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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Shows start and end on time at Fringe. With hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 a local establishment, 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. 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 hundreds of performances and dozens of 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 are live on this website. Fringe is open to everyone, shows are selected by lottery, and you don't even need to have a show ready when you apply.

Volunteer: Our 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 a local establishment, 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, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

In 2018, Fringe will still offer passes but is also re-introducing single tickets options to see shows. We are re-tooling our Box Office policies to reflect our changes. Please check back for more information in the spring.

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Absurd Advice

By Hill-Murray Theatre
Created by Kezia Germ

Playing at Crane Theater


Physical theater/Clowning, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, First-time producer

Advice can be weird. Despite the best intentions, advice-givers often have no clue what they are talking about. This comedy explores the ridiculous clichés offered as profound advice for fixing life's problems.

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


Thu, 8/3 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/5 @ 2:30pm


Tue, 8/8 @ 7:00pm


Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm


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.

Read the reviews

Clever concept

by Jen Lynn on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I enjoyed this show and appreciated the cleverness of it. Certain parts of the performance were very funny, others dragged on a bit.


by Todd Gorinsky on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I was so happy that this show go the encore. I loved every minute!

Theatre is fun!

by Tom The book of dad on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Qualifier: A parent
I can relate to the theme of the play, made me smile! I forgot how I like going to the theatre. It's fun to see young people (including the dad) enjoying themselves. Good job!


by Kari Elizabeth Godfrey on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

What a fun and original and sweet show! A very relatable premise between a father and his teenage daughter who is awaiting some news that may alter her life's path, and the comedic sketches that ensue, is a clever and funny take on a situation many of us have been in at some point in our lives. Eva Potvin does an outstanding job as the daughter, and the scenes with her and Kevin Hatle are so much fun. The rest of the ensemble are committed and spot on, bringing a multitude of laughs in cleverly directed roles, with a myriad of fun props and signage. A great show for families, which is something Fringe needs!

Super Well-Done!!

by Delilah Schuster on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Not only is this show extremely relatable due to the content focusing on clichés, but it also keeps you on your toes. There was very good flow overall and the creative re-imagination of familiar concepts was clever and hilarious. In addition to well-written content, the actors were all fun to watch because of their physical choices and movements. It was literally a knee-slapper of a show, and I have the bruises to prove it.

Well crafted

by Mary Lynn Schertzing on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I thoroughly enjoyed it. This show was well crafted and entertaining. Kudows to Kezia. Talented young actors, lots of physical comedy.
Great use of props and space. Father/daughter dialog incorporated with short scenes was a perfect presentation. My favorites
were "IT" and "OK". I will definitely "Think twice about giving advice. " but really, GO SEE THIS SHOW!!!!!

Good Effort

by Rebekah Peterson on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The cast did fairly good, the script or writing I thought needed work, there was no pacing established throughout the piece which made it drag and speed up randomly, but the concept was cool to see played out.

1 person found this review helpful

This show is IT

by Jake Garhofer on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

This show was hilarious, the well thought out script and The exceptional delivery of ideas proved to make this one a must see. The visuals and props were beautifully crafted and incorporated into the vignettes. The acoustics in the theatre made it harder to hear a few of the actors, but other than that, there isn't much to downplay. My favorite part would have to be the okay fairy, it was the best possible note to end the show on. A strong/great message delievered in a fun family friendly way that should put it on everyone's list of must see shows at the 2017 fringe.


by Ryan Bockenhauer on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Every visual aspect of this show was stunning. The attention to detail was captivating and clearly well-thought out. There were plenty of stand out acting moments, which were great to see. This show gave me some wanted perspective on high school theatre outside of my own high school, and that was appreciated. I was almost tempted to give this review a 4 star value, just to complicate the current review score, but it was a five-star experience. Go forth and be advised.

Simply outrageously funny

by Anthony Chlebeck on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This play is wonderfully acted, hilarious and delightful!
The father daughter dynamic ties it together so effectively. The interludes of acted out advice before the big reveal each time are absolutely ridiculous ans hilarious!
Your face will hurt from laughter.

