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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Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR

By The Fourth Wall
Created by The Fourth Wall

Playing at Theatre in the Round

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Opera/New Music, Modern Dance, Audience participation, National/international company

“Fruit Flies” returns with a madcap trip around the globe. YOU choose the itinerary! This high-octane variety hour combines music, theatre & dance, with each piece inspired by a different locale.

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

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 10:00pm
 

* 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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Great stuff

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

These guys never disappoint. Such talent, such musical knowledge and oh so fun to watch.


a wide variety of music

by Lyle Larue on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I happened to be an usher at their first performance, and for this reason decided to find some time to see it when not on duty. I liked reading the program I gave out which showed a wide variety of music selections. As a big Charlie Brown fan I liked the Vince Guaraldi selection the most. And I liked how the performers spent some time giving background information before each song. Great idea on the audience participation, throwing around an inflated globe to help with song selections. The props/obstacles were a nice touch as well, more challenging to play the music. And the buttons for sale makes the show stand out as well.


Do yourself a favor and see this

by Kara Greshwalk on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

What a delightful show! When musicians play complicated pieces while dancing, clowning, or performing acrobatics and make it look easy, you know you are watching something really special. The entire spirit of the piece; involving pieces from around the globe in a celebration of different cultures, felt relevant and almost poignant at times. Special kudos to Allegra Lingo and her wonderful spoken word skills. I always appreciate when touring performers collaborate with local artists and honor other fringe festival shows, which is exactly what they did tonight. These performers are every bit as classy as they are talented, and I look forward to enjoying future shows the next time they are in town.


Superb!

by Eric Meininger on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

Playing an instrument is hard. Playing it while moving is harder. Playing it while someone else is shoving it or you around is nigh near impossible. These three artists succeed at the latter and produce superb music. You will be amazed and enthralled. Highly recommended.


FANTASTIC!!

by Emma Cohen on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Such a fantastic show with great performances and really goes above and beyond about what you'd find at the MN Frigne Festival. The troupe is hilarious, they're engaging with the audience, they make you feel like you want to be there and used their time very well. The Decemberist's song was outstanding and the acrobatics the troupe did as well, I was so nervous and on the edge of my seat watching them. I loved the Skating number too as well as the Polish song. Definteily got some well-deserved laughs. I was very impressed!


Love this troupe!

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

Talent and humor in one package! Great!


A musical journey around the globe

by Jessica Solinsky on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

As always, the Fourth Wall delights its audience with musical mayhem. There are some familiar tunes and instruments as well as new ones. They know how to play to their audience and make you feel involved as they turn around to make sure everyone gets a chance to have fun.


These Performers Have It.

by Elisabeth Dewitt on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Part classical music concert, part sketch comedy routine, this show is bursting with charisma. Their musical prowess is unmatched in anything I've ever seen. Most impressive.


Craft.

by Ian Baird on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Craft. Craft. Craft. These guys are some of the hardest working performers out there. I can't even imagine the years of work and dedication that would enable someone to simultaneously play classical music and do physical comedy. I'm truly in awe of this show. There were a couple moments when it lagged a bit and the physical side didn't quite match pace with the musical side. It's really best when both are going on. Regardless, you're in for a treat. Saw these guys in 2015, no regrets about seeing them again. Anytime I can catch this show I will.


A fun musical adventure

by Cali Mastny on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This is a fun show put on by talented performers. Loved the energy and creativity. They took pretty music and made it into a truly engaging show.


A fun concert

by Eric Cohen on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

Always fun, but make sure you're expecting a musical concert more than a play it you will be disappointed. Very talented performers.


another hit show!

by Vicki Joan Keck on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

When these folks come to town I never miss them! I totally love the creativity, physicality and musical expertise in their shows. That being said, I think I may have enjoyed the previous years shows a bit more. There was more variety and the pieces were shorter. This one had longer pieces, some of which I loved and others which seemed to go on a bit too long. Still, if you have not seen this group, do yourself a favor and catch it. Amazing artistry!


