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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Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL

By Turd Spout Productions
Created by Tom Reed

Playing at Phoenix Theater

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Warnings: Adult language.

Parody powerhouse Tom Reed hilariously reenacts season one of "Stranger Things" in a one-man musical romp. This nostalgia and pop culture-infused horror cranks the comedy to Eleven and will leave you dying.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 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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Great energy

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

The only thing that didn't work for me in this show was that it was Sci-fi and that genre just doesn't do much for me. The performance however was great.


Is that Andy Samberg's little brother?

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

As much as I liked Stranger Things, I didn't plan to see this show; satiric recaps just aren't my thing. But the reviews swayed me. All in all, I probably should have stuck with my first instincts. Tom is a talented performer to be sure, and I'm giving it 4 stars just for that, but it just wasn't for me. Still, now I feel caught up in time for the second season of ST, so yay!


Incredible!

by Solveig Bloomquist on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

No complaints. My fringe companion knew nothing about the original show and still had a ball. Great music, great lighting and sound, well paced, and touched on all the shit I loved and hated the show for.


Great show

by Mary Hancy on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Even if you haven't seen Stranger Things, which I haven't, the show was superb. So funny


Spot on and funny

by Robb Krueger on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This show made love to and poked fun at everything we love and hate about Netflix's best original series ever. Tom has a great rubber face and performs his material with timing, versatility and tremendous energy. The musical accompaniment added great ambience. Highly recommended.


Netflix and killed it

by Jon Golden on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

If you are a Stranger Things fan you will like this show. If you are a parody fan you will like this show. It is a blast to watch Tom Reed do what Tom Reed does. Certain sections weren't my favorite but that's personal taste and I can't knock a star for that. I will forever think of Tom's Joyce screaming for Will anytime I see Winona!


Ugh. So good.

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

So good. Just... so good. I feel like it might not be worth seeing if you haven't actually watched the TV show yet, but that's the only conceivable reason I can think of why you wouldn't see this. Tom makes me jealous and angry ove how talented he is.


See This!

by Sarah Black on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Tom Reed is excellent and this was fantastic even without having seen Stranger Things!


Most fun so far this year

by Pj Doyle on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Tom Reed doesn't disappoint. A multi-faceted performer. Excellent voice, commanding stage presence, and uses the entire theatre space to engage the audience. Having never seen Stranger Things, I thought I might be a bit lost, but he keeps you in the loop throughout the performance. A fun ride!


Wait, so did you like ST, or what?

by Dorothy Owen on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Tom Reed is a brilliantly talented performer. Excellent voice, commanding stage presence, the whole package. Be that as it may, I felt like the show made it seem like he didn't actually like Stranger Things. Which is odd, because why then would he put so much time and creative energy into creating a show that aims to serve as an homage to the series? I wanted to stay and talk to him about it after the show, but I didn't because I didn't want to be that guy. But it is definitely a must-see. He is incredibly engaging. And so handsome! Sorry, I had to throw it out there. It's true.


Made me wanna binge stranger things

by Holly Peterson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

I loved Stranger Things and Stranger-er Things is the perfect combination of fan art/story criticism/comedy for people who loved the show and can also admit that parts of it maybe didn't make a lot of sense.

Both performers are great. The pianist is actively engaged in the performance and was fun to watch for all of his facial expressions, etc. Reed was phenomenal. His impressions are incredible and his singing is great.

Totally enjoyed. Definitely check it out. I've heard people say that it's just as good if you haven't seen the show, but know that you'll miss some of the more subtle jokes.


Accurate-er than the Season Recap

by Riley Parham on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Tom Reed never disappoints. This clever parody of Stranger Things season one will have you laughing on the edge of your seat. There are many hysterically valid points that Reed makes during the course of this impressive one man show. Definitely a show to see.

Just one thing =) the monster doesn't appear when Eleven has a bloody nose because it's during the day and the monster is nocturnal. Loved the show!

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A must see for fans of the show

by Andrew Kueppers on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

If you loved Stranger Things, you owe it to yourself to see this show. Tom Reed gave an insanely energetic performance (at 10:00pm on a Monday!) that was highly entertaining. Highly recommended!


You gotta see this!

by Matt Pitts on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

If you have seen stranger things, see this. The character work is REMARKABLE and it was a great refresher on the story. There were many small details and mannerisms that were performed on point. If you haven't seen the Netflix show, beware this will tell you the entire plot.


