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.

Yep. That's right. Each year we select our lineup by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and pulling 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 and provides the support to make producing a show as easy as possible.

Anyone (yes, anyone) can apply to have a show in the festival. If you'd like to have a show in the 2017 festival, applications will go live in November here on our website.

Minnesota Fringe is one of many fringe festivals across the nation and around the world. Check the rest of 'em out here.

The mission of the Minnesota Fringe is to promote freedom and diversity of artistic expression by linking adventurous artists with adventurous audiences.

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Showtimes

Shows start and end on time at the Fringe. With 880 performances of 169 shows in just 11 days, we're on a tight schedule. Shows 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 the weekends there are additional shows at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm.

Late seating: There is NO LATE SEATING at Minnesota Fringe. Here's why. Beyond keeping the festival running on schedule, our primary reason for no late seating is safety.

Safety for people on stage: 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 our patrons: Entering a darkened theater (and possibly the first time a patron has been in a particular space) and trying to find open seats is not only dangerous for the late patron but also for our volunteers and any seated patrons as well.

Fringe Central

Fringe Central, sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, 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 (or two) and talk. Talk about what you loved. Talk about what you didn’t. Meet the artists behind the shows and find out what you should see tomorrow. You never know what will happen at the Fringe, but dropping by 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 169 shows to choose from, it's scandalous to see just one. But how to choose your perfect lineup?

Search by genre: You can filter for genres when you're trying to decide what to see.

Talk to people: It only sounds scary. Just look for the folks in lanyards. Pro tip: Lanyards indicate Fringe artists - they'll be glad 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.

Get Involved

Fringe isn't just a festival - it's a community, and it couldn't exist without people like you.

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!

Be social: Join us any night of the festival at our official hangout, Fringe Central sponsored by Surly Brewing and hosted by Republic, for a beer, a burger and maybe even some late-night shenanigans.

Create your own show: Applications for the 2017 festival will go live mid-November on this website. The 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.

Box Office Info

Reservations are optional and may be bought in advance through the Fringe website. Advance sales stop at 1 pm on weekdays and 10 am on weekends. A reservation guarantees you a seat for the show. You must also be wearing a day pass wristband to get in. Day pass wristbands can be purchased at any Fringe venue 30 minutes prior to show time, as well as online with a reservation.

Purchases made in advance allow you to bypass the venue box office completely. Check in with a Fringe volunteer at the house door to pick up your reservation starting 30 minutes before show time. Once reservations are purchased, they are guaranteed and will NOT be resold.

Payment methods: Fringe accepts cash, all major credit cards and checks made out to "Minnesota Fringe Festival."

Kids at Fringe: There is a recommended minimum age for each (see individual show pages on our website). It is up to the parent/guardian to make the final decision; Fringe makes no guarantees about content.

Day pass wristbands: ALL patrons must have a wristband to see a show. Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

Late seating: Nope.

Refunds: Nuh uh.

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The Most Dangerous Game

By Sheep Theater
Written by Joey Hamburger
Playing at Southern Theater

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Just so you know, this show contains Violence.

Hunting is the name of the game, "The Most Dangerous Game" that it is! A comedic retelling of a classic thriller about a hunter named Rainsford who becomes the hunted when trapped on the island of Count Zaroff.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up

 

Thu, 8/4 @ 5:30pm

 
 

Sun, 8/7 @ 4:00pm

 
 

Tue, 8/9 @ 7:00pm

 
 

Fri, 8/12 @ 10:00pm

 
 

Sun, 8/14 @ 4:00pm

 
Ticket Options
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Your wristband serves as your pass to any show in the festival on a given day. Wristbands are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for any performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Wristbands can be purchased in advance with reservations or at any venue box office during the festival.

Wristbands for kids 12 and under will be available in the venues during the festival for $5 every day.

You don't have to buy a 2016 Fringe button, but you might just want to. It identifies you as a part of our incredible Fringe community and gets you great deals at these local bars and restaurants. Get yours at any Fringe preview event or Fringe venue during the festival.