Absurd Advice

by m g on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I found the comedy thoroughly entertaining. Some of it was snickeringly humorous, other was leaking eyes funny. I would go to see another by the same playwright. In particular if members of the same troupe and support were involved. I am hearing impaired in the higher frequencies and could not hear some of the speaking on the stage, but fortunately the lively expressions of the participants left no doubt in my mind as what the spoken words were. I sat stage left, third of five rows back. The acoustics of the theater itself did not allow for the funneling of good sound towards the audience . Thereby, my seat location and atmosphere did not provide me with the best hearing venue. It was a wonderful performance!

Quite a Clever Comedy

by Caitlin Aul on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was the first time I've seen a performance at the Fringe festival. It was a hilarious show with a great expressive cast! Definitely a must see!!

Hilarious and cute

by Anna Dielschneider on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Lots of energy! Imaginative story telling. Funny and fun!

Dad Jokes

by Sarah Black on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Dad jokes and cliches with a fun script and excellent performances.

Absurd Advice

by John Hatle on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great energy throughout the show with clever dialogue. Very funny and enjoyable, lots of laughs. Easy entertainment for all ages. Young actors perform as though they were seasoned veterans. Should be a "must see".

Fun Chuckles

by Maria Keith on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

There are some star actors in the making, well performed. A good story that is tongue and cheek. I did snooze a bit but throughly enjoyed "IT".


by Darren Konsor on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Met the writers grandpa in line and he was right! Great show.

Highly Energetic!

by Deb Zachar on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A highly professional group of mostly young actors/comedians along with the dad. Polished. Made me laugh. Glad I went to this one.

What Fun!

by Meghan Maddigan on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The young cast is impressive. The shows central father daughter relationship warmed my heart and the advice kept me giggling! I also thought they used their performance space well, and you could tell there was great attention and care put into every prop used in the show!

Tickles the funny bone!

by Ruth Larson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was a fun, creative take on the absurdity of advice we unwittingly dole out. As we laughed at the actors we laughed at ourselves, but all in good fun. Lots of physical acting, fast moving dialogue and a father and daughter dialogue that wove together each scene. It was a delight and family friendly!


by Lauri Jedlicki on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The actors were wonderful! Kept the whole crowd laughing. This was a very clever play. Go see it!!

Must See!

by Danielle Hermes on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was my first year venturing out to the Fringe Festival and I couldn't have picked a better play to start with! The cast was energetic and hilarious; leaving me laughing so much I had tears in my eyes! The play's premise was relatable and so entertaining. I only wish it was longer! I thoroughly enjoyed!

Laugh Out Loud Fun!

by Lynn McCullen on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A fresh idea and unexpected fun!! This is a must see. I predict this will be the hit show of the festival!!

Great show!!

by Jen Potvin on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A very funny show! I laughed often, and the premise is very clever. It is well written and well acted with a lot of energy. A fun show for all ages. Go check it out!

Absurd Review

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

The artistic mentality behind this show is so purely and creatively derived. So often we hear non-contextual and seemingly meaningless advice that can appear to lack genuine emotion behind it, but this show exemplifies that the words that are being advised aren't what holds the weight in a situation, but the person who is saying them. Such a heartwarming show to watch, and hilarious as well. Get yourself out to see a spin on your favorite cliches that will lift your spirits and make you laugh.

1 person found this review helpful

Absurd Advice

by Edward Vakulskas on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

It has been a while since I truly laughed without solicitation or predictability. How's THAT for good writing! And, the end is a message worth hearing. My 'advice' is GO see it. I give it its first five star. Ed V.

Witty! Amusing! Enjoyable! ABSURD!

by Maureen Sherman-Mendez on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

ABSURD ADVICE was great fun that is appropriate and appreciated by all ages! It's wonderful to see young (and more experienced!) actors working together to entertain and present the importance of listening and empathy all wrapped up in a bundle of fun!

Great show!

by Lisa Perrier on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The premise of the show was super clever and funny. The performance of the cast was amazing. Laughed the whole way through.

Great to see such enthusiasm

by Jim Louis on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 30 shows

I have a member in this show who is part of a non-profit I help manage.

