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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Couple Fight 3: Weddings!

By Weggel-Reed Productions
Created by Anna Weggel-Reed and Tom Reed

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

"Couple Fight 3: Weddings!" features real couples reenacting their real fights centered around love, weddings, marriage and friendship. Relate to the joys of relationships for better or for worse.

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

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 2:30pm
 

* 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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It's TOO REAL, man, TOO REAL!!!

by Tony Harrington on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

With my own wedding occurring in three weeks, a couple of the vignettes hit - hilariously - very close to the mark. All of the actors told their stories well - all were funny and very endearing.


Maybe Best Fringe I've Ever Seen

by Sarah Lawrence-Lupton on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This was hilarious. I'm not sure if it's because I got married this summer so I totally see where these came from--not that I did any of it just that my husband and I spent a lot of time laughing about what "weddings are suppose to be"--ours was not that. The script was spot on, the actors were hilarious. I loved it--now if I could only win that marital fight that my husband should come to the theater with me!


Couples Fight 3: Weddings

by Tommy Borden on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Talented cast. The timing of the actors was impeccable so that you could hear both members of the couple speaking even though they were "having an argument". To do this while maintaining the illusion that people are talking on top of each other is a skill. Kudos to the playwright(s) as well.


Best show I saw this Fringe

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

This is a great show. It was funny, well acted, fast moving, clever and honest. It contains SO many great moments. This is a show that deserves an encore performance.


Funny Fights Reacted Beautifully

by Cetius d'Raven on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

This was my first year of catching this series of shows about which I'd heard so much and I'm very glad I found the time. A hilarious portrayal of the trials of love, stemming from both silly and serious situations.

Per request, I relay my winners to the cast:
Davies (scheduling > free food)
Zabel (weddings aren't protest platforms)
Leeman (a good tease is always worth it)
Custer (don't mess with the bride!)
Meyer (cultural expectations be damned)
Hartke (support during a meltdown is important)
John Zeiler (another good tease)


If laughter = best medicine I'll be 100

by Kris Wills on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This piece looks at seven true(ish) matrimonial arguments. An outrageous look at how seemingly inconsequential details can get blown all the way into ridiculous-ville when exposed to the pressure of planning their 'special' day. These actors are truly gifted and with bouts of outrageous outbursts. Warning: May serve as great motivation for putting things in perspective. Seriously a must see.


More than a COUPLE of laughs

by Maria Bartholdi on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Every moment of this show is perfect. Deal with it.


Great show!

by Bradley Machov on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show is hilarious! All the fights are relatable, even for someone who is not and has never been married. There's also a great mix of styles that ensures no one fight feels at all repetitive or similar. All the performers are wonderful actors and each shine both individually and collectively. There's no dud, except maybe Richie McLarn. But overall this easily gets five stars and is definitely a can't miss!


Hilarious

by Erica Murphy on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I laughed out loud ugly at this show. The pies oh the pies so so good. The only miss was the last scene, it was ok.


FUN!

by Luke Merges on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

As a happily married man, my wife and I enjoyed this show. Custer and Webster killed it as usual, and it was so great to see honest content turned into dramatically funny moments. This is a must see! My only thing is that many of the fights were predictable and some of the actors were not great, but the majority of the cast carried it and leave you laughing form beginning to end.


SEE THIS SHOW

by Jake Garhofer on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show, what can I say, I was crying of laughter the whole way through, all the couples were phenomenal, though the pie couple and the "easy and simple" wedding at the cabin couple stood out. If you like comedy you will like this show. I promise. This show deserves five stars and deserves for you to go see it!


Hilarious! Wept with tears of laughter!

by Dane Stauffer on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Tears of laughter, and of recognition! What a hilarious and brave show. You get to watch how ridiculous we can all be when we were fighting, usually over the pettiest things, in hindsight. I was writhing in my seat with laughter. Well done


I do......love this show

by Josh Kuehn on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

An amazingly hilarious show from some of the finest comedic actors in the Twin Cities. Special props to the work of Rita Boersma and Heather Meyer.


