About Minnesota Fringe

There is one big thing that makes Fringe different from any other event in town: All the shows you'll see at Fringe were selected randomly by lottery.

Yep. That's right. Each year the lineup is crafted by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and drawing them out, one by one. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, Minnesota Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell. We also provide the necessary support to make producing a show as easy as possible, regardless of where you land on the artistic spectrum.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in our next festival, applications will go live in November here on our website. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a reminder as well as information about other theater events happening around town.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote creative freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. Thank you for joining in this adventure!

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Showtimes

Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With hundreds of performances and dozens of shows in just 11 days, we have to run a tight schedule to avoid descending into chaos. Performances are no more than 60 minutes long with a half hour between each show.

On weekdays shows begin at 5:30pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. On weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. In addition to keeping our schedule, late seating is a safety issue for artists and audiences.

Safety for artists: Some of our theaters require that patrons walk across parts of the stage to reach the seating area, and many of our production companies’ stage work encompasses entrances and exits from the house.

Safety for audiences: Entering a darkened theater, possibly for the first time, and trying to find open seats puts patrons and volunteers at unnecessary risk.

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Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by a local establishment, serves as the late-night watering hole for artists, staff, volunteers and audience members alike. Come in after a day full of shows to grab a beer and some bar food. Talk about what you loved and what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the scenes and actors on the stage. Find out what you should see tomorrow or dream up your own idea for next year. You never know what will happen during Fringe, but dropping by Fringe Central gives you a serious head start.

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What to Wear

Shorts and a t-shirt. Seriously. Also, a pair of comfy shoes will serve you well in case you have to wait in line. Most Fringe shows take place indoors in air-conditioned venues, so having a layer to throw on in case you get chilly is also advisable.

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Choosing a Show

With hundreds of performances and dozens of shows, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose the perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Lanyards are worn by Fringe artists and there are at least a thousand of them dying to tell you about their show.

Read and write reviews: See what audiences are raving about on our audience review page, then return the favor and let others know what you thought.

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Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

Create: Applications for the 2018 festival will are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our volunteers are near and dear to our hearts and make our festival go, so we shower them with lots of love and complimentary seats! Sign up for a shift now!

Socialize: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by a local establishment, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Support: Help us create Minnesota's Summer Theater Crawl by donating to or sponsoring our annual festival. Gifts of any size make a large contribution to our ability to meet our mission.

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Box Office Info

Pass, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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DUNGEON

By Hit the Lights! Theater Co.
Created by Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Playing at Jungle Theater

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Physical theater/Clowning, Puppetry, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Actors' Equity participants, National/international company

A young man falls into the unknown to rescue the thing he holds most dear. Inspired by kabuki, video games, horror movies, and pixar shorts, DUNGEON builds a world where darkness speaks louder than the light.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm
 

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

Ticket Options

Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

A 2017 Fringe button isn't required for entry, but it does get you access! Wearing it not only identifies you as a part of a fabulous Fringe community, it also entitles you to special deals at local bars and restaurants and access to reduced ticket prices at various theaters throughout the year. Get your 2017 Fringe button for only $4 at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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Read the reviews

Nightmares Begin Where The Light Ends

by Adam Boutz on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

More than just a shadow puppetry show, DUNGEON is a work of fantasy that is both creepy and intriguing. Dialog is used in the the most sparing way, relying far physicality, tone, and music to tell the story. The plot itself was a bit thin, but that gave time for the long foreboding silences that did such a great job of conveying the isolation of being lost underground. Even the dark felt oppressive and claustrophobic, lightened frequently with expertly-timed humor.

1 person found this review helpful


Blown Away!

by Edwin Strout on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

I cannot think of a better way to have ended MN Fringe Festival than with this show! A practically filled house, as well, which is incredible for an Encore performance, and I could see why! All the rave reviews were correct. This show, this talented group of actors/musicians/puppeteers/physical-performers (each one seemingly all-of-the-above) was so well worth seeing! I hope that they are able to return to the Twin Cities soon.

1 person found this review helpful


Ending Fringe in the Light

by Riley Parham on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

An incredible shadow / puppet show that succeeds in creating a deep, vibrant world. The main actor excels in embracing the drama, creating comedy from the darkness, and beautifully puppeteers his own body.
I heard some talking of this play as a Damsel in Distress tale. I disagree. I believe the plot reaches the deepest depths as a redemption story for this brother who made a mistake.
Thank you for a great ending to Fringe!

