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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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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A Bollywood Twistery

By Harmonious Music
Created by Neha Damle

Playing at Ritz Theater Mainstage


Ethnic Dance, Sci-fi/Mystery/Horror, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Includes artists of color

'A Bollywood Twistery' is a tale of a murder mystery that takes place in an Indian city. Packed with upbeat Bollywood dances, it's a fast moving story with twists of comedy and mystery, that will keep you guessing!

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7-11 and up


Sat, 8/5 @ 1:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 5:30pm


Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm


Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm

* 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.

Read the reviews

Great music and dance

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

Nice costumes too, but I could not catch the dialog very clearly and so I was left guessing at the plot.

Great first time experience

by Carol Anderson on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Amazing first time experience! This performance had it all. The dancing was terrific, the acting was spot on. I enjoyed this performance and when it was done I wanted to see more. Great job!

Colorful and Entertaining!

by Guddu Kohli on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show is complete entertainment Bollywood masala package with very interesting characters, colorful energetic dances and an element of thrill. If you know Bollywood, you will love it and if you do not know Bollywood, this is your chance to experience it. Not to be missed.

Bollywood in the North Star state!

by Jeffrey Kessel on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The cast pulled it off: a home grown homage to Bollywood. For me the highlight were some very well done dance productions.

Laughing, Watching, and in Wonderment

by Sarah Michelle on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great first time Fringe appearance for this cast! The characters' personalities were an awesome mixture of serious, lazy, funny, laugh out loud hilarious, all of the way to very scary. The plot was so entertaining that time went by too fast! I absolutely loved the dancing!! The actual song selections were great - kept the spirit of the show flowing. Really enjoyed the punny t-shirts!! The end needed more actual closure for the audience but really was a great actual mystery that I didn't solve myself. Bravo!

Dancing and Murder mix

by Halle OFalvey on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I really enjoyed this production. The storyline was somewhat predictable, murder in the house, I was truly surprised at the murderer. the female officer was direct yet understated and funny. The Costumes were fabulous, colorful, shiny, well constructed, loved the ever changing t-shirts. The music was great. The dancing was so much fun to watch. A must see.

Total Bollywood Entertainer

by Gaurang Bastikar on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show covers all the aspects of Bollywood in less than an hour. Excellent acting by the entire crew along with lively and energetic dances makes this show a full blown Bollywood entertainer. The story is a well written comedy mystery with a totally unexpected twist at the end. Excellent direction, characterization and comic timing ensures that there is never a dull moment throughout the play. The dances are well choreographed and brilliantly executed by all the dancers.

Overall, this show is a perfect mix of everything Bollywood has to offer. A definite must watch!

Kudos to the entire team!

Nice plot twists, entertaining

by L B on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I thought the first portion started out a little slow, but I think it was necessary to set up the plot. It quickly began building momentum. The storyline was funny and had interesting twists. The dancing was awesome...looks very challenging and the cast did a great job. I liked the small details incorporated into the show, like Monty's repeatedly changing humorous T-shirts.

Entertaining & Super fun!

by Nithya Veeramachaneni on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is an exciting, fast paced thriller filled with energy packed dances. The actors/actresses had great comic timing and played unique, well written characters. The dancers were fantastic and made the show peppy! Congratulations on putting up a fun show.


by Tim Erickson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This was a fun show with a large and enthusiastic cast and crew. In comparison to other shows, neither the acting nor the story hold up with other shows I've seen this year. However, that is a high bar to cross.

I go to the Fringe to see a variety of productions and I love the fact that I was able to include a Bollywood style show in my mix this year and I had a good time.

The costumes and dancing were probably the highlight of the show - although I expected there to be more of a connection between the dance numbers and the story (but, maybe this is misconception about Bollywood style musicals).

Appreciated chatting with the cast member who reached out to audience members after the show for feedback. I look forward to next year.

Energizing and fun!

by Paul Davis on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved the music, bright costumes and dancing! This performance works for all ages. My first Bollywood style show and I hope to see more in the future. What fun! Very colorful with some interesting characters--got a kick out of Raghu.
Glad I went to this show.

