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How to Fight Like a Girl

Location + schedule

U of M Rarig Center Xperimental
330 21st Ave. S, Lower Level

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Friday 8/65:30 p.m.  
Saturday 8/78:30 p.m.  
Sunday 8/87:00 p.m.  
Tuesday 8/1010:00 p.m.  
Saturday 8/144:00 p.m. ASL
About the show

Contains Adult language
For ages 16+
Satire, Political, Historical

Created by The Minnesota CAFE Coalition

Overall rating

Really? The ERA never passed? Really!?

Stud or slut? Boss or bitch? Join Rachel Stewart, host of "How to Fight Like a Girl", for a close look at sex through a gender amplified lens. Along with roving reporter Mitch McGinty, the ghost of Alice Paul, and a cast of characters, Rachel takes us on an absurd parody of the nightly news.

Produced by the Minnesota CAFE Coalition, a nonprofit organization that aims to bring back the 70's debate on equality being enshrined into the Minnesota Constitution. Is it necessary? Is the ERA still relevant? Find out for yourself in this highly entertaining, dark comedy about bathrooms, birth control and bar charts.

For more information on the effort to pass a CAFE (Constitutional Amendment For Equality), go to:

We hope to see you at the show!

Alissa Harrington
Role: Rachel Stewart

Brian P. Joyce
Role: many

Chris Harrington
Role: many

Amy Luedtke
Role: many

Chad Snyder
Role: many

Elizabeth Johnson
Role: many

Kathleen Murphy
Role: Director

User reviews

by D. Williams Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
I did not enjoy this show. However, I agreed with the point the show is making. It just doesn't work to argue this point in a theatrical form (my opinion).
As an audience member, I felt lectured & bored. As a male, I felt faulted & bored. As an actor, I felt all of the above and more. I was also readily aware that I was watching BAD, BAD theatre. On the inside I was rooting for the maladroit cast on stage as they dropped lines. I sat on the edge of my seat, supporting this production for sake of the craft; during rough transitions, poor acting, and awkward stage presence.
I've never wanted to leave a show before the end, until I saw this one. (And I would have liked to see a picture of Rachel Stewart at her desk instead of the two people in boxing gloves used to advertise this show. They were pointless and have nothing to do with your show.)

Good concept, not fully realized
by Anna Amyx Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I am fully in favor of equal rights for women, so I want to like this show. There are number of nice touches, such as the director "warming up" the audience at the beginning or the singing M&M/pill. Unfortunately, the humor and inventiveness often could not cover up what was essentially a stump speech. CAFE is a good thing, though, so check out their web site.

by steve Heikens Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
Dialogue was out dated, often inaudible.
Acting by.reporter and coach-type were good

by Peter Park Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
this is one of the show that make me really believe that the Fringe should leave the lottery system and go to a jury system.

I wasted my time and money on this

Oh my...
by Derek Miller Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
I attended this show entirely by accident. It was raining, I was running late, and someone told me the show I came to see was "downstairs." I ran into the theater, plopped down, and scrambled to turn off my phone before I noticed the desk that declared "How to Fight Like a Girl." Oh...

So, I was in the wrong place. I only had about two minutes to leap up and try to get to the right theater, and in my panic I decided to stay. I hadn't heard anything about this show, so I figured, "Why not? It's the Fringe. Who knows what this could be?"

Unfortunately, the story of how I ended up seeing this show was the most interesting part of the night.

This was not a good play. I'm sorry to be so blunt, but there's no other way to say it. The script is really weak, the acting is uneven, the direction is almost non-existent, and, to top it off, it's big piece of propaganda, so I was constantly beat over the head with a MESSAGE.

Please don't misunderstand, those of you who put this show together: I agree with you. I, too, think that the failure of our nation to ratify the ERA and the reluctance of our state government to pass CAFE is sad and ridiculous. I did learn some things about the history of the women's rights movement that I didn't know before, so I can at least thank you for that, but there was no joy in learning it.

There are so many amazing people and heartbreaking stories in the movement to secure equal rights for women, stories that are real and powerful, stories that could propel people to stand up and fight for what is right. Why, oh why, did you choose to browbeat us instead?

Your hearts are in the right place, and your cause is just, but this was really a tough show to sit through.

So bad it's offensive
by Kevin Drew Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
Dressing up a lecture with costumes and funny impressions is the kind of thing I'd see in middle school, when they wanted to trick us into paying attention. I tried to hang in there through a hastily rehearsed show that proceeded in fits and starts, but this show told me nothing I didn't know already and I finally had it when it resorted to the same kind of scare-mongering innuendo that it attributes to its political opponents. The issues this show addresses deserve better treatment than this, and so does the audience.

