Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

Minnesota Middle Finger

Ben San Del Presents

Created by Ben San Del

Producer's website

Comedy, Drama

Contains Adult language

For ages 12+

“'Minnesota Middle Finger' made me so happy on so many levels…Will be in my top ten of 2011.” - Kate Hoff, Twin Cities Daily Planet

"Five stars... Solid, well-built, entertaining comedy which doesn't require you to check your brain at the door." - Matthew Everett, Twin Cities Daily Planet.

"Undeniably relatable...Makes you want to be a better Minnesotan." - Metro Magazine

Four-and-half kitty average from over 45 audience reviews and a sell-out performance.

"Do. Not. Miss. This. Show." - Mark Browning Milner

WHAT?
Three trapped neighbors face the snowstorm of the apocalypse with only Pop-Tarts and passive-aggression to sustain them.

WHO?
Starring Fringe veterans John Middleton (The Damn Audition, Street Scene), Leigha Horton (See You Next Tuesday, The Unbearable Lightness of Being American) and Tim Hellendrung (Speech!, Sideways Stories from Wayside School). From "reliably on-target stalwart" (City Pages) Ben San Del, creator of last year's top-five hit A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex and 2009's encore-winning Animal Cracker Genocide.

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John Middleton, Leigha Horton and Tim Hellendrung.

WHERE?
The Theatre in the Round is a short walk from both the Rarig Center and Mixed Blood Theater.

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PRAISE FOR BEN SAN DEL'S PREVIOUS FRINGE PRODUCTIONS
"Sharp, with perfect pacing" - St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Very highly recommended." - Twin Cities Daily Planet
"An endearing, well-structured piece." - Examiner
"Really clever, really sweet and fun show." - Minnesota Playlist

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"Rock-solid" actor (City Pages) John Middleton has performed in over four dozen theatrical productions with companies ranging from The Children's Theatre to Girl Friday Productions.

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Tim Hellendrung won FringeFamous' "Outstanding Male Performance" title two years in a row, most recently for his role in the 2010 show Speech!.

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Leigha Horton was called an "excellent comic actor" by the City Pages and hailed as a "...one woman glory..." by the Montreal Mirror.

Photography by Craig VanDerSchaegen. Graphic design by Andy Erikson.

Tim Hellendrung
Role: Adam
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Tim Hellendrung won FringeFamous' "Outstanding Male Performance" title two years in a row, first for his role in the acclaimed Four Humors 2009 production of Sideways Stories from Wayside School and then for his performance in last year's show Speech! by Ferrari McSpeedy. When he's not acting, Tim is a professional improv comic seen regularly at Comedy Sportz and HUGE Theater.

Leigha Horton
Role: Florence
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Leigha Horton, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, was called an "excellent comic actor" by the City Pages and hailed by the Montreal Mirror as a "...one woman glory..." for her solo performance of The Unbearable Lightness of Being American. She is the former executive director of the Ministry of Cultural Warfare and past member of the acclaimed improv troupe The Velvet Elvises. Leigha performed in Walking Shadow Theater Co.'s hit 2010 Fringe show See You Next Tuesday and can be heard regularly on radio and TV performing voice-over for such companies as Caribou Coffee, Target, General Mills, Cadillac and Microsoft.

John Middleton
Role: Thomas Mason
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"Rock-solid" actor (City Pages) John Middleton has performed in over four dozen theatrical productions around the Twin Cities with companies ranging from The Children's Theatre Company to Theatre Latte Da. John performed last year in the No. 1 best-selling Fringe show The Damn Audition by Joking Envelope and most recently in Street Scene by Girl Friday Productions. He's also a regular contributor to Minnesota Playlist.

Ben San Del
Role: Writer/Director/Producer
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Called a "reliably on-target stalwart" by the City Pages with writing that's "sharp, with perfect pacing" (Pioneer Press), Ben San Del is a Twin Cities actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. This is Ben's fifth Fringe production and second ensemble show following A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex, the fifth best-selling show of the 2010 Fringe Festival. His past solo performances include Mittens for Fat Kids, Strawberry Fields Temporarily, and the encore-winning Animal Cracker Genocide. Ben has performed stand-up comedy professionally since winning Acme Comedy Co.'s Funniest Person in the Twin Cities Contest in 2006. He's also a member of the Twin Cities performance troupe the Rockstar Storytellers.