Energetic, Fun, Thrilling

by David Rokhinson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A Bollywood Twistery is such a fun performance. The actors do a great job with funny dialogue, great costumes (watch the t-shirt), and a spooky ghostly cackle! The vivid story is dotted with thrilling Bollywood dance scenes to energetic music and with beautiful flashy costumes. Show is a must see for laughs, suspense, and some twistery!

Wonderfully Engaging and Entertaining!

by Craig Ostrem on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The cast of characters had me smiling for the entire show. It was joyous!


by Rajib Bahar on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

You guys rocked it! Good job on your first production in the fringe!

Bollywood Twistery ROCKS!!!

by Ashish Lotangane on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Initially I thought the play is bit slow and loosing the pace. However it picked up at right moment and then its all about mystery and of course BOLLYWOOD MASALA with twistery..... I really enjoyed it. Peppy songs, dances, acting and script asked you to stick to the chair and enjoy it. Special mentioned of one character - GHOST, It really takes a lot of guts to walked into the auditorium through viewers and do complete justice to the demand of the script.

Energetic, colorful & entertaining!

by Praj Bhojane on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was a wonderful show, very true to its name! A great Bollywood dance performance along with amazing drama and storyline! Kudos to all the artists for such a lovely and entertaining show! My first Fringe Festival experience has begun with your show! Kudos to you all once again!

Absolutely loved it!

by Winston Rosario on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I had no idea what to expect, but reading the other reviews, I was curious to see my first Bollywood live show. I've seen better Bollywood dances but the acting was spot on. The robber's t-shirts were crazy funny like other reviews have suggested. Absolutely loved his acting, expressions, especially during the dance. The officer was the second best even though I couldn't relate to her attitude as a cop. Maybe Indian cops are diff. The dances costumes were colorful and shiny and the effort was good although the dances themselves could be tighter. I couldn't relate to some of the slapstick comedy(aiyee) but enjoyed the show overall. I highly recommend this show if you like the 'Larger than life' Bollywood extravaganza.

True Bollywood Entertainer

by Aditya Vasta on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A well made and well acted show. All the performances were fabulous, dances rocked and the climax was totally unexpected.

I completely enjoyed this show and I am sure you will as well. This is not one to miss.

A must go!!! AIYEEEEE.


by Aurora Strike on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I wasn't overly impressed with the show. There were some great comedic moments (Some way overplayed to the point they weren't funny anymore - "AIYEEE") and the officer had a fabulous performance. The music was alright but basically covered all of the same topics. I get Bollywood has a lot to do with love but their script could have lent itself well to many other Bollywood songs. Their choreography (while performed well) was a bit predictable with the formation. It seemed like each song had a cookie cutter recipe for the formations. It would have been fun to see them move around the stage more. The script was fun and with a bit more work could be really great. Lastly, there were lots of black outs that really stopped the show.

Awesome Entertainment!!!

by Sumit Mundhra on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Perfect combination of a good story, colorful choreography, and superb actors that kept me engaged throughout. It is hard to find shows truly aligned with their storyline but Bollywood Twistery beat my expectations. I laughed at the comedy, tapped my foot along to the beats of Bollywood, and was shocked at the unexpected ‘Twist’. My 10 year old son also enjoyed the show. His favorite dance was the song with three girls and a surprise factor – very well done!

A Cheery Murder Mystery

by Catherine Brennan on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This theatrical equivalent of a cozy murder mystery receives a breathless, energetic performance by a young cast. There are wonderful, broad dramatic and comic elements, including costuming. The dancers sparkle and shimmer with rhythmic energy. There is also a contrasting atmospheric scene that is surprisingly effective in this cheery musical environment. And there is romance afoot for pretty much everyone. A Bollywood Twistery delivers on the fun.

Full-fledged entertainment

by Madhura Sane on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is the kind that can make you forget all your worries in real life completely for the duration of that hour and put a smile on your face throughout! A murder mystery wrapped up in quirky characters and their hilarious interactions. Officer Apsara is the big highlight along with Shalini in later half of the show. The dances are energetic, costumes colorful and the passion/expressions true blue bollywood style. Don't miss it!

