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Fruit Fly: The Musical

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Fruit Fly: The Musical

By The Jansonowicz Players

Created by Sheena, Max, Michael and Nikki



Can a gay guy and a straight girl - a fruit and a fly - "quit each other" to find true love? Find out in this brand-new musical filled with laughter, Sondheim references, and enough boxed wine to kill us all!

Musical theater

GLBT content Opera/New Music World premiere

First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer

Just so you know, this show has
Adult language

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up

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The reviews are in!
-- MUST SEE: "A girl and her gay male best friend: It's become a staple of TV and movies in recent years. But seldom is it dealt with as cleverly as in Sheena Janson and Max Wojtanowicz's tuneful tribute to their 17-year friendship. Michael Gruber helped them fashion this brisk, breezy and very funny little two-person musical, its songs full of witty rhymes in the Cole Porter tradition. Brimming with affection and honesty, it chronicles their evolution from being an imagined couple to his coming out to her dating and his jealousy. It's sweet-spirited, high-energy, crisp as can be and totally delightful." -- Rob Hubbard at the Pioneer Press
--"This musical explores their evolving friendship as a gay man and a straight woman, full of broad physical comedy and sharp, sarcastic wit. Their depiction of gay culture and the emotional complications of this kind of relationship is funnier than "Will & Grace" (which they reference), and has some delightful songs." -- William Randall Beard at the Star Tribune
--"A moving and honest tribute to friendship. It is so beautiful to see two incredibly talented performers in perfect harmony. Light flows off of them in waves. You get to drink it all in, leaving the theater with a very sunny high." -- H Adam Harris at Minnesota Playlist
--"A simple and tremendously entertaining Fringe offering... Wojtanowicz and Janson fairly burst with acting prowess, musical chops and pure charm." -- John Olive at How Was the Show

We got some great advance press!
-- Star Tribune and Vita.mn!
-- TC Daily Planet!
-- Cherry and Spoon!
-- City Pages!
-- Talent Poole!
-- Metro Magazine!

Here's Sheena and Max singing the opening number of Fruit Fly at Hell's Kitchen!


Can a gay man and a straight woman – a fruit and a fruit fly – “quit each other” to find true love? Find out in this brand new musical, developed and performed by local actors Sheena Janson and Max Wojtanowicz, who met as kids in community theater in the St. Cloud area.

Sheena and Max’s weird, wonderful friendship is told with music by Broadway veteran and recent Minneapolis transfer Michael Gruber. The piece will be directed by long-time collaborator and friend Nikki Swoboda, with musical direction by Jason Hansen, and performed at the Rarig Arena on the U of M campus!

In an election year, when same-sex marriage and GLBT rights are hot button issues, FRUIT FLY: THE MUSICAL reminds us that right now, as always, all any of us really wants is to feel safe, welcomed, loved… and fabulous!

Cast + crew

Sheena Janson
Role: Actor / Creator
Sheena moved to the Twin Cities in 2007 after she graduated from St. Cloud State University. She then went on to work with CLIMB Theater where she taught children around the tri-state area the importance of diversity, friendship, and recycling. After CLIMB, she was cast as a performing apprentice at the Children's Theatre Company where she took to the stage as a Victorian Christmas caroler (with Mr. Wojtanowicz), an Indian village girl, and a 10-foot-tall Chinese ancestor on wheels. She has since been cast as an evil stepsister, a man-eating plant, and depending on when you are reading this bio, will be playing/is playing/already played the Baker's Wife with Mu Performing Arts in Into The Woods, a show she's performed in four times. She is so thankful for her family, particularly her parents, for their endless support... I mean, seriously: they attended Into the Woods 26 times. And of course, her best friend Max, who has been there for her for seventeen years, to drive her places when she doesn't want to drive, get brunch with her at any time of the day, and most importantly, to save her from herself. She would like to thank Max for always being on Team Sheena. LONG LIVE FRUIT FLIES!

Max Wojtanowicz
Role: Actor / Creator
"I don't act; I make faces for cash and chicken." -- Robert Downey, Jr.

Max makes faces for a living, including at the Children's Theatre Company (Dr Seuss' The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Romeo & Juliet, Mr McGee and the Biting Flea and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz), The Strange Capers (Feste in Twelfth Night), Workhouse Theatre Company (Arnold in Torch Song Trilogy), Urban Samurai (Musical: The Musical! at the 2008 MN Fringe and Hunter in the regional premiere of [title of show]) and Frank Theatre (Cliff in Cabaret). Next up: Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas at CTC! He could not be more thrilled to share the stage with Sheena and collaborate with all these wonderful chumps. Thanks to fruits and fruit flies everywhere!