In addition to producing Minnesota Middle Finger, Ben will be performing in Tim Uren's show The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Jekyll.

Phillip Low
Role: Assistant Writer/Director/Voice Over (Radio Caller)
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Phillip Andrew Bennett Low is a Twin Cities playwright, storyteller, professional mime, actor and theater critic. In 2007, Low's one-man show, Descendant of Dragons, won him rave reviews and an encore performance at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. He has also won acclaim at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Spirit in the House, FoolFest, and the DC, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Melbourne, Australia Fringe Festivals. Low is the founder of the theater company Maximum Verbosity and co-founder of the Twin Cities performance troupe Rockstar Storytellers. He co-wrote and starred in the hit 2010 Fringe show A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex.

Phillip can be seen this year in his own solo show Camelot is Crumbling and in the ensemble show Macbeth: The Video Game Remix.

Amber Preston
Role: Stage Manager
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Amber Preston performs stand-up comedy at clubs and colleges nationwide and was invited to showcase her skills at the prestigious Aspen Comedy Festival last summer. Preston performs regularly at the renowned Acme Comedy Co. in Minneapolis, the House of Comedy in the Mall of America and as a headliner at the Joke Joint Comedy Club in Bloomington. She has acted in the award-winning 48-Hour Film Festival movie The Grave Review and in the hit 2010 Fringe show A Nice Guy's Guide to Awkward Sex.

Zoe Benston
Role: Lead Consultant/Voice Over (Radio Reporter)

Laurie Swenson
Role: General Consultant

Ari Hoptman
Role: Voice Over (Radio Reporter)

Tim Uren
Role: Voice Over (Radio Caller)

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A total Hoot!
by Jeanie Johnston Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was wonderful! I soooooo enjoyed John Middleton who seemed to be channeling Alan Alda from M*A*S*H. As a former band nerd, I totally enjoyed the story line and the trombone song of love. Wonderful. Smart. Thank You!!

Cute. darler midwesterm humor,etc
by Suzanne Sharrock Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
OK - morning after and no one's quite sure of what happened, except a huge snowstorm has stranded everyone. All the stages of grief, denial, acceptance, etc. are amuisingly, but not terribly creatively, handled. Still fun, and the audiences loved it anough for an encore show.

No Exit Meets Gilligan's Island
by Dixie Treichel Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A silly Minnesota look at three characters trapped in an apartment on a winter night. Some good acting and fun moments but the script needs work.

Avalanched For 3 Days 9 Thumbs
by Brian Pettee Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Avalanched for 3 days.

9 thumbs.

A trio of just-acquainted neighbors are introduced to each other in a 3-day avalanche and you really hope they escape.

Bel Canto in a blizzard of "100 inches of snow" in sixty minutes.

Trio of actors prove why they became top-tier actors:

John Middleton

Leigha Horton

Tim Hellendrung

MN Apocalypse
by David Brown Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A well-written and well-acted show. It didn't greatly "move" me, hence the 4 kitties, but was certainly entertaining with thoughtful insights about the absurdity of life in general and Minnesota life in particular. Definitely a stand-out at the Fringe this year!

The best Ben San Del show this year!
by Gabriel Heller Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
To give this show less than 5 kitties would be like giving "Piano Man" less than 5 stars because I really liked what Joel was doing on "Cold Spring Harbor." I've seen Ben's stuff since the first time he stepped on stage at Ball's Cabaret, and may be one of the few people who has really come to appreciate his long-form stand-up. So I can totally understand his decision to transition from that to first light and then perhaps a little heavier farce in order to reach a wider audience. But as the audience he already reached with his stand-up I can't help but feel a little like long-time fans of They Might Be Giants must have felt when they got a band. Excellent actors and performances, solid and funny writing, I just miss Ben a little.

Ben-tastic!
by Elise Heise Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I'm glad this show won an encore slot, though I am not surprised given last year's show's success. If you can get tickets for the 8:30pm show today, please do, it's a fantastic time, even for those of us who don't always understand the strange humor of these nutty folks from Minnesota.

