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.

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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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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?

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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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By Underdog Theatre
Created by Kory LaQuess Pullam

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Arena


Warnings: Violence, Adult language.

The death of a family patriarch summons James to his hometown in South Texas. Once he arrives, James is confronted with issues of the past and present. Nothing is left on the table in this world premier drama.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+


Fri, 8/4 @ 7:00pm


Sun, 8/6 @ 10:00pm
Audio described


Thu, 8/10 @ 5:30pm


Sat, 8/12 @ 8:30pm


Sun, 8/13 @ 2:30pm

* 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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Don't miss

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

This show was an incredible slice of life for me. A real insight into the black experience. At the same time it was dangerously close to tragic, it was full of sharp comic relief. Great production!

More please!

by Mary Johnston on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

This show was lovely. The acting was phenomenal from everyone on stage. The story was complex and interesting. It felt cut short though. I am hoping this is a promise of more to come. I would love to see a full-length production of this play.

I'm glad my family isn't like this.....

by Jeanie Johnston on August 15, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Setting the stage at the beginning of this show is an abusive Dad. It was painful to watch. As the story unfolds we see an entirely dysfunctional family....not just the Father. It is depressing and sad. The comedic relief comes in the second part with the gay boyfriend of the responsible Son. It was perfect timing. This is some of the best acting I have seen at Fringe. The entire cast killed it. Thanks so much for a great play!

Drama in the house

by Bailey H. on August 15, 2017
This user has reviewed 29 shows

I love family dramas. This play was a Mashup of August Osage County, Moonlight... One other I can't think of... I liked it, but agree with other reviews that at times the storyline was mushy. I think reordering some of the scenes would have been beneficial. I think this show needed more than an hour to fit everything in!


by Robert Bunker on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Very powerful show. Acting was wonderful. A few performers weren't quite up to the level of the rest of the cast, but still an excellent production. Kudos to the cast and playwright.


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

I wish I'd seen this show earlier in the week so theater my review would matter, but maybe the actors will still appreciate the rave. This play was sensational. So we'll acted, excellent script. At 55 min. I thought that there was no way they could finish on time and I would need to forgo my next play, but they did, and it was perfect. This could be a full length play, but it was excellent as is. We need to watch for this playwright and actors again.

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Remount, please!

by Suzi Love on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Odd Man Out is phenomenal. The script is a well crafted examination of abuse and family dynamic, and was carried expertly by the cast. I was riveted by the opening scene, and kept captive until the final moments. I would go to see this mounted again.


by Cetius d'Raven on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

Outside of the abrupt and unclear ending and occasion confusion of time (there are scenes out of chronological order that weren't as clearly indicated as I would have liked), I can find nothing negative to say about this play. It's a moving tale of a lower-class black family's trials and tribulations, particularly around the death of the (unseen) family patriarch. It dives into the truths we hide from ourselves because we've been told we should and expresses why we should not.

I chose to see this play because there was an opening in my schedule at that time and in that place and I consider myself fortunate to have seen this piece of art and hope to carry its message into my life.

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I Want More!

by Bradley Johnson on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Filled with great characters, but it left me hanging at the end. I'd love to see this show expanded. I felt like it was Act One and we were coming back to see Act Two. Hope they look at expanding it, maybe at Mixed Blood? I'd see it!

A Tony Award In The Making?

by Brian Stepanek on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This play was pretty great! Not only did it tackle multiple, very important topics, but it did so in a very different but thought-provoking fashion. I had elements of two of this year's Academy Award nominated films; it really reminded me at times of Fences, but it also had a few elements of Moonlight in it too. It was a great stand-alone piece, but I could also see it being added to, creating a full-length play, in the future. A must see this year from one of Minneapolis's most talented actors and playwrights!

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Very good show.

by Liz Blank on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I agree with Carrie on The power of Fringe Reviews. I read the reviews and it got me to the Thursday night show with 10 shows in me. I am glad that I got to this show. Great acting.

I believe the show I saw was sold out and they had actually given out too many tokens. I was glad to see that they let them all in to see the show.

No resolution

by Haydin Wellens on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

The show left off on a cliff hanger with no indication that it was over until the actors took their bows. Would add trigger warning for people who have suffered abuse from parents.

Some Solid Acting But a Lacking Story

by Alex Schumacher on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

While the story was powerful, in the end it felt like the first act of a two act play. The play ends with little resolved and a lot left hanging in the air. While the story was definitely immersive and intriguing it just seemed to end to soon.

That being said some of the actors in this show are amazing. The lead actor is asked to do a lot and he definitely delivers. The actress playing the sister and mom steal the show however. The two feel like such full and rich characters, I wanted an entire show just about them and so much more time with these actresses who portray betrayal, beauty and pain with such poignancy.

