty Boys are getting lots of press feedback.
" must see!" - says the Pioneer Press
Clips from the show and a little interview with 3 Minute Egg.
A mention on
A little notice from Minnesota Public Radio's state of the arts.

World famous detective Philmore Harty calls on his sons, the equally world famous Harty Boys, to help him investigate a robbery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. All the clues point to one suspect, Philmore Harty's old nemesis The Platypus! But when The Platypus declares his innocence, the Harty Boys believe the case might not be so open and shut after all! Can the clues be trusted? Will the forensic evidence collected by the Harty Boys' mom, maybe not world but nationally or at the very least regionally famous criminologist Lana Harty, shed any light on the case? Why won't the Harty Boys' brainy chum Becca make the boys lunch? Who is the mysterious new kid in town? And what does Nelson Filtch, evil founder of the Gluten Free Liberation Army, have to do with anything? Never fear, boys and girls! The Harty Boys will discover the answers to all these questions--and do it in time for dinner!

Jeepers! The official Harty Boys video trailer is one of three finalists in the Fringey Awards trailer contest!

Visit the official Harty Boys website for loads of swell stuff, including pictures, cast bios, Fred and Jack Harty's Blogs!, coloring pages and other goofy junk!

You can also join our keen Facebook group and meet all our new friends.

The cast

Sulia Altenberg
Role: Becca Morgan
Sulia Altenberg is enjoying her first show with a Scrimshaw. Recently she was seen in The Great Gilly Hopkins (Agnes) with Youth Performance Company. Earlier this year she was in By the Bog of Cats (Alternating Josie Swane) with Frank Theater, performing at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio. Sulia’s other shows include Fiddler on the Roof (Bielke; Morris Park Players), Babes in Toyland (Bobby Shaftoe; Youth Performance Co.), and Hansel and Gretel (Young Gretel; Top Hat Theater). Sulia is super excited to be going to the Saint Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts next year as a 9th grader.

Andy Kraft
Role: Narrator/Nelson Filtch/Officer Buff
Andy Kraft spent the past summer performing Katie Tomatie with Open Eye Figure Theater's Driveway Tour and Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding with Actor's Theater of Minnesota. Previously he acted with St. Croix Festival Theater and Shakespeare & Co MN and his training includes classes at the Brave New Workshop. Andy likes raking, walking his girlfriend and the word Circumbilivagination which means to move in a circle or walk around. He dislikes bios, children and being mistaken for Denzel Washington.

Spencer Levin
Role: Clint Travers
Spencer Harrison Levinhas appeared in several school productions at Ramsey International where he will be in 7th grade this fall. His parts have been as diverse as Uncle Max in The Sound of Music to a Dew Drop in The Land of Water. With the St. Paul JCC youth theater he has portrayed the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood and Hook’s Parrot in Peter Pan. Under the direction of Grant Richey, he played Randolph in Bye Bye Birdie and Baby John in West Side Story. He was the only elementary school student selected to perform in South High School’s production of Much Ado About Nothing in the role of Verges. He also plays trumpet and violin, but not at the same time.

Arnold Roos
Role: The Platypus
Arnold Roos has appeared most recently as a doctor in not one but two shows: Pirandello's Henry IV with Nimbus Theatre; and Socktesting, at the Soap Factory. He also has appeared in a number of Hardcover Theater productions, including Johnny Bocca's Sex Farce for Swingin' Lovers (Johnny); The Dark Side of the Brothers Grimm (Wolf, and as Hansel and Gretel's Father); and all five episodes of the Victorian serial London After Midnight (Officer Bucket, and about fifteen other roles). Arnie also has toured with Troupe America in A Christmas Carol (Marley, Scrooge understudy) and The Fantasticks (Hucklebee), and was the Mayor of Whoville in the area premiere of Seussical (the Musical) with Front Porch Theatre (Fringe 2004).

Leslie Ball
Role: Lana Harty
Leslie Ball has performed on stages around the country from the Guthrie Theater to Carnegie Hall. Leslie's first solo recording earned her a Minnesota Music Award for best female songwriter. In 1991, Leslie launched BALLS Cabaret, a weekly experimental stage for artists of any discipline or experience. BALLS Cabaret is now in its eighteenth year and continually wins awards as the best open stage in town. BALLS was recently cited in the New York Times as a "must-see" in the Twin Cities and the local press often refers to Leslie as "the den mother of the Twin Cities art community." In addition to her work as an artist, Leslie is also an activist and educator. She earned her MFA at NYU and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree at United Theological Seminary.