Fabulous performances

by Mayura Javeri on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

What a wonderful play of different emotions enacted by all the three actors. The opera, the emotions, the puppetry, the music, the costumes, the narration was fantastic. The message is powerful and delivered unambiguously. All in all A great show . Kudos to the entire team.

Great Entertainment!!!

by Utpal Vaidya on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Humor, mystery, great acting, well choreographed and energetic dances. Lives up to true Bollywood fun and charm!
A must see show.

1 person found this review helpful

A Cookie with perfect ingredients!

by Sukhada Deodhar on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is a great tasting cookie with all the amazing ingredients-Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Humor, Music, Dances, Costumes, Energetic Dancers, Talented Actors, Amazing Storyline, Great Direction and Screenplay, Simple yet good sets, and a prompt backstage crew. This show offers a lot more than what is displayed on the poster or in the trailer. Actors give full justice to their characters, they keep you glued to the story and they make you laugh for the whole time. The songs are well connected to the drama and dances are very well choreographed. Dancers, their props, flashy costumes and energetic performances catch your attention. Totally worth watching show with non-stop entertainment. In short, Do Not Miss it, Just Go, And Watch It!

Entertaining show with bollywood dancing

by Abhay K on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Good who dunnit story with bollywood songs and dancing! Entertaining!

Fun show

by Pritesh Dasgupta on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was a fun filled show with all types of elements you can expect from Bollywood.
Music,dance, murder, romance and crazy characters that will keep you glued the whole time.... enjoy it.

Great show for the whole family

by Olivia Wilsey on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I am always looking for fun, cultural events to share with my 3 daughters (ages 15, 12, 11). This show had the perfect balance of comedy, mystery, music, and dance. None of us had any prior exposure to Bollywood productions, and this show piqued our interest and left us wanting more!

1 person found this review helpful

A Perfect Performance

by Emma Wilsey on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

As a 12 year old it's hard to go somewhere and stay entertained for longer than 5 minutes, this play kept me excited and wanting to know more. I feel that family performances are the best performances because you can all have a good laugh and you don't have to hire a babysitter. The dancing was something I had never seen before!! I am a dancer and was inspired by what I saw onstage it was flawless and energetic, in my opinion it had the perfect balance of dancing and acting, I would for sure go again.

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Amazing dance and story line

by Divya Panchal on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show was simply amazing, really good selection of songs and the dance was perfect. Acting was spot on and the ghost really made me scream.


by Madhavi Mulye on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Funny characters,colourful dances,suspense,romance...all of this wrapped up perfectly in bollywood style! Almost the entire cast seriously acting in one scene but merrily dancing in another..its good to see the versatility! Do watch if you want to get entertained!

Dose of Bollywood - well done

by Pallavi Mondkar on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

If you are familiar with Bollywood - this is the performance you wouldn't want to miss - it has all the elements - drama, comedy, thrill, suspense, mystery and the all so famous bollywood dance sequences!
Colorful outfits and energetic performances by the entire cast and crew- keeps you entertained for the full 1 hour.
Do watch this performance for your dose of bollywood!

A Bollywood Twistery

by Stephen Wilson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I didn't stop smiling the entire hour. I had so much fun. The script was light-hearted and entertaining. The dancing was so to watch and amazing. The actors were spot-on played to the crowd perfectly. Action-packed!!

It was great and fun!

by Ning Zhang on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

My first Bollywood Style Comedy. It was great and sooo fun. The actors and actress were so dedicated to their roles. Will come back again.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

by Viraj Sankholkar on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This hourlong musical delivers bushels of laughs, a genuine thrilling kick, brilliant dancing and a clever dramatization. The magnificent music, sounding from the beginning, penetrates the musical, adding depth to images of characters. Every actor in the play played their roles perfectly keeping the audience guessing the suspense.
I would like to give a special shout out to the back stage helpers and the light technicians. They were on their toes to alter the set as required.
I wish them all the best for their future endeavors.

