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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Repertoire Dogs

By Ideal Productions
Created by Dana's Boys

Playing at Mixed Blood Theatre

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Warnings: Adult language, Sexual Content.

A high-energy hour of celebrity impressions and cartoon voices "recast" into iconic movie scenes, plays, music, and more! Featuring a panel of well-known local performers and hosted by Josh Carson!

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm
Audio described

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Thu, 8/10 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 4:00pm
 

* 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, good, not bad

by Todd Gorinsky on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The character voices and accents were a bit uneven, but when it was on it was on! A nice little genre show.


Funny voices, geezer references

by Fringivitis Vulgaris on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Who doesn't enjoy Grandpa humor? There are plenty of funny voices, and your grandparents will know most of the references. The improv cast seemed to have missed out on pop culture after about 1996. This was a good fill-in between other shows.


Funny but outdated

by Liz Larsen on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I enjoyed myself for part of it but also felt pretty lost quite a bit. Would have been more funny but all of the impressions/scenarios were super dated, it was hard for me to follow some of it because the references were 20+ years old. Please mix it up for the younger part of the audience!


A good time

by Bryn Tanner on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Some of the impressions were a little shaky, but overall we enjoyed ourselves. Not much else to say given the improv nature of the show.


Well done, Rep Dogs!

by Audra Lind on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

What a great hour! Super talented, super funny. Impressions spot on and such a wide range. My kid loved loved loved it (16). So did we! (old enough to have a teenager). Thanks!


Poor Tom

by Kara Greshwalk on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

When you see multiple shows in one day, THIS is exactly the kind of show that will carry a fringer through it. It's a short and sweet hour of watching a group of very talented performers show off their fabulous impersonations. A huge shout-out to Brad Erickson for his Sean Connery reading 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' and Joe Wiener for, well, pretty much EVERYTHING. The M.C. totally needed to cut Tom some slack, because his Bane had me rolling with laughter. Highly recommended if this one remounts (fingers crossed).


Impersonation of a good show

by Jim Johnson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

This show needed more time. Very glad we went.


Hilarious!

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

All of the people on stage were very talented! I couldn't stop laughing.


Thus is why I love fringe

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

I love how diverse Fringe is. This show was a surprise gem. Fun and light. Lots of laughs.


Was that Tim Gunn?

by Bailey H. on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

So much fun! As a relatively young person, a lot of the impressions went over my head, but I still managed to laugh a lot (I liked the Muppets). Brad steals the show, what a national treasure. I agree with previous reviews, the audience suggestion segment was sort of awkward - people suggesting oddball impressions, impressionists unsure of how to do those impressions... Kinda awkward. But a fun show to get away from a lot of the dramas!


Stuck in the middle of fun

by Philip Skretvedt on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Well done, fun comedy club atmosphere. Nice way to break up your fest day with this one. Carson and the gang are a guaranteed laugh. Not just a firing squad of impressions but a nice mix of games and audience participation. Hope there is a sequel next year!


Fun show!

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

Normally I would think that an hour of people doing impressions would get old fast but this crew kept everyone engaged and entertained the whole time. There was some serious talent on display and Josh Carson as the host added a lot. I particularly liked Brad Erickson's voices. If you're looking for a fun, more relaxed show then this ones for you!


Very enjoyable

by Danielle Larson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

After seeing many theatrical performances, this was a lovely breath of fresh air. The impressions were on point and Josh is charming as host. I do agree with some of the other reviewers - I think getting suggestions shouted from the audience bogged things a bit. Maybe having a place for suggestions to be written and put in a hat while waiting for the house to open would work? Really talented crew. Lots of laughs!


Repertoire Dogs

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

FUN. LOL. I'm still smiling!


Entertaining

by Cetius d'Raven on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

A fun little show, very entertaining. My only complaint would be that some bits were so short as to barely allow the talent/humor to show.

Worth seeing if you have the time.


So close to 5 stars!

by Phillip Germond on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Great show, but the suggestion segment needs refinement. Maybe if audience members could write down their suggestions and then those were pulled out of a hat, it would eliminate the clamor and obscure suggestions. They could be read for laughs and put aside. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the show.

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Made me laugh

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

Some good impressions. Some of people I never heard of. Lots of fun


Funny show!

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

I really enjoyed myself. Super talented performers doing what they do best. I liked how they made games out of each impression. Fun show!


Fun Laughs

by Riley Parham on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

This show was a lot of fun. But, the time felt like it passed too quickly and by the end I was waiting for them to start. That being said, a very talented cast and great concept.


I can't even my own voice

by Paris Kelvakis on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

I never thought I'd get such rabid joy from an hour of impressions. What a hoot.