Joshua Englishs Scrimshaw
Role: Writer/Director/Fred Harty
Joshua English Scrimshaw is an "inventive voice in comedy theater" (Star Tribune). In 2002, he collaborated with choreographer Adrienne English to create the dance and silent comedy show Shut Your Joke Hole, named by City Pages as one of the Twin Cities' ten best theater productions of the year. Joshua also teamed with Shanan Wexler to write and produce From Here to Maternity, one of the top selling shows of the 2007 Minnesota Fringe Festival. In addition to writing and producing, Joshua has performed with many local theater companies playing Orestes in Bedlam Theater's production of Jean Paul Sartre's The Flies, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Theater in the Round's production of Twelfth Night and D.B. Cooper in Cheap Theater's original production DB Cooper Didn't Die. A frequent collaborator with Hardcover Theater, Joshua was featured in the final three installments of the hit Victorian serial London After Midnight and co-wrote Johnny Bocca's Sex Farce for Swingin' Lovers, an adaptation of the saucy Medieval classic, The Decameron. Joshua can be seen sporadically as part of the Actors Theater of Minnesota production of Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding and next year will reunite with Hardcover Theater for an adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse's classic comedy novel, Right Ho, Jeeves! In his free time, Joshua provides sage parental guidance to his nine year old son and five year old daughter, works full time as a cheese monger and coffee buyer for Whole Foods Market in Minneapolis and occasionally pops up in other people's Fringe shows (insert shameless plug for Ari Hoptman's Tales... of the Expected here).

Ari Hoptman
Role: Philmore Harty
Ari Hoptman is an actor, comedian, and playwright who has performed at numerous venues throughout the Twin Cities. He has worked with Park Square, The Great American History Theater, TRP, Fifty Foot Penguin, Pigs Eye, and many others. His plays include the comedy I Married Odin and the drama The President Once Removed. He has made numerous appearances in summer stock productions, and has done one-person shows at the Bryant-Lake Bowl and at the Fringe Festival. He can also be seen this year in his own Fringe show Tales... of the Expected. When not performing, Ari can be found teaching at the University of Minnesota.

Levi Weinhagen
Role: Writer/Director/Jack Harty
Levi Weinhagen is a Minnesota Fringe Festival veteran who has written for and performed with many medium, small, and very small theater companies in the Twin Cities (which really just means Minneapolis, let's be honest). Those companies include but are not limited to: the Brave New Workshop, The Ministry of Cultural Warfare, HUGE Theater, Bridge productions. Levi has written for and performed in many productions with the Brave New Workshop such as It's Not the Heat, It's the Stupidity, Flanagan's Wake, and Full Frontal Comedy. He is a founding member of the now bi-coastal awesome improv duo sensation Sir Laffs-A-Lot and His Merry Jokesters. Levi regularly performs stories and monologues at the Monday Night Comedy show and as part of the Bearded Gentlemen as well as at other not quite stand-up and not quite poetry slam venues. When not making the funny, Levi spends his days arranging school field trips to the Minnesota History Center and his evenings answering the unending stream of questions coming from his 3 and 1/2 year old daughter.

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Joshua English Scrimshaw & Levi Weinhagen

The Harty Boys in The Case of the Limping Platypus

Fri., Jul. 31 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 1 @ 4:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 5 @ 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 8 @ 2:30 p.m.
[A] Sun., Aug. 9 @ 5:30 p.m.

[S]=ASL interpreted
[A]=Audio described

Venue U of M Rarig Center Thrust
For ages 4+
Created by J E Scrimshaw and L Weinhagen
Web site
genres Comedy
subjects Family
features World premiere, Original script/choreography, Original music

Overall rating

User reviews

by Laurie Swenson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Great show for all ages. Well done!

The Best Platypus Play in Fringe!
by Joshua Humphrey Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I hear there's also a cow suit somewhere in the fringe, but you can't go wrong with a Platypus outfit!

An enthusiastic production that never leaves the audience wanting as we're rushed from Minnehaha Falls to the Minneapolis Institute of Art at dizzying pace that brings us, inevitably, right back to where we started. The energy is focused and there's nary a misstep in the entire show. What a ride.

Go See? Yes.
by Nick Decker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Any show that successfully parodies boy adventure novels with the same quality of The Venture Bros. is a winner in my opinion. While opening relatively slowly, the show picks up frantically yet tightly as the Harty Boys happen upon the crime scene. The script wittily pokes fun at its genres conventions as well as skewers many of the Twin Cities' landmarks. The cast superbly relishes in the absurdity of their characters, and the two child actors in particular give outstanding performances.