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Read the reviews

Fun Fringe Hour

by Paul W. on August 22, 2016
This user has reviewed 22 shows

A lighthearted romp of murder


An Absolute Delight

by Edwin Strout on August 15, 2016
This user has reviewed 24 shows

This is a very tongue-and-cheek retelling of the movie "The Most Dangerous Game." Very funny and delightfully staged. Easy to follow, even if you aren't familiar with the movie, and acted with panache!


Future Fringe Superstars

by Greg Hernandez on August 14, 2016
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Yeah, I know these guys aren't strangers to fringe. But it's about time ya'll recognize they ain't going away and this blade ain't getting dull. Sure some of the bits don't work, Welcome to comedy ya doof. Judge this on the bits and references that hit, which are major. Based and debased on a Ray Bradbury story, these kids absolutely crushed it with a sparse set (couple of step ladders and some sort of rolling scaffolding) Jacob Molby also brought an unquestionable Joshua Scrimshaw vibe which we all know is money in the Fringe bank. Go see this show. Wait you can't. Cry yourself to sleep instead.


Safe bet for fun

by S. Coleman on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 15 shows

I always get a little wary of shows that have an all male cast with one woman. I am so pleasantly excited to report that in this case, that wariness turned out to be unfounded.

With this group of artists you are pretty much guaranteed a fun night of laughing your butt off. The actors have mastered comedic timing, the staging is inventive and the story is familiar yet surprisingly So you don't need more reasons from me do you?

Put their last performance on your list.


Nicely done!

by Mark Webb on August 13, 2016
This user has reviewed 55 shows

I loved the melodramatic take on this dark story. Fine performances and a great use of the minimal stage props.


Perfect Fringe comedy

by John Maddening on August 12, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Five actors (who are also the stagehands) and two musicians take a classic story/movie and capitalize on its tropes to make a show that had the audience guffawing from the first scene to the last.

Can you have a lot of minimalist scenery? These folks did. Clever staging, great music and sound cues, and five very funny actors make this my favorite show of the Fringe. I want to see it again right now.


Both silly and smart

by Nicole Wilder on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 15 shows

I really love this ensemble. Such smart, tight writing and beautifully imaginative staging with the bare minimum of props and set pieces. I loved letting my imagination run wild with these actors in this show.


Everything Old Is New Again

by David Rust on August 10, 2016
This user has reviewed 8 shows

The old, classic short story about a madman on a private island who has eschewed hunting most game because of the boredom of it, is well-known to just about everyone. While the original tale was one of morality and drama, this interpretation works nicely because everyone knows and expects the story's outcome. In short, the writer, director, and actors are able to play with our expectations and really have fun with it.

This was really enjoyable with some amazing stagecraft and choreography (although, since this isn't "dance", I'm not sure if that's the right term to use).

It was fast-paced, laugh-out-loud funny, and even more fun for knowing the original tale being brought to life with a wink and a smile.

1 person found this review helpful


Really enjoyable sense of humor

by Peter Villerius on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 8 shows

If you're looking for a well-told story that is easy to follow and makes plenty of sense, that is not one of this show's strengths. What made this so enjoyable is the unique, madcap sense of humor throughout. The characters and how they interact are consistently very funny, and the physical humor is just a blast, especially at the very end!


A Good Romp

by August Berkshire on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 42 shows

It does help to be familiar with the short story or movie. I don't think this would be nearly as funny if you aren't. A fast-paced send-up of the original. I didn't think that this serious story could "survive" such a treatment, but it does wonderfully without becoming a parody.


Most Dangerous Game

by Shanna Frasier on August 9, 2016
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I had a blast seeing this show!! I remember reading this story when I was younger and it was really fun to see a comedic twist on it. It was easy to tell that the cast was having a good time sharing this story with the audience and the acting itself was very good!! I'm excited to see more productions done by this theater company in the future.