PS: if you need more Max in your life, make sure to head over to Theatre in the Round where he is playing Benvolio in The Peanut Butter Factory's world premiere of Joe Dowling's William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet on the Moon, featuring Kate Mulgrew as Lady Capulet!

maxwojtanowicz.weebly.com

Michael Gruber
Role: Composer / Additional Lyrics
Michael is a recent Minneapolis transfer who has performed on Broadway in the original companies of Miss Saigon, Swing!, Stairway to Paradise, Jackie Mason’s Laughing Room Only, My Favorite Year, Kiss Me, Kate! (both Bill and Hortensio), The Wizard of Oz (the Tin Man), Cats (Munkustrap), and Mike in the final cast of A Chorus Line as well as Greg and Zach in the 2008 revival. Mr. Gruber also performed the role of Munkustrap in the movie of Cats, filmed at the Adephi Theater in London. Over the past 23 years, he has starred in over 50 regional productions. Cast recording include: 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Wonderful Town, Good News, Swing!, Follies, The Most Happy Fella, My Favorite Year and The Music Man. Mr. Gruber is also the composer of three musicals: Hit it, Mike!, The Old Dead Five, and Vegas Organic as well as the following song cycles: Love Returned, The Not So Peaceable Kingdom, The Tennessee Cycle and Songs for 2 Women.

michaelgruberlibrary.com

Nikki Swoboda
Role: Director / Choreographer
Nikki Swoboda is a theatre artist from Minnesota who holds a BFA in Musical Theatre performance from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and an MFA in Directing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has directed and/or choreographed over 70 productions thus far in her career. Her choreography and direction has been seen across the Midwest, East Coast, and even at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center, New York City. She has been on faculty at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, as Artist in Residence, as Assistant Professor of Theater at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, and as Musical Theater and Dance Faculty at the Walnut Hill School of the Arts in Natick, MA. She is currently the Education Program Manager at Stages Theatre Company and is so happy to have found a home there. Nikki would like to thank ALLLLL the fruits of her life for allowing her a beautifully fly-y existence (Jack, Micah, Allen, Jay, Michael, Karl, Dan, Garth, and on!) AND for teaching her to find a husband who understands the importance of RuPaul's Drag Race in our daily lives.

Jason Hansen
Role: Music Director / Accompanist
A Minnesota native, Jason Hansen is an up and coming musician and director in the Twin Cities. Working regularly in the theatre, he has been involved at Eagan Community Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Mixed Blood, the Guthrie, and the Children’s Theatre Company, holding positions as music director, composer, and performer. Jason also heads a youth music program at Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan and is heavily involved in the surrounding schools, directing and arranging music for bands and choirs. Jason is the music director for Twin Cities-based rockin’ senior choir Alive and Kickin’. As a composer, Jason is involved in the songwriting collaborative, Prosody and is often writing new works. Upcoming projects include Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of Next To Normal. He lives in St. Paul and is happily married to his wife Alise.

Jay Corkran
Role: Drums
Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Jay has been playing drums all his life. He is the current drummer for Minneapolis-based Root City Band. Jay has been playing drums for Living Word Christian Center since 2005 where he was also a part of the live television broadcast on NBC KARE 11 from 2005-2007. In 1998, at the age of 17, he won the Guitar Center Drum Off Southwest Region then performed at The House Of Blues in Los Angeles placing second in the nation. Jay has played drums with Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Ike Cole, Tom Tipton, Jeanne Arland Peterson, Ricky Peterson, Patty Peterson, Paul Peterson and can be seen playing with several other MN based musical ensembles.

Carissa Bombard
Role: Stage Manager
Fringe 2010: In Providence. Cardinal Theatricals: Rocky Horror Show. Yellow Tree Theatre: The Glass Menagerie, Still Life with Iris, [title of show] (not with Max), The Movie Game. UMD: BFA Stage Management. Life: kicking ass and making you ask for more.

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User reviews

Stunning/ Hysterical
by Nathan Schilz
Rating 5 stars
I honestly didn't know what to expect with this show. I've been following its development a little via Kickstarter, but didn't know what the final product would look like.

I was absolutely astounded by the incredibly well-written lyrics, book, and music. This whole show worked from beginning to end.

I typically like dramatic musicals, but this comedy had me laughing almost non-stop. It had heart AND talent.

The staging was flawless - an incredible feat in the round. Clever prop usage and storage.

My only regret is not seeing it before the finale, so that I could see it again!

Thank you for the perfect capstone to my 2012 Fringe experience!

Loved it loved it loved it!!!!!
by Angela Paulson
Rating 5 stars
What a great way to end a great Festival. Congrats on your audience choice performance!!