Insanely Fun!
by Aaron Greer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I really enjoyed the heck out of this. My only regret was not being able to bring my kids to see it with me. PLEASE remount this show, AND make more Harty Boys. GREAT stuff!

timing + script = fun
by Dan Pinkerton Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A cleverly written script was only the start here. Great physical comedy, wonderful timing, and all-around wonderful comic acting completed what was a sly, lively comedy. Special shout out to the kids, Sulla and Spencer, who were really terrific!

The Best
by Mary K Weinhagen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
My only regret was not seeing this one earlier so I could see it again! It made my father and my granddaughter laugh just as much as I did... what a delight. Thank YOU to all the cast members!!!!

by Ruth Virkus Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I liked the show in general, even if it didn't hold my attention 100%- the jokes were undeniably clever and the cast was great. Two thumbs up to the junior members of the cast! But the show was made for me by the performance(s) of the narrator.

Perfect Fringiness
by John Munger Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
How perfectly Fringey! Fresh, audacious, non-traditional, non-hoity-toity, done with laser-sharp skill, and seemingly without effort from start to finish. The script was a hoot, the actors, including two under the age of 14, were superb, and the premise was a delight. There were multi-entendre digs for the grownups, pratfalls for the kids, and a wonderful blend of G or PG rating with utter outrageousness. The many grownups and many kids in this nearly sold-out audience all laughed a lot. So did I. Might this ensemble consider a small but continuing series? The Case of the Fractured Neurosis? The Case of the Flatulent Tartar? The Case of the Texan Who Would Be King? And so on?

A whole lot of fun - and clever, too!
by Fringe Lover Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Right up there for best of the fringe - kid friendly, but lots of laugh out loud funny lines for the adults in the crowd. It's silly, but often witty, too. The performers are exuberant and just perfect for their roles - the kids aren't quite as good as the adults. But a good time will be had by all, you can get tickets because it's in a big theater, so GO! I'd see it again if I had time.

Three kitties?!
by kelly frank Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Well written, great acting, and a sweat platypus costume. It had jokes for adults and kids. Personally, I loved the narrator. Just a great all around show that adults and kids can enjoy

We want more!
by Joanne Carter Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a wonderfully written, well cast and a thoroughly entertaining show! The audience was reactive to through the entire performance giving the actors credit for a job well done. The narrator, Andy Kraft, is a skilled actor and we hope the Twin Cities will see more of his talent! He was versatile and kept the energy high, holding the entire show together. The young actors were a hit. Spencer Levin is a natural! Sulia aced her part as well! Not one actor should be without credit for a great performance! This truly is a "don't miss it" show!

Another Harty helping please!
by Cody Stewart Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This script was comic genious! The work had something for everyone: kids, parents, adults, and children alike. It also did a nice job of disbanding stereotypes against women. This tight premise is a must for anyone taking their children to the fringe and anybody who likes old mystery stories. Chalk full of minneapolis references it's also a neat homage to our city. The acting is superb as well. I give it a 4 out of 5.

Uh I left my review in the car
by Eric Lee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great Show, hilarious script and outstanding actors. Do yourself a favor and go see this show, I'm going to again!

tight, tight, tight, good, good, good
by Edwin Strout Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Very tight script, and very good comedians/actors performing the script. True this show would have no legs outside of the Twin Cities because of all of the immediate and well, well, well written satire written specifically about specific sites/people/Minnesota-ness. This is a great show. And the wonderful lines put literally into the mouths of babes, hysterical Then there's the contrast between the old, innocent view of doing things versus the modern-day/ accurate way of doing things. The list goes on and on. See this show!

hearty hilarity
by michael freiert Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
a well written farce of the popular boys books, just as predictable, but with a charmingly absurd bent. Well worth your punch.

Charming, tongue-in-cheek, delightful.
by Cole Sarar Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This play is charming, with amazing performances by children, and reminding you perhaps you shouldn't suspend perhaps THAT much of your disbelief. Poking fun at misogyny, the ways our childhood detective novels unfolded their plots, and our expectations of the character of people. Not weak performance among the crew, a fun script, and lovely staging.

Bring on the funny
by David McKay Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
An overall solid and very funny show. I would put this on your "must see" list as one of the best shows at this years fringe. You should also make an extra effort to bring some kids if you have access to them as it is fun for all ages.

