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 Wright Stuff, or You'll Believe They Can Fly!

By Outlandish Productions
Created by Josh Carson & Andy Kraft

Playing at Mixed Blood Theatre

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Warnings: Adult language.

The story of two brothers who got knocked down -- but they got up again. Nothing's ever going to keep them down.

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

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 1:00pm
 

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

Ticket Options

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

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

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

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

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Hilarious/Silly

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

I laughed and enjoyed myself at this performance, but at times things were over the top and I lost interest. Some performers, in my opinion, should tone it down.


My ass is soar from all the puns!

by Andrew Wheeler on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I loved this show! Josh and Andy have created a funny, and oddly enough at times a tender, slap stick, zany comedy about the never say die spirit of invention. It was warm and light hearted fun! A mashup of historical narrative, and 80's montage scmaltz, and witty banter. I loved it.


The funniest show I saw!

by Heather Rand-McKay on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I really enjoyed this show. The mashup of music and acting was perfect, the script was smart and funny and just the right amount self-referential. Glad we chose this one as the encore we saw!


witty script

by Milli Manchester on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

i liked this show! clever writing, blending both overt and covert humor. it had me laughing all throughout. there was a lot going on to keep the viewer interested. the singers were an unusual choice but it seemed to work. the cast did an overall good job, particularly the roles of the orville and kathryn. the music edits and choices were an interesting combinations and it made this part of the show noteworthy. i've never really said that about a show before. i usually don't notice! great job everyone!


Encore!

by Robert Bunker on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

So happy to see this production received the encore. Great writing performed by a stellar cast.


The best show i have seen at fringe

by Samuel Poppen on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Well i have only seen two. And i was in one of those.
I had to choose carefully what show i would see while making my partner care after our screaming baby. I chose this show and i think that i chose wisely.
I laughed. I cried.


Best thing I saw at the Fringe

by Little Voice on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Hilarious script and terrific performances all around. Didn't think I'd hear the word "cocaine" so many times in a show about the Wright brothers.

1 person found this review helpful


Perfect.

by Tom Coleman on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Everything has already been said. Amazing show. Incredible cast. Ridiculous, physical humor and incredibly funny script. Best show I've seen in years. Bravo!


Joyous and raucous with a little history

by Noah Nieting on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Genius physical comedy carried this hilarious show, but some tropes like the Dayton foil character and hating on Charlie became a little overwrought. Plugging humor and adventure, it's a fantastic show.


Crazy raucous wild show

by Eric Altenberg on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I couldn't believe for most of the show that everything was going to come together, so it was so great when it did. All of the different components that made the show work probably wouldn't work alone but together it makes this team so great.


Andy Kraft is a physical comedy genius!

by Corrie Fiedler on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

The laughs and physical pratfalls are a mile-a-minute. In fact, a bit too fast for the acoustics of most Fringe venues. I missed enough of the 'throwaway' lines to detract from my enjoyment (and sometimes understanding).


Outstanding!

by Kristine Adelmann on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was the BEST show! I laughed the entire hour!


Soars with Laughs!

by Anne Costello on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This was a delightful piece. The ensemble as a whole was well oiled in terms of comic timing and delivery, and the story had good flow. I enjoyed the singing bits, especially one rousing piece toward the end in which everyone really threw themselves in. Very funny and lots of laughs!


Found: Kitchen Sink

by Adam King on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show had it all...plus the kitchen sink! Very inventive and very funny! Josh and Andy at their best! Plus a talented cast carry off all the silliness and even draw a couple of touching awes! Well done!


Full audience lol'd

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

Fantastic performances with a ridiculously humorous script - don't miss!


Amazing

by Sophia Feller on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The cast does a wonderful job of portraying a story with both a great storyline AND wit. Would recommend to anyone who is in need of a laugh!


Hilarious!

by Cristine Patlan on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Well written & delivered! Kept us laughing the whole show. Great physical comedians.