Extreme Silliness

by Eric Meininger on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 31 shows

Tom is silly to the extreme. I'm most impressed that he's able to keep the story straight and perform it within the hour. Look for an 80s flashback you might wish you missed, but you'll be laughing the whole time. Not a lot of plot, but if you get tired of all of Tom's impersonations (and faces, and singing), look to Jon (the musician) who has a hard time keeping a straight face as he provides the perfect musical accompaniment. If you're looking for something to do at 5:30 on a Friday (Hey, the theater sells beer - Happy hour!) or penance after church on Sunday, check this show out.


Excellent - Fun for Everyone

by Tim Erickson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This is a well written show and excellently performed. It's very funny. I really enjoyed it.

I went with two friends, one whom watched the TV series in the last few months and was impressed by how well Tom captured the spirit of the show, the characters, and even some of the details. The other friend has not seen the TV show at all, but still loved the performance/show.

I've seen the TV show, but it seems like a while back. I felt like there were some lines that would be lost on folks who did not see the TV show, but there is plenty there for everyone. I loved watching Tom's face and expressions. He is an excellent comedic performer.


Hilarious!

by Seb C. on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Laughed the entire way through!


Funny & Talented

by Christopher Allen on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Obviously, this show is not for everyone. If you haven't seen Stranger Things, it might still be fun to watch because Tom is such a talented performer, but honestly you need the source material. That being said, Tom is great. He's a solid character actor, singer and writer. The show is funny, and though the jokes tend to hit the same notes throughout, they rarely get old. The live music helps break up dense monologue sections, leading to a well-rounded one man show and a fun night at the theatre.

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SO GOOD

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

Went to last night's show and I am *gushing*. Excellent, clever characterizations, great music....so glad I went!

1 person found this review helpful


Quick, binge watch Stranger Things

by Bradley Johnson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Now that you know what Tom is making fun of, you'll enjoy the show eleven fold. Tom does a great job of re-telling stories in a fun and comedic way that can catch you off guard and have you laughing. This is a MUST SEE, so hurry up and binge watch. It's only takes 6 hours, 47 minutes to really enjoy his 60 minute show!


Must-see!

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Great, hilarious show! If you've seen even one episode of Stranger Things, you should definitely go see this one. The show does cover the entire first season, so there are spoilers. Tom Reed does an amazing job!


SO FUN

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

If you are familiar with the Netflix series _Stranger Things_ (or even if you aren't), this is a must see Fringe show. Tom Reed performs the entire first season of the show (8 episodes long!) in one hour, with nonstop laughs. Did I mention that he sings, too?


Who needs a huge cast...

by Mark Webb on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

... when you have this much talent packed into one performer! Mr. Reed is fascinating to watch. The material was creative and fresh, and moved along at a brisk pace. He's a captivating storyteller with incredible facial expressions and impeccable timing. Well worth it!


Masterpiece

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

This is one of the best shows I've seen at Fringe so far this year! Tom Reed has the confidence that I wish I had. For the entire hour show he had the audience's attention and took us on the journey of Stranger Things. His impressions were spot on. I would not recommend this show for anyone who has not seen Stranger things, but if you have you will laugh until you it hurts!


Amazingly talented

by Richelle Amundson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Great talent having fun with a great show.


Love His Face

by Dylan Olmsted on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

This man's face is rubber. I haven't had a chance to see him perform before, but this show was a lot of fun. People who haven't seen "Stranger Things" on Netflix probably won't get much out of it, though, and in my case it was kind of an experience of thinking back on something I haven't watched in a while, but he pokes fun at a lot of the things that bothered me and it seems to be a loving parody.


A Must See

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

Do I need to give a review for Tom Reed??? Just go see it. He is a master at retelling pop-culture stories in a humorous and insightful way. You will laugh, realize major plot errors in the story that you watched/read and didn't realize at the time, as well as be wrapped up in the storytelling. Fun. Fun. Fun.


Skills honed to perfection

by Florence Brammer on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 41 shows

Reed again distills a pop culture phenomenon to its essence with brilliant writing, movement, acting, singing and props. He is just SO GOOD at this that it's easy for those of us who have enjoyed his performances for years to forget how incredibly difficult it must be to do this so well. Smart and silly and just great.


Demogorgon!

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

I always love watching Tom Reed perform. It's like he's made out of silly putty.

1 person found this review helpful


Wonderfully Quotable!

by Katlyn Moser on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I am a huge fan of Stranger Things and Tom Reed's performance as literally every character in the show was unbelievable. He must have killed it on the high school Speech Team. He flawlessly switched between characters in a parody that obviously came from a place of love for the source material. If you are also a fan of the show, it is definitely worth checking out!


