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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Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign

By Bearded Men Improv


Playing at Theatre in the Round

Step with us into the realm of fantasy and adventure where success or failure is decided by the roll of an actual 20-sided die. Nerd or not, this completely improvised show has something for everyone.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 4:00pm
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 8:30pm
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 5:30pm
 

* 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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I Finally Understand D&D

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

My son and husband both enjoy Dungeons and Dragons, while I've never understood the appeal (tried it in high school and I Really Didn't Get It). This show was so fun and hilarious, and the audience was so into it, that now I do kind of get it. Hilarious, clever, and exciting show! Occasionally I was unable to hear what the actors were saying, but otherwise... loved this!


The geek world explodes

by Mark Webb on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Not into the D&D world myself, I guess I have too many geek friends and know too much about this subject. This was a laugh-out-loud riot of a performance! Seriously, I'm not sure who was having more fun - the audience or the players. Great concept for a fringe show, and so well done.


Seriously hilarious

by Suzie Juul on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Swords and Socery was one of my favorite shows at Fringe. It was extremely You nerdy, well acted, quick moving, dice rolling fun. I enjoyed the DNDesque theme, character choices, and how this was an actual campaign over the run of the festival! Congratulations to everyone involved!


CRIT HIT!

by Dorothy Owen on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This was the best show I've ever seen in my life. My favorite so far at the Fringe this year. This group was so in sync and performed at the top of their game. I want more!!!!


+20 Show of Hilarity!

by Justin DeLong on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

I can't endorse it enough. Some amazing improv, great physical gags, and an delightful sense of atmosphere. I don't think I've ever heard an audience respond as it did during certain scenes (especially when a 1 or 20 was rolled).
Think of it as a funny, unpredictable, low-budget meal at Medival Times.
Great fun, I hopper to see the final installment on Sunday!

1 person found this review helpful


Professionals

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

Even the parts that weren't as funny had me in peals of laughter. The actors did a great job of drawing in the audience, and making them invested in the storyline. I wish I could have been there for every performance!


Real Fun

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

I had a grand old time. It's super fun and you never know what's gonna happen next. Heck! The performers don't either. If you don't enjoy it it's probably cause you have a stick up your butt.


WTF is happening

by Rachael Goerger on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I don't know anything about D&D but this was wildly entertaining.

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AMAZING

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

I literally don't know what to say. I could easily watch those guys every day. I wish they did shows every day (wouldn't that just be a fantastic way to spend a winter?) I wish I had seen all of their shows this fringe. Amazing, amazing, amazing. I don't remember the last time I laughed that much. Go see this show.


They rolled a twenty

by Andy Rakerd on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

I do not exaggerate: this is the best longform improv I have ever seen! They made me feel things, damn it! Go see it!


Hope To See Again

by Karen Dennis on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The performers are in perfect step with one another and I laughed out loud many times during the show (which is something that doesn't happen to me that often). I only saw Tuesday's show but they did a good job of filling me in on what had happened previously and I never felt lost or confused during the performance. I felt so connected to the the characters that it made me want to come back to see how the story progresses.


Fantastic Beards and Where To Find Them

by Matt Ledder on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The Bearded Men have a special knack for mixing an absolutely hilarious, high quality show with deeper emotional moments. Improv so good, you'll keep wanting to find out more!


Delightful laugh out loud hour of improv

by Karen Voigt on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show was entertaining and funny with talented improv actors including a kickass Dungeon Master guiding the action. Fun for all from young teens to senior citizens. I was almost on the floor laughing a few times and that was a risk I gladly took. (As a senior citizen it is sometimes hard to get back off the ground...but I risked it and suggest you do too!) 2 more shows.. Go see them!


Simply amazing

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

As both an improviser and D&D player, I was definitely biased towards liking this show from the start. However, I was still blown away by how well they adapted RPG elements to the stage. The Bearded Men put on a show that is extremely entertaining for anyone, and extra-rewarding for fans of table-top RPG's. The tech person deserves a special shout-out for providing great lighting, music, and sound effects on the fly. This is the rare Fringe show I'll be sure to see more than once!


Hilarious AND Handsome!

by Alysse McCanna on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt. It's a mystery to me that these fellas aren't famous yet! Also, I know nothing about Dungeons and Dragons and still found this extremely entertaining. In such an exciting and fast-paced performance, the actors are splendidly witty and the facial hair is on point. Treat yourself--don't suffer terrible pangs of regret--see this show!

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Fast and Funny

by Shelley Odendahl on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Fast-paced, action-packed and seriously funny. I laughed throughout the show. Great production. My advice? See it.


