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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The Murmur of Murder

By Swing and a Miss
Created by Justin Feit & Brady Mueller

Playing at HUGE Theater

The Larcenist Arsonist has struck again. Reeling from the death of her old partner, Det. Dawkins is on the case with her rival, O'Malley. Together, they navigate the seedy underbelly of a community in flames.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Fri, 8/4 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm
 

* 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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Read the reviews

FUNNY! Like .... LOL funny

by Grant Ruckheim on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A very smart, quick-witted, quirky, interactive, and funny show. The cast worked really well together and it felt like a well oiled machine.

The tangents made a nice addition to the storyline.


Tom Sellevk and Susan Boyles cameo

by Susan Roberts on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Tight, light, politically relevant show! Thanks to the cast of The Murmur of Murder - MN Fringe for an enjoyable and laugh filled hour!


Cute concept and fun wordplay

by Richelle Amundson on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

There were some weak spots in both the content and execution, but overall, I actually really liked it.


Laughed my A$$ off!!

by Derek Dirlam on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A hilariously silly , high-energy show, that was the perfect end to a night of Fringe! It felt like the cast was working every moment while they were on stage, and the jokes never stopped. Even had a couple of 'too soon?' moments, which the audience CLEARLY responded to, and that was funny in itself. Over-the-top characters, a few comedic props, some simple but effective lighting designs, a very odd/silly script, all came together for a very fun evening.


Sorry, no

by Eric Cohen on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Cute concept, but it didn't work. Script was weak and erratic, timing was often too quick or overtop of each other. Physicality was distracting and while amusing, many references seemed very forced.


SO SILLY

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

Irreverent & nutty. I was giggling throughout the majority of the production. Definitely worth your time!


Wonderfully Stupid

by Dahlia Acman on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

There were a couple moments when an actor was trying too hard to be funny, but not enough to make it an unpleasant hour. Would have given 3 stars if it weren't for Adian, who managed an honest portrayal of such a silly character.

If you don't like stupid humor, skip this one. If you, like me, appreciate laughter for its own sake, give it a go.

1 person found this review helpful


Bizarre, and hilarious

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

Alright - so this show is weird, and bizarre, and nonsensical, and really funny. There's a "plot," but also tons of jokes, and totally unrelated asides that are even funnier when you're not thinking about why they're funny.

1 person found this review helpful


Needed more rehearsals, but pretty good

by Chorf Mender on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

I'm not sure this one was ready for the stage yet, but that's what the Fringe can be for! The actors did a good job with what they had; the script left something to be desired.


The Murmur of Murder

by Norma Timmons on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The light-hearted spoofs provided comic relief from a relatively heavy subject matter (murder through arson). The show was well cast, and the plot was unpredictable enough to maintain my interest. The performance had a feel of Improv but the plot was far more developed than Improv. One point in the play did call for audience involvement which furthered that Improv feel. It's an hour of "escapism" with lots of laughs. Do not go expecting a serious mystery production.


Silliness abounds!

by Laura Doty on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Quite an entertaining and enjoyable show. Just don't think too much and you will be glad you came to this show. I was impressed with all the actors and the lighting. The cast and crew made good use of the space provided them.


Just enjoy the show

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

I thoroughly enjoy theater that doesn't try to take itself too seriously. This show was exactly that! I laughed from beginning to end and actually found myself enjoying the show so much, that I went and saw it a second time! I would highly recommend this show to the younger audience that can still remember what humor is.


Had me till the squirrels came out......

by Larry Bieza on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

What started as a fun cop spoof, devolved into a broken story, with character monologues given by characters not in the story! It seems to be a story that evolved(but not nearly enough) from an improv session.


Murmur

by Jon Golden on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

I blame the script for this show more than anything on the actors. This show tries too hard to be funny. It tries too hard to be topical. It tries too hard to be something its not. There are some amusing jokes, and some good performances, but overall just lacks any real depth, or comedy. That being said, Aidhan Jhane Gallivan and Nate Weingarden are fun to watch, I just wish they had a better script to work with.


Hilarious and Irreverent

by Ben Lindstrom on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show packs in a ton of jokes in its runtime, and it constantly had me laughing. The cast was really game for the absurdity of it all and sells the jokes throughout. I should note, however, that the style of comedy isn't going to be for everyone. It is irreverent, ridiculous, and full of tangents and non-sequiturs that worked well for me but might not with everyone.


Not worth the time

by Lynn Hickman on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

While the cast is very pretty the plot is inane. Although there are some mildly amusing lines the show doesn't have a fun vibe... it mainly felt like a waste of time.

1 person found this review helpful


Silly fun show

by James Zappa on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

This was a complete nonsensical, silly, random show and I loved every moment of it. Full of quick one liners and quirky monologues, the script gave the actors so much to play with and everyone looked like they were having a blast. Don't expect the most complex plot or characters, but the moments come fast so I didn't really mind. This was seriously one of the funniest shows I've seen this year!

1 person found this review helpful


Strong Start, Weak Finish

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

I loved the preview, and was happy to see it live up to the same kind of humor. At least at the beginning. About halfway, through, the play takes a sharp left turn and the plot starts to go completely off the rails. The jokes stop landing, because everything suddenly becomes so disjointed and the story we came to see is torn to shreds. I was so disappointed to see it end this way after such a strong start. That being said, the performers are very capable. It's simply the material that falls short.

1 person found this review helpful


Well worth seeing!

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

An excellent distillation of every detective story you've ever seen, along with many diversions into pure lunacy. Coupled with very strong performances all around make this definitely worth checking out!


Off the wall and hilarious!

by Andrew Kueppers on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Absolutely enjoyed seeing this show on Friday night! Really great writing made even better by a hilarious cast. From clever one-liners to physical comedy to tangential monologues, every joke landed. Would highly recommend!


Amusing

by Suzanne Burke on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Some genuinely funny moments. Nate Weingarden was the standout. Lots of energy and enthusiasm from young cast. Disjointed script. Really loud, frequent laughter from a guy near the back at Friday's performance (friend of someone in the cast?) was totally distracting. Dude, it's a public performance that we all paid to see.

1 person found this review helpful


Loud Guy in the Suduence

by Robert Hybben on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A few fun and silly moments--especially Nate Weingarden as ?????--but that's all. (Didn't help that there was an audience member who bellowed madly during the performance.)

2 people found this review helpful


LOL Spoof

by Bill Williamson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Fully recommend. Fun and silly cop drama comedy tropes with improvisational elements, peppered with bizarro sequences caught my funny bone. The actors having fun is worth the time. Loved it.


Very Entertaining

by Jim Larsen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Constant barrage of humor and parody. Excellent performance by Aidan Jhayne Gallilvan (Dawkins). Interesting ending. Overall, very enjoyable.


Pass on this one

by Corwin Amyx on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Constant jokes somehow failed to engage me, and I spent a lot of time wishing I could look at my watch. Ending was amusing.


Humorous But Doesn't Hang Together Well

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

This had a lot of funny moments, but the script needs overall tightening.


Very funny!

by Laura Banks on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The Murmur of Murder is a hilarious send-up of all the cop shows you've ever seen. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys absurd humor. A great addition to Fringe!


Murmur of Murder?

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

Never has the company name been more appropriate.


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Cast and crew

Justin Feit

Co-Creator


Brady Mueller

Co-Creator


Aidan Jhane Gallivan

Detective Dawkins



Allison Schmidt

Detective O'Malley

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Matthew Timmons

Mayor Rosewater

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Nate Weingarden

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