Tom Reed for the win!

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

Fantastic show! Tom Reed is always a joy to watch and this year he gives his all. Great show with hilarious jokes and fantastic music. A must see if you love Stranger Things!


You don't need to see the show to get it

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

If you're worried you haven't seen the show yet - don't worry. Tom's performance - his physicality, his great voice, his excellent comedy...not to mention a great script - will be very accessible. He summarizes and explains everything. The only thing seeing the show gets you is a moment or three of "Holy cow! That IS how that happened! That's ridiculous!"

Nancy's song about Steve is a highlight.


The Upside of the Upside Down

by Reid Gagle on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Tom Reed made his mark with Fringe spoofs of Harry Potter and the Twilight series. Now he does it again with this fun pastiche of the TV show 'Stranger Things'. Never seen the show? Neither had I -- hadn't even heard of it -- but Tom covers all of the basics, so I rarely felt like I was missing a joke. This show is a ton of fun. Don't miss it.

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Better than Stranger Things

by Walter Furtney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 35 shows

Tour de force. This guy has talent dripping out of every pore. Musical, humorous, intense, absorbing and just over all fun. One of the best solo shows I have ever seen. There won't be many seats available for this one

1 person found this review helpful


Hilarious!

by J. Bach on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 26 shows

A hilariously clever parody of Stranger Things in which Tom Reed plays all the characters! Funny impressions, great physical comedy, and a surprisingly helpful review of season 1 to get us all ready for season 2 in a couple of months.


Spooky Silly ❤️

by Hillary Olson on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 15 shows

FANTASTIC show. It hit all of my buttons: wacky, smart, skillful and hilarious. Plus there is some musical parodies that you don't want to miss!

1 person found this review helpful


I liked this show!

by Cole Sarar on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Yay!!


Brilliant!

by David Wintersteen on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Tom Reed does not disappoint in this parodic re-telling of Season One. A great show!


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Cast and crew

Tom Reed

Creator/Performer

Tom Reed is a performer and writer based in Minneapolis who created Fringe hits "Parry Hotter & the Half-­ Drunk Twins", "Bite Me Twilight," "Disney Dethroned" and "The Hungry Games" and directed Couple Fight I & II.

Outside of Fringe, Tom's been in the mainstage cast at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theater for the last four years. Other stage credits include Mixed Blood Theater, Actors Theater, Comedy Sportz, Huge Theater, Steve Ray's, Rockstar Storytellers, and many improv groups including crooning as Lounge-asaurus Rex. On-camera, Reed can be seen in films, TV and commercials and he's written and acted in several award-winning short films, including winning Best Actor in the 2015 48 Hour Film Project (Minneapolis). Tom also loves broccoli, ice cream and riding his bike.
More about Tom at: TomReedShow.com


Jon Pumper

Music/Pianist

Jon Pumper is an improv pianist, composer, YouTube cover artist, and someone who is all-too familiar with the D&D references in Stranger Things. He is the current music director at The Brave New Workshop, and also directs music at Lake Auburn Church. Previous work includes directing music at Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret, accompanying community choirs, and performing in the pit for various theater productions. He uploads piano covers and tutorials regularly at youtube.com/jonpumper.

More information

Stranger-er Things is recommended by  City Pages, LavenderCherry and Spoon and Single White Fringe Geek


Star Tribune says "Drop dead funny... playful and engaging, he, well, kills it."


Nice things people have said about Tom:

"Rubber-faced, invitingly over-the-top" - Pioneer Press

"Smart, funny, quick-witted, and possessing a better voice than a funny man should." -Cherryandspoon.com

"Powerhouse vocals" "Guaranteed laughs" -Matthew Everett

Tom Reed (creator of Fringe hits Bite Me Twilight, Parry Hotter and the Half-Drunk Twins and The Hungry Games: Mocking the Mockingjay) hilariously reenacts season one of Stranger Things” in a one-man musical romp. This nostalgia and pop culture-infused horror cranks the comedy to Eleven and will leave you dying. 

In a show geared for Stranger Things megafans and newbs alike, Tom plays all the characters, sings goofy songs and sweats profusely while taking you on an hour-long parody binge of all eight episodes of season one. Spoiler alert - this show contains spoilers, but no gluten, dairy or monsters. Except one. There’s one monster. But you won’t know it’s there till it’s too late. 

Party at Steve’s after every performance. BYO Eggos. #strangerer

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