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Ain't True and Uncle False

Comedy /

By Paul Strickland Presents

Written by Paul Strickland

From Indianapolis, IN

A ONE-MAN TRAILER-PARK FAIRY-TALE COMEDY (WITH SONGS!) as told to a dead grandfather for your entertainment! "This show is either amazingly charming or charmingly amazing. Probably both." - Orlando Sentinel

Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word

First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, National/international company

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Friday, 8/2 5:30 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/3 2:30 p.m.
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Monday, 8/5 5:30 p.m.
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Friday, 8/9 10:00 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/10 8:30 p.m.
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Woman's Club of Minneapolis

407 West 15th St.

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Audience reviews


By Paula Nancarrow / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 23 shows

I went with a friend who was seeing the show for a second time, she loved it so much. Paul's an impressive storyteller who owns the stage, and I'm looking forward to seeing the next installments at future Minnesota Fringes. I also hope he connects with the storytelling festival circuit, especially those in the south; they'll eat him up before his peas are even punched.

Storytelling in its truest form

By Warren Bowles / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 29 shows

I've talked about storytelling in my other reviews but this is, perhaps, storytelling in its truest form. It's that sense of "sitting 'round telling lies." This is a very well constructed entertaining hour. If you're going to see a Fringe show (if this is the encore) I'd recommend this.

Ain't True and Uncle False

By Beverly Hlavac / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This is very much in the tradition of Mark Twain. I enjoyed it very much. He is a wonderful storyteller, but I did find that the beeping that signaled a shift between stories was very annoying. It is definitely among my top picks.

Original stories with wit and heart

By Mary Wilson / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 8 shows

These stories are unlike any others you'll hear at the fringe--memorable (and mostly ridiculous) characters described with affection, clever stories told with passion and warmth.
My only beef was the occasional beeping that seemed to signal the transition to the next story--kinda irritating.

Beautifully Done

By Aisling Doherty / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Oh wow! This was well crafted, with stories, songs and characters interwoven so beautifully. Everything was quirky and off the wall but slotted together to create a really enjoyable show. I loved the overall message of the piece (well the message I took anyway): Live Life/Be You/Be Weird/ Find Your Story.
I also may be a teeny tiny bit in love with Paul Strickland as a performer. #justsayin'

Great Storytelling

By Lance De Roos / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Loved the stories and the songs (actually wished there were more of these throughout the production). Not usually a fan of one person shows...but this is one to put on the must see list if you enjoy entertaining storytelling....my only critiques would be that I did lose some of the lines at times and the light / sound concept took a bit to figure out--so some more clarity on that earlier would be appreciated or eliminate it all together.

Be sure to take in this show during your fringe experience.

Tall tales with an undercurrent

By David Woolley / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Paul Strickland is a wonderful storyteller. These tall tales about a folks in the fictional town of Big Fib feature characters like Roo Merhasit and Pa Perganda engaged in various outlandish activities. It's all very funny, but with an undercurrent of something deep and heartfelt.

Everything about Big Fib is true

By Fringivitis Vulgaris / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 33 shows

Tall tales about folks who are two steps off the porch of ordinary. Paul Strickland does delightful things with words, without being twee when he's clever. His characters live and breathe, even his failing Grandpa. Hours later, I still wanted to know more about the denizens of Big Fib. This show would have been even better on a more accessible stage, but the show and the telling are five-star Fringery.

Super storytelling

By Marie Simpson / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This was an entirely entertaining, enjoyable production. Cleaver trailer park tall tales mixed with warm family reminiscences. Paul Strickland's show is definitely worth seeing.

Always wondered about black-eyed peas

By Kenneth Hanf / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 10 shows

An excellent one-man show with original music. Paul did a great job and is a masterful storyteller. His character transitions and flow were flawless.

Four problems I had with the show that keep it from being a 5:
1) Resolution of the name play. 'Rumor has it' wasn't a gossip. 'Fabrication' weren't liars. 'Don't perjure' or 'Will he perjure'? Perjure what?
2) This venue was not ideal for this production. Needs a more intimate space.
3) There has to be a way to keep the light from reflecting off that guitar and blinding people.
4) The beep transitions were very annoying especially if your hearing is still good. Too harsh.

Still a show to see...just sit on the right side and plug your ears.

Creating a world

By Emelia Carroll / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I was most impressed with his ability to effectively and convincingly establish and develop the internal logic of the world in which his stories were set. What began as a paradoxical or absurd pun blossomed into whole story that we could connect to in our own universe. One moment made me question the show's cohesion, though I found overall that the whole show formed a clear arch that tied together touchingly at the end.