1 person found this review helpful


Wow.

by Eric Meininger on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

What a way to end the Fringe for 2017.


Sleep well

by Jim Johnson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

All of the other 5 star reviews don't completely cover this. The guitar player is OTHERWORLDLY! He should be playing for a band everyone has heard of! Relax and enjoy.


Fun experiential theater!

by Laura Posterick on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I really loved the opening sequence! It felt like I was about to watch a movie. The elements, techniques and music they used to create the environment throughout the show were inventive, fun and sometimes super eerie. Overall, it was an imaginitve experience that I thoroughly enjoyed!


I loved this.

by Cole Sarar on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Yayyy!


"What?!"

by Jacob Gulliver on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This show is so good! It's completely indescribable, though I'll try. A skillful blend of shadow puppetry, mime work, and an ingenious use of handheld lights. The story is simple, but the journey is wild! You absolutely must go see this show!


Amazing - simply brilliant!

by Elizabeth Stephan on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Don't miss this! Fantastic puppetry, acting, and storytelling - you walk out transfixed...what did I just see? Magic!


SO DAMN GOOD

by Paris Kelvakis on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

This is straight up the coolest show at Fringe. If you do not like this you are wrong.

1 person found this review helpful


Amazing!

by Steph Clarks on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show had everything and more. I especially loved the clever use of shadowy puppetry into live performance. Such a cool show. Great job to all involved!

1 person found this review helpful


♥️☠️✨🕷

by Holly Brimhall on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

If you like physical theater, puppetry, comedy, and live music you should probably see this show. I found myself laughing out loud and wanting to cheer on our hero. Very few words, loads of heart.

1 person found this review helpful


Fringe Fantastic

by Tim Erickson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Excellent show. I went to this show with a friend and we were both blown away by the creativity of the production. This sold out show clearly appealed to an enthusiastic Fringe audience that soaked it all in.

I look forward to at least one show each year that catches me off guard and really sticks with me. This may be that show for 2017.

For me, this was a visual experience and any criticisms about the lack of a story miss the point. It was a visual feast.

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Great mix of mediums to tell the story

by Sarah Black on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Really fun to watch with seamless transitions from shadow projection to movement and dance.


Dungeon or HOLES?

by Bradley Johnson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This was an okay show, but I don't think I was the intended audience. When it started, I thought it was going to be just shadow puppetry and I was glad it wasn't as that was some of the weaker parts. The weakest however was the actual story.


Lived up to the hype

by George Simms on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Expertly crafted and awesome to watch. I mean, the lights, just superb.


Hoped to be disappointed...Not

by Gene Bard on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

It was not a good evening at Fringe so thank goodness for this one. Interesting story and use of technology. A high point in my evening and of all the days I've attended Fringe thus far.


Creativity!

by Tammie Rhoades on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Creativity at its best!!! Passion... for what one LOVES!! A real piece that made me almost a part of the search... edge of my seat... bursts of chuckles... talents actors, a fun must see!! 💖💖💖💖💖💖

1 person found this review helpful


Amazing

by Cyndi Stanley on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

No words, just awesome.

1 person found this review helpful


Awesome!

by Eric Cohen on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Really incredible. Shadow puppets, live music, and handheld lights mix with physical theater to make an incredible environment full of creatures creepy and delightful. Standard The Quest storyline brought to life wonderfully by a uniquely talented cast.

1 person found this review helpful


Wow

by Mary Johnston on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This show was so darn amazing. I am so upset these talented people are from out of town. Friends! We have a really cool puppet scene here! Move to MN!! PLEASE?!?!?! Go see this show. You won't regret it.

1 person found this review helpful


6 Stars!

by Matt Pitts on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I just want to say WOW. That show was amazing, I was laughing, spooked, cheering, and on the edge of my seat the entire time. I only wish it would have taken the whole hour. Oh! Also, I wish this group was local.. I'd go to every new show they designed. I can't explain how good it was with words, so JUST GO SEE IT.

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Holy crap.

by Bailey H. on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

That was so cool. I can't really say more than already has been said, but that was awesome. I felt like I was in a video game. By the end up it, I realized I had been clenching a lot of my muscles in anticipation for an hour. There was so much to look at, and the use of plastic bags was so cool. I could easily have watched that for another hour. I won't say it's the best thing I've seen in all of fringe, but it is definitely the most unique.