Funny and charming
by Katy Read Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Three intriguing characters -- played by talented actors -- are trapped in a tense but funny situation. I laughed throughout. It captures authentic Minnesota culture without once stooping to those typical "you betcha" cliches that just make me roll my eyes.

Title Here
by Kassie Church Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
It was pretty good. The acting was great but the story was a little shallow. Lots of laughs. But what the hell was the piece of furniture in the middle of stage supposed to be? A couch? A bed? It was distracting.

Great performances!
by Chris Kemp Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The performers did a great job. The script did do a nice job of keeping you guessing as to what was really going on and what turns it might take and the ending was well done. Worth seeing.

Tight Script and Acting
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
While three near strangers sleep in someone else's house, the blizzard of the apocalypse falls. Trapped together with civilization's support line failing around them, they are forced to learn about themselves and each other. There isn't a word, action, or nuance wasted in this show.

See this show!
by Zelda Gregg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Don't miss this one. Super funny with a premise that will resonate! Great script, acting, fast-paced and tight. Has it all. Kudos to writer, director and cast.

Great acting, appealing script & staging
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A nicely written, directed and acted play. The characters never moved beyond caricatures, but I assume that is the playwright's intention. A special shout-out to John Middleton, who does his usual wonderful job.

MIN-NE-SOTA NICE TESTED
by Jim Wrich Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This you must see. If you are a native Minnesotan you'll either see yourself in this production at your most awkwardly hillarious, or someone you know (most likely the latter given the pervasiveness of denial.) If you are from out of state, you'll get some insight into the true meaning of "Minnesota Nice."

Ben San del has a great ear for dialogue. In addition the premise is delightful, and acting wonderful. Wish I could see it again.

Jim Wrich

Unexpected
by Lindsey McDonald Dorsey Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
While it's no surprise, given the talent involved, that this is a good show, it is good in so many more ways than the benignly naughty title implies it might be. It's very funny, of course, but also scary, sad, and honest. There is depth without melodrama; sentimentality without sap. The script is character-driven, and all three actors translate those characters beautifully into humans.
The lighting and sound design perfectly serve the atmosphere of the show, as well, placing the audience in the same world as the action onstage. Altogether a lovely, lovely show.

Was expecting so much more.
by Shannon Young Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Three kitties for phenomenal acting. Minus 2 for characters I couldn't relate to at all. Mason who is in everyone's face for some reason, then Flo and Adam who only seem to connect superficially because it's cute for the story. But how is tearing each other down funny? I grew up here and wondered what did this have to do with Minnesota or any sort of truth in life at all?

Huis clos with snow
by Rick Treece Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
These fine actors deserve more kitties than this, and so does the clever script, probably, but I'm not a big fan of Sartre's "No Exit" to begin with, so this Minneapple version left me "cold" (sorry about that). This play struggles with all of the same dramatic challenges (claustrophobic setting and the anti-action imposed by the psychological limitations of its characters) as Sartre's. At least this had an ambiguously upbeat ending, which I approve. Or maybe it's just too close to home since I played trombone in H.S. and also graduated with my virginity intact.

Isn't every March the end of the world?
by Elizabeth Boyle Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Great script, acting. The opening wake up scene was a favorite, as was the trombone scene. My first thought on seeing Thomas Mason was he looked like a particular celebrity, and wouldn't you know, that was IN the story! (See if you can guess which one). Slowed down a bit about 75% of the way through. I would have liked more interaction with the environment at that point. The ending was perfect, however. Overall, a must-see show.

Fun show, hoped for more
by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Actors,excellent. Premise, original. Characters, questionable motivation. Minus one kitty.Still fun.

Laughed while fearing for my life
by Sarah Mytych Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The script was clever, funny, and sincere. Acting was superb - so much so that I was cringing in fear right along with them hearing the overhead creaking sounds... Great show! Don't miss it!

