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 850 performances of 167 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 Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, 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. Pro tip: 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 850 performances of 167 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 go live mid-November on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, all shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Attend: Thanks to the new day pass system, attending Fringe is easier and cheaper than ever.

Volunteer: Our 400+ 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 Grumpy's Bar & Grill - Downtown, 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 + Token = Your Admission

Everyone needs a valid pass to see a show. In addition to your pass, you will receive a token at the venue which guarantees you a seat. Turn in your token to the usher when you enter the theater.

More information about passes and policies here.

Reservations

Optional reservations guarantee a seat for a particular performance and can be purchased online in advance. You must also have a valid to get in. Day passes can be bought online with a reservation to save time, and can be picked up at the venue box office 30 minutes before the performance.

More information about reservations here.

Rules

For everyone's safety, Fringe does not allow late seating or re-admission. Photos and video are prohibited without written permission from the production staff. Fringe cannot provide refunds or exchanges.

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BOOMBOX.

By Hannah Starr
Created by Hannah Starr

Playing at Bryant-Lake Bowl

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Physical theater/Clowning, Solo show, National/international company

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Warnings: Adult language.

Starring a 1979 Boombox and Chicago comedian Hannah Starr, this solo sketch show is, quite literally, a mixtape. And once she hits play, the show can’t stop. Will she be able to keep up with the noise?

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 7:00pm
Limited sales at door
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 2:30pm
High sell-out risk
 

* 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

Funny and engaging

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

I built a night around making this show and it did not disappoint.


Rapied-Fire Reality

by Adam Boutz on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A lot like watching a comedy live youtube sketch comedy. BOOMBOX was filled with moments of brilliant comedy, insight into the human condition, and callbacks. I'm a sucker for callback humor. Certain vignettes did drag at times, and I was left craving a more cohesive (or at least more obvious) theme connecting it all. Overall, it was a joy to behold.


Creative and Brilliantly Performed

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

Unusual show, very well crafted and performed. I'm so glad I was finally able to get to this at the encore performance and I hope this artist returns to Minnesota Fringe!


Great show

by Sandra Breuer on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Very creative and funny.


Hannah Starr is Amazing!

by Sheila Olson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Hilarious, heartfelt, and oh-so-imaginative. I'm so glad this got an encore performance. Hannah is one in a million. The songs are wonderful, as well.
Bravo! Good luck in Duluth!


Fun show

by Dean Michaels on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Congrats on a fun and quirky show and performance. So glad I went!


Best of the Fringe for me

by Richelle Amundson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Amazingly talented. Her ability to share her at times cynical and at times very vulnerable observations about life with the audience through song, characters, and pantomime is jaw dropping. Beautiful.


Hannah Starr is amazing

by Sara C. on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This woman is incredible, smart and funny. So talented I would pay to watch her make toast. Fabulous.


Thank you for all the comedy

by Levi Weinhagen on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

What a beautiful comedy show. Timing, staging, singing, writing, everything was thoughtful, engaging and deeply funny. I'm really happy that Hannah (and her collaborators) are finding ways to make their work happen and be seen. This is what comedy should be.


What a performance!

by David Kern on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Most of my thoughts have been articulated in other reviews, but I wanted to congratulate the actor on a job well done. The best mime I have seen in the Twin Cities and some of the best writing of the fringe. Way to go! Hopefully the Twin Cities gets the privilege to see Hannah Starr again in the future!


Tour de Force

by Darrick Hills on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Ever watch an episode of Saturday Night Live and wish the last 60 minutes of an episode could be as good as the first 30 minutes? Hannah Starr manages to make her whole show like the best skits of SNL. She moves from character to character in rapid fashion, spinning awesome stories, funny anecdotes and wonderful musical numbers. If you can only see one show at the Fringe this year, make every effort to catch this show. It will make you want to see more of the Fringe next year!


WOW!

by Nancy M. on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I was blown away by this show. Hannah Starr is incredible and knocked it out of the park. Solo shows always seem impossible to me and she carried it with ease. I also loved how polished the show was. You could tell she put a lot of work into it. Wonderful job! A must see!


Fantastic! A must see

by Imawizard Notafighter on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Hannah Star's creativity, wit, singing talent, and observational skills are matched only by her impeccable timing. Her performances continue to amaze and delight me, I've become a definite fan! If you can go see this show, reserve your seat now! Do it! Crush it!
I laughed, I cried, it moved me Bob.


lovely, funny and human

by Laura Zabel on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This is a lovely show -- really well performed and impeccably executed. I love watching an artist set a challenge for themselves and then rise to that challenge in a beautiful way. As a former improvisor, the "freeze" song hurt my heart in a good way. love.