Five million stars
by Publius McGee
Rating 5 stars
This. Was. Perfect. Tremendously well-written script, cleverly minimalist set/props, ideal use of an arena space, understated but essential live band, flawless delivery, singing that will knock you dead it's so good, and a storyline that could easily have been tired and flat but nimbly and enthusiastically avoided that fate. The energy and joy were so contagious, the show so damned good, I want to see everything these two are in forever and ever.

Magic
by Roger Rosvold
Rating 5 stars
First thought: Opening a musical with dialogue is risky. But it paid off, and went on to earn credit after credit. Fruit Fly builds on its strengths by sticking to a cohesive core of truth and imagery.
Second thought: Good music, some of which are sing-able by the general public (me). Strong show overall, and I'd gladly have paid Off-Broadway prices to see this event.
Strong characters, realistic dialogue, good orchestra interactions. Overall magic.

I have regrets
by Cato Brutus
Rating 5 stars
I talked my group out of seeing Fruit Fly multiple times during the week. Why? Because I thought the title was stupid. Oh, how wrong I was, as Fruit Fly was super fun, with the best blocking I've seen in the Arena, inventive props, and a real camaraderie that can't be faked. Sheena and Max have phenomenal singing voices, especially for comedy, and their comedy is top-notch.


I still think the title is stupid though.

What can I say that has not been said ..
by Christina Nelson
Rating 5 stars
AMAZING. Loved every minute. I have watched Max and Sheena in the Mpls theater world for a few+ years and can not get enough of them. Sheena is sassy and fun with a stunning voice, Max is well ... Max ... silly, outgoing and big! Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

No flies on this one!
by Aseem Kaul
Rating 5 stars
This show was simply delightful! And I say this as someone who generally doesn't care for musicals. The songs were witty, the banter was hilarious while still being true to life, and the plot, finding itself unable to avoid cliche, decided to embrace it and make cliche its own. Great stuff!

Ten Stars
by Mary Lundberg-Johnson
Rating 5 stars
I want to give this play more stars than the allotted five. What a wonderful show - the music, the acting, the story - everything came together thanks in great part to the wonderful chemistry between the two actors. I could easily see this expanded into a full length theater performance.

So fun!
by Andrew Troth
Rating 5 stars
Delightful from beginning to end.

Fruit Fly has New York's vote!
by Benny Elledge
Rating 5 stars
As a New York actor I am used to seeing big Broadway shows(see Spiderman:Turn Off the Dark and Mike Tyson:Undisputed... yeah that happened!)which quite often leaves me wondering, What is happening to theater? But last night,as I watched Fruit Fly the musical,I remembered what makes it so great. In one of the most hilarious and touching hours I have spent at the theater in a long time,Max and Sheena's story of their longtime friendship had the audience roaring from start to finish.Through dynamite acting, catchy music, brilliantly simple sets and props, crisp comedy, and beautiful staging(in the round nonetheless!), this show reminds us how important a best friend is whether you're gay, straight or anything in between.GREAT JOB!A MUST SEE!

Exactly what Fringe should be
by Greg King
Rating 5 stars
No dull moments...add some characters and a second act and this is full length worthy...

AMAZING....
by John Gavin
Rating 5 stars
This show was awesome and entertaining to say the least. The music was catchy and uplifting! The actors had such a great chemistry that each line was delivered just right! People could relate to the story in the musical. One thing I really liked about the play was the comedic timing. Great show and a must see! Way to go friends!

Best in Show!!
by Colleen Beagan
Rating 5 stars
Absolutely a must see!! Max and Sheena are brilliant, and my face still hurts from smiling and laughing so much!! This is a MUST see show, and I feel sorry for anyone who misses it.

Probably a better title than "Fag Hag"
by Rick Treece
Rating 5 stars
Best musical score and lyrics I've heard at Fringe this year (setting aside "Answered Prayer", which is opera, so not really comparable). The opening (and closing) number is especially clever.

Very talented, engaging duo. I've seen Sheena do impressive work in "Into the Woods" (Mu) and "Putnam County" (Latte Da). Max is impressive as Benvolio in "Joe Dowling" running currently (Fringe 2012) at TRP.

The set/prop design (and its use by the performers) was brilliant.

Where can I buy the score and/or cast recording?

body roll polka
by Jess Lindgren
Rating 4 stars
As others have mentioned, could be more effective in a different staging, though the 'in the round' space worked, especially with the round table. The music needed to be MUCH quieter - in my estimation, most lost lines were due to the music, as opposed to them not facing my seat.

I would love to see this remounted - polish it up a bit, consider a different staging or quieter music, and expand the story! There was more to be said than an hour allows. :)

excellent
by Shannon Herrera
Rating 5 stars
This show was fantastic! The chemistry of the two actors was awesome! Very entertaining and glad we chose this one!