A fun romp through yesteryear's ideals
by Karen Pedersen Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A humorous look at the stereotypes we grew up with.

Clever and fun!
by Valerie Vigdahl Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I really enjoyed this performance. It was full of humor for adults and kids alike. Packed with entertaining characters, crazy action, wild costumes (one in particular) and more!

The Bad Old Days
by Geek Grrrl Librarian Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Loved the sly commentary on the sexism of the old Hardy Boy mysteries and the world of Leave It to Beaver vibe of this story. There's humor for all age levels but I have to admit my favorite jokes were the ones aimed at the 11-yr-olds. Oh, and Hurrah for pratfalls!

Cute and for everybody
by the fanta Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is the 'Pixar film' of the Fringe Festival. I sat in a packed house of all ages and the amazing writing and acting kept the whole audience laughing and smiling.
The kid actors do need to speak up and slow down a little, but are otherwise outstanding. I still heard everything.

about the reviewer: not involved with any production at the fringe festival.

Cute, but not for me
by Fuzzy Killer Duckling Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
The Harty Boys was very cute and funny in an over-the-top sort of way. Yes, it was darling how true the script was to the books and how appropriate the slapstick worked with it. Maybe I've just outgrown this kind of comedy. Definitely recommend taking the young (and young-at-heart) crowd to see it. But if you're looking for something a little deeper, you may need to check something else out.

by Linda Moy Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Very fun and enjoyable to watch. Even my son enjoyed it. However, there were some moments that I was unable to hear what the person was saying.(Talking to fast).

family affair
by Karen Taulelle Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
It's all been said (and it's true) about the writing and talent, but wanted to mention the perfect foil the Harty Boys' well-developed (and hilarious) parent characters are for them and the story. This is a family show that never forgets the family. The four year old girl sitting in front of me was as delighted as I was.

Duck Bill!
by Patrick Pfundstein Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fast paced fun with humorous cheap shots at local cultural institutions (including my employer), the Harty family faces down an old nemesis, and some personal biases. The dialog crackles, the entire cast is great, the quiche gets eaten, and big life lessons are learned. Maybe not the best of lessons, but you can't have everything!

"This is no time to act your age"
by Dave Romm Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Supremely silly with lots of local references. The Harty Boys are a little more than a children's show, but not by much. The kids are important, the fourth wall smashed, the wrong lessons learned. Four and a half kitties rounded up for simultaneously hewing to the child detective genre and bending all the rules. Oh, and the platypus costume. A Shockwave Radio Theater Review.

Longer reviews with pictures at Baron Dave's LiveJournal and snarky comments on Facebook.

Strong script, strong cast
by Christian Carter Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The kids steal the show, but the script and the allusions to classic Hardy Boys books make it a tight race.

What can I say, see this!

Get your belly laugh
by Linda McDonald Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great fun! Everyone is so good! Lots of energy,jokes for all age groups. You WILL enjoy this one!

Fun For The Whole Family
by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
As clever and smart any TYA script as you'll find, The Harty Boys... delivers an hour's worth of quirky and zany hilarity.

See it!
by Nathan Rowan Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I had a lot of fun! Great cast! In the Thrust it might be difficult to block, those on the sides saw a lot of backs. This is the only reason I give 4 kitties. There was one costume in particular that made my life. You'll know when you see it.

great energy, commitment, and fun
by Carin Bratlie Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
It's a clever and larger-than-life portrayal of a formulaic story. Lots of schtick and comedy that kept the audience rolling in the aisles the entire hour. I was most impressed by the kids in the show, who seemed to get the biggest laughs.

Great Show
by Melissa Campbell Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Took my family and this is by far the best show we've seen at the fringe so far. Loved all the local inside jokes. Wonderful Writing and acting all the way around. Go see it!

Now THAT's how to do it!
by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is how you do a high-quality children's show that satisfies audiences of all ages. This play operates on so many levels at once, and succeeds on all of them. For the youngsters you have lots of physical humor and silly wordplay, plus a plot that turns on the two little kids turning out to be smarter than anybody else in the show. For the adults you have more sophisticated wordplay and all those layers of meta-humor and irony: the narrator answering the phone for all the minor characters he also plays, the little girl sleuth who always has her nose in a famous piece of feminist literature, Mom turning out to be a CSI investigator while Dad keeps coming up with 19th century suggestions like "I've found that the operation of the criminal mind is always related to the balance of the four humors in the body." On top of all that, the acting is uniformly superb. Great show for any age.