Five Starrs

by Anne Christians on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Really fun and well crafted. Hannah Starr does a great job of providing one woman sketch comedy that wraps around and tells stories that are both relatable and viable social commentary. This is exactly the kind of show I think of when I think of fringe, and I think Starr's career will be one to watch.


Outstanding, creative, funny show

by Anna Amyx on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This show was funny, touching, socially relevant. At times personal and at other times universal. Ms. Starr has an excellent and well-trained voice and is obviously a talented song writer as well. Using nothing but a chair, a single spoken line (never repeated), two props, and lighting cues, she managed to create a joke that happened in three parts spaced throughout the show. That's the kind of creativity and spot-on execution she gives us. See this show.


Impeccable timing

by Ryan Bockenhauer on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The pace of this show is unforgiving and perfect. Every aspect of the comedy felt placed intelligently and pointed. Great social commentary.
Was great to briefly meet Hannah and chat about the successes of the piece.
A must see for this fringe season. There's something for everyone here.


Loved it!

by Cali Mastny on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I'm sometimes skeptical about of one person shows.. if that one person fails the whole show fails.. and had no idea what to expect with this, but Hannah rocked it! Fun show that kept me engaged the whole time. Lots of talent!


Legend

by Paris Kelvakis on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Hannah might be the greatest performer I've ever seen. Not seeing this is a mistake.


Wonderful Show!

by Jessica Woldenski on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Hannah Starr did an incredible job. The show was polished and professional and you could tell a lot of work went into it. We enjoyed ourselves the entire time. Don't miss it!


A late addition - and a good one

by Nanette Stearns on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

I became aware this show at the out of town preview on Wednesday. Apparently Hannah was a late addition from the waiting list and had only three days to prepare. First of all, the show is selling out so if you want to go - reserve tickets. Next, her voice is amazing. There were times I wondered if that incredible music was really coming from her. So many highlights (especially the song, It's hard to be Vegan and Homeless [perhaps not the exact title but close]). The characters she creates are poignant and her energy is infectious. If I ever hear the term "crush it," I'll immediately think of her and this great show.


Incandescent

by Caroline Toll on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This is wonderful. It seems like she is actually secretly taking us through a history of musicals in addition to being freaking fabulous.


Boombox = Box Office smash!

by Matthew Garten on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Went to this show based on the reviews from its first showing. And I'm glad I did. Previously was not on my radar, but it should definitely be on yours. Hard to describe, but it'll make you laugh; make you smile; and might even make you think about life and the seemingly endless hustle we are all consumed by.


You already know you should see it

by Kelly Glader on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

But let me tell you why you should see it. Let me tell why you should probably see it twice. At least twice.
Hannah Starr is the most talented performer I've ever seen in a one-person show. She is not only the most talented comedian and story-teller, there may also be some ...unexpected... talents that you'll just have to see for yourself.
Hannah is in from Chicago and it is a rare treat to have a chance to see her here in MN. Stop reading this review and buy your pass (and reservation...she's already selling out her shows!) right now.


Brilliant!

by Kate Hall on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Hannah Starr is incredible! She had the whole audience hooting and clapping for her. It was such a fun show with such touching moments of humanity. She sings beautifully and can change into another character at the drop of a hat! She doesn't even need to say anything to get everyone laughing. Truly brilliant work- I would love to see more!


A Perfect Mixtape

by Eric Siegel on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Hannah Starr is one in a million; a performer with talent in such a wide range of stage vocations you'll wonder whether they all come naturally to her or if she spends every waking moment mastering her craft. Maybe both!

This show in a real, authentic experience that spans from topical comedy, operatic solos to moments of genuine human observation. It's easy to call this show simply an impressive series of comedy but more than that this piece is clearly a labor of love from somebody whose real world actuality breaks through into all of her bits and characters. I highly recommend this show to everyone as it's deeply connecting without being preachy and funny without being merely crass or excessive.

1 person found this review helpful


Creative and Fantastic Energy

by Milli Manchester on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

I liked this show. This was a fun and interesting concept! I loved how it was all timed out right down to every little cue.
She was very talented in her character and scene work. She was able to transition from character to character smoothly and the piece with the cat on the leash had me laughing like crazy.
Very well done!