I wanted to like it

by Vera Marco on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 10 shows

The musicians and the actors worked so hard during the show playing frenetically and running about the stage that I felt bad for not sharing their enthusiasm. Many people in the audience were laughing too. The plot was oversimplified with no moments of tension or suspense.


Yes!!! Moment

by Milli Manchester on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 18 shows

Every fringe I find a show that surprises and delights me. I went into this with low expectations and needed to fill a time spot. I didn't like the post card and the description online was only ok. But- I was in the area...
It was hilarious! My favorite so far! Wonderful use of space, props, witty script-it was fantastic! It blended many forms of humor together and totally pulled it off. Very creative well done!

1 person found this review helpful


Fringe Must See

by Jeanie Johnston on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 23 shows

Absolutely loved this! The jazz duo on the side, the acting, the writing.....it was total Fringe perfection. Go see this one!


Confused why other people liked it

by Matteo Vera on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This play is not funny with jokes ranging from the main character being ridiculously dumb to further the plot to jokes about the main character only thinking about sex. The villain was an interesting actor but the others were pretty awful and annoying to watch. I didn't really care about any of the other characters and none of them were interesting. The person I was with fell asleep even though the live music was super loud and distracting (I don't know how they got an electric piano to sound out of tune). Unlike the original it is not creepy and it basically ignores themes like, competition, perseverance, strength vs skill, or man vs nature. People around me were laughing really hard and i assume it has to do with the Surly beer on sale.


Never disappointed

by Jordan Johnson on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I have yet to see a Joey hamburger show that I have not enjoyed. So funny and clever use of music and lighting! Definitely see this and anything else he is a part of!

2 people found this review helpful


Deft Punk

by Kippler Donovan on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 17 shows

I don't know if it's because Sheep finally has the big stage they deserve, but this is the tightest I've ever seen them. Joey Hamburger's writing is at its finest and Torsh's direction is given its appropriate sprawl to accommodate his vision (he's also a standout in an all too well acted ensemble cast).

I'll see everything this group does, and you should too.


Well done

by Dan Delaney on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 26 shows

I thought this show was a clever bit of Fringe. Interesting plot. Understated humor. I was impressed how much they did with so little in terms of props and set pieces.


Ennui Just Went That Way!

by Patrick Pfundstein on August 8, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

Sheep Theater takes down probably the cheesiest Hunting Horror movie of all time in The Most Dangerous Game; a sharply written, fast paced, and laugh-filled show with nary a mis-step. All of the actors get chances to shine, and one of my favorite aspects was the live music (which was both good, and used to great comic effect). You won’t need to know anything about the original movie to enjoy the show, but if you go home afterward and watch the 62 minute 1932 version on YouTube, you’ll find yourself laughing all over again at how true the Sheep arrows flew!


Experiment in Fun Succeeds in Amusing

by Jeff Cawhorn on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This fun filled romp is much funnier than the Fay Wray original. Better acting as well.


The Most Hilarious Game

by Cara White on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 4 shows

Don't walk, run to see this play! It has everything a person could ask for. A compelling cast, excellent pacing and stage work, and a script to die for (literally.) I laughed so much I couldn't catch my breath. This was my first encounter with Sheep Theater and it will definitely not be the last.


Great show

by Mary Johnston on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 23 shows

This show was so funny!! Too funny actually. The actors didn't let us laugh. I missed quiet a lot of what was being said because of zero pause for laughter. But I guess as far as problems go, that's a good one to have. Great cast, great script. Keep it up! (one thing though. only one female in the cast? Bummer).


What More Can I Add?

by Mark Greneer on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This show was creative and amazing-and damn FUNNY! Easily one of the best Fringe shows I have ever seen-if not THE best.