Brilliant, Both Literally & Figuratively
by Sarah Anderson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a masterful character study. Great performances all around, with Tim Hellendrung as the adorable, hilarious highlight. John Middleton somehow pulls off being scary and likable at the same time. And Leigha Horton, if maybe a touch over dramatic at certain points, steals the show in the final moments with a performance that becomes truly breathtaking. The story is a funny and often dark parable on Minnesota nice, wintertime psyches, lives not lived to their fullest or lives lived under immense pressure, and the growing disconnect among neighbors. These themes and characters arc toward an exhilarating catharsis. After that climax, I wanted a cigarette.

see it
by Erik Lundin Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Being a bad lier is like telling the truth.

Minnesota nice is a great story about how people from Minnesota deal with a tragic situation of being stuck in a house that is covered in snow and are about to die.

It's almost continuous laughs as the crew deal with their impending doom, and because it's in the round most of the seats are great, though I recommend getting into section A because that's my personal favorite spot to sit in the round as action sometimes seems to point that way.

Pointer Finger
by Jenna Markson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I recommend this show highly. It was funny and all too true, but with a few moments I thought could use a little more polishing. You should go see it!

Well played...well played...
by Greg Stevens Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Standout performances make this a show you don't want to miss. Funny and well written, John Middleton proves once again he is one of the best actors in town.

Really, Really, Liked It
by Jack Silverman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
How do I really feel? I really, really, liked it. Your loss if you miss it. Enough said.

Fun Interactions
by barb brown Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a fun show that fully lived up to my expectations. The catastrophic weather isn't a venue for political persuasion but rather for sitting back and observing the interactions of the 3 (barely known to each other) neighbors. The acting was great all around. The script is well written, presenting believable relationships in a stressful situation and intertwining humor with the direness of the situation.

Middle Finger Up
by Gregory Abbott Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Smartly written play with great performances by cast as the story develops. Though Mason is a little one-note at the beginning, he does soften. Once again, San Del's show is well worth the ticket.

Overrated, Packaged Play
by David Peterjohn Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
This play bored me. It was not really about Minnesota. It was not really about the apocalypse. It was not really about friendship or love. It tried to be a lot of things but didn't get close enough. It's too produced and commercial for that.

First, the script doesn't let us get our bearings before it hits us with a crisis. Adam and Flo are just waking up when Mason bamboozles us and them with new rules to the game. The problem is, we didn't know the original rules about who, what, when, where and why.

Mason is always on the attack. He's the least believable or likable character. The other characters drop clunky exposition because the play needs to.

It all stinks of connecting the dots. Just amusing enough to entertain.

Demand better.

Good
by Mary Farrell Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This show started out really great, with witty writing and relate-able characters, and a clever plot, but it ended up where too many improv-style shows end up, with a lot of yelling and a blackout. I wish there had been a better resolution.

Perfect
by Publius McGee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Aw, you already know what I'm going to say. Amazing, fantastic, stellar writing, even better cast, blah blah blah. Is it really even possible to think otherwise?

Very Entertaining
by Fan of Theater Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Had me laughing the whole time. The cast were top notch. Now I'm going to wear my mittens all the time now.

A Dark Corner of the MN Psyche Revealed
by Lynn Cross Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Well-drawn characters and tight script. Very effective, highly atmospheric, use of props and sound effects. You do care about these characters, and the resolution does satisfy in terms of character development. Even the creepy suicidal drunk lawyer does, in the end, elicit some sympathy. The snowpocalypse is, perhaps, a materialization of the unseen and unnamed monster lurking in our Minnesota psyches each December to March or so, and it was more than a little unsettling to have it literally on the doorstep. Though the story arc was a bit bland, all the other elements somehow made it work, and I really enjoyed the show.

Kept looking at my watch
by Cato Brutus Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
because I wanted the show to keep going. Don't be fooled, the script doesn't rely on stale Minnesota Nice tropes, and the cast are all players that have given solid performances both in the past and here.

Must see
by Jennifer Walker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Fringe favorite thus far! Wonderful, wonderful performances from a dream cast, and a strong and thoughtful script that keeps you guessing just a little as it carries you along. You've never seen an ending like *that* before.