Breathtaking.

by Hillary Olson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 15 shows

This show was absolutely incredible. Hilarious and powerful from start to finish. Hannah Starr is one of the most genuine and talented performers I have seen on stage. She possesses incredible vocal and physical control that is energizing to witness. She plays multiple characters but somehow is more vulnerable, more authentically human than most people are in real life. I only wish she was still local to MN, but at the same time...I want to see her make it BIG. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️(she will)


Just WOW

by Kevin Boedigheimer on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I didn't know what to expect. The creativity coming from the stage was amazing. What a future this performer has.

1 person found this review helpful


Filled With Wit and Heart

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

With an absurdly dope boombox serving as her anchor, Hannah Starr delivers a excellent performance. Equal parts sketch, musical, and one soul show, Starr's exploration of the world is defined by her particular comedic wit. Perhaps more notable is the personal element that lies just beneath, giving us a glimpse into the heart and experience that drives the material. It's also really funny. So go see it.

1 person found this review helpful


Just Lovely!

by Kristopher Dean on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show was so simple and fun. Hannah's performance is bold, nuanced and funny. The show left me with a smile on my face.

1 person found this review helpful


Highly recommended

by Will Weisert on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

An extremely well designed and paced show with a bit of everything - humor, song, movement, and observation. Ms. Starr effortlessly captures us in the first minute and carries us through to the end without missing a beat. Exceptional.

1 person found this review helpful


Indescribably good

by Corrie Fiedler on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

Like many others', Hannah's out-of-towner preview caught my attention. But how to describe to my fringe partner (and sister) to convince her it was a 'must see.'? I just left it at 'it is a must see'. Performance art, and very fringy (in the best sense). Creative in every way, from a fabulous and charismatic performer. Don't try for an explanation. Just go!

2 people found this review helpful


Do yourself a favor - go see this show!

by Lillian Wenker on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I truly cannot say enough good about BOOMBOX. This show is weird, quirky, and so, so funny. BOOMBOX is beautifully performed and crafted in such an ingenious way. Starr's pure talent and unique creativity will leave you thinking about this show for hours after. Additionally, it performs at Bryant Lake Bowl, whose intimate space invites the audience into this beautiful adventure.

1 person found this review helpful


Funny, sweet and totally engaging

by Florence Brammer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

Starr has such a charismatic presence, and she easily pulls off a variety of fast-paced, short-length skits, ranging from poignant to laugh-out-loud funny. Very enjoyable, and something you really don't get to see outside a Fringe setting.

1 person found this review helpful


Laugh out loud from start to finish!

by Caitlyn Jones on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I LOVED this show. Hannah Starr brings an amazing, beautiful energy to the stage that is sure to thrill. It's not often that a show has me truly belly-laughing, but this one did. From moments of simple and joyous mine, to sketch characters that leave you wanting more, she truly crushes it. And every so often there's a little POW of quiet truth that takes you by surprise and makes you think. And then of course laugh some more. See. This. Show.

1 person found this review helpful


Highly Recommend!

by Brenna Horn on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Funny, emotional, creative! LOVED IT

1 person found this review helpful


Hannah Starr crushes it!

by Delano DuGarm on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Yes, it's the Fringe when the actor comes out wrapped in a bedspread, with a pillow wrapped around her head, and sings the "Pie Jesu."

Excellent show, all timed to an audio track recorded on one 45 minute side of a standard cassette. Hannah creates full-fledged characters in a series of vignettes that are funny in a variety of ways. A well developed script that is performed with verve and really good singing. Especially remarkable, given that this show came of the wait list only a few days ago.

The 8/4 show nearly sold out. I'd get reservations for this if your planning to attend.

2 people found this review helpful


All over the country and in Duluth

by Dave Romm on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A delightful one-woman show. Hannah Starr stretches, sings, mimes and motivates her way though a multitude of characters and situations. Pay attention: Some of the bits pop up later. She syncs with the boombox excellently, and plays off the tape and the audience with equal control. Four and a half stars rounded down for being only 45 minutes.


Make a reservation!

by Katherine DuGarm on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I saw the first show and expect the rest to sell out. If I had more stars to give, BOOMBOX would get them.

Hannah sells it, whether on the catwalk or the El.

Audience participation I got into, call-and-response, no one singled out.