It is nice to see actors who are enthusiastic about acting. Great use of props and I loved the program!

Pleasantly Surprised

by Phillip Germond on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Our group laughed from beginning to end. This series of vignettes goes to show that theater can be funny while still being family friendly. If you simply want to be entertained for almost an hour, this show is for you. The "Shopper and the Pharmacist" & "The OK Fairy" were highlights for us.

New Story Line - Great

by Joe Story on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Fun Play with a super cast.

Cast and crew

Maddie Detviler

Great Grandma, PowerPoint, Nurse, Becca

Maddie Detviler is from Woodbury, MN. She attended Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, MN for both middle school and high school and recently graduated in June. Hill-Murray is where Maddie began her theater career, performing in sixteen shows through her time there. Maddie is very excited to be expanding her theatrical horizons in her very first production for the Fringe Festival!

RoRo Germ

Real Boss, Shopper, Stress, Teacher, Audience Member, Applicant, Trisha, Okay Fairy

RoRo is pumped to be in her third Fringe show, transitioning from working with "Things" last year to working with "It!" She will be a senior at Hill-Murray School this fall, where her favorite roles have been “Janet van de Graaff” in The Drowsy Chaperone, “Sarah Brown” in Guys and Dolls, and “Lily St. Regis” in Annie. When she isn’t doing choreography for a kids’ camp, RoRo teaches Marsha, her golden retriever, how to relieve stress.

Kelvin Hatle


Kelvin is a long-time veteran of the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Last year he was in Damned If You Do, a play which he wrote and self-produced, and which also starred the director's aunt. He is an active member of Fearless Comedy Productions, and was most recently seen in their production of Murder on the Mississippi (an interactive murder mystery set on the Jonathan Padelford riverboat) and the long-form improv show r/What The Improv. In addition, he is one-third of the original series Doctor Who podcast Get Off My World, so playing a dorky dad isn't much of a stretch for him.

Maggie McMahon

Pharmacist, Neighbor, Audience Member, Voiceover Becca

Maggie is relatively new to the stage, but so far she has loved every minute on it. Last spring she landed her first role in The Drowsy Chaperone at Hill-Murray School, where she will be entering her senior year this fall. In addition to running, traveling, and completing college applications this summer, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this new show to life as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Samuel Ogata

Receptionist, Brother, Human, Assistant, Audience Member, Waiter

Samuel’s love of theater is widespread. When he isn’t appearing on stage, he is behind the curtain moving props or, for months ahead of time, working hard to construct the set. After several shows, some with the Lakeshore Players and Stepping Stone Theater, but most with Hill-Murray School, he considers the theater his second home. As a sophomore who loves new challenges, he is elated to be part of the Fringe Festival in Absurd Advice.

Taylor Perrier

Fake Boss, Woman from Great Britain, Interviewer, Stove Hobs, Voiceover Trisha

Taylor is currently a student at the University of Minnesota where she’s a part of the improv team Soul Brick and a writer for Phony Magazine. In trying to redeem herself for not making the speech team in high school, she also does stand up with the University’s Comedy Club. This is the first play she’s acted in since middle school, and she hopes that you can’t tell and that you have a great time.

Eva Potvin


Eva Potvin is going into her senior year at Hill-Murray School. She started acting in Ashland Productions' Alice in Wonderland and Tom Sawyer. She has been in The Drowsy Chaperone and A Very Hill-Murray Christmas Cabaret at Hill-Murray. Eva has participated on her school's Speech team and is an active leader on both her school and club swim teams. Eva also enjoys singing in her school choir.

Kezia Germ

Writer, Director and Producer

Hill-Murray alumna Kezia is thrilled to try her hand at directing and playwriting in her 5th Fringe Festival. She is currently studying theater with an emphasis on Scenic Design at the University of Minnesota, where she is a member of the improv troupe Soul Brick. She also directs and teaches at theater camps in the Twin Cities. Kezia's favorite piece of advice is from her voice teacher, Nancy Grauff. "Nothing in life is a tangent as long as you are being yourself." That is how Kezia is trying to live her life.

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