So much fun!

by Paul Morris on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show is a exhilarating ride from start to finish. The acting is superb, and the story keeps your attention, but the real reason to see the show is for the dancing! After this experience I am definitely compelled to take a deeper dive into the world of Bollywood!

Fun Bollywood Style Mystery Comedy

by MJ N Ada on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you watch Bollywood movies you know the movies are almost all romantic musicals, with characters randomly breaking out into song and dance numbers while falling for each other. Expect the same with the Twistery. Nicely choreographed dance routines mix through a script full of hilarious characters as the mystery unfolds. My 4 year old wanted to see it twice!

Mystery, humor and dance for all

by Becky Hanssen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Intriguing mystery laced with humor and of course energetic dancing. My six year old grandson, his mother and I thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to future Bollywood productions.

1 person found this review helpful

Lots of Fun

by Lauren Borchard on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I don't have any knowledge of Bollywood tropes, so filter my review through that lens! I thoroughly enjoyed this campy, glitzy show. Highlights included the dance costumes, Rocky the Robber's posture and gait, and Monty's tshirt collection. Fun (plus one slightly spooky) dance numbers! A note: the spooky bits scared the pants off my five-year-old (who's definitely on the sensitive side) so consider your kiddos' tolerance before ignoring the suggested viewing ages!

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Great show! Very entertaining.

by Aaron Boike on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was a great first Bollywood show for me. Had great acting, lots of laughs, and some great dancing, as well. Highly recommended!


by Stacy Thieszen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Fun and energetic dance numbers, great humor, and a few surprises. My 9-year-old son pronounced it funny and the best of the day.

Very Entertaining!

by Grace Gole on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The play is super fun to watch as you meet hilarious characters and situations as the mystery unfolds..not to mention it keeps you laughing throughout! It is a complete entertainment package spiced up with bollywood moves to watch out for!

Great dancing

by Tara Kieffer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Dancing was the highlight. The story was worth hanging out to the end. The dialogue could be smoother. Some times was a bit awkward in delivery. I couldn't tell if it was trying to be cheesy.

A Fantastic Time was had!

by Krishna Iyer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Thorough enjoyment and tight execution! Two things that come to my mind about the show. The story, acting, humor, music, dances and last but not the least, the mystery...and all in 45 minutes! The team delivered well in all these departments and it was such a pleasure watching them on stage. Don't give this a miss!

A Bollywood Twistery

by Melanie LaPointe on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I took my 9 year old sister and we both enjoyed the show. The cast was enthusiastic, the dancing was fun and there was a lot of humor. The cast was smaller than last year, but it was still worht going to.

Hmmm ...

by Brooke Magid Hart on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

I didn't get into the show I wanted to see and figured that Bollywood is always fun. This group has some good dance talent, but the show had some trouble with the flow, the script wasn't great, and Bollywood is energized by a stage full of dancers, which this lacked. Add a lot more dancers and tighten up the performance and it will be okay.

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Amazing Bollywood masala!!

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

This show has complete Bollywood entertainment and perfect combination of drama , music, dance, mystery and comedy .I would highly recommend this show 😊

Total Entertainment Package!

by Pranjali Kulkarni on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Play has unique characters, energetic dances and not to miss comic punches which make you laugh during the run of a mysterious plot. Very engaging story with lots of twists.

Fun Show and Great Dancing

by Shashwati. Nadkarni on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Actors and crew did an amazing job! Full family entertainment and highlights unique character of each actor. Absolutely loved Officer Apsara.
Must watch. Great team effort and the dances are a do not miss!!!

Dance Drama Comedy

by Rahul Salve on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A great hour, packed by power performances by the actors and dancers. Good songs, great comic timing and energizing dances make it a 5 star show.

Lots of colors!

by Rachel Anderson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Fun colorful performance. Songs are upbeat , Makes me wonder if I should take up Bollywood dancing. I would recommend this show for its mysterious twist and the dancing , alot of dancing.