1 person found this review helpful


Channeling Balinese Shadow Puppets

by Craig Frethem on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The company makes creative use of light, shadow puppets and actors to create a fanciful adventure. Carefully planned, flawlessly executed stagecraft at its best.


Yes.

by Annie Galloway on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Incredible live music, alternative lighting techniques, and innovative story-telling, although at times the story felt as though it need a little more to it. That being said, I think this show is what Fringe is all about. Loved it.


Inventive, Transporting Storytelling

by Elena Glass on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show is everything that Fringe should be.
The six actors use their bodies, lights, projections, inventive music, and minimalistic props to completely transport the audience to a different world.
I've never seen a show quite like this before, especially at the Fringe.
Hit the Lights is a company that we need to see more of in this day and age: Brave, unique, creative and special.

Go see this show!!


You'll be transported to another place

by David Lawson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Using a live musical score of just a bass guitar and a violin, and with effects as simple as shadow puppets, flashlights, striking actor movements, and sheets of plastic Hit the Lights transported me to an entirely different place. Each new plot point brings on another brilliantly executed world created right before your eyes.


Brilliant Effects

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

This is a relatively simple story told in a visually creative way. I've never seen anything like it before - and I loved it. My 14 year old did get quite scared during the show, so be warned that there's a scary aspect (it truly was not that scary, tho).


AWESOME 👏👏👏👏👏

by Hillary Olson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 15 shows

This was some of the coolest shit I have EVER SEEN. I think this might be my favorite show at Fringe this year. It was absolutely incredible to watch - DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WITNESS THE MAGIC.


Visually Arresting and Wonderful!

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

This is a great show, and totally different from anything I've ever seen at Fringe. I had no idea you could do so much with a flashlight. Amazingly original and wonderful work!


Awesome

by Brendan Philip on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Loved this show. Incredibly inventive and captivating from start to finish. Go see it!


Go see it!

by Jim Louis on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

It was an amazing visual journey and if you ever played old time video games you will enjoy some of the plot decisions.


Highly creative

by Dylan Perese on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A highly creative use of light, sound, and atmospherics! Good job, guys!


Something you'd only see at Fringe

by Josh Forsythe on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

So glad I took that advice of a friend and came to see this show - it's unlike most everything else out there. Completely in the dark, it's really impressively staged and blocked. The plot is really in service of the audio/visuals, and it works perfectly. Completely worth seeing.


Not To Be Missed!

by Dennis Oloughlin on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A brilliant show! Loved the puppetry and way of story telling. I was engaged the entire time. Do not miss this. The best show i've seen.


White Male Savior, But in the Dark

by Sarah Peterson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show looks extremely technically challenging and you can tell a lot of thought went into making it look exceptional. However, a cast can use as much or as little light as it wants, but a white-male savior complex is still a white-male savior complex. Telling the story of a man saving not only one, but two 'damsels' in distress isn't difficult or nuanced. For me, this stripped away how impressed I would have been with the technical aspects.


Good Visuals, Weak Story

by Tracy Mingus on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

While the visuals tend towards the incredible, the story repeats itself ad-naseaum in ways that are "ooh, cool" for the first twenty minutes. During this repetition the puppetry changes enough to keep your (visual) interest, and that's until a lamp puppet emerges.

This lamp says only "deedle-dee," and is the most used and also the most inexpressive and un-nuanced puppet in the show. Intended to be cute, the lamp-puppet illuminates the actor controlling it to the degree that the actor appears more expressive than the puppet itself. In a great puppet show, I found this hard to overlook, especially when the most used words of dialogue are "WHOAH!" and "What?" and "Deedle-dee." Live music was incredible.


oh wow holy geez

by Willy Schroeder on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I absolutely loved this show and I'm still excited thinking about it. Everything is sparse but purposeful, there's nothing needless in it. There's not much dialogue, even the props and puppets mostly suggest to your imagination. Lots of really simple/low-budget but clever ways to imply different effects, which were always clear even when representing something complex

Because it's so technical and takes so much focus & collaboration from the actors (human-prop environments, actors interacting with shadow puppets) there's a sense of risk which is really engaging (the first time I saw it, the ending title shadow was held up backwards. This is an incredibly endearing show)

I wish I could write more, go see it ya doof

(the music is perfect)


Visually Intriguing

by Cetius d'Raven on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

I've often enjoyed kabuki and this story's mix of that and other performance in mostly darkness is visually striking and a delightful break from most Fringe fair. Check it out!