By cody parker / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Very different and good i did enjoy it.

I'd be a liar if I said it was bad.

By Gabe Heller / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 27 shows

Intrigued by Mr. Strickland's ability to stretch a charmingly mixed metaphor over a 3-minute preview without it getting discernibly thinner, it was a joy to me to discover he could continue to do it for a whole hour. I can't say it gave me a mind-bending epiphany, but it kept me perfectly well entertained, made me laugh a bunch, and I would gladly spend a whole afternoon listening to further stories from Big Fib. I also heartily endorse his taste in pre- and post-show music.

I'm going with 'Charmingly amazing'

By Will Weisert / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 38 shows

Forget the postcard photo, this is more Twain than Hee Haw - intelligent American storytelling that's funny, insightful, and most importantly respectful of its underlying characters. A definite must-see.


By isaac witty / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you see 1 show at the fringe, see this one! It's funny and great story telling!

Masterful storytelling

By Cyndie DeRidder / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Paul Strickland knows how to tell stories so's you wanna meet his relatives in that little town . You don't want to miss this show.

1 person found this review helpful

Animated, Quirky and Folksy

By August Berkshire / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 21 shows

A lively performance of quirky stories about trailer park families. However, there are two types of quirky: quirky and cerebral (Kafka, Beckett) and quirky and folksy (Keillor, some Twain). This show falls into the latter category, which is not my cup of tea. I can never suspend disbelief enough to buy into it. But, if you like this type of humor, then this will be a 4 or 5 for you.

1 person found this review helpful

Salt of the Earth Magic

By Esther Hoffmann / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Funny and insightful stories told with confidence and vulnerability create a truly captivating show.

Delightfully Absurd

By Mark Long / August 11, 2013
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Paul offers up a view into an absurd world of a trailer park and it's unique residents. He tells this ridiculous story with charm and heart.
Also, I am so glad I know where my black-eyed peas come from now.

A world of its own

By Paul Mattes / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 13 shows

At the previews, I thought Paul Strickland was a little crazy. I told him so. He thanked me.

What he presents is more than just a collection of little stories and songs strung together by a common theme -- it's a strange world that almost starts to make sense. And it is very funny.

The only negative, which had nothing to do with the show, was the venue. The Woman's Club has inconsistent acoustics and the seats are a trip down (an exquisitely uncomfortable) memory lane.

No fibbing, Big Fib is wonderful!

By Suzanne Sharrock / August 6, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Just fun, creative story-telling. He pulls it off in the difficult venue of the Woman's Club, which has fairly annoying noises related to the air-conditioning/fans. Wish I could have seen him in a more intimate venue. Well performed, a "different" sort of amusing story...very "fringe-y".

A Laugh and a Sneeze.

By Bradley Vanasse / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This didn't make my initial queue because of the title, but I changed my mind after reading that it was a "Must See." I'm very glad I did. Lots of laughs and a few near tears (or sneezes, if you will). I loved that the humor of prior stories weaves back into later ones.

Fairy Tales Like You've Never Heard

By LuAnn Monahan / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 23 shows

Paul is a great story teller, but he's not telling stories about himself - all the stories are made up. The tales he spins sound so real, you believe they could be real. Funny and touching, this is a good show to see.

Hooray for Stories!

By Natalie Remus / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

Storytelling at it's finest, with a wonderful quality that reminds me of classic American tall tales. Paul's stories are well crafted, unique and fresh. He completely opens his heart up on that stage! I loved it.

Funny and Thoughtful

By Robin Nelson / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The stories were funny (and yes, quirky!), with layers that became apparent as the show progressed. By the end, I was surprisingly moved. The performer is a charming and talented storyteller. I wholeheartedly recommend this show.

2 people found this review helpful

This guy is just great

By Florence Brammer / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

These stories blend poignancy with humor and riveting magic realism. As with our own life stories, this narrative travels in circles -- reinforcing/revisiting/clarifying/enlarging multiple themes as it cycles. Behind Strickland's deceptively folksy Hoosier charm is great substance and depth. Very special.

1 person found this review helpful

Fast paced, insightful and made up

By Nathan Curland / August 2, 2013
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Review title says it all. Folksy, personal with fast tongue tripping dialogue. You like the character. Oh, he also sings and strums a bit. Despite off-the-wall stories, there is substance.

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