So Much Laughter

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

As a married woman, I loved this show. My husband and I went to see it together and had a great time making fun of our own strange habits and arguments that we saw reflected on stage. There was never a dull moment on stage. I loved that they tackled more than just a man and women marriage. Each of the couples had a fabulous story to tell and found such great ways to make the audience laugh through them. Definitely a great show to go see! Loved the audience participation. haha!


Awesome show

by Steve Hiebert on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Could not stop laughing. I eant to see it many more times


Made my Night!

by Jessica Hiebert on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show had me laughing out loud the entire time! A must see for sure!


Based on real life incidents

by Divya Maiya on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

It's funny cos it's real life! These were so many moments where my husband I looked at each other and burst out laughing. And there were moments when our friends all looked at the two of us and laughter followed. It's such a relief to find out this happens to other couples too..lol


Worth it!

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

If you are married, have ever been married, thinking of ever getting married, know people who might get married, know people who never want to get married, or know people who want to get married in space, Go see this show! I laughed so hard at other peoples relationship issues and I don't feel the need to apologize. Thank you to all the performers to bare their relationships to public scrutiny.


(Not as) easy as pie - great comedy!

by Molly Chase on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I can only catch a few Fringe shows this year, and this was among the top of my list. I'm so glad I made it! Incredible cast and spot-on performances, excellent direction. I saw the show last night and it had me thinking all morning about how weddings encourage us to equate effort with love. Paradoxically, weddings are supposed to seem effortless, as though our ordinary lives are filled with mason jars and glue guns. Which brings me to the director. This series of real-life scenes are brought together with expert attention to pacing and tone. It makes the whole seem effortless -- as though you could not possibly go wrong, but of course you could. This comedy nails it.


An hour of laughs and giggles

by Noah Nieting on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Tremendous physical acting combines with real-life circumstances of both the all-to-familiar and bizarre to make for a joyous show bursting with laughs.


Three for three

by Derek Reise on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This show matches the previous years' Couple Fights in the variety of types of silliness with just a little genuine heart. While I enjoyed this very much, I kind of hope there won't be a Couple Fight 4--I can't see this being maintained.

All the couples were hilarious in different ways. I especially liked Shanan Custer's response to anything that resembled PDA or tenderness. And Rita Borsma's over-the-top, over-tired, pie crust-provoked freak-out! It is hard to imagine another performer successfully mimicking her absurd behavior . She managed to squirm, flail and yell about in a way that cn did not get old.


One of my favorite fringe franchises

by Tom S. Rhea on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Hold on to your butts! Oh, the humanity!


I Ugly Laughed

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

Seriously hysterical. I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Great comedic timing from the whole cast kept me laughing from beginning to end. A must see.


As always, very funny

by Sunny Sorenson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

As always, these Twin Cities comedian icons shine through the marriage vignettes.

Funny, heartfelt, and personal are ingredients for a good hour of laughs. Just, maybe next year, they'll try something new.


Fine time

by Dani C on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I thought the show was just that, fine. I thought the best part of the show was the couple with the pies and only because the woman was so good with her physical comedy. Wasn't a waste but definitely not one that stands out.


Safe, tepid.

by Joe Allen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

My main problem here is that this is about as safe and tame as a Fringe show can be. They've got a formula. They've got the talent. They've got the names. They've got the venue. It's a waste to spend it all pushing no boundaries. But hey that's mass-appeal for ya!

There is a strong undercurrent of toxic monogamy and blurred lines of domestic abuse/neglect that are played for laughs, and yeah, I take umbrage.

Yeah you'll laugh. It's almost worth rushing your butt to the Rarig to hop in the sold-out line solely for the monologue about marriage, galaxies, and the human need to expand. I'd love to see the creative team contemplate pushing in that direction because they're scratching at some genuine, worthwhile stuff.

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They've done it again!

by Connie Roni on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Want to laugh til you cry - this is your show! Does not disappoint!


