Minnesota’s festival of performing arts
August 1–11, 2013 / Minneapolis

Lundstrum Center (advertisement)
Remember me or Sign up

Paper Training the Playground Cataholics

Comedy /

By D-ONE Productions

Created by Lance De Roos

From Sioux Falls, SD

Dog person? Cat person? Pet curious? Whatever your preference, these five comedies show how pets define relationships, addictions and social viewpoints. So,who is really training who?

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

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

Friday, 8/2 7:00 p.m.
Buy tickets
Saturday, 8/3 1:00 p.m.
Buy tickets
Sunday, 8/4 10:00 p.m.
Buy tickets
Tuesday, 8/6 8:30 p.m.
Buy tickets
Wednesday, 8/7 8:30 p.m.
Buy tickets

Woman's Club of Minneapolis

407 West 15th St.

View Larger Map


Want to write a review? Just log in and share your thoughts.

Audience reviews

Very cute

By Mark Webb / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 48 shows

This is a funny script for the most part. I felt many of the performances were over the top and could have let the humor in script come through on it's own. The show is fairly fast-paced and good Fringe material. I recommend it for something light and fun.

I disagree with Sarah

By Zac Baker / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I must disagree with you Sarah.

This clever comedy left me wanting more. I found it written better than any sitcom out there today. And I am very picky with my TV comedies. (Loved Modern Family, The New Normal, Pushing Daisies). Strong, slightly campy actresses and seasoned actors playing a redneck one moment and the most fabulous "Mark" you ever did see (including the cutest gay couple of the Fringe festival), left me thinking more about people's idiosyncracies than about our pets. Maybe we and our animals have more in common than we realize.

Also a good one to take a date or a friend to... lots to relate to and talk about after the show.

(Also for a show called "Cataholics," it's got the most attractive cast I've seen so far.)

1 person found this review helpful


By Jot King / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I loved this show it was well written by someone who obviously has observed animals and their masters. Also it's Actors are fabulous ,and very enthusiastic ,I enjoyed it very much,and am planning on seeing it again!!

2 people found this review helpful

Giggle fit

By Richard Jackson / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 55 shows

Most years at The Fringe, I see a show that brings on a fit of giggles. I'm a laugher. However, giggling embarrasses me, so I smother my giggles as my shoulders bounce. This clever collection of short plays was that show. The plays are mostly sweet and silly and the acting is purposely over the top. The last piece sent me over the edge.

Life of a pet owner

By John Beeson / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I thought hat the skits captured the essence of the comedic side of being a pet owner. The story lines were clever and the performances were very solid. Very enjoyable. Kudos to all.

1 person found this review helpful

Must See!!!

By Ashlee Wendt / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I found Paper Training the Playground Cataholics to be insightful and hilarious. While this play does focus on pet owners, it provides a different perspective that pet owners, or loved ones of pet owners, will enjoy. I could relate all too well to a number of the funny pet owner antics and enjoyed the social reality displayed by the actors. The third and last scenes were my favorite, but comedy was sprinkled throughout. My friends and I were laughing about many of the lines and scenes long into the night. This show should on your must see list for the Fringe Festival.

3 people found this review helpful


By Eric Salo / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This show features five different sketches but only the final one was even remotely amusing. A bad script combined with distractingly over the top performances.

Better than Cats?

By Sarajo Wentling / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 26 shows

I wanted to enjoy this show far more than I did. There was definitely some over-acting going on, but I give them two stars for enthusiasm and effort. Comedy is hard and there were some moments that worked for me better than others. This is not the worst show I've ever seen at the Fringe by far, but it could have been better.

2 people found this review helpful

Try Something Else

By Sarah Lawrence-Lupton / August 3, 2013
This user has reviewed 10 shows

I went to this knowing that pet stories can be hokey but as a pet person I can laugh at myself and thought maybe I would see some of myself in this. In actuality this play was more about people with pets as a background and unfortunately the stories about people were not very deep or interesting, in fact they were kind of stupid. The play was poorly written and over-acted. My actor friend who I went with said that if the actors had been more subtle or deadpan that they could have worked with the really weak script but instead they were over the top so it almost became a mockery of the script. The best part of the play was the delightful postcard which was what brought me there in the first place. I would recommend seeing anything else

1 person found this review helpful


Background information + more

Making its Minnesota Fringe Festival debut, D-ONE PRODUCTIONS brings to the stage five short comedies about pets, people, and their precarious predicaments. Whether on the playground with the "kids," in the neighborhood pet store, at the local C. A. Chapter meeting, a newlyweds' apartment, or in the basement of "mission control," these scenes are sure to make you want to roll over and have your belly scratched.