Intensely powerful

by Mark Webb on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

There's a lot going on in this story, and could easily become a full-length production. Nicely acted, the script is impressive, with some great characters. I was captivated and left wanting more!

The power of Fringe reviews!

by Corrie Fiedler on August 11, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

Odd Man Out has very little information on the Fringe site, and we were never able to find a postcard (which is honestly the way we keep track of what performances we need, or want, to see!).

But the reviews were great, and there were lots of them. So we went to the Thursday 5:30 show.

We have seen 30 shows by now, and this is definitely in the top 5. Great acting and character portrayal. A reminder of how family issues span generations, and the role that education can play. A door into a geographical (Texas) and cultural milieu different than our own.

Strong story, well acted

by Fringivitis Vulgaris on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This very contemporary story with believable characters was beautifully acted. Every family has its complications and difficult characters, and this show turns the spotlight on the complicated relationships with the kin we love and the kin we tolerate. There is beauty even in moments of sadness, and these actors brought it all.

More please!

by Bethany McHugh on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

The writing and direction of this piece was so strong and the acting was quite consistent across the board. I was moved by the characters and relationships, the conflict, and the staging. Definitely was left wishing it could've been longer than an hour - I hope it's expanded into a full-length drama. Bravo!

Can relate!

by Connie Roni on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

So many similarities to my own family experiences - I really liked this show. 98% of the time the acting was very good. Just a couple very minor moments that I had trouble with. Well worth seeing!

Great work.

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

This may be the best ensemble cast in the 2017 MN Fringe. Odd Man Out should be expanded into a larger work, the time constraints of Fringe are holding it back. Time constraints or not, I highly recommend this play.

Wanting More...

by Mitch Vosejpka on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I enjoyed this production very much. Many great elements were present. However during the course of the show I found myself unable to connect with the story. Some characters brought there all, I will especially commend Charla Marie Bailey for her stunning performance. Some characters however felt uneasy or unsure; like they hadn't tapped into the story of where their character was at that moment in time cognitively. The energy seemed a bit slow during the first half, but naturally with the plot you feel a pick-up in energy through the second half. This half of the show made me want more of this energy and drive. Some tricky blocking moments and some awkward performances are the only drawback, but it is a good show that I would recommend.

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Top 10, Do Not Miss

by James Stone on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Powerful, smart, compelling family drama written Kory Pullam and executed with both precision and power by a cast that was without a weak link. Vulnerable emotional depth punctuated by well-earned moments of levity. The only regret as the lights came back up - was that it was over. The audience sat for a moment in silence, waiting for the next beat, fully engaged. You can't ask for more than that. Top 10.

Powerful performers

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

The actors were all committed fully, and truly became their characters. Great chemistry between actors and solid use of the arena space. I wish the storyline/script would have had a bit more of an arc, but I would see it again just to watch these actors work together. Not a weak link on stage.

Powerful performances

by Tony Sofie on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The tight script and committed performances in this show left me speechless. The story is compelling and you can feel the truths of these characters pouring out onto the stage. Beautifully directed and acted throughout with a perfect balance of catharsis and levity.

My only qualm (and it is minor) is that the ending is so abrupt that it was unclear that the show was finished. This feels like the first act in an unfinished play and I'm dying to know where it goes from here.


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

ODD MAN OUT definitely feels like it the first half of a larger show. The show ends on the climax and we aren’t given the time to see the emotional fallout of this family when everything goes to hell (we do get a glimpse, but I can tell there is more there). The actors were fantastic, and the script does an amazing job with crisp dialogue which feels real and emotional. The direction and pacing was on point too. Look forward to seeing if this show gets expanded upon.

So many stories, so little time.

by Larry Bieza on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Quality acting, all around. Riveting stories of a family in turmoil. Adding a second act, and bringing more focus to the main characters, and I will be back in line for that show!

Highly Recommended

by Lanny L. on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

A great night in the theatre. Look forward to seeing what else this production does in the future. Not sure if this is a script that is going to be fully developed, but I sure hope it is. Left me wanting more (in a good way!)


by Shelagh Linklater on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Flawless! Excellent cast, compelling story, a must see!