10 Kitties if I could
by Christian Lassiter Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was plain great. Superbly acted from all. An incredibly silly show that will make you laugh from the moment the lights come up to the end.

by Karen Pollard Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Loved this show. So funny. Loved the local references. And the platypus at the end was amazing!

Gluten Free Entertainment!
by Micah Bruce Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I pretty much have to echo what others have already said. It was funny, it was clever, the actors were outstanding, and it was one of the best shows I've seen at the Fringe so far. Go see it!

super fun!
by art mama Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
My 3 year old is probably on the young end of the intended audience age for this show, but she loved it! She especially loved the giant platypus. I loved it, too - hilarious!

A Hearty Comedy
by Kim Andersen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
As a girl, I read Nancy Drew, not the Hardy Boys, but even so, I understood and appreciated the parody. This show was hilarious! All of the actors -- and epsecially the kids -- did a real good job. I definitely recommend this one!

It's a must-see for any age
by Gregory Abbott Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is the best show of the Fringe so far. After 7 shows, this is the only one that had me, my 10-year-old, my wife and her 50-some sister all laughing. The writing and humor are wonderful.

Bring a friend!
by Stephanie Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A fun show for all - even for those who are afraid of the fringe. :) The writing was clever and deserving of five kitties.

More that a kids' show
by Shari Brandhoy Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show is great for those adolesents aged 40-50 or so. Action, jokes about local landmarks and a great cast. How much of a groaner some of the jokes are shows that we have come far from the Hardy Boys of the 60's-70's.

So Funny
by Aaron Schult Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was incredible. Outstanding writing and acting from everyone. The Harty Boys were Great. Fabulous child actors as well. The Narrator stole the show.

great show!
by Robert Zabel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The Harty Boys is a great show in every respect: concept, story, direction, acting, and over all production. And, it's full of laughs for all ages - from well executed physical to more sophisticated verbal humor, including references to literature and to Twin Cities institutions and culture. There's a lot going on to keep the audience engaged and the performances are stellar. Thanks!!

by Mary Kay Zabel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great writing, terrific acting - lots of fun! Physical comedy, verbal comedy, even the props are good - Don't miss it!

must see
by audrey anderson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I would definitely recommend seeing this play!! It has very talented actors.It also has two new and upcoming actors, Spencer Levin and Sulia Altenberg, that are wonderful.It is a must see.

Light, fun, goofy, entertaining!
by Arthur Adams Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
If you're sick of "exploring the metaphysical quandries of postmodern sandalmaking," see this show for a fun, light-hearted laugh. The characters and story were spot-on, and I was especially impressed by the kids' acting abilities.

All five kitties agree . . .
by Shanan Wexler Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
. . . that this show is so fun! Look at the cast list for crying out loud. These kids can write! And act!

by Eric Herr Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
You don't need to have to have read Hardy Boys as a kid, but if you did you'll LOVE this show even more! Ari and Leslie, Josh and Levi are terrific...AND watch for Spencer Levin who is an incredible young actor with a great future ahead of him in theatre! GO! I laughed the entire hour!

A Hearty Helping of Fun
by Bob Kelley Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I was expecting cheese when I went to this show, but the cheese was served over a steaming pile of delicious awesome. The script, acting and costumes all blended well into a must see show for all ages!

Ceaseless Laughter
by Justin Alexander Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
My sides were left aching after this show. Some of the biggest laughs to be had at this year's Fringe.

No mystery's fun!
by Heather Smith Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I found this to be a very entertaining, well-done show. The actors were right on, and the plot was so typical of the old books. The local references added to the fun, and the over-the-top dramatic music and poses were entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the narrator/cop/villain character. I would definitely recommend this show.

Great romp
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Very funny concept fleshed out with lots of local jokes - well acted, written, directed. Totally fun and goofy and wholesome and full of energy.

My Fam Will Eat This Show Up!
by Ben Thietje Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm going back a second time and I'll be bringing my parents along. They love Arnie Roos and platypuses, so...better luck next time, Spermalot.

by Joshua Abell Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I think this is probably a great kids' show, but it just couldn't hold my interest for the full hour. I read every single Hardy boy book in junior high, and maybe I've just grown too old and jaded (@33) to appreciate this show.

Go see this one!
by Eric Meininger Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Scrimshaw -- need I say more? Rather light plot, but active comedy. My biggest complaint is that they don't play well to the thrust stage. We sat near the stage on the left, and felt like everyone's back was to us for the whole play. But don't let that dissuade you. This is a fun show for all ages. It will sell out - make your reservations now. Highly recommended. The two kids - Spencer and Sulia were awesome in their roles too!