Will a  day at the park bring a conservative single woman love on the playground, or will Frank have to bury his bones somewhere else?


In this Durang-inspired scene, a young man goes to buy his girlfriend a cat and discovers that his true love lies with the shop owner's puppies and not his girlfriend's kittens.


Crazy Cat Ladies, Unite! This 9 step program can help even the oddest bunch of addicts rid themselves of feline obsessions. Meow! Meow!


Steven and Ken find out who's "Top Dog" when their new puppy shows them the true meaning of collateral damage.


Just when you thought the South couldn't get any crazier, Fred "Cat Crusher" Hastings delivers the truth about the coming "cat conspiracy."

Conceived and directed by Lance De Roos, this production introduces the acting talents of Kimberly Graff, Kaitlin Dahlquist, Jake McInerney, Danny Dahlquist, and Elijah Hinsch to the Twin Cities theatre world. So grab your leashes and your pooper scoopers and join us for a howling good time.

Cast + crew bios

Danny Dahlquist


Danny will be starting his second year teaching elementary music and assistant directing a high school show choir in his hometown of Sioux Falls, SD. He is a graduate of St Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Danny has been actively involved in theatre, acting, choreography, composing and directing since middle school and is excited to be a part of his first Fringe Festival production. Previous roles include: "Columbus" in CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, "Captain Fitzbattleaxe" in UTOPIA LIMITED, "Basilio" in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, "Marco" in GIANNI SCHICCHI, "Peter" in COMPANY, and "Shepard / Room Characters" in THE BEWITCHED CHILD. He would like to thank his family and friends for always surrounding him with love, support, and constant laughs.

Kaitlin Dahlquist


Kaitlin is a senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate at Minnesota State University--Mankato. Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, Kaitlin is thrilled to be a part of her first Fringe production. Some of her previous roles include: "Christine Daae" in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, "Ilse" in SPRING AWAKENING, "The Lady of the Lake" in MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, "Margot" in LEGALLY BLONDE, and "Liesl" in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Kaitlin would like to thank all of her famiyl and friends for their continuous support and love.

Katie De Roos

Director's Assistant

Katie is ecstatic about being a part of the Fringe Festival! She graduated Lincoln High School this May and will be attending the University of South Dakota-University Center this fall. Her past productions include the 2012 fall show, FRANKENSTEIN, the 2012 State One Act, 27 GOLDFISH, and the 2013 Spring Musical, CRAZY FOR YOU! She plans to study Psychology and hopes to become a counselor (or at least try to understand her father). Great thanks go out to friends and family. Thank you guys all so much for the love and support, I can't do this without you.

Kimberly Graff


Kim is thrilled to be part of the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival. A recent graduate of South Dakota State University and now continuing her education with a Masters degree from the University of South Dakota, she is thrilled to accept every theatrical opportunity that comes her way. She is currently the Technical Director for Theater and an English teacher at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, SD. Her recent acting credits include: "Belle" in DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, "Cinderella" in ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA, "Brooke" in NOISES OFF, "Mlynn" in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and "Miss Flannery" in THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. She wants to thank all her family and friends for their continued support and encouragement.

Elijah Hinsch


Elijah Hinsch is a recent graduate of Lincoln High School and is thrilled to be in this year's Fringe Festival. His home of origin is Sioux Falls,SD. He will be beginning his college career at Dakota State Univeristy - Madison, SD where he is pursuing a degree in Cyber Operations. Elijah has had a few roles under his belt (that sports a BRONY Buckle) including "The Creature" in FRANKENSTEIN and "Jacob Marley" in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. He would like to thank all of his family and friends for their support,love, and sarcastic comments.

Jake McInerney


Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, Jake is a senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate at Minnesota State Univeristy--Mankato. Some of his previous roles include: "Melchior" in SPRING AWAKENING, "Lancelot" in MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, "Matthew" in ALTER BOYZ, "Raoul" in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and "Warner Huntington III" in LEGALLY BLONDE. Jake is so excited to have the opportunity to get to work in the Minneosta Fringe Festival and would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support.

Lance De Roos

Writer / Director / Producer

Lance is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and has been teaching speech and theatre at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD for the past 23 years. Lance has adapted a number of scripts, most recently MARY SHELLY'S FRANKENSTEIN. He has had a staged reading of PARAMYTHE at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha and has a number of ideas waiting to be scripted. Lilly (the cat) and Stella (the new collie puppy) are the inspirations for PAPER TRAINING THE PLAYGROUND CATAHOLICS. To have a show in the Fringe....is a dream come true for sure. Thanks so much to my family and actors and friends for all their support on this amazing journey. ENJOY THE SHOW!

Five Course Love (advertisement) (advertisement)