1 person found this review helpful


HILARIOUS!

by Emma Cohen on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 13 shows

This show was just so perfect in so many ways, from funny, memorable lines that made the audience laught out loud, to the sheer hilarity of both of the two main characters in the show who I felt were like Mugatu and Derek Zoolander from Zoolander. Definitely worth a watch if you love a funny show!


it was funny

by Lyle Larue on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 10 shows

I attended this one as I had seen other shows that Joey Hamburger, and Michael Hugh Torsch, have been in. These 2 actors do work together well. I recalled reading this story in a high school class. This show is funny, it is worth seeing.

1 person found this review helpful


SEE IT-- you'll thank yourself later

by Dillon Baxendell on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 1 show

This cleverly-written script is the perfect laugh for your stomach. Joey Hamburger's artful comedic timing is performed perfectly with this cast of five. Parodic-yet-grounded.

A MUST SEE Fringe experience.

1 person found this review helpful


Just Perfect

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 46 shows

I was a big Ray Bradbury fan when I was in junior high and I vaguely remembered this story. I'm preeeeetty sure this isn't an accurate re-telling, but no matter it's hilarious and fun and funny. My family loved it, too.


madcap and twistedly funny

by Jeremy Motz on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 7 shows

I love shows with twisted humor and shows that play off my expectations in unexpected ways. sheep theater delivers with both, in spades. toss in some clever staging and offbeat characters and I'm sold. you should be, too. check it out!


5 F$%&ING Stars

by Jill Iverson on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Hey. This is easily the best show I've seen so far at the Fringe. I could tell you how majestic Michael Torsch is as an actor/director/human but I think it's best if you take this opportunity to witness the work for yourself. I don't think I ever stopped laughing. Well done all! May you sell out every show henceforth.

1 person found this review helpful


This is the essential Fringe performance

by J Cody on August 7, 2016
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Where to start? This play combines witty dialogue with quick production to create an essential Fringe Festival experience. If you abandon this play for another, you are wrong.

Focused loosely around the popular novella, The Most Dangerous Game, this performance is simultaneously witty, fast paced, and entertaining. You will not go wrong seeing this performance in lieu of another. The only downside is a lack of scenery and costume, but those are minuscule critiques for such a great act.


Ideal Fringe

by Aidan Jhane Gallivan on August 6, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Scrappy. Funny without taking itself too seriously. Creative. This is what Fringe is for.

Do yourself a favor and use this opportunity to get better aquatinted with Sheep Theater - The Most Dangerous Game is an excellent example of what they do, from Joey Hamburger's quick, clever, concise comedic writing style - to Michael Torsch's sprawling, inspired direction.
The two are equally capable in a performance capacity, but my focus fell more on stand out Iris Rose Page as Eva. Easily my favorite Hamburger Heroine so far (That should be a tshirt). Not only is Iris the sole female onstage, but company graphic artist/designer as well and that art work, though!
Sheep favorites Jacob and Robb round out the cast, slaying every joke every time.

2 people found this review helpful


A dark & sinister tale full of laughs

by John Hilsen on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This is one of those plays that you walk out of the theater quoting with your friends. I'm thinking about some of the lines right now and am still giggling about it. The five-person cast are all perfect in their roles (Michael Torsch is damn delicious as the Count). The excellent live soundtrack by duo Willow Waters and Kellen Parkinson adds to both the drama & comedy with a jazzy sophistication. I loved how they followed along the entire play without any script or score, seemingly reading the actors and actions like sheet music. This is a good show.

2 people found this review helpful


This crapshoot pays off

by Reid Gagle on August 5, 2016
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Satirizing a melodramatic source material like The Most Dangerous Game is like shooting fish in a barrel. The question is how well do they pull it off. In this case, they pull it off successfully. They even do some fun staging of navigating the hazards of a jungle island and shark infested waters despite having a bare stage.

4 stars = definitely worth seeing

3 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Iris Rose Page

Eve Drobridge


Joey Hamburger

Sanger Rainsford


Michael Hugh Torsch

Count Zaroff


Robb Goetzke

Martin Drobridge


Jacob Mobley

Ivan

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