Hilarious!

by Brooke Magid Hart on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Nonstop laughing! What a blast! Wish I could see this one again on a bummer day!


Non-stop laughs!

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

This show is REALLY good. By far the funnest show I've seen at the festival so far. The cast did a great job keeping the show at a frantic pace while also taking time for some of the more tender moments. The singers were a fun addition too! I really liked Mike Fotis's Jack Langley, Tucker Garborg's Charlie Taylor and loved Andy Rocco Kraft's Orville Wright. Great job to everyone!


Amazing show!

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

This show was just perfect. It had heart, music and TONS of humor. By far my favorite show I've seen from Andy Kraft and Josh Carson. Every actor kills it in this incredibly funny show and you can tell they put a ton of work into the production. I especially loved Kraft but I feel like I say that every year because that guy is just amazing. The singers were also great and added a nice touch to the transitions and the flow of the show. I can't recommend it enough. Do not miss this show!


The right stuff!

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

Loved this show. A slightly ridiculous version of the story but it worked. The two main actors were really solid. Singing was great and the music really added to the fun.

1 person found this review helpful


The Wrong Stuff?

by Sarah Larson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I think the audience cared more about this show than the creative team/actors. The outtakes to the audience as a way to get an easy laugh, driving bits into the ground, lazy approach to character making, and fumbling over and forgetting lines. The story was there, it's a historic event. The writing relied on this, and lacked nuance and fine tuning. Had the historic event not been the story line, I'm not sure we would have cared about it at all. Most of the show seemed phoned in, and the staging was sloppy. It's easy to tell when an actor already knows they are going to get a laugh onstage -- PLEASE actors, for audiences everywhere...don't do this. It's a cop out.


Fantastic!! Soars!!!

by Liz Blank on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

My Favorite Fringe show so far this year. My engineering background lured me to this show, but don’t let that be your lure, there are many great things about this production to not miss!!


Historical /hysterical

by Jen Parlin on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

As someone with a lifelong fear of flying I really wasn't sure about this show's topic. However, the duo behind the production made sure that the humor was sharp and quick, and the singers added so much to the show. I appreciated the nods to the actual development of aviation - I laughed the entire time I was there, and maybe learned a tiny bit. I'd like to go see it again, because I'm pretty sure I missed a few jokes while I was laughing.


Hysterical Histor-ish

by Adam Boutz on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Jokes that are sharp, punches that are tight, and characters that I wanted to simultaneously slap and hug. This is a zany and fun... uh... interpretation of actual events. Although I think I like it more this way.

Using pop music lyrics to tell the story was riotous, but ended up kind of a distraction at times. A few missed cues are totally reasonable with dialog that rapid-fire.


silly fun

by Clark Kinser on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The cast and writers deserve a lot of credit for this fun, high-energy, silly romp through a chapter in history. The people on stage seemed to be having fun, when I saw it the audience seemed to be having fun, and I had fun. That makes for a purdy good Fringe show. I would recommend seeing it if you like silly, high-energy, Fringe fun.


I loved this!

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

Yayy!!!


Don't look back... not going that way

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

Maddening family stuff with a furiously funny take on the dysfunction that can fuel gritty determination. Wright stuff done sooooo well.


Loved it.

by Mary Schaffer on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

If you've read Mccullough's book about the Wright Bros I think you'll love this like i did. If you haven't read the book, you will want to do so. High energy, fun production. Creative exaggeration and adaption of stories told in the biography. Fun use of pop songs to help tell the story and segue from scene to scene. Orville character actor was awesome. Great physicality and timing. Get your ticket now.

2 people found this review helpful


Solid show

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

I wasn't sure if this show was for me after previews, boy was I delight when I enjoyed the show. The set was smartly done and Andy kills it. Stellar performances all around


awesome

by Carl Smith on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I almost peed my pants. this was really funny


Excellent show!

by Michael Johnson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Much of what I could say has already been said, so I will just say this -

Thank you for coming from a place of truth. Because, when I was done laughing, I was glad to be reminded - family matters. Your passion matters. Everyone, even those of us who get our hands stuck in jars from time to time, has a use and a purpose. And when things are most dark is when we often have our most important enlightenments.