All's Fair In Love And War! Now Fight!

by Jessica Wojachoski on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Wow! This cast is amazing! The real life fights played out on stage were ridiculous and insane, but that is what happens in life when emotions flare! We've all been there at some point and that made it even more relateable. Watching this show, I was reminded of a few fights I've been in and I laughed all over again at the thought of it. Hindsight is 20/20 and its great to laugh at such heated (at the time) moments. Everyone around me seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. Dare I say...ENCORE???


Hilarious

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

Only problem with this show is that I kept looking for Tom Reed, and he was ??? Doing another show? The vignettes were all deliciously engaging. It is always so fun to see a personal slice of life from my favorite community performers.


Entertaining Show

by Jimbo Kramer on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I was expecting more from this show after seeing the amazing reviews. However, this was a show that consistently kept me laughing. The actors were not amazing, but the scrip was well written and helped them create an hour of fun.


Love and War

by Erik North on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Super funny show. An extremely talented cast recreating their fights seems like a sure fire hit and it is. Some of the arguments are hysterical with my favorites being Andy Kraft and Rachael Davies food fight, Shanan Custer and Eric Webster's wedding day shenanigans and Rita Boersma and and Ritchie McLarn's pie fight. But in the end all were hilarious! Great show!


Hilarious & Romantic Fighting Fun

by Matt Saxe on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

Hilariously funny people reenacting their wedding "fights"--Perfect. The wedding theme helped tie it all together in a great way. As for the winners of each fight: I sided with Rachael last year because college football is awesome-but I'm on Andy's side because-FREE food. Laura over Levi, Nicholas over Colleen (he did the work!) there were so many things in Shanan and Erics it hard to keep track, but I will say I enjoy a pig roast so I don't see the issue in that (unless you're vegetarian/vegan) but I'm not into PDA like Shanan, Heather over Jim-its her life, kind of a tie with Rita & Justin as played by Richie (DON'T post on Facebook but Ritas physical humor had me dying) and tie between Lacey and John because I love them both so much. 5*

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rolling in the aisles

by Jessica Lindgren on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

So much talent on stage, funny and relatable scenes played out by the couples, loved every minute of it.

1 person found this review helpful


Funny and Honest

by David Berglund on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

An inviting, communal experience that celebrates and lambastes romantic commitment. Clever and varied. Truly endearing cast throughout.


60 minutes of belly laughs

by Tony Sofie on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Given the theme, this could easily turn into the same joke played over and over again. Instead, the 6 couples provide hilarious and relatable vignettes that range from ridiculously petty arguments to over-the-top full-blown meltdowns. With a blend of storytelling, reenactment and social commentary, there's something here for everyone.


Arguments, conversations, abuse...

by Danielle S on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

The word "fight" is taken pretty loosely in this play. Started off well with the first couple, where it was an actual legitimate petty argument that was super funny. It went downhill from there, with some of the "fights" being basically just passionate conversations. One was even a wife constantly screaming (at herself, at her husband, into the void, whatever) and taking out her frustrations on him physically. While is does technically fit the theme of the show, it doesn't fit the spirit of the show, because abuse isn't funny. Ever.

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Hilarious Must See!

by Kevin Granger on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show was exactly what I expected! Funny, class fringers, and audience participation. My one qualm is that I was at a performance where there was supposed to be another couple fight with Anna and Tom Reed... and it did not happen. I am guessing he was at his other Fringe show since a couple members of this cast are in other shows. Even so, missing out on that performance after buying a ticket was kind of disappointing. BUT this show will keep you laughing the entire time! A must see!


a little bit of everything

by Lyle Larue on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I had seen many plays that Heather Meyer is in, it is why I chose this one. There was a request as to who we think won each fight. But I am not the type that thinks anyone 'wins' a couples fight. Although at times I did laugh, because even though I have been in couple arguments I didn't have any of these particular fights. I liked mention of song choices in one, and 'pretend receptions' was funny as well. No doubt thankful I haven't witnessed the hyperventilating, hysterical one, about jar pies. Heather was brilliant as usual, good at being dour- really liked her puns.


Mawwiage, is what brings us togedder...

by Grenacia Green on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

My husband and I will be celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary this fall, and we very much enjoyed this show. I have a love/hate relationship with weddings, including my own. I liked this show much more than I liked the actual experience of planning a wedding. I could relate to a lot of the fights and commiserate and be amused. There was a lot of variety in the nature of the conflicts, and they were all entertaining.