Great dancing, little story

by Nanette Stearns on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

The Bollywood shows have become a mainstay of the Fringe. This year's staging is by Harmonious Music - a new group (the Bollywood Dance Scene group of years past is included a Patrick's Cabaret production at Intermedia this year). As usual, the dancing is the standout. The story is a minor element and not tied as well to the dancing as it might be. It's a fun show and the creative dancing makes it enjoyable.

I didn't love it

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

I would have preferred more of the show to be dancing and a bit more coherence between the story (which was cute) and the dancing.

Expect the unexpected

by hawk eye on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Fun & colorful show to watch.
Office Apsara - Always ready to get arrested
Monty - Macho Machi
Sweety - Enticing
Rocky - Funny
Lily - Villi
Shalini - Show Steeler, surprise package.

Mystery, dance, humor and more!

by Marie Cooney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Nice twist. Got a kick out of robber's tee shirts as much as I enjoyed the splash of dancers' costumes. Diverse, funny, and entertaining characters. Highly energetic cast and audience responses!

Sparkling Humor

by Afton Benson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Very fun high energy show with characters who have quirks you can't help but love.

Bollywood in an hour!

by Shibani M. Mulye on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Songs that won't let you resist dancing..drama plot that won't let you stop thinking..It's everything bollywood is known for..and this "twistery" is a mini glimpse of it!Definitely worth the watch! Great job!

Fun, laughs and dance!

by Svidha R on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Very well put together mystery play! Wonderful acting and just the right amount of dances. Thoroughly enjoyed the mystery aspect of the show and the surprise element. All the actors did justice to their roles, be it the bolly style cheesy romance, the clichéd dysfunctional family or the bossy officer. Wholesome entertainment!

Great Show!

by Julius Smith on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show was hilarious and blew me away. It was a very good production and I suggest that you give it a look!

Great show!

by Rebecca Brorson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

A fun show. Go and see it!

Laughs and Gasps

by Erin McGregor on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

It's a Bollywood murder mystery - you can expect cheesy romantic subplots, dramatic reveals, and goofy characters (not to mention energetic dances and splashy costumes)! I busted out laughing several times, and I gotta say, that evil laugh is on-point.

Shows they are having fun!

by Darshan Maiya on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show is funny, goofy and also has a mysterious element to it. The acting is funny and dancers are bright and happy. A Bollywood dance murder mystery is exactly what I needed in my life. The director has done a good job in bringing Indian party theater to fringe with nuances of 80s bollywood movies!

I recommend this show for everyone who wants to experience 80s Bollywood movies with a 2017 fringe feel to it.

Such fun and mystery

by Sujeet Deshpande on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show was so much fun! Plus thriller mystery! Excellent acting by the cast, fun dialogues, and lovely Bollywood dances!
Loved it!
Haaaiingg (as one character puts it)!

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by Randy Harris on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I was sad to see that Bollywood Dance Scene wasn't going to be here this year, but this show is everything I was set to miss!


by Nitin Sanwal on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great acting and dancing! Enjoyed the song selections. Overall an awesome time!


by Darren Konsor on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The Bollywood dancing is spot on. Dialog should improve with each show.

BollyGood fun!

by Avani Gosalia on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Classic silly bolly-style humour in this murder mystery! Good acting, Wished I could see more dancing.

A fun Bollywood Mystery!!

by Kya Fischer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Actors did a really nice job! The dances were fun! Would loved to have seen more dances! The officer was awesome!!


by Richard Heise on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

Nicely done. The acting was good. Would have liked to have seem more dance.

A very Bollywoody murder mystery!

by Divya Maiya on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Super cute effort by the team. Actors were really good! The goons were good but the officer and Shalini madam stole the show :)

Cast and crew

Kuldeep Apradh

Actor playing 'Raghu', Dancer

Kuldeep Apradh works as an IT Architect at Medtronic. He has participated as a Bollywood dancer in a musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016. He lives with his wife, Rasika in Plymouth and has been a resident of Minnesota for the last 15 years. He is a proud father of a first grader, Ranbir and a fourth grader, Kabir. He is an avid runner and has participated in many running events organized in Minnesota. He likes to spend time with his kids and yard work is his favorite pastime.

