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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Jennifer de Fiebre

Years attending Fringe: 2-4 years
45-54 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Comedy


Jennifer de Fiebre's reviews

Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant: A New Musical
Can You Give More Than 5 Stars?

This show was hilarious, zany, inappropriate and delightful. The lyrics of the songs has the entire audience laughing out loud for the full hour. GO. SEE. THIS. SHOW. Get a reservation because it's going to be a sell out.

Much Ado About Nothing (as told by Dogberry and Verges)
An Amazing Adaptation

Much Ado is my favorite play from the Bard. I was anxious to see how they would manage to compact the play into an hour. It was done masterfully, without losing the most important points. The use of puppets was innovative and touching.

Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
Bears Bears Bears

This is my second favorite show of the season so far. The park ranger is AMAZING!!! The re-telling of the deaths that have happened in the park due to the stooooopitiy of others is strangely hilarious. And...bears bears bears! Do yourself a huge favor and go see this show.

Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Dance Levi Dance

This was a fun show with lots of pratfalls, silliness, stupidity and zaniness. The fact that the entire show is in silence is masterful.

RomCom-Con: A Meet-Cute Musical
Snape!

The story line was fun and interesting, sometimes predictable, but not in a tired way. Snape made the show every more delightfully absurd. One issue they had was the music was overpowering the singers. Either they need to crank down the sound a notch or two or those actors need to belt it out more.

The Second Banana Revolt!
Oh Pickles!

A very funny show. It's like those cartoons/animated films where it's cute on one level for kids, but with hidden gems for the adults. The songs were innovative and the actors were very talented. Well worth putting on your schedule.

Small Time Dicks
Three Cheers for the Hooker

Honestly, she was one of the best parts of the show. Overall, there were some good things about the show and some bad things about the show. The actors were very talented. The plot line was pretty thin. I enjoyed the banter, but they way they attempted to integrate the IT girl into the story was weird.

Santa Academy
Talented A Capella

The singing was excellent and the premise of the story was cute. This was my first time at this theater and I was a bit disappointed by the physical space and how it lent itself to the show. I would have loved to see a bit more production value (more scenery, etc.), but the singing was the star of the show. A note for the cast, please work on your projecting to the back of the theater. I was in the third row and had difficulty hearing some of the dialog and sometimes the solos.

Synchronicity
Middle School Sux

These gals really nailed the chaos of being in middle school. The in-fighting, being boy-crazy, writing notes, being distracted by snacks, etc. The pool sequence was fun and delightfully hilarious.

Buffy the Bedbug Slayer
A Mixed Bag But Still Worth It

As a huge Buffy fan, I was really excited for this show. The actors who played Buffy and Spike were dead-on. The puppeteer was hilarious. The plot line was painfully thin, but I'm glad I saw the show.

Repertoire Dogs
Lots of Laughing

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

Mayor Lear of Townsville
Lots of Awesomeness

First off, I have never seen a single episode of Powerpuff Girls. For the first few moments, I was worried that the entire show would be over my head. While there were parts that were probably much funnier if you had watched the show, I was never lost nor did I feel I was missing out on important plot points. The interspersion of King Lear was fantastic and subtle. The graphics behind the stage were delicious and really made it visually enjoyable.

Plan B
A Serious Topic Delivered With Humor

The "realness" of the dialog is what struck me the most in this show. There were cringe-worthy lines, but not because they were unrealistic, instead because you realize that kids are really having conversations like this. Considering the gravity of the topic, I liked the way they made sure there was plenty of humor to balance out the show.

Hot Air
Absurd But Good

The premise was funny, the use of shadows was brilliant, the lighting technique was perfect, the technical aspects of the show were amazing. The show is short (which was probably a good thing), which is helpful if you are trying to rush to a subsequent show. While enjoyed the (intentional) over-acting, it did start to wear thin towards the end. I would still recommend the show, but it will not be one of my favorites of the season.


Jennifer de Fiebre's Queue

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Get Hooked

by Madlads Productions

Rarig Thrust  

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A Pickle

by Really Spicy Opera

Ritz Studio  

Cedar Printing