Must see comedy

by Chet Taylor on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Deserves all the great reviews. Amazing cast!


I laughed so hard!

by Cynthia Gerwig on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show was funny and clever with a wonderful cast! I laughed so hard as the writing paired with comedic timing of the actors were impeccable! Good show!


Fun

by Fourth Wall on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

One of the skits stood out but on the whole it was pretty standard cliche "people freaking out about their wedding." Lots of laughs but not a must see.


Great show really funny!

by Kathy Shockency on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This was a great performance with multiple couples "fighting ". It was a laugh from beginning to end! Very talented cast, see this one if you can get in.


Unsurprisingly funny

by Sean Dillon on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Anyone looking at the cast list on this one will be unsurprised to hear that it is very, very funny. It was also deeply relatable to anyone who has been in a long-term relationship. Rita Boersma's ridiculous physicality was, for me, the highlight among highlights.

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Wedding-palooza

by Callie Meiners on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Overall exactly what I expected. Certain fights will definitely stand out! Including: Shanan v. Eric, Jim v.Heather, and John v. Lacey.


Good, but...

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

There are some Fringe shows that seem to be enjoyed most by the performers themselves or their friends and family. It had some truly funny moments, and even a nice message overall. But, I walked away feeling like it was made for and within a specific social circle, and being on the outside of that was a little alienating. It could be I just don't know enough people in the theatre, but...


Many a truth is told thru comedy...

by Doug Anderson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

A testament to surviving (in a relationship) is recognizing the humor in our foibles, mistakes and blunders. This show is so rich in funny truth... so close to my own truth... I almost cried. Laughing at someone else is the first step to recovery. LOVE THIS SHOW!!


Hillarious

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

Just what you would expect considering the cast and writer. I think it was better than "Couples Fight" and Couples Fight 2.


FIGHT!

by Kathleen Cossette on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I've been a big fan of Anna Weggle and Tom Reed's Couple Fight shows and this has to be my favorite. All of the arguments were perfect and the theme makes them VERY relatable to anyone who has gone through a marriage or even a relationship. Everyone did a great job. Each argument had us laughing for different reasons. Since they asked, I think the winners of the fights are: Kraft, Zabel, Colleen Somerville Leeman, Custer (cause she's the bride!) Meyer, Mclarn, and John Zeiler.


Really funny, interesting variety

by Scott Eastman on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Thoroughly enjoyed these funny people with their wedding related vignettes. Especially loved Eric Webster and Shanan Custer, and Rita Boersma. These are super talented people! And also really loved Jim Robinson's engagement with the crowd, he cracked us all up, too.


A well-polished old time radio show

by LuAnn Monahan on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

My mom used to talk about these old radio shows her family would listen to when she was a child. This cast is completely comfortable providing not only the dialogue but also the sound effects so imperative to a radio show. They all have a wonderful range of voice, making listening to them all the more enjoyable.


Third time's a charm!

by Nanette Stearns on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

I've seen all three versions of this concept and am hard-pressed to say which is the best. Or even to say which is the best "fight" in this particular show. All the performers added to the hilarity and even the "please rise" "please be seated" (not exactly audience participation) made this show even funnier. If I had to pick one couple, I'd say Shannen and Eric with their dream of a peaceful wedding by a lake that ended up being anything but peaceful. Glad I saw this and look forward to Round Four!


Fun Fighting

by Nick Wolf on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Some great storytellers and performers guaranty a laugh or two. I really enjoyed the wedding theme this year, which really tied everything together.


Good: Written For Older Married People.

by Sam Thomas on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

There is some nice, funny content here. But as a young college guy, I don't really relate to this. It's a show for older married people. Nice job. Lot's of yelling. But, light hearted and fun overall.


We've all been there

by Richelle Amundson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

...but it wasn't quite as funny as this show. Great talent telling great stories of love and battle.