So much fun

by IKW Queen on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

From an 11 year olds view it's fun and exciting and there's never one second to even think about getting board totally family friendly and an awesome show plus it works perfectly in TRP


Fruit Flies (A)Round the World

by Bradley Johnson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Three years at Fringe and 3 very talented performers made this a must see on my list of shows. It didn't matter that they were in the "Round", if fact, it only added to the entertainment! Worth seeing and appropriate for all ages!


It works in the round, too!

by Mark Webb on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Always a fun time, this one was as fresh as the last two times they were here. Inventive, great musical choices, and a showcase for their talents, this is always one show not to miss! I dare you not to smile as you're leaving the theater.

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Antarctica

by Matthew David on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The talent is always incredible. But the visuals and music with the Antarctica piece were stunning!


Best use of the TRP stage ever!

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

Really practice your instruments, kids, and you too might be able to do astonishing serious/comedic performances like these conservatory-trained musicians! That is if you're also a dancer. And an acrobat. And can do it all at the same time. Hoverboards, seesaws, didgeridoos, rapid-fire poetry, stage antics, fabulous performances of classic and new works - they made the best use of the Theatre in the Round stage that I’ve ever seen! This is their third year at the Fringe and no, it never grows old, given their inventiveness and charm.


Another Excellent Year

by Cetius d'Raven on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

As a fan of last year's show, I had to go on the World Tour and am glad that I did. A very fun show!


Verklempt?

by Chet Taylor on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This is an amazing show for all the reasons stated in other reviews, but there is nothing particularly emotionally compelling about it. Why, then, did I feel verklempt for much of the show? I think it was my uncontrolled gut reaction to being in the presence of such incredible talent displayed in a truly unique and creative format. Bravo!!! (Hint: Make sure you ask for the "Congo" number - my favorite.)


If You See Any Show In Fringe...

by Edwin Strout on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

This is the show you need to see during Fringe. These are unbelievably talented musicians/dancers/performers who make what they do seem effortless. The fact that each piece is done through random choice via the audience makes each show unique, and unforgettable.


Astosnishing

by Mary Weinhagen on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

It's not enough that these 3 have loads of musical talent... but an astonishing amount of creativity is demonstrated with every song! A simply Brilliant show that you simply shouldn't miss!


Something Different, Something Wonderful

by Shannon Elliott on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Really enjoyed this whole show. I thought it was fun and interesting and had some freaking amazingly talented musicians. What really made it clear how good the show was had to be listening to a really little girl giggling and engaged through the performance. If you can get a small child interested in classical music, you're doing something right.

1 person found this review helpful


Ripe Fruit

by Riley Parham on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

A pleasant show that celebrates the varied music styles around the world. The pieces from Japan and Antarctica have me wanting more. I also appreciated the clarification: "A composer who happens to be female. Not, a female composer." Great show to sit back and soak in.


Fringe Fun

by Maria Keith on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I have no musical talent and two left feet. I was wowed. A fun show.


Madcap?

by Larry Ripp on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

During the first 24 minutes or so this was going to be a 5 star review all the way. But as the show went on I began to feel like their music choices were more and more "we're gonna give ya culture like it or not!" Fun turned into a sort of master class of musical cultural styles with some choices just not all that accessible. This was really brought home by their final selection which was somber, a bit atonal and nothing to end a show with in my opinion. That said, these are phenomenal musicians and if they had just kept a LITTLE of the fun from the beginning for the end I'd be over the top for them. Then throwing the globe around, pretending a spontaneous show with audience "choices " was an old magic trick that didn't fly with me.


Fruit Flies Like a Banana

by Eileen ANDERSON on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

If you appreciate live music, this is the best concert! FUN! Excellent musicians, lovely on the ears, and great visuals for the eyes.


The curated Fringe experience

by Dave Stagner on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

We had a guest from out of town for her first Fringe this weekend. I made this show a must-see for her - to me, this is just about the best kind of show the Fringe has to offer. Our friend was spellbound. Nobody makes "serious" and "modern classical music" as accessible and fun as Fruit Flies Like a Banana. This is a show EVERYONE will love!