Thank you for this wonderful, wonderful show. One of the "can't-miss" shows of 2017 Fringe!

2 people found this review helpful


Favorite show of the fringe!

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

This show was just fabulous. It was literally funny from lights up to lights down. The writing was wickedly clever and the incredibly talented had the audience busting up the whole show. Everyone did a fantastic job. I especially love watching Andy Rocco Kraft on stage. His lovable and hilarious portrayal of Orville was just perfect. If you love comedy than please see this show. You will not be disappointed. Bravo to everyone involved!

1 person found this review helpful


Why should I even write a review?

by Edwin Strout on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

You're going to go see a Josh Carson/Andy Kraft show anyway, right??? It's fast-paced, full of so many jokes that you miss about a fourth of them because you were laughing at the last one, the chemistry between the two leads is always fantastic, and they hire equally competent comedic actors to accompany them! My only complaint is that this year, the chorus of three singers were usually hard to hear when singing individually, and I missed half of the jokes written into their songs, and I was only a few rows away from the stage. Fix this odd quirk and you would get a 5 star review. But again, Josh Carson/Andy Kraft show, are you not already planning on seeing it???

1 person found this review helpful


Hilarious!

by Divya Maiya on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Witty, warm and stellar acting. The actors were so so good. The singing bits weren't as crisp as the acts.

1 person found this review helpful


soared to great heights

by Sue Fue on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Laughed the entire show. Great story line. Lots of energy.


The wright show to see

by Stacy Herron on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Soooooo funny. I'm new to Fringe and these actors and I couldn't get enough! I laughed the whole time and, yes, I now want go read more about the Wright brothers and sister. I'm telling my co-workers to not miss this show.


Fringe Perfection!

by Aaron Smith on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This year I was most excited about this show and it delivered big time! A tight script with nonstop laughs and some heart to go with it. The cast is top notch with everyone having time to shine. I especially found Josh Carson charming and Mike Fotis hysterical. Andy Rocco Kraft was hilarious and stole the show with perfect comic timing, slight of hand gags and bone breaking physicality. Loved the whole show and was pleasantly surprised by the end flight. Put this on your must see list, you won't be disappointed! SEE IT!


The 'Wrong' Brothers got it RIGHT!

by Konrad Case on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Absolutely hilarious comedy! From top to bottom- everything was fantastic! GO. SEE. THIS. SHOW.


Happy Birthday To Me

by Becci Schmidt on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Disclaimer: Fan of Josh Carson and his work. This show did not disappoint and it was a lovely show to see on my birthday. The slapstick of Andy Rocco Kraft is beautiful, and expertly timed. I never fail to be impressed by the facial range of that mug. Sulia was brillant as Katerine with spot on delivery and timing. Jim and Tucker played their sad sack characters with perfect, depressingly hilarious, vigor. Mike Fotis and that giggle. I love seeing their shows because there's humor for everyone. I giggled endlessly.


Flying High!

by Bradley Johnson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Josh and company have done it again. I've been a fan of his shows for years and this is one of my new favorites. Only 2 shows left! If you can fit in, plan to see it!


I believed!

by Bailey H. on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

I've seen 11 fringe shows so far, and this is by far my favorite. I only wish it was a full length play, because I didn't want it to be over. All of the characters were so much fun, the humor was refreshing and not kitschy. I had so much fun, I absolutely loved it. Bravo to the writers, the actors, it's obvious there was a lot of sweat put into making this one great. GO SEE THIS SHOW.


sharks and bears

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

Such a strong start to our Fringe! We laughed so hard the entire time, and had so much fun. :)


Reaching for the stars

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

This was an ambitious show. It had a lot of components of telling a story, having outrageous characters, some creative use of props, and a fair amount of singing. The show was very fun and endearing. I recommend seeing it.