Great Fun!
by Carol Witte Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Well paced, great acting by all, tons of laughs for the adults and the 12 year old who enjoyed everything.

Terrific Fun
by Bill Stiteler Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Ironic takes on the 50s mentality is nothing new, but the Harty Boys finds a fresh take on this Boys Own Detective Story. With a great sense of humor and lightning-fast staging, this'll have you laughing and cheering the entire Harty family on. Smart stuff for kids and adults alike.

Loved it
by Fringe Viewer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
High energy cast, lots of physical comedy, hilarious dialogue. The Harty Boys make a great pair, and their scenes with Philmore Harty in particular really nail this goofy satire of the original Hardy Boys style. The child performers hold their own and provide a couple of effective sight gags. The narrator left the audience in stitches. If you like the trailer, you will love this show--it definitely captures the essence of Scrimshaw and Weinhagen's production.

pretty much for everyone
by Deanne Meritt Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
it has the full range of humor from kids to adults. i laughed through the entire thing. bring anyone to this and you'll have a great time.

Great for kids of all ages!
by The Change Co-Operative Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Though I'm from out of state and saw several in-state jokes fly precariously by my noggin - the timing and comedy was fantastic and enjoyable for all ages 6-106!

Great Fun
by Jay Lieberman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is the kind of show I go to the Fringe to see--slapstick, satire, and social commentary all wrapped up in a clever takeoff of an old cultural standard.

by Fenyx Fitz Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
No need to have read the books aAlthough they are just like 'em!

Theatre candy
by Pat Lindgren Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Fun, full of Minnesota references, good for kids, in fact two or four in show. Madcap

Lots of fun!
by Anton Rang Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Our family enjoyed the physical humor in this show as well as the comedic mystery. Lots of Twin Cities references for the audience too. Cute and fun.

Very fun
by Meli Kalikimaka Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Just the right amount of spoof along with incredible energy and great casting.

More fun than a split lip!
by Robin Penner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Brilliant writing, fantastic acting, and a full hour of Harty laughs for all ages. An object lesson on the costs of producing great physical comedy, with just the right balance of potty humor, obscure artistic references, local jokes, and twisted dialogue to keep us all in stitches. Authors Scrimshaw and Weinhagen outdid themselves this time. The younger actors (Sulia and Spencer) deserve Tony awards for their handling of some very sophisticated material. A must see!

by Shannon Buchda Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a clever show that the audience ate up! Sulia Altenberg playing Becca was great. Great show for the Fringe!

Good fun!
by Heather Kilgore Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Thoroughly enjoyed by one grown-up, an 11 year old, and a 14 year old. The local perspective was great. Impressive physical feats and amazing kids in the cast. Great job with the narrator character, who definitely got the most laughs from our row. Thanks!

Loads of fun - almost a five
by Melissa Beukema Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This is a definite see and there is plenty for both kids and adults to appreciate. The casting and writing were great. The only thing keeping me from five kitties is that some of the lines seemed like they were still being perfected - I suspect by the next showing it will be a five.

Like An Awful Afterschool Special
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The Harty Boys is a funny telling of a stupid story and will remind adults why shows from your childhood should stay there, only to be occasionally brought out and lampooned. Perfect for adults and kids. Becca, Sulia Altenberg, is a standout--Great job.

Hearty laughs!
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Who read Hardy Boys books as a kid? I did! Fond memories are forcing me to rate this a bit higher than I normally would. The young kids stole the show, but the big kids weren't so bad themselves. Including the bright lights of Hoptman and Ball ain't gonna hurt either. Overall, a slight story, but worth the journey. My fave of the day gets it 5 kitties.

Loads of fun
by Diane Mountford Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This has all the elements of sublime Fringe zaniness ... including a local-venues angle that is really fun. Special kudos to the narrator/et al ... and to the kids, who hold their own, 100%, in this first-rate cast. One minor quibble and word of advice: this show was not really staged for a thrust; I'd advise arriving early and getting a seat in the center section.

Hilarious to the last drop
by Koby Feldman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Extremely well thought out comedy, mixed with brilliant acting all around made this show a must see. My sides may require stitching up, since they have been so thoroughly split.

At it again
by Colin Gasko Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Another great show by Joshua Scrimshaw. Dangerously physical comedy coupled with clever dialogue for all. A great show for the whole family. A MUST for Hardy Boys Fans.

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