SO. MUCH. FUN.

by Susan Colins-Hearth on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show is incredibly funny and extremely relatable. With the whole show being centered around weddings I was a little hesitant going in because I thought the fights would maybe be too similar. I was dead wrong. Every couple blew it away. I particularly loved Andy and Rachael, Shanon and Eric, Rita and Richie. A must see!


It's you do & I don't & nobody said that

by Chris Gennaula on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Oh, to look back at that big fight you had when you were about to get married. Every wedded coupled has this story. It's cathartic and funny.


Funny for Fringe

by Casey Marie Holmes on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This show relys on its relatability and would not survive outside of fringe. However I understand why this show has been so popular for the last 3 years. The cast is great at comedy and I was laughing my butt off as it reminded me of my husband and I were planning our wedding (relatability).


Super Funny

by Randa Schollmeyer on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This is my favorite of the three Couple Fight shows. I thought the skits were relatable and entertaining - occasionally hilarious.


All of the Laughs

by Afton Benson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

You'll laugh, a lot. A nice glimpse into many relatable moments in any relationship.


How did they ALL win?!?

by Mary Weinhagen on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This show is hilarious, which is probably no surprise given the talent onboard... but really, this group of people is so full of talent that the time flew by as laughter ensued over their willingness to so brilliantly reenact their hilarious (though probably not at the time) wedding fight! It's frequently said, when couples fight, "There are no winners here" but in this case... There are no losers here! It's a WIN! See this show is you're looking to laugh at life!


I'm a Fan, But...

by J. Bach on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

I have LOVED the previous Couple Fight shows, but I didn't love this one. I did love Shanan and Eric's piece, and their vignette alone was worth the price of the ticket! And I really liked a lot of the other couple's pieces, taken individually. However, on the whole most...not all, but most...of the couple's fights seemed to fit a gross stereotype of nagging woman vs. laid back jokester dude. One or two of these would have been fine for me, but toward the end it seemed to add up in a way that turned me off a bit. Also, it would've been nice to see a bit more diversity.

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Best of the bunch

by Will Weisert on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

It seems like the third leg of some franchises - think Star Wars and Lord of the Rings - bring out the best in writers, directors, and actors. That's certainly the case with Couple Fight's third incarnation. Each couple's story was engaging, extremely funny, and well presented. Transitions, often a problem with these sorts of multi-part presentations, were barely noticeable although that I was probably distracted as I was wiping tears of laughter from my eyes. Well done!


This one's back for a reason!

by Mark Webb on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Because it was hilarious! Every one of these bits was exceptionally funny and fast-paced. Great material and terrific performances all around!


Funny and oh, so true

by Daniel Pinkerton on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

You will laugh loudly and repeatedly as you watch reenactments of REAL FIGHTS between couples surrounding their or someone else's wedding. As with all storytelling, the material is shaped a little so it seems even funnier in the retelling. Light, no real message, except perhaps that the biggest fights can come from the most trivial disagreements.


A+++

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

Couple Fight shows are on my Must See list for a reason. This one does not disappoint. SO fun and funny!

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Super Funny!

by Greg Scott on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This is the third time I've seen random couples reenacting past fights and each year it seems to get funnier and funnier each time. This year's wedding theme is genius. Every couple has a different, hilarious argument that anybody can relate to. Every fight had a few parts that made me belly laugh. A definite must see!


The acoustics in this church

by Annie Scott Riley on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This was the best Couple Fight I've seen. Constant laughs, well timed by seasoned performers. No (almost no?) gooey stuff, just real, embarrassing, awkward, hilarious-in-retrospect life. Great job, everybody.


Polished on the first night

by Nathan Gerber on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

If you like laughing at petty relationship stuff and maybe feel something like sympathy for another's plight then you'll enjoy this show. I laughed, really hard, mostly in the belly area, a lot. If you hate fun, maybe don't see this one. Every detail about the couple's experience is executed with precision so why don't you treat yourself to the wonderfulness that is this show?


Funny and relatable

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Anyone who's lived through the madness of planning a wedding, getting married, and then figuring out how to live together will find something to relate to in this extremely funny show. It's a great showcase of MN comedic talent, and the pacing and variety are top-notch.

