Years attending Fringe: 10 years or more
45-54 years old
Lives in... Minneapolis
Favorite genre: Something Different
Eric Meininger's reviews
Terms of Engagement
OMG. Powerful. ...and brilliant use of psychology on the audience. Must see.
Hilarious! The only improvement on the show would have been to hand out Plan B to the audience as door prizes.
This show captures the anxiety all young people have about sex as well as some of the misinformation that exists. It also demonstrates the risks of restricting access to safe contraception.
Highly recommended! I was feeling the anxiety along with the actors. The brawls were well staged and hilarious. Halo added
An extra layer of comedy with (his?) spontaneous comments.
Fruit Flies Like a Banana: WORLD TOUR
Playing an instrument is hard. Playing it while moving is harder. Playing it while someone else is shoving it or you around is nigh near impossible. These three artists succeed at the latter and produce superb music. You will be amazed and enthralled. Highly recommended.
Intermediate Physical Comedy for Advanced Beginners
Any show with a Scrimshaw brother
So worth it. See the encore or you'll be sorry!
What a way to end the Fringe for 2017.
Gruesome Playground Injuries
Two lives, intertwined, add laughter, trust, and tears and you'll come close to this show. 5 stars. This is a small theater and this will sell out. Arrive really early or reserve seats ahead. You won't regret it.
PS - Minnesotan's don't like to sit in the front row, so look for your seats up there.
Atlas Dynamo's Burnt Offerings
Thanks for coming back to the Fringe! Loved you last time, equally brilliant performance this time. Glad we were able to catch the last show at the Fringe!
The Masque of Power
I walked out of this one not sure what to think. They stepped
In and out of role with abandon and smashed the 4th wall on at least one occasion. More importantly, they argued about feminism and were real in their purpose and shortfalls. Recommended.
Spy in the House of Men: A One-Woman Show With Balls
From the heart
Penny tells an autobiographical story in a way that is tender, heartfelt, funny and uplifting. The community needs more people like Penny to share stories and be role models for the rest of us. May Lulu never scare you again. Highly recommended.
True to the Bard
Wonderfully edited to fit the time, but true to the words of the bard. The pair is incredible to watch, especially as they masterfully switch between characters.
Not an alternative baby boomer perspective as one of the reviewers stated. These are more stories of our elders - to remind us not to repeat the same mistakes again. As someone born after the 60s and the summer of love, I grew up hearing about the Detroit riots and the fear and racial divide in that city persisted, throughout my college years.
Go, and hear these perspectives from these very talented storytellers. They are able to bring to life the culture and lessons of the 60s in ways that reading Tom Hayden and studying the SDS never could. I only wish that I could hang out more with them and hear more stories.
By the way, I'm not a Lutheran. Recommended.
On The Exhale
A powerful commentary.
From the not so distant future...
A dystopian journey into the sharing of what most makes us human. You won't be disappointed if you add this to your schedule for the, uh, sorry. I forgot. Recommended.
Stranger-er Things: Netflix and KILL
Tom is silly to the extreme. I'm most impressed that he's able to keep the story straight and perform it within the hour. Look for an 80s flashback you might wish you missed, but you'll be laughing the whole time. Not a lot of plot, but if you get tired of all of Tom's impersonations (and faces, and singing), look to Jon (the musician) who has a hard time keeping a straight face as he provides the perfect musical accompaniment. If you're looking for something to do at 5:30 on a Friday (Hey, the theater sells beer - Happy hour!) or penance after church on Sunday, check this show out.
What You Will
Well done Shakespeare
There was no stumbling over these words of the bard and the musical interludes for the story. Well done! Recommended.
Whisper Into My Good Ear
It's amazing the power secrets have over us. Two skilled actors and a park bench and the chemistry is made. It takes some time to understand the context, but by the end you feel like you know the two characters and where to look them up. Recommended.
It always comes down to the Zombies
Well acted articulate discussion / argument about the challenges of government secrecy and transparency. One that we are not often willing to hear. Come and join this trip off-grid and walk away with a better understanding of the challenges than you will get from the (fake) press. Recommended.
It's amazing how zombies can frame every argument so well.