MUST SEE!

by Audrey Anderson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Innovation, humor, heart, a universally felt story, physicality like none other, and kick ass live music to top it all off. Hit the Lights has REALLY figure it out. DUNGEON holds you from the second the bass line starts, to the final moment of the story. GO SEE THIS SHOW!!!!!!

1 person found this review helpful


The 2017 Unique Fringe Flavor

by Bradan Swatch on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

HOW do people come up with this brilliant stuff? I don't know, but gosh am I happy that they do. This show is unlike anything else you will see at this years (and probably last years, and probably next years) festival, so see it now while you still can. It felt like a movie, like a maze, like a video game, like an art show, like a dance show, like a mystery. Totally beautiful.


Blew my mind!

by Dahlia Acman on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

From the description, I did not think I would like this piece. But I ran into a friend on his way to see it a second time and he convinced me to give it a shot... I'm SO GLAD I did! This was seamless and so well-done.

However, there are lots of flashing lights and strobes so please avoid if those bother you. I did not see any warning for that.


Find a Way to See It!

by Krispin Shax on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

2017's must see, at least in this category. The pervasive feeling of dread conveyed by the music, the simple but unnerving aesthetic of the shadow puppetry, the sparseness of dialogue, the reliance on darkness, the creatures, the simplicity of it all... It all combines so perfectly. If you are in any way an avid fan of puppetry, or truly looking for something great that's off the beaten path, this is it. This. Is. It.


Dungeon Was Draggin'

by Reid Gagle on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

This show is full of -- nay, consists of -- very creative and fun approaches to simple but effective visual effects in the theater. But that was all there was, and it began to feel repetitive after a while. If this were done as part of a stronger story with actual characters, it would make for a really great show.


Creative!

by Hailey Colwell on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This show was unlike anything I have seen before. The company's use of found objects and darkness to create suspense was amazing. It truly was an experience from start to finish.


What a surprise!

by Kim Olson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

We had seen the two minute preview of this show earlier in the week and didn't fee compelled to see the entire show because we thought the entire show would be shadow puppets. Due to time contraints today we couldn't make it to a different show and ended up at this one instead. We LOVED it!! The use of light and darkness and the creativity on stage was incredible. This show is a must see!!


Oh My God!!!

by Air Force on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This is probably the coolest thing I've ever seen on a stage. It's a well-rehearsed, perfectly scored mega righteous blast of entertainment by madly talented performers.


This is Fringe

by Ed Prof on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Amazing show that demonstrates creativity with new forms of art. The best interaction of shadow puppetry with live acting is amazing and so creative. It's as if you are living interactive gaming. This comes through in a level of redundancy that gamers understand as you work through multiple levels. Having seen multiple shows it is easy to say this show stands out far above the rest with its creativity and professionalism! Do not miss this one!


Must-see

by Dorothy Owen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

If Johnathan Blow wrote a Fringe show.


Inventive and well executed

by Daisuke Kawachi on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This is a very well conceived and executed show. The combination of inventive staging and high quality shadow puppetry really makes this a wonderful experience. There's not really much plot and you don't particularly empathize with any of the characters, but it's so fun to watch them create special effects with cardboard and lights that it becomes very easy to forgive the lack of story or character.

1 person found this review helpful


Visually Great Fun

by Ted Allen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Not a lot of story here, but it was great to watch. A visual treat and enough story. Someone suggested it's the hero's Odyssey. But change the gender and it's Alice in Wonderland. Really worth seeing

1 person found this review helpful


GO SEE THIS SHOW!

by Jimbo Kramer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This is such a unique theatre experience! You will be on the edge of your seat for the entirety of the show. It is visually stunning, and has an amazingly talented cast that brings you in a journey to another world. You don't want to miss this show.


Very fun, unique experience!

by Todd Walden on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

We went to see Dungeon on a whim (basically because we were already at the Jungle) and I'm so glad we did.

I was expecting simple shadow puppetry, but what we watched went far beyond that expectation, really dropping the show right in our laps.