But I would say it did come up a little short in its ambitions. While the show made no claims to historical accuracy, it would have been nice to have further beefed up Katharine Wright's character to the instrumental role she did play. The songs employed were effective in moving the plot along, but the performances were uneven. Andy Kraft's Orville Wright was hilarious, but bit of a one trick pony in being a dunce who kept getting his hands stuck in bottles.


Goofy Funny Fringy

by David Trudeau on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Fractured History delivered at a frantic pace - the jokes fly fast as the Wrights are roasted off their pedestals. Well done comedy.

1 person found this review helpful


Just Plane Great

by Larry Ripp on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Fast. Bursting with wit. Crazy imaginative and with a bit of heart! The full package. If this is not on your list of must sees get with it. WOW! Not one slow minute. And all smart funny.

1 person found this review helpful


Sulia, Fotis, and Jars

by Sarah Parker on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show was, as usual, hilarious. My highlights are up in the title. I was a little skeptical about the Wright-Aides, but they integrated into the narrative better than I thought they would. HOWEVER, the joke they make about how they should 'do better' representing women really hit home. Adding a clever trio of chorus girls who play a number of bit roles, most notably arm-candy for Mike Fotis, isn't exactly fixing your problem with female representation.

Sulia was hilarious in her role as Katharine, but I couldn't help but notice her character's only function was to bolster and support the narratives of the male characters. Maybe next time just tell a story that involves women on more than a tangential level.

1 person found this review helpful


The Wright Stuff is Right

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

The Wright Stuff was one laugh after another. Loved the short musical interludes using pop tunes. This show is filled with everything from slap stick to intellectual wit. The author did a fantastic job of weaving history and humor. Loved it!


OMG! See this show.

by Chris Lindberg on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show is so clever and so much fun. Great energy. Truly hilarious. Orville is a genius.


Favorite so Far

by Jesse Swanson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Silly fun! The pop songs didn't always fit for me, especially in a longer montage section, but I was cheering for the Wright Brothers the whole time. The cast obviously enjoys each other. I thought I noticed the father character reading lines off of a sheet at the table so it was funny to see him called out on it in an obviously unscripted moment. Great fun! Go see it!


Might as well . . . Jump?

by Christine Malcom on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Great blend of truly, stupidly funny sight gags and smart humor. Inspired use of music, great performances, and an actual, cohesive, if over-the-top story. Definite must see!


Fly Me to the Moon

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

The best thing about Fringe shows helmed by Josh, Andy, Sulia, and co-stars, is that they are increasingly creative, brilliant, and hilarious with each year. They are a Fringe favorite for a reason. The Wright Aides added so much fun (and funny) to this fast paced story of what is really a monumental part of American history. "Historical Accuracy" and poetic license be damned- it made me want to read up on the Wright family, especially Katharine! The nearly non-stop laughter is rounded out by heart and warmth that only this team knows how to deliver so well. A must see!


One word! Awesome!

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

You blink your eyes and you might miss a joke. The play is full of comic punches. Awesome cast! Actors, Singers, Dancers, take a bow! I'm so lucky that I watched this show. True gem!


Must See Comedy!

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

This show will make you laugh no matter what your particular brand of comedy. The writing is quick and clever, the story is wildly fun, and the acting (Andy Kraft, Mike Fotis, Sulia Alternburg, etc.) will really blow you away. Not your typical Fringe show!


Best show I've seen in a while.

by Erik North on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show was ridiculously funny. Tight writing and a fast pace. The Wright Aides were a joy to hear. Mike Fotis was hysterical. Josh Carson shines. Andy Kraft once again shows he the bright spot in the fringe festival and in my opinion the funniest actor in the Twin Cities. A must see for sure!


High Flyers

by Sean Wilcott on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Not stops laughs with this show - Carson, Kraft (the master a scene steeling) and crew have brought their best show is years. The humor, physicality and casting was pitch perfect. A must see!