First Year Queer
Better than your high school sex class
This starts out much like any of the many coming out monologues that have played out over the years in the Fringe.... but then it takes a sharp left turn and starts pushing boundaries. I'm pretty versed in sexuality in the queer community, but I laughed, was absorbed in stories that are never told, and learned. Not the best show of the fringe, but one that needs to go on the road. Don't miss this. Bonus door prizes!
Themselves They Made Immaculate: Clara Barton at Andersonville
American War Crimes
Less an adaptation or an interpretation and more a reading of a story rarely told - of likely the first woman to testify before Congress on the atrocities committed in a confederate prisoner of war camp and the slow spread of the truth of the great emancipation. Recommended.
Out of the Shadows
Social commentary in modern dance
Gabriel Mata brings insight into the life of a queer artist of color with talented grace. You'll view dance differently after this man leaves the stage, and boy can he dance. Don't miss his remaining performances. I won't view stepping on the cockroach in the same way again.
love and espionage
A story of unrequited love and loss during wartime. Well acted. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't rave about it.
Death in Yosemite: A comedic adaptation of the Non-Fiction Book
May the Dark Spirit of Yosemite keep you
Hilarious, physical comedy with a demonic park ranger. Recommended.
Drama cut short
A drama that was certainly engaging, unfortunately cut in the ultimate sentence by Fringe staff for running over. Recommended. Nice staging for such a tiny space.
Challenging performance to follow. The viewer would be best served by reading at least the Wikipedia entry for the mythology of Tiresias to help understand the context. Otherwise it will feel like some type of Druidic secret society ritual until the readers come in.
I would advice the sound tech people to turn down the volume of the sound effects (especially the voiceovers). They make the words of the actors particularly hard to understand and add more frustration than feeling of awe.
Overall, a great attempt at tying the story of Tiresias into modern day struggles of many of our gender nonconforming siblings, but more work is needed. Kudos for the attempt.
Full Metal Rabbit
More physical comedy than deep. Beware the profane, but laugh along with the actors. Bring a bar of soap to clean up afterwards.
Difficult to watch
This show is hard to watch as someone who experience(s/d) mental illness and health. The dancers do a good job of portraying the inner turmoil, but it was challenging to sit through. There haven't been many shows I've been watching the clock, but I looked down and struggled with the fact we were only 40 minutes in. Powerful work.
Follow an intrepid gumshoe who failed to anhiliate narcotics from Stillwater schools in a rogue tale of a serial buttslasher.... or not. Great for some puns and laughs, though by the end the butt jokes become tired. Not a lot of plot, and more derrière than you really wanted to see.
The Modern Prometheus
An adaptation of Mary Shelly's novel staged in the round of the Rarig Arena. Well acted and generally true to other adaptations, the show drags on after a while. Victor is quite handsome, and the acting of all is good, but the character of the narrator (I think that's who she is!) is confusing. Nothing more sensational than a little blood.
Small Time Dicks
Hmmmm. Plus one star for the rap at the end.
Dick White: Ghost Detective
Funny, but not a lot of plot
I don't know if I'm hitting the wall with Fringe shows, the actors are getting tired, or I've found the dregs of the Fringe. This show is of course, full of Dick jokes. I did enjoy the frequent breaking of the fourth wall and the sarcastic didactic on the Bechdel test predictive value. Of course I laughed out loud at some of the horrific puns. I did enjoy this. Go if you want to be entertained, but don't expect a lot of depth.
35 Different Angles From Which To Hate Yourself
"What a crappy day...
... I think my car hit a rabbit."
That line captures my overall experience. I'm not sure what to think. There are funny parts, sure, even laugh out loud parts (Jessie's list, for sure, but it wasn't a dance). A few cute numbers (I'm not sure which were which, but perhaps Reactionary or Rage filled).
In looking over the program afterwards, I realize that the titles would have added to my understanding of the numbers. Perhaps the title should be projected somewhere for the audience?
A little too supratentorial for me. See this if you're a big fan of modern dance (post modern?) or you have a gap between two Fringe shows.
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by Hill-Murray Theatre
by Ti-en-T Presents
by Power Clashing Productions
by Minnesota Dance Ensemble
by Twin Cities Dance Court
by Willi Carlisle Productions