The performances were all strong, and it is clear that a great deal of work has gone into polishing this performance. It is entirely immersive, and entirely entertaining.

The only criticism I have, and it is a SMALL one, is that at times it can be a bit repetitive. The repetition is endearing at first, but gradually starts to wear. Nonetheless, this is an incredibly strong performance, well worth seeing.

If you get the chance, this show is well worth checking out. You will not be disappointed.


Wild and wonderful

by Sosan Flynn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Ok, there were a lot of repeating motifs, like watching a cartoon on a loop....but, the special effects were awesome. The show was funny and weird. The fringiest of the Fringe.


Hit the Lights

by Andy Rakerd on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Wow! I saw this without planning to and was blown away. These people tell a beautiful tale with lights and sound that is both creepy and heartfelt. Add this to your schedule!


Go down the rabbit hole

by Susanne Ingerson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Transported me to an Alice in Wonderland like world, a luminous optical and auditory journey both creepy and charming.


Technical Triumph

by Alexander Gerchak on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This production may have some of the finest technical elements and the most cohesive visual design I've seen at the MN Fringe Festival. Exceptional use of lighting, puppetry, and shadow puppetry in particular made for an arresting experience. Smart choices in characterization invests the audience in the show's affable, determined protagonist. Pacing could be tightened in certain segments, certain purposeful retreads in location and effects not feeling as motivated as they could be (yet this production's use of setting is at times exceptional).


An Invitation into the Imagination

by Vivian Cook on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Haunting and creative, DUNGEON invites its audience into its world of shadow, comedy, horror, and fantasy. Hit the Lights, with its smart, entertaining, and spectacular storytelling, invites us to join in their imagination. Their story is relatable and clear, and the way in which they tell it lets us all become a part of it. DUNGEON, with its puppetry and lights and surprises, envelops us in mystery and humor and excitement. Go see this show!


Brilliant, original storytelling

by Emilia Allen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Every moment of this show was finely honed & perfectly done. The storytelling was incredibly inventive, the music was brilliant, the transitions were seamless. I hate these guys. I want to be these guys.

I agree with Ariel that there wasn't much substance to the story, but I don't think that was the point, and I didn't miss it. I wonder what they'll do next--can they bring more gravitas? I suspect so.

I do think there need to be warnings in the house about strobes/flashing lights.

1 person found this review helpful


Just Wow

by Emma Myhre on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

After seeing this show, I was completely without words. It's everything I expect a Fringe show to be is present here: an intriguing, unique story line, progressive technical experiments, and, of course, intamacy.


ambitious and creative

by Richelle Amundson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

So amazing! Their ability to use a few simple tools, light, voice, and their physical presence to leave you feeling like you were watching a live-action video game was amazing.


This is what Fringe is all about!

by Vickie Donaldson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Best show of my Saturday! Creative, original, great story telling with lights of all sorts. This show is a must see if you like new innovative theatre!!!


Funny, scary, physical, technical

by Tony Meysenburg on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

What a great show! I found myself listening to the laughter at times thinking, oh, their all a little scared. (Just a little. Probably fine for tough 9 year olds and up.) Great scary music played on stage. Fine actors doing physical and technical theater expertly. A great show. Go see it!


So creative! Top of my recommendations!

by Sonja Freeman on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I had very idea what I was walking into, and I'm so glad I took a chance! The lighting, sound, physical aspects - all amazing. With very minimal dialogue and the most enthralling puppetry the cast tells a gripping story. Definitely something different at Fringe. Support this show! If you can't make it, you're missing out big time!


Go See This!

by Carl Swanson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I saw this one on a whim and wow did I walk into a great performance! The technical elements were wonderful and the overall atmosphere was amazing. Unlike anything I've seen before! I found myself emoting over shadow puppets and a lantern and I loved every minuet of it! Incredible!

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Must see Fringe show!

by Frank Neubecker on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This show has some of the best stage production I have seen at Fringe. It is very immersive with amazing sound and acting. I had no idea what I was going to see and I was delighted.

1 person found this review helpful


Fun, Innovative, A Little Repetitive

by Christopher Allen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

First off, I love shows like this. It took something we don't see enough in theatre (like shadow puppetry) and used it in a variety of fun ways to create a unique experience. That being said, the pace does move along pretty slowly, and they'll repeat a gimmick over and over again before moving on to a new one. And that makes this short show feel very, very long. However, if you're truly itching to see something different (that actually lives up to that category), then see this.