Absolutely Delightful!!!!
by Thomas Karki
Rating 5 stars
What a wonderful way to spend 50 minutes of my life. This show had it all...It was clever, witty, funny, touching and a whole heck of a lot of laughs. Please go see this...TRUST!

Besties: the musical
by Fringivitis Vulgaris
Rating 3 stars
Max & Sheena play themselves, talking and singing about themselves. High school, failed dating, binge drinking, romance, and the things that get in the way of two best buddies hanging out. Much of the singing was repetitious but it was done with enormous enthusiasm. Live music was problematic because it repeatedly drowned out the singers. Good show could have been a great show in a different venue. This one would be worth a remount after some polishing.
"Tale as old as time/Song as old as rhyme/Fruity and the Fly"

Blendship
by Dixie Treichel
Rating 5 stars
A modern musical with a Cole Porter feel portraying a deep friendship between a straight woman and gay man. Clever lyrics, great music, and singing. Sheena and Max performed with high energy and worked well together. The musicians were well balanced and supported the singers well. There were a couple of places I felt that the point was over done a bit but I can imagine this expanded to a larger production. If you like musicals go see this one.

Brilliant!
by Amy Reddy
Rating 5 stars
What a great hour of entertainment. So many people can relate to this friendship! Go see this show! Witty, fun and touching!

Superb!
by Kenneth Hanf
Rating 5 stars
Five stars plus a few! Great writing and performance. Flawless singing and presentation. Hilarious. Great music. Don't miss this!

Fun Show
by Richard Shields
Rating 4 stars
This is a fun show that provides lots of laughs. They have good voices and can deliever lines well. While the material does not pioneer new ground, you still will enjoy this hour romp into modern friendships.

Awesome
by romana voigt
Rating 5 stars
Loved the show, Great story, Told in a honest, heartwarming and funny way. Loved the music, the timing a pace perfect. Fantastic job!

*FRINGE CRUSH!*
by Laura Mahler
Rating 5 stars
I died. It is so so good. I LOVED the staging in the round with the seat belts and dancing and PINK BOAS! GO NKKI! I Laughed. I cried. I was so honored by their Honesty. I got excited every time they looked right at me. I loved watching the crowd across from me giggle with delight. Then I realized it was the COMPOSER right across from me! #HOLLA!

Max KILLED that song about Drinking alone! You killed all of it, but especially that one!!! AND I want to be your friend and drink box wine and sing show tunes when Sheena is busy... call me maybe?

SHEENA I think I have my fringe crush on you!! Your voice is so beautiful and your comedic timid is EFFING BRILL! I have been singing the songs all day and I don't know the words....

#BODYROLLPOLKA!

Terrific Fun: Terrifun
by John Middleton
Rating 5 stars
This show's not for everyone. If, say, you're a bitter, hate-filled sociopath, or plankton, it may not be your cup of tea. Everyone else will be carried along by the two terrific performances and the show's big, generous heart.

Top drawer
by Will Weisert
Rating 5 stars
Near, if not at the top, of my list of best shows this year. Two extremely talented performers, tight staging, great songs, and a very clever script.

AMAZING WONDERFUL MUST SEE
by Lance DeRoos
Rating 5 stars
ABSOLUTELY the BEST THING I HAVE SEEN so far at the Fringe this year!!!! A delightful show and is a wonderful production! That being said...a couple of critiques: Holding for laughter was a bit of an issue as well as projection at times during the show. This show is in the round and the actors do an overall good job of addressing all points of the audience...but there were times I lost lines due to lack of projection or not waiting for the laughs (and there are a lot of them) and i wanted to hear every word....what a wonderful show A MUST SEE!

Must see magic
by Marla Wojtanowicz
Rating 5 stars
Hilarious. True. Thoughtful. Heart felt. Heart breaking. Heart warming. I could go on. What a innovative and amazing show. It was a shame it was only 50 mins long. Great music that you walk away humming. Lyrics that make you laugh. These two people are so talented! Lengthen this show and take it to broadway guys! If you only see one show this year, make it this one. It won't disappoint at all. I can't praise this production enough. Well done Max and Sheena!

I loved it so much I wanted to marry it
by Ben Theisen
Rating 5 stars
Great show. Everyone should see it. Definitely not crap theatre. I already have tickets to see it again.

Awesome
by Fan of Theater
Rating 5 stars
Really enjoy the show. Lot of laughs. Very creative in telling a story of 2 long time friends. Go see it.

Pure Joy!
by Jason Vogen
Rating 5 stars
Take a deep breath and think of something you love. This is how you will feel for the full 5o minutes of this beautiful inspired work of art.

It is so special and poignant. Imagine if Jason Robert Brown were hired to write a Prime Time Dromedy (drama/comedy) about the struggle filled road to love and self discovery.

If you don't know musical theatre, then think Eddie Izzard and a cute straight Margaret Cho teaming up to create a Broadway hit.