1 person found this review helpful


An exceptional delight

by Christopher Jones on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I went into the show on a friend's recommendation not knowing at all what to expect. What followed was an all-too-brief delight, that left me astonished by the talent of the three performers, and dearly wishing I had a soundtrack cd and a video of the show to relive and enjoy the performance again. It was a fun, fast and amazing hour of movement, music and humor. I can't recommend the show highly enough.


Astonishing

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

Wonderous feats and beautiful music!


Few Can Do What They Do; Fewer Would Try

by Adam Boutz on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A musical potpourri show showcasing wonderful feats of dance, movement, and musicianship thrown together in unexpected and crazy ways. Not the first time I've seen them at the MN Fringe, but the show felt fresh anyway. These performers exude a level of talent, professionalism, and polish far beyond most of the shows to be found in this Festival.


Delightful!

by Grace Barnstead on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Delightful, as always! Incredibly talented performers who make classical music fun. The only drawback is that this show isn't particularly suited for the round, so you might miss some parts at times. Not really a fault of theirs though and they definitely handled what they were given well! I also always appreciate that they give a shout out to other Fringe artists during their show. This is most definitely not a show I would miss.


Ants in your pants!

by Harry Uxley on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

We couldn't stay seated! As didn't the amazingly talented trio while playing the tuba, flute, percussion, and numerous other instruments. Trot around the globe with music - a fugue of international influences.


just the coolest

by Sarah Lanners on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

This group of musicians are three of the coolest people around. There is not a show like this anywhere else; it's such a great idea and so original. What a treat.


pure talent

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

The amount of talent in this show is staggering. All three performers dance, sing, play multiple instruments, write music, arrange pieces to suit their unconventional trio, probably even construct their own props. Light and fun audience participation, great show for theatre patrons of all ages.


YES

by Nichole Hamilton on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I wanted more.


Wow, how do they DO that?!

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

Playing instruments well takes a lot of work. Now imagine playing instruments while doing all sorts of moving around/dancing! There are multiple short pieces within this show, with most involving significant movement, or trying a difficult technique. You might even be invited on stage to help!


Delightful

by Richelle Amundson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

I had heard a lot about this show going in, so expectations were high. It was a really delightful performance, showcasing an impressive range of talent.


Entertainment is this

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

Clever premise, music plus acrobatics by really sharp performers who have it all down, especially the amazing music. A new genre.


No lulls

by James Gerlich on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Mostly, I appreciate Fringe shows that leave me with something to ponder, some new idea to consider and discuss with friends. This show is not one of those. What it is, is entertainment at it's best --- what it attempts, it does so well; hard to imagine any Fringe show could do this kind of performance better. It is very tight --- not a wasted moment --- featuring music, choreographed movement, and as good a use of the Theater in the Round space imaginable. If you are looking for something to delight the whole family --- kids, grandparents, great-grandparents --- this is it! The "Carol of the Bells" is a particular creative highlight.


Amazing talent!

by Kim Olson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The musical ability of these three youngsters was captivating! And then to see what they could do while playing left me stunned! What a fun team of talent!


Music?! Dancing?! Around the world?!

by Emily Grace on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Honestly these three have more talent in their pinky than I will have in this life and my next three. Dancing itself is hard but while playing an instrument?!? While doing other amazing fun surprises!?!? (no spoilers, yo) Such a fun engaging, interactive show. I didn't know what I was going to watch when I showed up but I am glad I did indeed show up. Wonderful, wonderful. The only thing was due to logistics of the theater I could only see their backs sometimes, but like they were still SO GREAT. Such.freaking.talent.


Great!

by Lynn Hickman on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Every bit well conceived and well executed! Graceful, diverse and unique!


Breathless Awe!

by Melanie Neumeier on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

SO MUCH TALENT in one show!! These artists have a phenomenal command of their body: playing (multiple) instruments flawlessly and/or singing beautifully all while effortlessly gliding from one physical balancing act to another. On top of that, they are incredibly engaging with the audience and delightfully hilarious. I was in breathless awe section after masterfully crafted section!! THANK YOU for the most fabulous and entertaining night!!