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Favorite Show of the Night

by Bradley Johnson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Saw 3 really great shows and 1 average opening night and this was definitely my favorite! It features some of the best comedic talent the twin cities has to offer and they delivered! Highly recommend for everyone regardless of their relationship status.


I wish I had a basket full of paper hear

by Sulia Altenberg on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show is amazing - I think it's the best couple fight yet. The scenes feel so short and sweet because they are so well written and performed by these talented people. Weddings feel like the perfect theme for couple fight, but there also was the risk that every scene was going to be about wedding planning. Thankfully and most effectively, each couple had a new, hilarious story and format for their marriage related fight. Anna and Tom sure know what they're doing, putting together all these magical people in such a magical way.


Every Fight a Winner!

by Marie Cooney on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

With so many great performers and such crazy stories, it is impossible to pick the winners and the losers of each fight. Each individual won by finding the person who best complements them. That said, my favorite couple's fight was Shanon and Eric's done, simple, easy wedding near the dock. Heather Meyer gave the best departing monologue. Everybody has to love Andy, the starving actor, who simply wants a free meal, wherever and wherever possible. Damn craziest was the none shot gun wedding with all the gun music. Best defense is the fact that written instructions might have been best, given complexity of invitations. Off the chart psycho award goes to Rita Boersma. Best flip of coin goes to John and Lacey Zeiler. Great fights all around!


Best "Couple Fights" yet

by Florence Brammer on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

This hour just flew by as these delightful true-life arguments between the married couples in the cast are reenacted. Some segments are stronger than others; Shannon Custer is especially brilliant, as always. My choice for the "winners" of the arguments: Kraft, Zabel, Leeman, Custer, Meyer, McLarn (as Hartke), John Zeiler.


Shanan Custer, Eric Webster

by Walter Furtney on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

I have to vote for Shanan and Eric in an amusing, true and enjoyable hour of theater. All the performers were funny but Shanan and Eric were really funny.


A Must See

by Edwin Strout on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Incredibly talented storytellers/comedians/actors who are married to each other tell hysterically true events and arguments to do with their weddings. Not shy about making themselves or loved ones look idiotic. I laughed so much during this show! Go see it!


Been in a relationship?

by Kelly Regan on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

If you have ever, are now, or will ever be married, this show will speak to you in the most hilarious way. Terrific terrific terrific! I was surprised at the depth in some of the vignettes. Well done!


All winners

by Amy Bonifas on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Well acted. Arguments were sufficiently varied and flowed well from one to the next. Really enjoyable. Make sure to see.


Who won?

by Michelle Walter on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The woman always wins. No matter the argument.
Great show as usual! Good to know everyone fights about silly stuff!


Does anyone know Shanan?

by Christine Malcom on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Perfectly paced, great variety in the kinds of completely absurd fights. Best COUPLE FIGHT yet.


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Cast and crew

Andy Kraft

Actor / Writer


Rachael Davies

Actor / Writer


Laura Zabel

Actor / Writer


Levi Weinhagen

Actor / Writer


Nicholas Leeman

Actor / Writer


Colleen Somerville Leeman

Actor / Writer


Shanan Custer

Actor / Writer


Eric Webster

Actor / Writer


Jim Robinson

Actor / Writer


Heather Meyer

Actor / Writer


Rita Boersma

Actor / Writer


Richie McLarn

Actor / Writer


Lacey Zeiler

Actor / Writer


John Zeiler

Actor / Writer


Anna Weggel-Reed

Producer / Creator


Tom Reed

Director / Creator

More information
Real pairs of spouses, lovers and friends reenact real fights in this sequel to 2015-2016 Fringe hits "Couple Fight" and “Couple Fight II: Friends and Family”. Mixing heaviness and hilarity, couples navigate the trials and tribulations of the world of marriage and weddings. 