I loved this show so much and I noticed I was not alone as I was swept up in a full housed standing ovation that nearly took the show over time.

Go see this show is you are able. It is a must see!

Wonderful and Hilarious!
by Adam Moen
Rating 5 stars
What an amazing show! It's charming, hilarious, and relatable! Max and Sheena are brilliant in showing their real life chemistry onstage! Their comedic timing and delivery is perfect and they will have you rolling in your seats! The music is so catchy and wonderfully done! You'll walk out of the theatre humming the title song! The direction is superb! Fruits and flies meet up and go catch this amazing hilarious show!

Charming and Scintilating!
by Susan Hofflander
Rating 5 stars
Well done, Max and Sheena! What a wonderful, spritely evening of theater. The music, the acting and the subject matter couldn't be more poignant and delightful. This show is enjoyable for those who live this life and it's a funny teacher for those who don't. Love it!!!!

Just Delightful!
by Amy Sheppeck
Rating 5 stars
I mean, WOW! This one has it ALL! This clever musical moves quickly; Seamlessly telling the story of a beautiful friendship with good humor, intelligence and FLAIR! The music was beautifully matched to the voices and the lyrics were masterfully witty. The "set" was fresh and they had THE very best "car" I've ever seen staged. Every scene cleverly utilized the "in-the-round" venue. Gosh, everyone just had SO MUCH FUN!

It isn't ground breaking or Broadway but that's not what fringe is all about. It's about taking an idea and making the most out of 50 minutes in front of an open minded theatre saavy audience. These guys hit it SPOT ON!

Fantastical!
by Eric Eichenlaub
Rating 5 stars
Amazing chemistry between the actors, snappy music, very well staged movement, and, most importantly, honest emotion. I didn't want the show to end. Well done all around.

Fantastic
by Patrick Sorenson
Rating 4 stars
I adored this show. I felt like it was not enough for me as in length. Stupid fringe for only being an hour. Great show!!

Loved It!!!!
by Lindsay Odegaard
Rating 5 stars
Charming! Innovative! Creative! I loved this show, so humorous and topical! Coming from a fly her loves her fruit this show was relatable and kept my interest. I found myself constantly saying, "been there, done that!" Great music,writing, direction and talent, of course. Gays grab your girls, girls grab your gays and go see FruitFly: The Musical!!! You won't regret it :)

FUN!
by Robin Nelson
Rating 4 stars
I loved the high energy and clever writing! Both actors were skilled singers and very engaging. It was a challenge to catch everything due to the round seating, which was frustrating - but otherwise, YAY!

A must see for EVERYONE
by Casey Morgan
Rating 5 stars
If you're looking to enjoy a simple, cute, clever, and ridiculously funny show, you have come see this!
The two actor cast have amazing chemistry and happen to be best friends both on and off stage. So you can only imagine the amazing chemistry and personality brought into this show.
In addition, the show was directed incredibly well for the space it was in and the choreography was a perfect fit for the fruit (the fag) and his fly (the hag).
This is an honest story that will keep you smiling throughout the whole production. Don't miss this!

Yes!
by Laura Bidgood
Rating 5 stars
Loved this show!

The hour passed by so quickly that I was truly disappointed when it was over because I wanted more of Max and Sheena.

The only downfall was that it was hard to hear everything being said/sung in the arena.

Great show!
by Maxwell Thao
Rating 5 stars
This is great show for everyone! So witty and clever! AND... Awesome chemistry between the two actors! Short and sweet! Go see it now!

How much fun was that?
by Eve Adam
Rating 4 stars
A lot of fun. Doing the show in the round was problematic. I would have loved to have heard every word because the words I did hear were great and the lyrics were hysterical. Max and Sheena - you are great!

Yeah, just see it
by Alex Moen
Rating 5 stars
Funny, charming, self-deprecating, touching, heart-warming, and honest. Max and Sheena are theater pros, and have beautifully confident voices and unfaltering stage presence, and the show is fresh and well-crafted. It's hilarious, but not afraid to delve into sadness, loneliness, and the complexity of human relationships. It's sweet and charming, but makes bites and jabs when needed.

Max and Sheena wrote a show that reflects themselves and their relationship, with all the brutal honesty and unique quirks that we all cherish in our closest friends. Like a sarcastic love-letter to friendship.

Can't wait for their next project!

Delightful!
by Jimmy Leduc
Rating 5 stars
I loved this show. It has a wonderful script and great music! Sheena and Max are stellar! This show is so funny and full of so much heart. Don't miss it.

Old Hat
by Robert Roedl
Rating 3 stars
Well written and performed. Kudos for the entertaining music and lyrics all done in a well rehearsed and flawlessly delivered package.