Your Attendance is Required

by Tom S. Tea on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The Fourth Wall Ensemble is back with another amazing hybrid arts show, and if you have never seen them before, you simply must. They play music while doing things like skating on office chairs, rocking on a giant half hamster wheel, and wheel around on hoverboards. Don't miss your chance to see them!


Japan is breath taking

by Katherine DuGarm on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

All of the music was good. Dancing happened while everyone was playing their instrument. (What coordination.)

After the piece for Japan was done, there was that moment of silence while everyone collectively held their breath and let the piece continue in silence for a few seconds. Wow!

1 person found this review helpful


Brilliant and beautiful!

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

This show is seriously everything I love. Great music played beautifully LIVE (the Antarctic piece is seriously just breathtaking). Plus smart and clever staging that takes every advantage of a non-traditional stage. It's music and dance and comedy and drama and smart and entertaining.

Yeah. You really do need to go see this.


More fun than an elephant in your PJs

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

If you only see ONE show at this year's Fringe, you're not really getting the full Fringe experience. Also, you're paying for a full day's worth of shows so why not go nuts? But if you did see only one show this us the one! It's got laughter, music and geography! One of the gang throws a globe covered in stars to a lucky audience member who picks a location and returns the globe. One of the gang will remove the star -- repeat THEY will remove the star -- and they play a tune to represent the chosen location. It's fun for the whole family!


Tremendous Talent!!

by Chris Madsen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

What a delight! The music was excellently performed, with humor and visually quirky and entertaining movement and dance. The three actors/musicians filled the hour with amazing variety, interesting facts and delightful sounds and sights.
This was the BEST show!! A MUST see!

1 person found this review helpful


Amazing

by Don Feeney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

These folks were a very last minute addition when another group dropped out. Then they had to completely reblock their show to make it fit the theater in the round format, and learn the new blocking with almost no rehearsal time. And on opening day it looked like the show was always meant to be performed in the round. Very, very few performers could pull that off. By the way, it was incredibly entertaining. Instant standing ovation, which while common in other venues is actually rare at the fringe.

1 person found this review helpful


Indescribably essential

by Delano DuGarm on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Great music, wonderful choreography. And hoverboards. A must see.

1 person found this review helpful


Amazing!

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

As I led my husband to this show, he said, "didn't we see this last year?" and I told him it was different from year to year, and from performance to performance. At the end we were both giving it a standing ovation along with most of the audience, and he remembered why we kept coming back. There was little to no overlap in the material from last year to this year. The musical performance is amazing, but if you'd get bored just watching a concert, that won't be a problem with this, because there is so much to watch as they move around the stage making the music. This troupe seems to create a whole new genre of performance, effortlessly blending into their music dance, comedy, drama, acrobatics, etc. without missing a note.


Always Suprising

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

I saw Fruit Flies last year, and they totally blew me away with their skill and their ingenuity. Now, they've come back and done it all over again with a whole new acrobatic, musical, vaudevillian explosion. If you want to have a flat-out great time this Fringe, start here!


Talent Exuding

by Sara Julson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

There is nothing I can think of that would be negative about this show. Every minute was enjoyable. The talent on the stage almost slaps you in the face, but they are so real and wonderful, it becomes a gentle caress across the face instead.


Loved it. So talented and creative!

by Michael Gauer on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Musical talent of creative fun people who do fun and awesome things. Yesssss!


Music and travel? I'm in!

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

As a music lover and a travel lover, this show was -- for me -- the most satisfying of the three I've seen in the Minnesota Fringe by Fruit Flies. I especially appreciated the fascinating educational interludes about musical culture and instruments from around the world. I really strong concept for a show, and so well executed.


Amazing, as always

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

This is a must-see show. The trio puts on an amazing performance, full of fun, action, and great music. Great for all ages! If you only see one show this year, make it this one.


Ingenious

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

This trio is SO AMAZING. Great musicians, but they also include far more with their performances. Don't miss seeing their show!!!