Nerd-gasm

by Andre Johnson Jr. on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

This was insanely funny and fun to watch and the nerd in me loved seeing the actors actually try to figure out what to to other characters. I will be coming back to see what happens next.

1 person found this review helpful


A must see

by Josh Kuehn on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The Bearded Men consistently delivers some of the best improv you can see anywhere. They balance the hilarious characters and exhilarating action with touching moments and serialized character development to create a theater experience that rivals anything else you'll find at fringe. A must see.

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Hilarious!!

by Andrea Morris on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Wasn't sure exactly what to expect from the show as I've played D&D a handful of times, but it was hilarious!!! D&D players and non-players will all enjoy...you don't need the knowledge of D&D to find the hilarity in the improvised lines and actions. I encourage everyone to check out this show...you'll get a great "workout" from all the laughs!


Great Chemistry

by Bill Padgett on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I am familiar with Dungeons and Dragons but it has never held much appeal to me. That having been said, I was very entertained by this show. As many other reviewers have said, the performers in this show have a great chemistry with one another. It was a delight to see them play off of one another and scramble to support each other when one of them made a misstep or forgot one of the many characters' names. I think this was the most enjoyable show I have seen so far at the Fringe overall. I think you will enjoy it too.

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Fun, Fast, Fresh

by Christopher Allen on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

This troupe is very talented and I commend them for keeping the same story fresh for nearly an hour. If you've ever watched a D&D stream, you'll know it can often get bogged down with rules and sheets, so it was smart to have the dungeon master make all the rolls and keep the pace up. Overall, I enjoyed myself greatly. I do wish they would've taken bigger swings, though. One of the characters pulled off a fun stunt right at the beginning of the night, which wowed the audience, so my expectations were high. But it was never matched in any of the other combats (and there were many), so they felt undewhelming. The real star is the character interactions, but D&D prompt larger-than-life action, so I wished they had really gone for it.


Epic & Charming!

by Debra Berger on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Even if you know NOTHING about D&D – see this show. It’s universally accessible and equally hilarious. Their form is refined and their style is incredibly epic and charming. Each player has his own skill set, but when they all come together it’s magic - even if they roll a 3 or a 20. This show won’t disappoint!


Fun for All, Extra for RPG Nerds

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

A hilarious live interpretation of what happens at the gaming table, from asking the dungeon master for help to biffing on an attack roll. Definitely worth seeing!


THE BEST!

by Laura Posterick on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The Bearded Men are one of the most consistently fantastic improv troupes in the area. Their D&D show is one of my favorites and they didn't disappoint! Their camaraderie and energy is infectious and you can't help but have a great time. Go see this show!

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Fun for all! (Not just D&D nerds.)

by Jonatan Mitchell on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I'm a D&D nerd. My wife understands very little of it. We were both rolling out of our seats for the entire hour of this show. While I got an extra kick out of some of the references, the humor and story still hits home for everyone. While there seemed to be some miscommunications between the players and the GM on occasion, these improv pros carried through and told a great story. Be prepared for the most fun hour of your week!


A Fun and Unexpected Romp

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

While not all of this show fired on all cylinders, I was engaged throughout, and I may creep back into the future shows to see where this adventure goes. No need for understanding Dungeon & Dragons is required to enjoy this show.


Well done

by John Gigrich on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

The beards have an amazing ability to find the funny each time they hit the stage. One of the most consistent improv groups I know of, and that's not easy in the improv world.


Bust a Gut

by Cary Van Heel on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Hilarity from start to finish. Bearded Men Improv has struck gold in this live play out of a D&D session. The use of the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim soundtrack was just the cherry on top of this experience for me. You won't be disappointed in this ever changing show.
Come for the adventure, stay because you keep rolling 3's and can't escape the dungeon.


Just Fun!

by Lauren Biela on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I have never played D&D and this was fun! If you want to laugh, join in on cheering for roles of 20, and saying "Awwww" when something bad happens to a character, come to this show. Such a good time! We all left happily grinning from ear-to-ear.

Additionally, there was a Medusa moment at the end tonight - right before I went to see Medusa! Thanks for the tie-in!


Very good time

by Fourth Wall on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Improv meets D&D. Loved it.

1 person found this review helpful


5/5 Would join on an adventure

by Michael Van Heel on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Masterful story telling, suspenseful scene breaks and clever witty humor are hallmarks of this plucky band of adventurers. They were a pleasure to behold and my wife and I would recommend them to friends and foes alike.


The nerds loved it!

by Kirk Johnson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The Audience loved it! I haven't seen that happy an audience in a long time. But sadly, to me it was just predictable and not that interesting. It had a few chuckle worthy moments but that's it for me.