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

You are not going to see a better acted Fringe show. The script is also powerful, but, as performed, feels incomplete (or is maybe a condensed version of a larger work cut down to conform to the Fringe 50 minute limit?). I found it difficult to follow the time-line of the story, as though some time-line markers had been left out. That being said, I was spell-bound anyway. I found especially brilliant the fluid meaning of "Odd Man Out", that title seemlessly passing from male character to male character as the drama unfolded. I would love to see this company in a full length production.


by Jim Lieberthal on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The script, acting and direction of this family drama was SUPERB. I stood up and for me that is not usually the case. The actors brought a depth of experience to this play about a moment that erupts out of family history and identity. The relationships were so well specificed and the acting so heartfelt, spirited and kaleidescopic that the moment turned on a dime and you didn't see it coming. I usually wonder when a play will be over and this time, I was surprised when it did; I wanted more. And for me that is totally unusual. Kory - You have created something special. As a talent you are a treasure and I so look forward to seeing more of your work. SUPERB JOB everyone onstage!! EVERYONE of you is superb! GO SEE THIS.

Superb, now give us a second act!

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

This was a great script, delivered by a strong ensemble cast. A drama that kept the pace up and the plot moving forward (something a lot of shows need to learn how to do, honestly). As some other reviewers have said, it leaves some things open-ended, making us long for a second act. I'd love to see this show mounted somewhere full-length. I'd see it in a heart beat. And in case that doesn't happen, see it now while you still have the chance!

Brilliant performances by all!

by Kit Bix on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

First of all, only a fool would miss this display of some of the best acting I've seen anywhere all year by Charla Marie Bailey and Malick Ceesay. "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," said Tolstoy. This play about dysfunction in a African-American family in South Texas, revolves around the death of a patriarch. Kory Pullam writes rich, honest, passionate and often riveting dialogue and the play leaves you wanting more.. Families continually recreate themselves. .Wait for grandmother's funeral speech, after which surviving members close the tear in the circle by joining their bodies - and voices - together. Gorgeous.

Good start but needs more

by Sunny Sorenson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

It is so refreshing to see a drama at the MN Fringe!

My biggest critic is that this play needs to be a full-length.

I cannot wait to see where this script goes!

Which odd man?

by Marie Cooney on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

Very strong script, characters, and acting. Sometimes extremely painful. Drama built throughout. I found the ending confusing. Who was the odd man out: son, father, uncle, deceased? For such a strong beginning, I was surprised by son dropping news then leaving the stage. Anti-climatic announcements verses actions.

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Performance packed

by Lori Roovers on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Strong performances for moving material. Charla Marie Bailey shined as a woman trying to keep everything together.

Well Done!!

by Pat Moore on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Went to this show not sure what to expect. The characters were amazing, great performances, interesting and meaningful story-a totally great show.

A must see!

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

I'd seen online that this show is a must see, and that's exactly what it is. The writing, directing and acting were all spot on. This is one of those shows where you forget you're watching a show and feel as though you are watching this unfold in real life. The story is that compelling, and the acting is that intense and human. If anyone has not yet made plans to see Odd Man Out, make plans now!


by Deb Hegstrom on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

So very impressed with the whole production! The acting was superb! I loved the modern story line, very relatable! Over all a fantastic production! I will always support Underdog Theatre!


by Miranda Schoenfish on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The acting was phenomenal, especially the mother, father, and son. I enjoyed the performance immensely and would go back to see it again. The only thing that bothered me was that it ended abruptly and i felt like there shouod have been more of a closing/wrapping up scene. I still rated it 5 stars though because of the actors. I highly recommend this is you're in the mood for a drama.

An Amazing Cast

by Casey Marie Holmes on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

All of the actors in this show are so talented and truly bring these torn characters to life! I expect nothing less from Underdog Theatre. Although the show was amazing and drew me in I was a little confused on the "Purpose" of the show. Its more of a snip-it of this families life than a full story.It ends at its climax and has absolutely no conclusion. (maybe this is just a preview for a fuller production yet to come?)

Excellent family drama

by Nanette Stearns on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

What happens when a family patriarch dies and all the anger, pain, past grievances come out? Spend an hour with Underdog Theatre and you'll have a definite idea. Three generations of a family deal with a father and grandfather's death in painful (and sometimes funny) ways. Outstanding performers all around! Congratulations on bringing such a painful yet energizing story to our stage!

Family Drama

by Nick Wolf on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

There is a lot packed into this one hour drama. Everyone has a secret and to be sure it will all come to a breaking point by the end. This show has some of the best performances of the Fringe, an excellent script and is expertly directed. Do not miss.

Cast and crew

Charla Marie Bailey

Sharisse Michaelson

Malick Ceesay

James Michaelson

CiCi Cooper

Cicely Michaelson

Kennie Cotton

Charlie Michaelson

Matthew Hegstrom

Timothy Brody

Rosie Lowe

Stage Manager

Amber Montgomery

Sidney Michaelson

Kory LaQuess Pullam


LaMont Ridgell

Joseph Michaelson

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