Worth an hour of your time

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

You'll laugh. You'll be *impressed* (get it?). If you want a silly fun comedic performance and you are familiar with some famous characters this will be a fun time for you. Not every show in Fringe has to be thought-provoking or serious or theatrical. These folks are super talented. It was a nice refreshing show in the midst of many heavier shows this year.


Solid Show. Not Sure if Fringe Material?

by Holly Peterson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

I am new to the Fringe Festival, so maybe I'm wrong in my assumption that this is a place for artists to perform material that might not usually get an audience? I totally loved the show that the group put on, but they said that they do this show outside of the Fringe. If I had known that I probably would have used the slot on something that is only running for this week and a half.

Still, their impersonations were great and the MC works the audience really well. It was a fun, engaging show.

1 person found this review helpful


improv game show

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

Talented assembly of actors, would see it again at Fringe 2018 with a new set of actors/games!


Impressions/Laughter

by H.R. McCormick on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Great impressions, funny cross-overs. This isn't really a conventional "theater show" - but it is pretty funny!


My face hurt!

by Mark Webb on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

I wasn't expecting this to be so funny. Really, my face hurt from laughing so hard. Simple concepts superbly executed. These guys were all having a blast, and so did we. Cheers to Ed Wynn!


Impressions!

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

With this show, what you see is what you get. They do a couple different games with fun little twists, but it all boils down to the same formula: the performer reads a random book or movie script as a random celebrity. It's a good comedic tool, but it's the only one in their toolbox. They do a great job interacting with the crowd and making it a fun night, though. So, if you like impressions at all, it's worth a shot.


Entertaining

by Amy Bonifas on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

If you're looking for diversity, you'll only find it in the impressions here. Definitely a white guy fest. That said I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The pairing of material and characters was great. Audience volunteer was magnificent.


Mechastreisand is coming for Thomas

by Christine Malcom on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Enjoyable, if a bit chaotic; a good mix of challenges/formats for the dogs to show off their chops.


Solid!

by Krispin Shax on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Solid impressions all around -- even the younger guy, who had fewer impressions in his pocket, was super charming. Could have used a tighter structure, but honestly, it was just some great fun with guys doing impressions.


Very Funny

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

Lots of fun! Some seriously talented impressionists.


Can I give them a 6?

by Connie Petersen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Tears on my cheeks from laughter!


More than impressions

by Roni Petersen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I was crying I was laughing so hard. These guys are hilarious. The mix of audience suggestions to their own choices was in perfect balance. A must see show!

1 person found this review helpful


So many voices!

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

Fabulous show! A perfect way to end the night of fringing. I loved the laid back approach, silly games and Josh Carson's announcer banter with the audience. The real stars though are the impressionists. A particular favorite was Brad Erickson as Tim Gunn and Kelsey Crammer as Owen Wilson. Lots of fun!


5 stars!

by Alexander Johnson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The best show at Fringe so far! Had me and my family laughing the whole time! Dont miss out!


Fun

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

Like being at a party with a group of really funny people.


Great Impressions!

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

The premise is simple but they make it incredibly fun. Super talented performers do impressions of different celebrities and characters in different situations. My favorite parts were when they opened it up for the audience member to guess you they were impersonating. A really, really fun show!


Gameshow vibe for impressions

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

So many impressions, so much fun. Even when the impression fell flat, it was still hilarious. I hope they have the impression of Björk singing "Piano Man" every performance. (I hope that is not a spoiler!)


Great!

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

So funny! A mix of impressions and improv. Very talented actors. A very fun hour!


Wasn't sure but glad I went

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

I really had no idea what to expect with this one but was pleasantly surprised to spend an hour with a group of performers who just seem to want to have fun. Impressions, while the heart of the show, only provide half the entertainment with the rest coming from observing the pure joy these folks display when they're on a stage together. Oh, and a lot of those impressions are pretty impressive...


HILARIOUS

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

Even when I didn't recognize the person being impersonated, this show was uproariously funny. Don't miss it!

1 person found this review helpful


Impressed Me!

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

I admit it... I can not do impressions, but thankfully we have some very talented local performers that can easily entertain with their impressions. And... the "celebrities" are put into some well known scenes that you'd never expect. It all makes for a very fun filled hour!


Funny and talented!

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

Live, unscripted comedy is hard to do well, but this group pulls it off with aplomb. My pop culture knowledge wasn't good enough to be able to identify every actor they did impressions of, but that didn't matter; their stage presence and skill made it well worth it anyway. Highly recommended - it was a great way to end the night.

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Lots of Laughing

by Jennifer de Fiebre on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

First off, Kelsey does the most amazing Owen Wilson (Wow!). All of the cast members were beyond talented and it was just fun to wait to see what new voice they would "do". Not to mention the "scenes" they used for reading from.