YAASSSS!!!

by Shanna Frasier on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This show had me on the edge of my seat and laughing until my gut hurt throughout the entire show! If you want to see some incredible improv well this is the show to see!


Good, but...

by Chorf Mender on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

These guys are great at what they do. No doubt about it. But I agree with the reviewer who said they come off as a bunch of white boys playing swords on the playground.

I've caught their show at the uptown theater a few times and they always deliver... but I was disappointed to see this show was exactly the same as the show they do every week in uptown. What was the point of fringe? Just to make $$? Ehh....


Seriously. Go.

by Bethany McHugh on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Y'all - go see this show. These guys are so versatile and fun and charismatic. A joy to watch whether you know about D&D or not. The amount of emotional investment you feel for these characters you only know for an hour is absurd. Do yourself a favor and spend an hour getting hooked on a story told by amazingly talented performers.


+4 Dagger of Enjoyment

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

There is, frankly, not much to say about these guys that hasn't been said below, so I'll keep it brief:

Swords. Axes. Bows. Birds that feast. Timothy. Sharp-looking costumes. Chimera love-making techniques. "How to track a dragon." Sleight of hand (and not so sleight of hand). An engaging dungeon master who is clearly having just as much fun as the improvisers. And probably most importantly - the brilliant-as-ever Tyler Mills dead-panning the difference between "killing and murder." Brav0 - a show that simply *cannot be missed.*

P.S. The caveat of having an improvised, running plot as a Fringe Show is beyond brilliant. I have found myself wondering often in the days since I saw it, "I hope Timothy is okay."


Will this show be good? (rolls dice) 20!

by Kimberly Miller on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The bearded men never disappoint and Swords and Sorcery continues to prove that point. These guys set the bar for local improv as they constantly perform at the top of their intelligence. Always creating an engaging story, this show is fun for both D and D fans and novices alike. Do not miss your chance to see this show!


Funny, Fantastic Fantasy

by Brian Hanson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Terrific performance. Dramatic, witty, intriguing! What will happen next? Who knows, certainly not the actors.


So good!!!

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

I didn't know really anything about this group and checked it out from a recommendation. I am so happy with my decision! Wonderful show. Hilarious and extremely entertaining AND it looks like it will be different every night. Check it out!


They rolled a 20 in hilarity!!

by Charlotte Stark on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I'm the biggest fan of these guys. If I could rate this show higher than five stars I absolutely would. Every moment is full of truth, humor, and dnd badassery! Go see this show! You'll be laughing the entire time! Go, go, GO!!


Talented Cast

by Meredith H on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Creative, surprising, engaging, funny - this show has everything I want from a magical adventure tale. The Bearded Men are BRILLIANT as both an ensemble and as individual improv actors. I left the theater laughing to myself. Loved this show!

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These guys are awesome!

by Jayme Godding on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is seriously one of my favorite shows to watch. Funny, exciting, dramatic, heartwarming. Everything you can want in a Fringe and more. These guys are so talented. Check out their adventures while you have the chance!


so much fun!

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

Great concept, fun execution, excellent use of TRP space! We had a blast with the rest of the audience - cheering when the heroes rolled high on their attacks, cringing when they were getting their butts kicked by the baddies rolling high, and the mishaps that resulted from low charm, animal handle, sleight of hand, or diplomacy rolls.


Ultra-Talented Improv

by David Berglund on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This troupe continues to show us why they are some of the most talented bunch of improve artists in town. Rarely skips a beat and consistently finds comedy in the most unexpected places.


20! Critical success!

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

This is a really fantastic show! You'll definitely get invested in the characters and be rooting for some to succeed or fail. Throughout it all, there are tons of funny moments, and all the actors are great at making scenes work well. You don't have to understand D&D to understand the show. As long as you're cool with a fantasy setting (magic, dragons, etc) you'll be able to follow along. I'd say this is a must-see!


Awesome

by Pat Daily on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Fast paced and fun, this was a hoot! Loved it. Absolutely amazed at the cast's talent to create characters and roll with the punches--or the roll of the dice. "Thomas" was the best!


Fun for everyone!

by David Nienaber on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

A wonderful show full of comedy, suspense, and occasional romance. Knowledge of D&D is not required. Each actor is masterful at portraying multiple characters simultaneously. MJ Marsh is divine in his nuance of character while Tyler Michels never faulters has he continues the story along with clever quips and character experimentation. Huge shout out to the DM. The settings and situations flowed effortlessly into a meaniful and hilarious story. Appropriate for all ages and nerd levels.