Visually enthralling

by Jeff Hoffmann on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Assuming you're not creeped out by spiders go see this. Beautifully produced, I almost guarantee you'll be drawn into the performance as it transitioned from shadow puppetry into real actors and back again. Not a lot of story there but it doesn't really need the narrative, just buy into the action and be entertained.

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Do Yourself a Favor and See This!

by Jerry Prep on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The kind of show you have to see to understand. It was beautiful in so many ways and wonderfully executed. Great to watch a team of artists work together so fluidly. A true delight from beginning to end.


Incredible!

by Laura Herbers on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

By far one of the most creative works of art I have ever seen, the technical aspects were so simple, yet mind blowing to watch. A novel concept, I look forward to seeing more from this company.


Beyond Amazing

by Andre Johnson Jr. on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The care taken by the actors to tell this story, the amazing use of light and shadows, and the incredible music made this a fantastic show. This show will amaze you and keep you captivated from beginning to end. I just wish there was a soundtrack I could buy.


A Singular Experience

by Brian Isles on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I was intrigued with the title and the synopsis of the show, but I was not ready to be utterly drawn into this deep, beautiful production. From the awe-inspiring opening moments to the effective ending, a Fringe show has never drawn me in so deeply. My friends agreed that this show would have been worth the $22 admission fee on its own. When you add in the gorgeous Jungle Theater, this is a singularly memorable Fringe experience that I will not stop thinking about any time soon.

Try to avoid reading up on this show too much before experiencing it. You should also know that this show essentially sold three more wristbands for next Saturday; I've got to see this show once more while it's here! This is a MUST SEE!

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(really cool) flash without substance

by Ariel Lopez on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

Five stars for the technical and physical theater, but I feel like those elements deserved a stronger narrative. They definitely captured an old school video-game dungeon crawl tone and aesthetic, but those games are not great spectator events. If amazing visual theater is enough for you go see this play; I wanted more story.


Absolutely wowed!

by Lucas Vonasek on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show is everything that I've wanted to see in theater. It's fun, extremely well crafted, and so god damn engaging. This show is so clever that it makes you jealous that you weren't part of the creative process. Y'all, don't miss this show. Please.

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BEST OF FRINGE

by Taylor King on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

You MUST go to this show. Innovative, spectacular, funny, sharp, and thouroughly wonderful. Hit The Lights will be sold out every show I'm positive. SO GOOOOOD!

2 people found this review helpful


Go see this show!

by Stephanie Hanson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is a wonderfully creative and Well produced show. Go see this show - you will be glad you did!

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Wow.

by Mickey Anderson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

What an amazing show. The production caught my attention right away, and I was completely drawn into the world that they built. It gave me the feel of a character in a creepy video game, and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Incredible production, extremely well done.

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Cast and crew

Hit the Lights! Theater Co.

Creators

Featuring CASEY SCOTT LEACH, CARLI RHOADES, CLARON HAYDEN, KRISTOPHER DEAN, MIKAYLA STANLEY & SAMANTHA BLAIN

HIT THE LIGHTS! THEATER CO. (Creators) is an award winning company created out of an artistic agreement to tell simple stories in unconventional ways. Using found materials, flashlights, and cardboard, HTL! specializes in the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary. The company is comprised of six multidisciplinary artists: puppeteers, actors, musicians, vocalists, artisans, and everything in between. Original works include a world premiere immersive theater experience THE OTHER RHINE (Know Theatre of Cincinnati), an interactive shadow play inspired by Moby Dick entitled WHALES (The Hive NYC), and DUNGEON (FringeNYC and Cincinnati Fringe Festival), which won the Audience Pick of the Fringe. Most recently, HTL! made their off-broadway debut with their original performance of HORSETALE at ANT Fest 2017 (Ars Nova). hitthelights.org

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Presented through movement, live orchestration, flashlights and original shadow puppetry, DUNGEON tells the story of a young man falling into the unknown to rescue the thing he holds most dear, his sister. Inspired by kabuki, video games, horror movies, and pixar shorts, DUNGEON builds a world where the darkness speaks louder than the light. 


WINNER: Pick of the Fringe, Cincinnati Fringe Festival


"Everyone who saw it came away dazzled" - Rick Pender, WCPO Cincinnati 


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