Jar-ingly funny

by Jon Golden on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

This show is an absolute blast. The energy these folks have is abounding and even makes the audience excited and energetic. All of the performances are invested, fun, and filled with incredible comedic timing but I have to give it up to


It happened again!

by Windy Bowlsby on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Josh Carson is a sure bet. He's always funny, but this show pulls out some real tenderness and real pathos. But don't worry - you'll be snorting with laughter in the next beat!

1 person found this review helpful


SO FUNNY!

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

This is by far the funniest show we've seen this year. A must see.


Not Mr. Wells's History

by Jeff Cawhorn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This is the funniest show I've seen so far. As Martha said to George, you'll bust a gut! It may not be as historically accurate as a Ken Burns documentary, but Mr. Burns is kinda light on the laffs. I recommend this show highly. You might want to make a reservation as it will probably sell out.


The Wright Stuff Soars Above the Rest

by Ali Daniels on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I had a wonderful time at this show. It is expertly cast, from the Wright family (Carson and Kraft in particular are especially enjoyable to watch, with great comedic timing and chemistry), to the antagonist Jack, the assistant Charlie, and the adorable "Wright Aides". I had a smile on my face the whole time, and the only "con" was that the audience was laughing so hard I missed some of the dialogue! I would recommend sitting in front just so you don't miss anything.

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Wright stuff indeed

by Amy Bonifas on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

The best of the Fringe this year. Great story, excellent use of music, stellar performances. I would see this again. I would consider a reservation for this one.


One of the best Fringe shows I've seen.

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

This has got to be one of the funniest shows I've seen. It had everything and more. Please, do yourself a favor and see it. It has an incredibly talented led by leads Carson and Kraft who are an amazing one - two punch of comedy. One of the best shows at the fringe in recent memory. See it!


That was damn funny.

by Matt Hartmen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show is hilarious. Jokes come fast and often and if you miss you you are bound to laugh a second later at another. The actors did an incredible job. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. Great job!


100% Pure Delight

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

Wow! What a delightful show, well structured characters, physical comedy and beautiful singing. The whole cast felt connected to one another and fully listened to their audience. Loved the story, characters, and sets!


Do not miss.

by Ross L. on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I've seen these guys in past fringe festivals and the shows have been hit or miss with me. This year though is a near perfect show. The pacing, humor, music and theme are all great. The cast blew me away. Andy Rocco Kraft in particular is hilarious. His delivery and timing are incredible and worth the price of admission alone. Do not miss this show.


Non-Stop Hilarity

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

This is a laugh a second show. Don't miss it!


Very funny!

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Great physical comedy and funny script. The actors are great, and the singing is good. Andy Kraft in particular is one of my favorite people to watch at Fringe - his timing and comedy are excellent.


Loved it!

by Laurel Elmer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show makes me want to see everything theater these actors are in! One if the top 5 Fringe shows I've ever seen!


A Laugh A Second

by Andy Flamm on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This isn't a laugh a minute show...it's a laugh a second show. It also has a plot (sort of), but it's the zany puns and adorable trio of singers which will keep you laughing. Enjoy!


inventive

by Vicki Joan Keck on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

I got one of the last seat in this sold out show and am so glad I did! Very funny and creative, and I loved the musical trio who served as back up singers throughout! Thumbs up to the whole cast but especially Josh, Andy and Mike!


Airborne!!!!!

by Steve Kelley on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Nonstop, clever, self-referencing humor totally done "Wright." Sorry, had to. But this show was super funny and witty.


Lotsa laughs

by JoAnn W. Pasternack on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Cute idea, but execution was amateurish. That said, it was funny. Sit close so you can hear the lines.


You'll laugh til you cry

by Gina Musto on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show is hilarious, delightful, and witty. No matter what kind of humor you like- from puns, to slapstick, to 80s music commentary, to social issue callouts- this show has it all. It's brilliant and joyfilled. I can't recommend it enough. Oh, and did I mention there's a pop song sound track? There's a pop song soundtrack wonderfully woven through the piece that's worth the price of entry alone.