For entertainment you rolled a 20

by Jon Golden on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

SEE THIS SHOW. These are some master improvers at work and it does not disappoint. I have never done a DnD campaign and still understood and enjoyed every moment of this show. MJ Marsh is an absolute pleasure to watch. I am already planning on seeing this show again its that good.

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W O W !!!

by Nora Sonneborn on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

These guys are PHENOMENAL. I went in with a very minimal knowledge of DnD, and it was no issue. I found it super easy to catch on to the sort of mechanics and it was easy to follow. This show was hilarious and I can NOT believe how invested I got in the characters and story. I would love for these guys to have a weekly show here in the cities. Definitely considering going to see this show again.

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LOVED IT!

by Paige Jaeger on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

SO FRICKEN FUNNY I WAS SMILING THE ENTIRE TIME! SEE THIS SHOW!

1 person found this review helpful


A critical success!

by James Mann on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show has some REMARKABLE improv! The cast is incredibly quick-witted and a joy to watch. As an audience member I felt like I was a part of the adventure! Highly recommended!

1 person found this review helpful


Quick wit

by Richelle Amundson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 39 shows

Really funny improv with the DnD storytelling device a neat twist.

1 person found this review helpful


Scale of 1-5, They Rolled a 20!

by Riley Parham on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Absolutely hysterical. This is a must see! The Bearded Men are always a pleasure to watch and this is no exception. I laughed so hard I cried. The concept of the dungeon master adds so much to the improv, even determining how effective someone can cut off the villain's mustache. I loved it so much I may even try to see it again.


MJ MARSH!

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

I have never played or learned about dungeons and dragons, and if you haven't either, IT'LL STILL BE FUN to see this show! Watching everyone in fits of laughter around the Round was lovely, the men seemed so in tune with one another then MJ Marsh stole the show. At points I felt like I was reliving my early middle school days of watching 12 year old white boys make up reasons to sword fight, but that's some people's cup of tea!


Smart, agile improv with lots of LOLs

by Matt Peiken on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

One of the surest bets in local improvisation and wherever they tour, the Bearded Men are at the top of their game in this spirited, take on an evolving Dungeons & Dragons tale.

You don't need to be versed in D&D to quickly catch on to what's happening. And what happens changes with every performance, each show's events informing the next.

You'll find yourself cheering the heroes, aching for the villains' demise and surprisingly invested in the narrator' dice rolls that spell success or failure at every turn.

This much is certain: The cast of five seasoned pros deftly moves wherever inspiration — and the roll of that 20-sided die — takes them.

You'll laugh hard and often throughout this no-risk, must-see show.


Magically fantastically fun.

by Michael Schugel on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

A troop of magical charters put in fantastic situation controlled by the dungeon master and the roll of a die. It was hard to tell who was having more fun; the actors or the audience. I need to check the schedule so I can watch them again and see where the story will go next.


Brilliant.

by Kristopher Dean on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I loved this show, the improvisation interwoven with dungeons and dragons gameplay is unique and delightful. The actors are easy and the story was so deftly attended to throughout. I laughed so hard that my belly hurts. I know that I'm going back, so good luck getting a ticket.


MUST SEE. SERIOUSLY GO.

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

The improv here is TOP NOTCH. I am a fan of Dungeons and Dragons so I was pumped to see the show from the beginning, but there is truly something here for anyone who enjoys excellent improv and physical comedy. This ensemble is well oiled, and worked together seamlessly to deliver an edge of your seat show that left me tense from suspense and with tears in my eyes from laughter. I am definitely coming back to see where their campaign goes from here!

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Awesome as Always

by Justin Betancourt on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The Bearded men always deliver a hilarious show. This show is no exception, from the start they get the audience involved and let them know all they need to know about the D&D dice system. They then launch into an adventure that will keep the audience laughing and engaged the whole time. I strongly suggest checking them out not only at Fringe but at HUGE Theater where they regularly perform.

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Nerds Unite

by Afton Benson on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The Bearded Men are always on point. They have outstanding story lines, even though they're making the story up as they go. This group consists of some of the strongest long form improvisors in Minneapolis and they wrap their audience up in the world and characters they create.

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The Best of the Best!

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

The Bearded Men are not only some of the greatest improvisers I've ever seen, but some of the best performers period. The best of the best. They're smart, completely invested, clearly experienced, and funny as hell. One of my favorite things about the Beards, however, is their ability to weave deep relationships and drama into their storylines. They skillfully navigate between the most hilarious comedy and touching moments of real connection, and they bring you right along with them. Their D&D format is fantasy at its best, and I LOVE that they've serialized their show! I can't wait to go back and continue the journey! Truly. DON'T MISS IT!