So good I'll love it twice

by Rach Towner on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I don't know why I never made it to last year or the year before. But I'll be making up for it this year. Went on my own and will be taking my husband back to see it - breaking my fringe rule of never seeing anything twice. This is jaw-dropping entertainment from some very disciplined and multi-talented performers. Wonderful stuff


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this show!!!

by Chris Gennaula on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I am a music geek. I am a theatre geek. Dance, not so much, but this show brings that to the table as well. These three performers completely own the stage and bring music from all over the world to our Fringe. We saw them last year and were so happy to see them again. Shout out to Allegra Lingo for joining the trio and holding her own in the Geographical Fugue! Also, the "Mariner's Revenge Song" by the Decemberists is another stand-out.


A Goddamn Delight

by Levi Weinhagen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

So much joy, talent, play & connection. Loved it.


My favorite part of fringe!

by Sarah Trapp on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Every year they have an amazing combination of beautifully composed music and entertaining physical humor. This year they've added large props and singing. Fruit flies is a must see!


A new twist on "classical" music

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

Creative choreography accompanies musical pieces played on standard and not so standard instruments by this VERY TALENTED trio. A real crowd pleaser. Don't miss it!


Yay they are back!

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

The things they do with music, super impressive as always!


Cast and crew

Hilary Abigana

Flute, Piccolo, whistle, boomwhackers, vibraphone, voice

Hilary Abigana is a founding member and flutist for The Fourth Wall - hybrid arts ensemble. Hilary was the winner of the 2003 Eastman Nielsen Flute Concerto Competition, the 2008 Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Young Artist Competition, a prizewinner at the 2008 Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition, and a silver medalist at the 2008 Fischoff Competition (with Trio Destino). She is on faculty at Floot Fire and was co-director, co-founder, and Irish flute teacher at the Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis. She was invited to join the Strategic Planning and Career and Artistic Development Committees for the National Flute Association in 2015.

Hilary is at home in the orchestra as well as in front of it. She has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras with the “music-telling” ensemble, Tales & Scales; with the Evansville Philharmonic in a performance of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; and premiered a new family show in 2013 with The Fourth Wall and the Capitol City Symphony. She was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras from 2008 to 2014. She received her Bachelor of Music with Distinction and Performer’s Certificate from The Eastman School of Music and her Masters Degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.


C. Neil Parsons

Bass trombone, euphonium, didgeridoo, boomwhackers, vibraphone

Bass trombonist C. Neil Parsons has been performing for as long as he can remember, appearing in his first professional theatre production at age three. Extensive touring has taken him to 40 states, with performances at major performing arts centers such as the Kennedy Center, residencies at numerous universities, and guest appearances with symphony orchestras, including the Boston Symphony. His creative output runs the gamut of music, theatre, and dance productions: from solo to chamber to orchestral music (including symphony, pit, and disco orchestras); from Shakespeare to musical theatre to outdoor drama; and from modern to tap to site-specific dance pieces. Neil also has experience with aerial silks and clowning.

Beyond his versatility across disciplines and genres, Neil is best known for blending his talents in music, theatre, and dance. Before founding The Fourth Wall with flutist Hilary Abigana and percussionist Greg Jukes, Neil spent nine years performing with Tales & Scales, an ensemble that created interdisciplinary Musictales for children and family audiences. Other interdisciplinary productions include collaborations with Windfall Dancers, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Early Music in Motion, songwriter Krista Detor, and numerous projects with flutist Zara Lawler.

Neil is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he designed an individual major: Interdisciplinary Performance and Education. He holds a Masters Degree in Contemporary Music Performance from Boston Conservatory.


Greg Jukes

Vibraphone, accordion, toy piano, crotales, flower pot, wood block, boomwhackers

Greg Jukes is a percussionist and narrator whose work focuses on blending music, acting, and dance in hybrid arts performances. Greg is a founding member of The Fourth Wall, a hybrid arts ensemble in which musicians are also actors and dancers. He has created and presented concerts for young people with the Delaware Symphony, Newark Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, and Columbia Orchestras and is the narrator for the National Philharmonic’s second grade concerts, which reach over 11,000 second graders every year.