Kalyani Bhalerao


Kalyani Bhalerao is pursuing a Masters Degree in Information Assurance from St Cloud State University and has recently joined RBC Wealth Management as an intern. 'A Bollywood Twistery' is Kalyani's debut as a stage dancer. She participated in the Bollywood Musical created by Harmonious music and CHANCE foundation in 2016 as a make-up artist and was also a member of the back stage crew. Kalyani is an accomplished painter and has displayed her paintings and art work at various art shows in the Twin Cities. She and her husband, Muktesh live in the Twin Cities.

Neha Damle

Actor playing 'Latika', Dancer,Director, Producer, Script writer

Neha Damle is a Chemical Engineer, a Music Teacher and a Vocalist by profession. She received her Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and her AFA in Music from Century College. She is the owner and teacher at Harmonious Music on the weekends and also works as a Chemistry/Physical Sciences Lab Manager at Anoka Ramsey Community College in the Twin Cities on weekdays. She has written and directed a large scale Bollywood musical produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016. She was also on the background score composition team for the same. In 2015, she composed a theme song for the CHANCE Foundation. She has been teaching intermediate-advanced voice and beginner's piano for the last 4 years, and has been composing music for the last 5 years. She has performed at several musical shows with cross functional and cross genre teams at different platforms for more than four years all over Twin Cities. She lives in the northern suburbs with her 1 year old son, Vihaan, husband, Pushkar and a cat, Coco.

Neha Hirlekar

Set Design Crew, Back Stage Crew

Neha Hirlekar is a Chemical Engineer with an MBA in Human Resource Management and Development. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Engineering Management from St. Cloud State University. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, a form of Indian Classical Dancing, and has performed with her troupe at several events in India. She loves working back-stage and behind the scenes more than being on stage. She is extremely proud to be a team member of the set design crew for 'A Bollywood Twistery'. She is a big movie buff (Hollywood and Bollywood) and enjoys reading in her free time. She lives in the northern suburbs of Twin Cities with her husband, Aditya.

Kuljeet Kohli

Back Stage Crew

Kuljeet Kohli works as a consultant for an IT company in Blaine, MN. Born in a middle class family, Kuljeet spent early part of his childhood in Dehradun, Uttaranchal in India and earned his Masters Degree in Computer Sciences from Delhi University, India. Kuljeet loves singing melodious Indian songs and has sung in the musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. He was also on the set design team for the same musical. Kuljeet is one of the founders of CHANCE Foundation. He also likes to be involved in little remodeling projects at home or with friends and family. Kuljeet admires people who are well grounded and have a loving heart. He has been living in the Twin Cities since 1996 along with his loving and caring wife and two kids - a boy and a girl.

Shilpa Kulkarni

Actor playing 'Lily', Lead Choreographer, Dancer

Shilpa Kulkarni has been a Sr. Technical Recruiter for a staffing firm in Edina for the last 6 years. She feels that the best part of her job is meeting new and talented people. She loves to dance and act. She has been performing at several cultural events for a few years now where she has choreographed Bollywood dances and acted in stage plays. She is a proud mother of two beautiful daughters- seven years old, Ahana and five years old, Aanya and a wife to a caring, loving and supportive husband, Nikhil.

Muktesh Kuvalekar

Actor playing 'Officer #2', Back Stage Crew

Muktesh Kuvalekar works as a Customer Quality Group Leader with Cummins Power Generation. In the field of art, his genuine love is for playing indian percussion instruments including Tabla, Dhol and Tasha. He has participated as a light technician in the musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation. He also enjoys playing cricket. He lives with his wife, Kalyani in Maple Grove, MN.

Arpita Mulye-Thatte

Actor playing 'Officer Apsara', Dancer

Arpita Mulye-Thatte comes from Mumbai, India. She is a Chartered Accountant (CPA) by profession and has been a part of the 'Fringe' fraternity as a Bollywood dancer for the past two years with Bollywood Dance Scene. She has acted and danced in a Bollywood musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. In addition to these big shows, she has participated in several cultural events as a Bollywood dancer. She is an avid traveler and has visited 24 countries so far. A creative cook, she has appeared in two cooking shows in India. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Anup and they both live in the Twin Cities.