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Rolling (my 20-sided die) with laughter

by Sarah Black on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Everyone, including the cast, was having such a great time throughout this adventure. I'm trying to see if I can return for another show to see another chapter in the story.

1 person found this review helpful


Nerdgasm

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

This show. This effing show. It's a genuine celebration of geeky tabletop gameplay presented in an accessible, fall-out-of-your-chair-laughing kind of way, made by guys who are serious about their nerdery. Probably the best format I've ever seen for improv comedy, with just the right balance of on-the-fly storytelling, quick-witted jokes, and pure randomness (thanks to the 20-sided die). The improvised music, SFX, and lighting elevate the show to magical levels. Do yourself a favor and SEE IT.

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Accessible nerdiness

by Margaret Bierman on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The Bearded Men Improv group did not disappoint! 10pm is usually past my bedtime but definitely had no problem staying awake for this exciting show. The chemistry, humor, and cleverness of the show make it the type of thing that has you googling improv classes on the car ride home. Really bummed I won't be able to see the whole story line through!

1 person found this review helpful


So so...SO FUNNY

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

My cheeks still hurt from laughing/smiling. This was my first Bearded Men show, though their reputation preceded them. I was not disappointed! The ensemble was so quick and so funny! I played D&D once in my life (am I admitting this on the internet?) and I don't think you have to have any familiarity with it to be in stitches!
Quotes on the car ride home:
"So...we're going to all of them, right?" (The story from last night continues on the next night. Don't worry about missing anything. It's the journey not the destination with this one!)
"I think improv is fake like wrestling. No one is that quick and smart."
"I really want to play D&D now. No, I really want to play D&D with THEM!"

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Fast and Fun

by Nathan Rouse on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

For those who haven't seen the Bearded Men's regular D&D campaign, it is truly a sight to see. Not only does the group have great chemistry, they are clearly having a blast doing it. And at it's core, that's what Fringe should really be about: having fun.

Even if you are not a fan of Dungeons and Dragons or improv, there is still a lot to enjoy here. The cast simultaneously takes the came very seriously but also play it fast and loose, making for an extremely fun dynamic. Highly recommended.

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Rolls an 18

by Joe Allen on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

A character, mid-slow-motion-attack-animation, is ruled to have rolled a 19 by the booming GM. His fists, before unresolved, upon roll strike daggers to the heart and abdomen of my nerd-core, and vivisects some dungeon tiny-bird-scum to a well-called sound effect from the booth. Visceral, I'm sold.

These guys are having a ridiculous amount of fun, and it doesn't take a lifetime of experience with tabletop-oriented worldbuilding to appreciate the sheer genius of pulling apart some of the richest fantasy canon in a brilliant structured/non-structured romp.

Minor criticisms to a few missed "yes-ands" and volume/facing issues (in the round), but this show succeeds at a Heroic level (difficulty 6+)

Miffed that I'll miss subsequent shows.

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Holy balls see this show!

by Crissy Tolson on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

I was laughing the entire time. The actors are all strong and play off each other extremely well. Left the show in such high spirits. DRAGONS!

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The best kind of dorky!

by Kelly Regan on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

This show had me crying! Had ups and downs like any longform improv but was most definitely worth seeing. See this as early in the festival as you can as it is serial! I am now trying to find ways to add future performances to my schedule!

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Stars Rating: Rolled a 20.

by Emily Larkin on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you have yet to see local gems The Bearded Men go on one of their genre improv adventures, now is the perfect chance. These performers, teammates, and friends present a chapter each night of a fringe-long storyline. Their physical comedy, mixed with brilliantly composed music (Jack Barrett) and clever usage of a Dungeons and Dragons styled dice master (Allen Voigt) make for a laughter-filled epic. A magical chemistry, a must see.

3 people found this review helpful


Reliably Great with One Caveat

by Totally Not A Bear on August 3, 2017
This user has reviewed 9 shows

The Bearded Men are the best theatre in town, period. Their sense of timing is impeccable, the music is solid, and they can be just as serious as they are silly. Also their beards are on point (expect Michaels, but I guess his beard is implied)

However, a storyline that goes on for more than 1 show is not a good idea for Fringe, in my opinion. There's too many shows to see; do you expect me to come back every night? Don't be needy! That being said, they have done a good job in the past of filling you in on previous installments. Definitely should check out.

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Cast and crew

MJ Marsh

Improviser


Tyler Michaels

Improviser


Tyler Mills

Improviser


Joe Rapp

Improviser


Lucas Vonasek

Improviser


Allen Voigt

Dungeon Master


Bradley Machov

Technical Director

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