Catharsis
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Minnesota Middle Finger is a great meditation on the emotions and thoughts bottled up by 'Minnesota Nice' and what happens when those characters are bottled up and can no longer use the polite escapes and dodges society affords us. It's great humor and great performances, as well as a truly fantastic wooing. These characters, even the acerbic ones, are compelling and likeable... sometimes. It builds to a moment of true catharsis, well earned, and well recommended. See it.

Provocative title + big heart
by Dwayna Paplow Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
My two favorite things about this show:
1. The characters: Ben's script sets up three conflicting courses, keeps a driving pace, and pays off each by the end. The casting's great, and the actors are having a blast. There's a "best performance" nod somewhere in the bunch. I'm rooting for Middleton's turn as Mason. (Sorry, Tim!)

2. The ending: Winter blues? Cabin fever? Scream it out! Though the final moments may seem abrupt, it allows us to think and care about their fate while we're walking out into the August heat.

This show surprised me with how sympathetic it turned out to be. It doesn't matter whether you love or hate our winters, this is a perfect blend of tenderness and sarcasm. Something here for every good or sh*tty neighbor

Winter will be the death of us all
by Evelyn Blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was clever, well written and moved well. I loved the dialog and John steals the show for characters, I will look to see much more with him in it!

Great Show
by Matt Sandell Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
With excellent directing, great acting, and a funny fast paced script, Middle Finger is a must see. This could be Ben’s best show yet. The dynamic between the three characters was perfect. The use of the Theatre in the Round was great; it truly felt like the ceiling might cave in at any moment, if not from the snow from all the laughter.

Fun and entertaining
by David Trudeau Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I and the nearly sold out house on Sunday loved it. Sure its a fringe show with limited time, space and tech with the usual minimalist prop and set and maybe a few flaws, and maybe it could be developed into something really polished and wonderful, but its a hoot.

Live a little!
by Jess Pants Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Solid acting, clever use of the TRP space (get the trombone!), and a humorous script. I felt the timeline flowed a bit oddly at times, but the ending was superb.

I really enjoyed Leigha and John's performances in last year's Fringe, and have seen Tim at CSz. They didn't disappoint in this production, and I'm glad I was able to land one of the last tickets to the sold out performance on Saturday.

ben continues to grow
by Mark Browning Milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
we've watched ben san del as he's grown from a monologist reading his stories to a stand-up comic to a budding playwright to full realization of the same with this show. hilarious script, insightful performances, and very skillful direction - for once, an in-the-round production that was truly in-the-round, with every seat being a good seat. i can wait to see what ben does next. do. not. miss. this. show.

Unexpected depth
by Will Weisert Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I worked box office on the opening of this show and had expected an entirely different performance based on the audience reactions. The laughs I heard early on in the lobby suggested a raucous comedy but there turned out to be a lot more depth lurking behind those guffaws.

John Middleton seemed to be channeling Alan Alda's Hawkeye from early on during MASH's run (and doing it quite effectively), albeit without any socially redeeming afterthoughts, providing the counterweight to Leigha Horton and Tim Hellendrung's well tuned 'Minnesota Nice' personas.

Definitely a must-see.

A really fun hour
by Vincent Galante Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
San Del has treated us to not only a genius plot, but complex and entertaining characters as well. The actors take the script and run with it. This show is a real treat.

Disappointed
by Jeffrey Brenner Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
I had been hearing some good things about this show and went with high expectations - maybe too high.
I was very disappointed by this show. Yes, some of the material is funny. However, the performances by the cast are all one note. This is really no narrative structure to the show, which made me not care about the characters or their situation. Maybe I caught them on an off day, but I can't recommend this show.

A "deep" four kitties
by Jimmy Zerker Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Overall it was worth seeing. The story was just a little on the thin side, with a good premise, but the dialogue was interesting. Cast was excellent and well chosen. There seemed to be a little problem with sound and the ending at our performance.

Enjoyable "What If"
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
John steals the show with his lines, but all three actors do a nice job in this.