Delightful

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

This show is so much fun. The format is a well put together game show led by the wonderful and funny Josh. All of the performers were well picked and we end up with so many weird and amazing impressions that the performers seem to pull out of nowhere. If you want to relax and enjoy some really funny, versatile people for an hour, go see this show! If you're not an audience participation person, don't worry, they won't force you to do anything unless you volunteer, and that's swell.


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Cast and crew

Josh Carson

Co-creator/Host

Josh Carson is an occasionally employed comedian/writer. You can currently catch him in this very theater in 'The Wright Stuff or You'll Believe They Can Fly!' If you like him more as evil historical figures, catch him as George Wallace in the History Theater's fall production of 'All the Way.' He'll work for drink tickets.


Kelsey Cramer

Performer

Kelsey Cramer was last seen at the Fringe in "Women's History Month: the Historical Comedybration (with fabulous prizes)" with Black Market Doctor and "Littler Women" with The Buoyant Group. She works as an actor, writer, and teaching artist about town, specializing in neurotic comedy, wearing bad wigs well, and being the poor man's Kristen Wiig.


Brad Erickson

Co-creator/Director/Performer

Past shows for the MN Fringe include Hamluke, Hour Town, and The Life of Charles Schulz. Brad started doing impressions as a kid in the late 70's, starting with characters from Star Wars and The Muppet Show. Since then he's added a bunch of old men to his repertoire including Adam West, Michael Caine, and Harrison Ford. For this show, he might attempt a younger celebrity like Steve Buscemi.


Thomas Matthes

Performer

Thomas Matthes is an actor/writer/sandwich driver in the Twin Cities area. This will be his first ever Fringe production. You may recognize him as "Beef" from The Awesome 80's Prom. You might also recognize him from a multitude of real and definitely not made up performances since his graduation from UMD, too numerous to mention in this bio. Thomas first started doing impressions of Christopher Walken in his college dressing room before shows, since then he mainly uses them as a tool to recap the latest episode of Game of Thrones.


Michael Mayket

Co-creator

Michael Mayket is a writer/producer/director/actor who has been active in the Twin Cities theater scene for over a decade. As co-founder of Dana’s Boys, he has helped to bring to life: The Saved By the Bell Show, The Scooby Doo Show, A Very Die Hard Christmas, Buzzy’s Clubhouse, The Awesome 80’s Prom, and many more, including past Fringe favorites: Hamluke, Hour Town, and Twisted. He can be seen elsewhere in this year's Fringe Festival performing alongside his beautiful wife Shira Levenson-Mayket in William and Mary: The Way Out Experiment.


Jay Melchior

Performer

Jay Melchior is excited to make his 8th appearance in the Fringe Festival! Past credits include: Robohoma, Hamluke and Hour Town. Jay has also performed in variety shows and a musical (Vampires! Horror!) with Table Salt Productions.


Ryan Robert Nelson

Performer

Ryan Robert Nelson is an actor and comedy writer in the Twin Cities. He currently works at The Brave New Workshop where his impressions currently earn enough to keep him off the streets. Trust me, you don't want him in the streets. He can also be heard on Take It With You, a live radio podcast from Duluth! Available where ever you get your podcasts, FOR FREE!!


Ben Tallen

Performer

Fringe audiences may have seen Ben Tallen's past work as writer, producer, and actor for Tedious Brief Productions' plays Bard Fiction, Tempests, The Final Act, and Mead Hall. Non-Fringe audience members may have seen his work as a company member with Theatre Pro Rata. Non-audience members may not have seen him. Ben has been assured by his 2 year old daughter that he can do funny voices.


Joe Wiener

Performer

Joe Wiener has been testing his skills of mimicry since the 70s, starting, perhaps, with Daffy Duck and moving on to other Loony Toons, then Muppets and, ultimately, low-hanging-fruit celebrities, like Jason Statham. When not attempting to broaden his impersonatory repertoire, he can be seen on stage throughout the Twin Cities, with such companies as Classical Actors Ensemble, Freshwater and Wonderlust.


Allison Witham

Performer

Allison Witham is a Twin Cities-based performer, author, teacher, and deviser. She is a core and founding member of Transatlantic Love Affair, company member of Savage Umbrella, executive board member of Theatre Novi Most, and frequent collaborator with Jon Ferguson. Allison is weirdly good at making everyday sounds (doors, wind, cicadas, the ocean), and a terrifying baby cry.

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What if Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and other Shakespearean actors tackled the memorable dialogue from "Showgirls"?


How would character actors like Christopher Walken or Adam West change the delivery of famous movie quotes?


Could the characters from The Muppets or Looney Tunes or The Simpsons take on the rough and vulgar language of " Pulp Fiction" or "Silence of the Lambs"?


Some of the Twin Cities' finest voice artists and comedic actors bring those possibilites to life with a mix of games, challenges, and audience participation.  If you're ready for an hour where almost anything can happen, then you might be ready for Repertoire Dogs!


 


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