Came to me, tho, as a standard musical of the "Guys and Dolls" style and the "Coming of Age" subject matter would have been of more interest to me if I were in my 20s or early 30's. But at 45 it was just kinda the same old song. Sort of like re-reading "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" or listening to Pink Floyds "Animals" while working late in your Middle Management cubical.

Adorable and Fun!
by Ashley Reese
Rating 5 stars
I had such a marvelous time with your show! (And I don't even LIKE musicals.) Sheena and Max are compelling and likable.

A Sweet and Juicy Fruit
by Jason Garton
Rating 5 stars
Fruit Fly: The Musical was a fun and fruity as I had wished it to be. The show allows the wonderful Sheena and Max to kick their creativity into full throttle, playing different ages, (in Max's case gender), and at one point.... well, I won't give that away. Max and Sheena are wonderful performers who clearly have fun while doing the show. Props to director Nikki Swoboda for the direction and set design. Michael Gruber's upbeat and melodic music is easy on the ear. The subject matter for Fruit Fly: The Musical could easily be a mushy mess, but this team pulls it off and makes it accessible to fruits, flies, straight people and everything in between! Fruit Fly is a highly recommended show. What a great time!

Simply Sweet and Fun!
by Ted Eschweiler
Rating 5 stars
Loooove looove lurrrved this!

Fruit Fly could be the story of any friendship, but it's still hilariously unique to Max and Sheena. I can be cynical when I hear the words: "New Musical," but I was blown away by how well this came together. Lyrical, clever, and funny, there's an amazing amount of talent packed into this little production. I'm looking forward to its life after Fringe.

Get yourself all over this before it's too late!

Fagz & Hagz
by Adam Qualls
Rating 5 stars
Dear Everyone,
Go see this. Yes, if you're not gay you might not get some of the references. Yes, if you're not in the first row or two you might miss a couple lines due to the the in-the-round setup (unavoidable, unfortunately). But you will giggle your heart out all the same. These two wonderful performers and all-around wonderful people share a wonderfully just-a-little-over-the-top version of themselves in a hilarious and heartfelt show that breezes by like...the gestation period of fly larvae. You will not be disappointed, guaranteed.
Sincerely,
Everyone Who's Already Seen It

Remember the Titans or instead Fruit Fly
by AJ Longabaugh
Rating 5 stars
Talk about 2 insanely talented people that are having the time of their lives!

With catchy music by the very talented Michael Gruber (a god) and Max and Sheena's personalities and charm, their is no stopping this tour de force.

And if you are questioning whether or not you should see this show just gaze at the photo above... yeah... it's that good. It's more heart warming than a Christmas card, and simply put, it's just wonderful!

Adorable, Funny, Smart
by Lisa Landreman
Rating 5 stars
I am a sucker for a good musical and the talent of these two performers reminded me why I love them so much! The show was well crafted, funny, warm, and smart. You really felt their connection and believed that they were sharing their authentic stories of their relationship with one another. It helps that the two can sing marvelously and the songs were impressively well crafted. The also seemed comfortable in their own skin and on the stage which made it that much more enjoyable. I have to say that the fruit fly metaphor didn't really work for me, I wanted to connect to it but felt it was forced. It didn't take away from me loving this show and wanting to see more!

Holy Amazeballs
by Brigid Kelley
Rating 5 stars
hehe.
hehehehehe.
Do you like musicals? Go see this.
Do you like to laugh? Go see this.
Do you like to be moved? Go see this.
Best musical I've seen at the Fringe.
Sheena and Max, you should take this on the road.

Off Broadway, anyone?
by Nathan Cousins
Rating 5 stars
Max and Sheena are total pros! From the awkward double take introduction to the finale, this show brims with honesty, good will, innovative use of props and staging and music that is top top notch. This show deserves a full run somewhere more prestigious that the Rarig arena. It's beautiful, witty, and hilarious with plenty of sass and finesse that made me literally disappointed it was over when it was over. A true five star!

ALL THOSE BROADWAY REFERENCES!
by Anna Knaeble
Rating 5 stars
I really loved this show too. Honest and funny and ALL THOSE BROADWAY REFERENCES! I was disappointed that they were stuck with the arena-style theater. It was hard to hear all the quips and witty remarks. Still worth it!
Best of Fringe!

Puts a smile on your face!
by Bradley Johnson
Rating 5 stars
This is a cute show. Lots of laughs, great music and touching moments make for a great show whether you're a fruit, fly or neither.

Delightful!
by Marie Simpson
Rating 3 stars
I thought the show was sweet, and very entertaining. The two actors have good voices and the story was sweet and funny. My only complaint was my inability to hear many of the spoken lines and to understand many of the song lyrics due to the lack of microphones and a performance "in the round". Recommended

I love this show! Yay...
by Vanessa Holste
Rating 5 stars
Fruit Fly: The Musical is hilarious and honest. It's hilarnest. The music is fantastic. Max and Sheena have amazing voices and incredible wit. You can't help but fall in love with this show. Yay.