A Whirlwind of Wow
by Laurie Swenson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Ben San Del has written an incredible show and brought together a stellar cast for a performance that masterfully blends humor and pathos in an end-of-the-world situation, Minnesota-style. Leigha Horton and Tim Hellendrung are a joy to watch in their panic and perseverance, and John Middleton is the fire under their feet that keeps audience members on their toes. I loved every minute of this play, but the end was absolutely phenomenal. It was like watching some sort of human fireworks display. The sound effects were great, making it feel like we were in their situation with them. Challenging, scary and funny all at once. Loved it.

Don't have to be from Minnesota to enjoy
by Joe Luis Cedillo Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A really clever show and the three performers play well off of each other. Very sharp wit and although very timely in the current trope of “what would you do if the apocalypse happened,” the script does enough to really challenge that story model and to bring comic insight to expose modern relations between the sexes and neighbors. The characters are well hashed out and the humor stems more from their particular point of view rather than merely being a function of gags and jokes. The actors play the truth of their character’s situation(s) and I for one found aspects of myself in each of them. I've spent so little time of my life in snow--but this play spoke to my anxiety and had fresh insight into how the winter months may shape us. Can’t really comment on the particulars of what made it funny without a series of spoiler alerts, but I can say that I really enjoyed the ride of the play and although I saw the ending coming, felt fully satisfied in how it wrapped up. My only wish is that there had not been so many black outs since I for one didn’t fully gauge when it was finally over. Everyone in the sold out-packed house really enjoyed it and I for one believe it will remain sold out through out Fringe.

Get the Trombone
by Mo Perry Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I got the last ticket to the sold-out opening performance of this show, and I'm so glad I did. A clever script, painfully plausible premise, and delicious performances by three terrific actors make this one a must-see. Probably the best ending to a show I've seen in recent memory. Left me howling, slack-jawed and crinkle-eyed. Love!

Thumbs Up!!
by August Berkshire Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A well-written, well-paced script with great acting. Maybe the fastest hour in the Fringe. Opening night was sold out. Get there at least a half hour early or make reservations.

Sold out show
by Jennie Eckholt Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Obviously the reputation built from year's past fed into the sold out show on opening night. I expected a solid show packed with cynical yet truthful comedy. Instead, the show had a philosophical edge and begged the question, what would you do at the end of the world? I give this show 3.5 for great acting and a solid performance by all around. Minus 1.5 kitties because I felt the a-hole character was simply a repeat personality from last year's Damn Audition. (was that on purpose?)

Outstanding
by Jake Scott Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The three actors were wonderful, the script was smart, and they used the space well. I wish I could spend more than 60 minutes with these characters. Really well done.

Surprisingly thoughtful and entertaining
by Anna Weggel Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
First off, let me admit that I will see any show with Tim Hellendrung in it. Second, I knew this show was going to be good, but I didn't realize it was going to be so thoughtful and touching. I really enjoyed the acting, script, and surprises that occurred throughout. Plus Theater in the Round was a perfect venue for this show. I was in the top back row and I still heard every word uttered and besides one pole occasionally getting in the way, I could see everything perfectly. Super fun show.

Middle finger, AwesomeSauce!
by Renee Crichlow Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Quick review, this show can be taken a couple of ways, first, an update on the "No Exit" you read in college, 3 people trapped in confined space push each other's buttons...but this is Minnesota! So go with the second conceit, what if you have surround your "buttons" with Minnesota "nice" what does it take to get to Minnesota Middle finger? How about a laugh filled catharsis at the end of the world? Drags just a bit in the 3/4 of way through, but the ending comes back strong. Oh , and you will never look a a waving mitten the same way again.

OK
by Mark Nigogosyan Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
This show didn't quite do anything for me and my husband really didn't like it. I thought the actors did a fine job, the story just wasn't too compelling. It was mildly funny at times.

MN humor is great
by Brooke Hart Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show is filled with humor for Minnesotans, though anyone from anywhere will find it delightful. Great actors, and none of the regular Ole and Lena kind of humor. All of us know people just like these three characters, and now we can laugh at them.

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Schedule
Saturday, 8/68:30 p.m. 
Sunday, 8/75:30 p.m. 
Thursday, 8/1110:00 p.m. 
Friday, 8/124:00 p.m. 
Saturday, 8/137:00 p.m. 
Sunday, 8/148:30 p.m. 
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Theater in the Round venue information
245 Cedar Ave.


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