Priyanka Mundhra

Choreographer, Dancer

Priyanka Mundhra is a professional dancer-choreographer and the owner of a dance academy, "Bolly-Moves MN by Priyanka". She participated in MN Fringe 2015 as a dancer and a choreographer. She has worked with Shaimak Davar's (One of the top Bollywood and contemporary choreographers in India) dance troupe for several years and has performed with him and his troupe at several locations in India. She has been in the USA for the past 9 years and lives with her husband and two children in the Twin Cities.

Nikhil Nagaraj

Actor playing 'Monty', Dancer, Social Media & Marketing Lead

Hailing from the 'Silicon Valley of India', Bangalore, Nikhil Nagaraj is an Application Developer by day and a 'performing arts' enthusiast and connoisseur by night. When he is not writing programs, he takes great interest and pleasure in flexing his fingers on a guitar fret board. Having been a part of a few cover bands in India and the US, he loves singing Heavy Metal songs. He is a big believer of what, the famous Kurt Cobain once said, "Its better to burn out than fade away".
He says, he has always belonged to the stage ever since he can remember, be it acting, dancing, singing, playing with his band, hosting various events or even trying to ace academic debates. He has had the pleasure and privilege of serving as the President of Indian Students Association during his graduate program in the USA. He also is one of the Board of Directors at one of the biggest non-profit, community based organizations in the state, The India Association of Minnesota(IAM), where he co-leads the Cultural activities leg of the organization. Acting in theatrical plays has turned out to be his new found love, after he was offered one of the lead roles in the Bollywood Musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in December 2016 . His wife, Svidha and he have made the Twin Cities, their home along with their fur baby, a 6-month old, Labrador puppy, Ozzy .

Bhavna Panchal

Make-Up Artist, Back Stage Crew

Bhavna Panchal works as a Software Analyst for US Bank. She is very passionate about baking and runs a home based business of selling cookies and cakes. Her hobbies are traveling and working on craft activities with her 2 year old daughter. She lives with her daughter and husband, Divya.

Kewal Panchputre

Actor playing 'Jiggi', Dancer

Kewal Panchputre has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and works as a Software Developer. He has acted in several school plays in India but his first professional performance in the US was in the musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016, where he received an overwhelmingly positive recognition and feedback in a comic role from the audience. His hobbies include experimenting with food. He lives in the Twin Cities with his lovely wife, Pranjali.

Pratik Pranay

Actor playing 'Rocky', Dancer

Pratik Pranay works as an Investment Management Analyst at Allianz. Pratik received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked as a senior scientist for a couple of years before jumping in to the finance world. Pratik enjoys an active lifestyle including running marathons, playing competitive Cricket and Tennis, cooking authentic spicy food and dancing to Bollywood music. Although considered to be a ‘natural actor’ among his friends, ‘A Bollywood Twistery’ is his stage debut for acting.

Rasika Raut

Actor playing 'Sweetie', Dancer

Rasika Raut works as an IT Business System Analyst at Medtronic. She has participated as a dancer in a Bollywood Musical directed by Harmonious Music and produced by CHANCE Foundation in 2016. She lives with her husband, Kuldeep in Plymouth and is a resident of Minnesota for the last 12 years. She is also a soccer mom of a first grader, Ranbir and a fourth grader, Kabir. She loves cooking and gardening. Her interest in cooking has earned her the first prize for two consecutive years in events organized by the non-profit organization, Marathi Association of Minnesota, which she is an active member of.

Vasav Sahni


Vasav Sahni is a Senior Scientist at the 3M Company, where he develops new products/technologies. Fortune magazine featured him as having the coolest job in the Fortune 500 companies. He hails from New Delhi, India. He received his undergraduate education at IIT Delhi, India and his PhD at the University of Akron, OH, US. Due to his history of working with spiders, he's referred to as "Spider Man" by his colleagues, but has unfortunately not developed the ability to climb walls, yet. His likes include playing volleyball, pool, occasional binge-watching scary movies, and of course, dancing! He has performed in dance events at many cultural festivals both in India and US.