If you enjoy 30 Rock references, body rolls, and celebrating true love, then you need to see Fruit Fly.

Funny and touching
by Kelly Rosenthal
Rating 5 stars
Great story, great music, great performers! My only criticism is the same as mentioned by other reviewers, that due to the venue, some of the lyrics and dialogue were sometimes lost when the performers where facing away. But really, with so much energy and talent, it's a minor complaint.

Definite must see!
by Johnny Packard
Rating 5 stars
I felt very lucky to get a seat for the opening night performance! The love that these two amazingly talented individuals have for each other and their 17-year relationship is so deliciously apparent on stage. It was sweet, heartfelt, hilarious, and honest. Gay, straight, or any sort of combination of the alphabet soup will appreciate this brilliant show. Congrats, Max and Sheena, on a great show!

I can't wait for a (hopefully planned!) extended remount! I want more Fruit Fly!

Fruit Fly: Hysterical
by Theresa St. Aoro
Rating 5 stars
If you hate laughing hysterically, do not see this show! Both the dialogue and the music are incredible! Max and Sheena give an awesome performance filled with love, sarcasm, and boxed wine. As a "fly" who had my own "fuit," I was amazed at how they relive my life from about 20 years ago. The spontaneity, especially by Max, made this a show unlike any I have seen. You must see this show!

Absolute Delight
by Mike Steale
Rating 5 stars
Max Wojtanowicz and Sheena Janson are true entertainers. Be it song, skit, words and ditties, this is THE SHOW to see and Enjoy. My toes taped, hands clapped, lips-synched and body swayed. I wanted to hold up my turned-on cellphone and sway. If you see ONE SHOW, see this one.

Wonderful use of metaphor
by Pat Cicharz
Rating 5 stars
This show had me laughing out loud at the portrait of human vulnerability. Its a must see.

Oh No, I'm Giving It a Four!
by Mark Mikula
Rating 4 stars
A winning and very personal story with two very polished performers and dynamic, fun songs. Presenting this in theater-in-the-round created some challenges that resulted in a loss of about 15 percent of the dialogue from two people who are very versed at projection. The opening number was too long despite how fun it was when it started. Shorten a couple of the songs and scenes and add another new song, in my opinion. Also, I'm not sure the analogy that centers the piece holds up, but I'm happy to be talked out of that. Please don't hate me because I'm withholding a star. If you add the two stars who created the show, that gives them six stars. Really so much to love here. Genuine, heartfelt narrative and unforced laughs.

More!
by Windy Bowlsby
Rating 5 stars
Max and Sheena are so compellingly charismatic it's almost annoying. In a good way!

This is delightful - their energy and obvious rapport make them so enjoyable to watch. The songs are catchy (and the lyrics fiendishly clever).

My two complaints come from the limitations of Fringe -
1. Doing the show in the Arena meant that I frequently missed hearing lyrics simply because they were facing away from me. Nature of singing to live music in that space.
2. I wanted more - right when the relationship between the two was getting complex, it was time to wrap things up.

Remount it and add more please!!

Great Show...
by Gayle Swoboda
Rating 5 stars
I laughed and laughed,then cried, then laughed some more. The show is hilarious and touching from the very beginning to the end.The lyrics and script are clever. The music and staging are great. This is a "must see" show for the Fringe audiences. Last night's audience thought so because it was almost sold out. Congratulations to a wonderful team of theatre artists!

My face hurts
by Ryan Bregier
Rating 5 stars
From start to finish this show has all the things I love- it was clever,cute, funny, and very engaging. This is one show that no one should miss!!

THIS SHOW WAS GOOD
by Pat Mckay
Rating 5 stars
For the record, this is not (as I thought) a stage performance of the 2009 musical movie "Fruit Fly" about an Asian American woman and her gay best friend. It was way better. This was easily one of the funniest shows I have seen in recent memory.

Made Me Smile!!
by Suzanne Roberts
Rating 5 stars
I have been humming the opening number since I left the theater last night!
Max and Sheena have a wonderful connection and amazing chemistry. I loved seeing their love story play out on stage.
If you like laughing, signing, and good things in general - this is the show for you.
xoxo

Hysterically Touching!
by Rick Cicharz
Rating 5 stars
I haven't laugh this loud and hard in along time! Cleverly written and well staged. The actors conveyed their message with charm and energy. This show is about friendship and coming of age. You can't help but to examine your own friendships and the people who helped formed you. Would like to see a second act - Fruitfly the Middle Ages! A true friend knows everything about you and likes you anyways!