Funny Show

by Rebecca Bright on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I loved it. A really funny show with clever jokes, physical comedy, sight gags and great music. The cast was great! I recommend catching it!


When they fly, they soar.

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

Andy Rocco Kraft and Josh Carson are always a safe bet and this year was no different. Their show not only had hilarious dialogue and physical humor but also included music and a fair bit of heart. The cast was excellent. The three singers added a really fun vibe. I particularly loved Mike Fotis as the brothers evil rival in flight, Tucker Garborg as the forgettable assistant and Andy Rocco Kraft as Orville, who had us laughing every time he was onstage but also at one point having us tear up for the poor guy. Great job to everyone!


Never Disappointed

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

My first show of Fringe and easily one of my favorites so far. Josh and Andy play so well off each other and give their all in every performance they are in. Josh played a little more serious role in this show but still provided ample comedic relief. The Wright Aide singers were entertaining and provided great intermezzo songs in between scenes. A must see during this Fringe.


Shhh. Dad's coming!

by Chris Rowen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I loved this show. A talented cast performing a tightly written show with great physical comedy. It was a great way to start off the fringe festival. We were quoting lines from the show all night. Go see it!


Great!

by Richelle Amundson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Laughed out loud at the physical comedy.


Dreamers in Dayton

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

The true story of the smartest Wright brother--their sister! And their cocaine habits. Betsy DeVos would not let this be taught... OR WOULD SHE!?!?!

1 person found this review helpful


Fast paced fun!

by Matt Binjah on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Super funny show with music, physical comedy and rapid fire jokes. Great time all around. We enjoyed the hell out of it!


Fringe takes flight!

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

Hilarious from beginning to end. These guys always put on a great show but this year they added live music and it really works. Josh Carson and Andy Rocco Kraft are again wonderful. Josh takes on a different, almost more serious role and owns it. Andy as always, steals every scene he’s in with perfect comic timing. Mike Fotis was a welcome addition who always made us laugh. The cast did a great job! A must see.


Good laughs

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

It's always hard to pick shows for the first night of Fringe, so I chose this show for the cast, and they did not disappoint. This is Andy and Josh doing what they do best. It's creative, funny, and some of the sight gags were hilarious. Definitely put this on your list!


Must Must Must

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

You must go see, this performance is great and fringy. Allow to just dive into this world and be ready to try and catch all the jokes. They created a stunning and creative world. I look further to future productions.


I believed!

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

Fun combo of wit, slapstick, imagination, song appropriation, a cappella harmonies, movement, recurring sight gags, diverse characters. A quintessential Fringe show – you’ll love it!


So Funny

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

Josh and Andy always deliver solid, hysterical shows and this year is no different. The cast is great. The music is top notch and totally appropriate with the theme. Loved the ending but would have liked to seem them "build" the plane on stage more. It's a neat trick and I wanted to see more of it. Stand-outs in the cast are Mike Fotis as the Wright brothers foil and Andy Rocco Kraft as the hilariously adorable Oriville.


Hilarious!

by Steve Soler on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

really strong comedy! Laughed out loud a couple different times.


Best Start of Fringe One Could Hope For

by Cetius d'Raven on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

This show is must-see funny!

The cast all give brilliant performances and make you love each and every character. The writing is solid, well-paced, and frequently caused me to laugh out loud, which is high marks from me as I work with a comedy company myself and am therefore often a "tough crowd". While not everyone will appreciate the musical references in dialogue, I found those lines particularly amusing, and I absolutely loved the interstitial songs and how they would lead the narrative.


Must-see ridiculousness

by Mark Long on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The Josh and Andy crew deliver again. This is a silly, fun, and completely true recreation of the invention of powered flight.
It's say a lot about the cast when you are as eager to see the additional actors as well as the creators.
I have a good suspicion it will keep getting funnier through the run.