A refreshing antidote to whimsy
by Da Da Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show is unabashedly political and unapologetically feminist. The jokes and skits purely serve as a vehicle for the message that MN needs an equal rights amendment. The acting and script were a little clunky, but I would heartily recommend this to anyone interested in women's rights.

Personally, I find it refreshing that the Fringe offers such a wide spectrum of acts. Even though I'm sure the most lauded plays will be the whimsical comedies (not my bag), this one is definitely worth seeing if you're interested in weightier, more thoughtful fare.

Don't bother
by Mary Choate Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
I took my teen age niece to see this show, and I was sorry that I did. Instead of inspiring the audience, it was a poorly scripted, unevenly acted bummer.

Feminists in the audience are likely to feel condescended to. Those who might have been challenged and moved by the information offered are likely to resist as it is being crammed down their throat so painfully and unenjoyably.

The actors could get better with more rehearsal, but that will not help the bad script and poor execution.

...and win!
by Pedro de San Pablo Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great social satire with an important message. See ghost feminists,sexist hand-puppets and a singing pill hoping for FDA approval!

by Wanda Viento Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I was so excited to see this as I strongly support their mission. However, the execution was poor. It didn't seem as if they rehearsed much. I think a different cast might do it more justice. It's unfortunate that the show doesn't accomplish what it should. As a feminist, I wanted to be inspired and I wasn't.

Their hearts are in the right place
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
But, the script isn't. The politics of the show have nothing to do with it's failings. The show suffers from a weak script and uneven acting. This could improve with more performances, but instead why don't you just get politically active.

How to fight like a girl
by tory peterson Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Much of the E.R.A. History & statistics were enlightening but the play comes off as an infommercial for C.A.F.E. and I rarely find infommercials engaging. This is a play that needs to tour High schools and and after school community ed programs for its informativeness but struggles to be "theatre" rather than the "talk-show" format that it is.

I want my money back
by amihan huesmann Follow this reviewer
Rating 0 kitties
This is the first Fringe show that I felt wasted both my money and my time---that's an hour I'll never get back. I brought a Fringe virgin, and I had to apologize to her. Fortunately she fell asleep 5 minutes into the show.

Preachy and simply not funny, the only thing that would have saved this show is if it had been done by some grade- or middle-school kids for a school project.

Fight like a girl
by Chris Young Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I admit this show was not my cup of tea. The subject is very important and the cast was very earnest, but was a bit political for my tastes. Having said that I did learn some thing I didn't know before.

Some rules should be broken, but...
by Patrick Pfundstein Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
...evidently not the one in my head that says never schedule an overtly political show at the Fringe. Love politics, but this type of show generally runs to ham-handed, club you over the head 52 times (just in case you didn't get it) "humor", and sadly Fight fulfills this stereotype. There are some brief moments of humor, but those smiling puppy faces of joy have their heads immediately shoved under to drown is a sea of cited polls and statistics. The cast is earnest, but this is not my cup of tea to put it mildly.

sophomoric preachy
by Christopher Hannaford Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
Play was high school drama level. The entire plot was to complain about sexual inequality.

condescending and disappointing
by Amanda Sue Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
While the premise of this show is obviously important, this show failed to cater appropriately to its audience. Thrusting a message upon an audience like propaganda is a difficult sell.

Most of the performances were very uninspiring. It was unclear if the actors/actresses were passionate about performing or about the subject matter of the show.

As aptly put by another reviewer, the premise of the show was very well-intentioned. However, as a woman and a feminist, I didn't feel that I learned anything or was inspired by the show. Why list the top ten most disappointing advances in women's rights when you want to inspire women (and men!) to strive for equality?

If you already consider yourself a feminist, don't expect this to be a provocative experience- if anything, expect to feel like the experience was condescending.

Come on women and men, let's get it done
by Marcia Skafte Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Premise of a "Rachel Stewart" show is a fine vehicle for this hih energy exploration of the rights women don't have you. The make pill commercial will stay in your memory (and you may hum it for days) and the medium allows important information to surface as it does for MSNBC fans. Really! Really? We don't have the ERA?

A bit disappointing
by Paul Mattes Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
This was a very well-intentioned, but rather thinly produced, polemic on an important subject.

I agree with the premise, and I probably learned a lot, but there wasn't enough of the necessary sugar-coating to help sway anyone who might really need persuading.

How to Fight Like a Girl
by amy kenzie Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved this show! This very important issue was presented in an entertaining, interesting and informative way. The cast was very funny! Bring your date to this one for sure!