2 people found this review helpful


Delightful

by Elizabeth Schuetzle on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show was super hilarious, and perfect for the venue. Hannah's comedic timing is spot on, and while comedic singing doesn't always have to be beautiful - hers was which is just an added bonus. Super solid show to add into your Fringe schedule.

1 person found this review helpful


funny & delightful

by Lydia Blaisdell on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Wonderful show with plenty of great jokes & a surprising amount of good songs.

Killer performance too. Highly recommend!

1 person found this review helpful


Boom!

by julie isaacson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Hannah Starr has created a wildly fun experience. Hilarious and thought-provoking. She is a highly skilled artist. I enjoyed every moment of her high energy show.

2 people found this review helpful


Small house, you better rush

by Gabriel Mata on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show proves that you do not need a huge budget to create a great story. However you need talent and passion like this artists. I look forward to following Hannah around in the future! I am so glad I discovered Hannah, hopefully I am someday able to collaborate with her. I highly recommend you experience this amazing performer (she needs a bigger stage).

1 person found this review helpful


Cute!

by Jack Bauer on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Talented and fun to watch, but not as brilliant as the preview led me to believe.


Incredibly fun to watch

by Claire Huber on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

My mom saw the 3-minute preview of this and suggested I go, and I do not regret it one bit. Hannah's versatility was a privilege to watch.

1 person found this review helpful


Every setup has an incredible payoff

by David Lawson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

One of the best character-based solo shows I've ever seen. Laugh out loud funny, every setup has an incredible payoff, Hannah owns every moment. Bizarre one minute, sweet the next, terrific throughout. See it.

1 person found this review helpful


Crushed it!

by Ariel Lopez on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

Wonderfully Fringy abstract comedy about modern life. Hannah gave a consummate comedic performance, with face and body language that seemed perfectly crafted to each character she portrayed. While I think she would have made just about anything funny, the material was solid and oddly thought-provoking at times.
Two minor criticisms: one, the show is on the short side and it felt like there was probably some more that could have been developed, and two, the shtick of the boombox didn't really add anything or matter much to the show and wasn't used or played with as much as it could have been, given that it's the title of the piece. Overall, highly recommend.

2 people found this review helpful


Brilliantly crafted one-person show

by Tim Nyberg on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Like watching a trademark Second City or Dudley Riggs show - only with one unusually gifted actor (and a boombox). Hannah's scripting, flexibility in characters, subtle and laugh-out-loud comic moments, impressive singing voice and a superbly crafted show made this solidly enjoyable from start to finish.

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Must see

by Kari Olk on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

See this show. Hannah is a star on the rise. Seriously. Don't miss this show. She is so committed, but not in an annoying way where you worry about her. It feels personal but not masturbatory. We were impressed by the specificity in the different characters. You will think. You will laugh. You will want to be her friend. See this play!!!!!!!!!!

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Cast and crew

Hannah Starr

Creator

Hannah Starr is a Chicago-based actor and comedian. She originally developed BOOMBOX when she was in the Comedy Studies Program at Second City in Chicago. Most recently Hannah played the Emcee in No Stakes Theatre Project’s production of Cabaret and this fall will be playing Medium Alison in the midwest premiere of “Fun Home” at Victory Gardens. She’s a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, The Second City Conservatory, and has trained at the MacPhail School of Music, iO, Brave New Workshop, and HUGE Improv Theater. @heyohannahstarr


Cassie Ahiers

Director

Cassie Ahiers is a Minneapolis native now living in Chicago. She directs and performs comedy throughout Chicago. Cassie teaches at the Second City, and is a graduate of the Second City Directing Program, The Second City Conservatory, iO’s improv program, and holds a degree in Theatre directing from Columbia College Chicago.


Boombox

Boombox

The Boombox is a 1979 Montgomery Ward Generation 3995a. It was given to Hannah’s Aunt, Jean Starr, when she graduated high school, and it remained a part of her life until 2015, when she gave it to Hannah to use for “a weird comedy experiment.” Jean passed away on December 20th, 2015. This show is for her.

More information

Performed by Chicago actor Hannah Starr and her 1979 Montgomery Ward boombox, BOOMBOX is a solo sketch comedy show timed out to a pre-recorded cassette tape. The mixtape is the music, sound effects and scene partner to Hannah as she plays along. Through characters, sketches, and song Hannah reveals a world in which constant noise is the norm, success is mandatory, and the quest for peace is never-ending.


 

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