This show is not about airing people's dirty laundry, but rather about laughing, and the realization that when you love someone, there's a decent chance you'll find yourself in the middle of the most absurd, stupid, but hilarious fights. Especially if there's a wedding involved. With Fringe favorites including John and Lacey Zeiler, Shanan Custer and Eric Webster, Jim Robinson and Heather Meyer, Laura Zabel and Levi Weinhagen, Andy Kraft, Rita Boersma and director Tom Reed, audiences are sure to bust a gut, shed a tear and most importantly, relate to the joys of relationships for better or worse. See for yourself a preview of the uproarious honesty

Praise for 2017's "Couple Fight 3: Weddings!":

"Six heterosexual couples, plus a happy straight singleton and an officiating gay add up to one of the most hilarious shows in the festival. “Couple Fight” creator Anna Weggel-Reed and director Tom Reed have hit upon a Fringe franchise that shares ridiculous yet relatable stories from real life couples." -Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

"Just like presenters of confessional first-person shows about childhood embarrassments, the producers of this Fringe franchise will never run out of material. Couples fight, and then they make up, and then they laugh about it. Not all couples, of course, are ready to reenact those fights in front of hundreds of paying audience members — but thank God for theater people and the people who love them." -Jay Gabler, CityPages

"I hope the Weggel-Reeds continue to do this show every year. Because nothing is funnier than watching funny people fight with someone they love about something ridiculous." -Cherry and Spoon

Recommended lists

Star Tribune recommended listActors Shanan Custer, Levi Weinhagen and Laura Zabel deliver the tooth-gritting, over-the-top huffing of spouses, lovers and friends in this sequel to two popular Fringe shows. 

MinnPost "Must-See" list: "'Couple Fight 3: Weddings!' by Weggel-Reed Productions. In the latest addition to the popular “Couple Fight” series, actual couples re-enact fights they have had in real life. The snippet we saw – about tiny pies in Mason jars – was wickedly funny.

City Pages: Don’t bet against Couple Fight 3: Weddings! This third iteration of a concept created by Anna Weggel-Reed and Tom Reed (a married pair themselves) reenacts actual arguments between an all-star cast of couples. -Jay Gabler

Cherry and Spoon's 2017 "Must-See" list: "if the premise works, keep at it! And this premise - the funniest couples in the Twin Cities theater/comedy world reenact a real fight - is gold. Read what I thought about the last two episodes and then make your plans to see this one."

"Fringe 2017 Returning Favorites List" - Single White Fringe Geek. "(Tom) and his equally funny and talented wife Anna Weggel have launched another series called Couple Fight, restaging theater couples’ most ridiculous relationship fights. 

Praise for 2016's "Couple Fight II: Friends and Family":

"This 2015 Fringe favorite returns for a well-deserved encore with seven new pairs of friends, family and lovers picking open old scabs for our entertainment...Directed by Tom Reed and produced by creator Anna Weggel-Reed, the play hits its jokes hard without leaning too heavily on mushy-gushy themes of making up nice." -Star Tribune 

"We see seven relationships in extremis, and it’s hilarious. Outside of context and with the passage of time, these little snippets of domestic conflict are harmless and fun, proving the equation that tragedy plus time equals comedy." -Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press, "Must See" list 

"I missed last year's original Couple Fight — but like Beverly Hills Cop, you don't need to have seen the original to enjoy the sequel. The show's clever premise is to have pairs of friends, relatives, and dating partners reenact actual fights they've had." -Jay Gabler, City Pages

"It's the first Fringe show that brought me to tears of laughter. With fights about topics both silly and serious, the show allows you to laugh at this human experience we all share." -Cherry and Spoon

On the Theater Unbound list for "Top Picks for great Fringe shows by and about women".

On the Twin Cities Arts Reader Editors List. 

Praise for 2015's "Couple Fight":

"What happens when two funny people get married, and then they fight? Judging by 'Couple Fight', it's hilarious, at least it is to those of us watching, and probably also to the couple once they move beyond the moment." -Cherry and Spoon 

"I can’t say too much about the fights because what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But I can guarantee you, we were laughing hysterically from the get go. The presentation is so intelligent, too, including the perfect intro and the perfect ending – they thought out Couple Fight extremely well and it’s not just, 'Here’s six fights we’ve had in real life'." -One Girl Two Cities.
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