So much packed into less than an hour

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

What a great way to start the 2017 Fringe. A perfect blend of history and fiction; great sight gags, props and physical comedy; rapid-fire dialogue; a delightful use of music; and polished performances by this great cast. Recommended!

1 person found this review helpful


Carson's shows never fail to delight!

by Dennis Curley on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I really do love the humor in Josh Carson's shows -- a great mix of physical comedy, lowbrow (obvious?) zingers and truly unexpected laughs arising out of wordplay, pop culture references, and character relationships. This show delivers on all counts. The performances by regulars Carson, Andy Rocco Kraft, Jim Robinson, Tucker Garborg and Sulia Altenberg are outstanding, as usual. Mike Fotis adds a perfect element of comic zaniness! But the really great addition this year comes from the live musical (vocal) transitions, performed by Olivia Hedeman, Karissa Lade and arranger Leslie Vincent. A perfect touch. The show is maybe not historically accurate, but you will learn something while laughing along!


We loved it!

by Deborah Curley on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

My (older) kids and I thoroughly enjoyed this show! Excellent performances with many laugh-out-loud moments. We loved the musical interjections and the story kept my kids rapt throughout. Highly recommend this one!

2 people found this review helpful


Even jars become funny

by Laura Mason on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I laughed so hard I think I bothered the people in front of me. So hilarious and with impeccable comedic timing to boot, I only wish they had time hold for laughs. There are plenty!

2 people found this review helpful


Obvious jokes, well delivered.

by Eric Cohen on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Just like most of Carson's shows, obvious humor, but well delivered and well timed with a healthy dose of slapstick and physical comedy. Fun, but not a must see.

3 people found this review helpful


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Cast and crew

Josh Carson

Wilbur Wright

Last Christmas Eve, Josh’s plane home was heavily delayed, forcing him to have his holiday meal at the Orlando Airport Outback, where you have to cut your steak with a plastic knife. This show is his revenge on flight.


Andy Rocco Kraft

Orville Wright

Andy Rocco Kraft was born at a very young age. From there, he grew into a large 32 and a half year old boy who became an awkward actor and a bad puppeteer. He is currently a mediocre writer for Disney Television Animation.


Sulia Altenberg

Katharine Wright

For her 10th MN Fringe Sulia's glad to be back in both Raw Sugar's Sychronicity and The Wright Stuff playing the Wright Family with people she considers her second family. Along with acting, Sulia sings, graphic designs, care gives, covets vintage clothing and eats cheese; life is swell.


Jim Robinson

Bishop Milton Wright

Jim Robinson never had children of his own, but he has Josh Carson, so he gets it. Like totally. Come see Jim in "History on a Schtick" at the MN State Fair this summer!


Tucker Garborg

Charlie Taylor

Tucker Garborg thought he'd look like a douche if he tried to be funny in his bio, but also thought he'd look like a douche if he took it too seriously. He overthought everything and then never ended up turning one in, making him the biggest douche of all. He also studies Film and TV at NYU and this is his 5th Fringe show with Josh & Andy.


Mike Fotis

Jack Langley

Mike Fotis is a comedian and storyteller. He's a member of Ferrari McSpeedy and The Mess (930pm. Saturdays. Huge Theater) and is a founding members of Strike Theater.


Olivia Hedeman

Wright Aide

Olivia is excited to announce this is her MN Fringe debut! She is an actor, singer, and occasionally a selfie model in the Twin Cities.


Karissa Lade

Wright Aide

Karissa is an actor, singer, and voiceover artist. This is her MN Fringe debut, so send her lots of flowers! No carnations please.


Leslie Vincent

Wright Aide

Leslie is an actor and musician around town. You can see her sing and be ridiculous at the Troubadour Wine Bar the last Monday of the month!

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Pre-Fringe Buzz!


 


"Returning Favorite!" - Matthew Everett, Single White Fringe Geek


 


"Must See!" - Cherry & Spoon


 


"Must See!' - MinnPost 

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