Sharvari Sangle


Sharvari Sangle works as a GIS Analyst at SRF consulting group with past experience as a GIS developer. She has received her Masters degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Minnesota. While in India, she has performed at several intercollegiate competitions in the fields of Bollywood dancing, acting, and singing. She has also been a part of the backstage crew for several performances. She has anchored and hosted various events in India. She is also an abstract painter. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Rahul.

Deepa Sanwal

Choreographer, Dancer

Deepa Sanwal is a CPA by profession. She was born and raised in the United States and speaks fluent Hindi. She is a complete Bollywood fan and dreams to enter Bollywood one day, or become a CIA officer! She has performed Bollywood dances in several weddings and shows throughout the midwest. She performed with the Bollywood Dance Scene at the highest selling 2016 MN Fringe show. In 2016, she aired live at iHeart Radio station, 101.3 KDWB and got a chance to be the 'co-host'. 2017 has brought a new venture for her in the modeling industry. She enjoys long distance running, weight lifting, playing volleyball, and baking.

Anup Thatte

Stage Manager and Tech Support

Anup works as a senior SAP consultant at Cognizant. He was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He is a multi-faceted musician and plays the guitar, tabla, flute, harmonium and sings. He has been a member of several musical groups and has been performing on stage in India and in the Twin Cities. He was a part of the background score composition team for the musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. He has also composed background score for Dreaming Duos, a team that makes Marathi short films and interview web series. He also loves to cook, travel and hike. He and his loving wife Arpita, live in the Twin Cities.

Akshay Tyagi


Akshay Tyagi is an ERP consultant by profession. Bollywood dancing is his passion. He recently moved to Minnespolis in January 2017 and has always been on the lookout for opportunities to perform and dance. So far in these few months in the Twin Cities, he has performed at the Hot Indian Dance Off organized by Bollywood Dance Scene, in flash mobs and at several other stage performances at cultural events. Akshay is going to do his dancing debut at Fringe with 'A Bollywood Twistery'.

Leena Vaidya

Actor playing 'Shalini', Dancer

Leena Vaidya was born and raised in Pune, India. She is an attorney by profession and has worked as a lawyer in India.
While growing up, she was a part of NCC (National Cadet Corps) and has won several medals. Leena has been involved in various projects and activities related to social work. She is one of the founder members of CHANCE Foundation, an organization based in Minnesota, which is actively working for the underprivileged children. She has acted in a Bollywood musical created by Harmonious Music and CHANCE Foundation in 2016. Apart from that, she has acted almost every year for the past 20 years in Marathi plays, organized by Marathi Association of Minnesota. She has also directed several stage plays. She is trained in Indian classical music and Indian classical dances like Kathak and Bharatanatyam. Cooking is her hobby and she loves feeding her friends and family. She lives in the Twin Cities area with her loving husband, Utpal and is a mother of three wonderful children, two of whom have already graduated college and one is almost there.

Pushkar Vaidya

Set Designer, Photographer, Treasurer, Back Stage Crew

Pushkar Vaidya works as a Technical Project Leader at Cummins Power Generation. He is an avid wildlife photographer and has won awards for his photography. He is a trekker and hiker and plans to conquer all fouteeners in the US in next 10 years. He loves indoor and outdoor gardening. He rents a small land plot every year in community gardens and grows vegetables. He was a part of the set design team for a musical production that was directed by Harmonious Music in 2016. He lives in the northern suburb of Twin Cities with his son Vihaan, wife, Neha and a cat, Coco.

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Far away ...somewhere in a city in India, a murder was committed– of course, not the real one...just imagine that there was!! ...

Ok, now that we are clear on the IMAGINARY part...lets go ahead!

A Bollywood Twistery “ is a murder mystery tale where anyone could be the killer…the servants...the best friend…a family member or an outright enemy! Who could it be?  The whole house turns upside down when some weird characters get involved!

Packed with upbeat Bollywood dances and a twist of comedy, this play is both entertaining and riveting. Experience the thrill!!



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