Greg currently lives in Massachusetts where he is a project manager for Kadence Arts, a percussion-centered organization focused on presenting concerts and building community. In the summer of 2015, Kadence Arts launched the BeatBus, melding drumming and music technology in workshops and pop-up events around Boston. Greg maintains an active freelance schedule outside of TFW and KA, performing as a percussionist with orchestras, in recording studios, for musical theatre, and other projects including Waking the Monster in which nine percussionists turned historic Fenway Park’s iconic “Green Monster” into a musical instrument for thousands of people at Illuminus Boston 2015.

Greg is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University with a degree in percussion performance. When not performing, Greg teaches private percussion and drum set lessons via Skype to students in the U.S. and Middle East.

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★★★★★ Serious music by seriously talented musicians in a show that doesn't take itself seriously at all." - CBC


★★★★★ The music is flawless and their timing impeccable." - Winnipeg Free Press


"I think that Winnipeggers stand too eagerly for ovations - and it takes something spectacular to get me on my feet. Today is the first time I'm on my feet in a decade." - Jenny Revue


"They have the unique ability to not just play the music, but to seemingly become the music." - Orlando Sentinel


"With broad appeal across all age groups, this year's threepeat proves that the positive buzz about this bunch is no fluke." - Orlando Weekly


"Hanging upside down, twirling around, lifting each other up in the air, or pulling each other around on chairs or the wheeled vibraphone, they entertain the crowd young and old with their unique antics." CherryAndSpoon.com


"They're a warm, engaging and frequently funny trio that shows great grace whether playing Erik Satie upside down or improvising both dances and solos to Dave Brubeck." - Pioneer Press


"They sweep the audience up into a ball of energy right from the start and you'll find yourself smiling from start to finish at all the unexpected surprises that they nestle into the show." - One Girl, Two Cities


"The Fourth Wall's Fruit Flies Like a Banana was unlike anything else in the Fringe last year, and there's nothing like it in this year's festival either. Grab yourself a ticket and delight in its uniqueness." - SWFringeGeek.blogspot.com


 


FAQs


"What...huh? I have no clue what your show is....."


That's ok. Sometimes it's hard to explain. We're musicians who act and dance while we play our instruments. For example, if we're going to perform a tango, we're going to dance it while we're providing our own soundtrack. We're classically trained at fancy music conservatories, but we prefer not to put any pieces or composers on pedestals in a museum. We enjoy taking classical favorites that most people have heard and perform them in a way that has never been done before. We also enjoy performing new music by living composers because music is a living art and is more than just Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. 


"I don't really like classical music."


That's ok. This show isn't about sitting down, shutting up, and clapping at the right times. You definitely don't have to be a classical music lover to enjoy it.


 


"I saw 'Fruit Flies Like a Banana' last year. Why should I see it again?"


Why? Because we're bringing Minnesota a completely new show! We also have HOVERBOARDS! And a huge circus prop that we call the Hamster Wheel (though we set it up like a giant boat). We're doing traditional music on traditional instruments from Ireland, traditional music with traditional foot percussion from Canada, and a new piece by our trombonist that he will perform on didgeridoo! Come on, guys! DIDGERIDOO!! If you don't know what a didgeridoo is, you should come find out. It's bigger, more dangerous, and seriously....hoverboards.


"You guys are always fun! Can I bring my 3 year old?"


That's totally fine by us. We say the show is best for 7 and up because it's an hour long and not all 3 year olds can sit through an hour show. That being said, we've seen plenty of young audience members have a great time at our shows. 


"I thought you weren't coming back this year! Why am I just finding out about this?"


The waitlist gods smiled down upon on us and said "Yeah, ok you can go back to Minnesota Fringe". Please don't anger the waitlist gods by not coming to our show and saying hello.


"You're in Theatre in the Round this year?? But...but... it's ROUND!!!"


We knoooooooow!!!! We're so excited! Oh man, guys. The hoverboards are going to be so freaking cool in there.


"Why're you using this space as if you need an FAQ section?"


Well, because it's 1:00 am in Winnipeg and we really need to get something on the MN Fringe website NOW so audiences know we're coming back.


 


 

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