Two Talented performers
by Katrina Johnson
Rating 5 stars
This is a wonderfully written and very high energy production. I thoroughly enjoyed what parts I could hear (about 90%) Maybe wireless mikes. When does the CD come out?

ADORABLE!!!!!!
by Florence Brammer
Rating 5 stars
This is such a carefully crafted, heartfelt and satisying show. I almost didn't go (I have a knee-jerk reaction against any show entitled "----: The Musical"), but I am SO glad I did. Clever lyrics (based on the 50-60% I could hear: I sure hope they either reduce the volume of the keyboard or get some cordless mikes); charming performances; tender story; clever use of props. Just great.

Best fringe show ever!!
by Mohamed Yakub
Rating 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this show - the music, story, acting, laughter was superbly fabulous! The story hit close to my life and I loved it (made me miss my fruit fly!). Both actors were awesome... And Max is especially good looking!!
Must see - don't miss out!

Amazing!
by Callie Meiners
Rating 5 stars
I loved this show and was so pleased to be able to attend opening night! As a fellow fruit fly it was wonderful to see the story about the relationship between fruit and fly come to life! The story was hilarious, heartbreaking at times, relatable, and almost too close to my life for comfort but in a good way. A MUST SEE!! Get to the U of M and don't miss this!!!

I want to see this get bigger!
by Grace Christenson
Rating 5 stars
I cannot stress enough how wonderful this show is, I can't find a flaw (besides wanting more).

It was cleverly written and complimented with great acting and comedic timing. Both performers were excellent singers.

I strongly believe this show can be made into a show with its own venue, with the part we saw at Fringe as the first act and the second act continuing the story to present. Also I want to buy the soundtrack!

Bigger and better than Fringe.

WOW!!!
by
Rating 5 stars
This is a definite YES for Fringe lovers and also for those who will pick just one show. It's a fast-paced musical comedy. The writing, music, and acting is all AMAZING! Besides the humor, there is the tenderness that comes from the challenges of a long-term friendship, especially between a heterosexual girl and gay guy, which means that eventually the relationship shifts---not without pain. Arrive early. It was nearly sold out tonight and received an immediate standing O. My only disappointment was the difficulty hearing all the lines due to the "theatre in the round" setting and the uproarious laughter.

DON'T MISS THIS!!
by Elizabeth Stauffer
Rating 5 stars
This was, by far, my favorite show that I saw at Fringe. I wish I wasn't leaving town so I could see this again. "Fruit Fly" was the perfect blend of music and comedy - so many laugh-out-loud moments. They packed the house AND got a standing ovation opening night. I don't have enough characters in this little box to list all the good things I have to say about it. GO SEE THIS MUSICAL.

Much better than Cats!
by Andrea Dvorak
Rating 5 stars
This show was stunning and amazing! Fantastic musical numbers, hilarious lyrics and dialogue, and an honest, heart-warming story of a friendship that changes over the years and yet remains constant - something everyone can relate to. It's possible I'm a tiny bit biased, since one of the actors, Max, is my brother. But I'm also a lifelong lover of theater and of the Fringe. See this show - it's fantastic!

Fruiterus
by Rena Rasch
Rating 5 stars
This team has talent coming out its ears! Plus Sheena and Max are adorable. This is a MUST SEE, especially if you have a best friend and like musicals!

I felt lucky to get a seat!
by John Newstrom
Rating 5 stars
This show came dangerously close to a sold out performance on opening night and I would strongly advise everyone to get in line early for the remaining performances. With wonderful humor, timing, and a score that left me humming on the way out I would consider this a must see! Well done to the entire team and I hope to see an expanded "Fruit Fly: The Musical" down the road.

sweet and heartfelt
by Dawn Krosnowski
Rating 5 stars
What a lovely concept! And it is delightfully performed. I want to be Sheena and Max's bestie, too!

So wonderful!!
by Scarlett Andrews
Rating 5 stars
Such a beautiful piece! Very smart music and lyrics with a very moving true story. The voices are perfectly harmonized - it's like when sisters naturally produce harmonies but its between two best friends who are essentially sisters. So talented and full of sarcasm and plenty of Sondheim references and boxed wine.

Holy crap!
by Eric Salo
Rating 5 stars
What an incredible show. Full house on opening night and a standing ovation. The only flaw was too much volume from the keyboard, which meant I could only hear about 80% of what was being said.

Bravo!

Schedule

Sunday, 8/57:00 p.m.
Monday, 8/610:00 p.m.
Thursday, 8/95:30 p.m.
Friday, 8/107:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/114:00 p.m.
Sunday, 8/128:30 p.m.

Venue

U of M Rarig Center Arena venue information
330 21st Av S, Second Floor