Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

By Hardcover Theater
Created by Steve Schroer & the actors
Music Box Theatre

Like an animated cartoon onstage. Surreal comedy, family-friendly but very, very weird. Based on an early newspaper comic strip. Not just acting - highly theatrical. One nightmare leads to another.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 7 and up.

 Saturday, 8/2 @ 2:30 p.m.
 Monday, 8/4 @ 8:30 p.m.
 Tuesday, 8/5 @ 5:30 p.m.
 Friday, 8/8 @ 10:00 p.m.
 Saturday, 8/9 @ 8:30 p.m.
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Performers 10 - Story 3

by Scott Gilbert on August 10, 2014
This user has reviewed 48 shows

I liked the show. I have seen many of these actors in other pieces and enjoyed what they did, but in the end the story was repetitive, drawn out, redundant and soporific. It was like listening to a lullaby for 40 minutes. Since I was on day 10 of the Fringe race and have already seen 40 performances I was already prone to fading out, but they tried valiantly to keep me engaged.

Interesting and rare indeed

by Lesli Randall on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 21 shows

A novel take on a turn of the (20th) century comic strip. Great acting for the most part, good use of props and music, and a clever, understated script that stayed true to the source material and era. Nicely done!

Unexpected Greatness!

by Andy Brynildson on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I didn't know what to expect from this show. Having missed the first run at the BLB earlier this year, I was glad to have been able to make it despite procuring a babysitter 30 minutes to Showtime and walking into The Music Box a little stressed. I was immersed in a dream world starring one of my closest friends, and thoroughly wowed by the cast on stage with him. I hope that everyone attending is similarly inspired to look into the source material to learn more, but also to make a point to go and enjoy Hardcover Theatre's future works. I applaud the cast (though some could be a bit louder) and wish them a well attended closing show! See this production as a nice cap to your Fringe!

Great cast, weak material

by J. Anderson on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 6 shows

The cast made a valiant effort with this show, each actor playing multiple parts. The problem is the material is very weak. Perhaps the longer version has more depth to it, but this material was simply not worth reviving for the Fringe. This is not the actors' fault, they are all very talented and manage to evoke some chuckles from otherwise dreary material.

Was I dreaming?

by Marjorie Sehnert on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 19 shows

I enjoyed this play and I dreamed right along with the fiend. Except my dreams aren't as vivid. Thoroughly enjoyed the characters. A little slow at times, or maybe it was the darkness that brought my stars down from 5 to a 4.

Surprisingly Dark

by Kippler Donovan on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 17 shows

The show's conceit is that it's a family show from the Depression. Fun for the whole family, and it is for the most part, but then the subject matter gets extremely dark 3/4th of the way through. Ultimately though, its a story about alcoholism. Just beware of that and bring the kids, maybe talk to them for a change?

Slumberland Dreams

by Donal Hute on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

From the early 1900s comic strip, the clever and carefully staged adaptation of various stories is prop fanciful, extremely well-acted, and the musical is absolutely wonderful. A beautiful all ages show that is skillfully put together. I would actually like to see this in a theater full of kids. Please remount after Fringe somewhere. It is truly deserving of more play.

Fine fun for the whole family

by Sharon Kahn on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I think this would be a perfect all-ages show. Fast-paced and fun, with lots of goofy physical comedy, silly props, and crazy dream logic. Although the dreamer's anxieties are rooted in the adult world (bad boss, mean mother-in-law) the situations always turn into something any child can relate to, like hiding in a magically appearing hole to avoid someone you don't want to see. And some of the dreams are just cute and charming (like the guy who hypnotizes fish). The acting and staging are extremely professional. My only complaint was that the musical accompaniment was frequently too loud, drowning out the dialog.

Kids play? A shaggy-dog-story;? Or, an..

by Nick and Rosie Heille on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 28 shows

Adult's play with humorous incidents that revolve around boss, mother-in-law, wife, and other dream images? All the parts are there for a good play but if fails to knit well. Consistency in voice of actors. Music that on occasion was just a bit too loud. White gloved hands with black costumes in too bright a stage light. ... . Director issues?


by August Berkshire on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 52 shows

A large array of characters, props, and staging elevated this play from a 3 to a 4 for me. Near stream of consciousness silliness (not usually my cup of tea) ends up making a nice point. The great variety of dreams kept me more interested than many of the individual scenes, so if one is not to your liking just wait a moment and something new will come along.


by Dave Larson on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 15 shows

I'm a fan of Hardcover, and they generally do a good job with their shows, and this is no exception. However, it is just a downright weird show. It is full of short dreams, and they are absurd and strange. If you go along with them, it can be enjoyable.

Charming and well-staged

by Brandon Taitt on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I went into this show blind, completely unfamiliar with the original early 20th century comic strips. If you're looking for a traditional narrative you won't find it here and that's just fine. "Rarebit" is a story of a curious chap who explores the surreal (and very well-staged) world of his dreams. None of the vignettes overstayed their welcome, a risk with this format, and most of them were light, charming, and earnest. I'm glad I took a chance and went!

Fun show

by Mark Olson on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Many belly laughs and a few basic chuckles. Good cast and great fun. Give them more butts in the seats folks this one is fun.

Classic Literature

by harrison altman on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 15 shows

Truly imaginative presentation of a classic. Thanks for tackling this, and doing it so well.

I'm not dreaming am I?

by Vicki Joan Keck on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 16 shows

I have followed Hardcover for years, and this show does not disappoint. fun stories and a very able cast, plus great direction and comic timing make for an enjoyable hour! Go see it!

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by Larry Ripp on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Hardcover theater has a style all their own. There is nothing in the Twin Cities quite like them! Everything they do involves wit, imagination and a literate bend that simply can't be beat. You know when you've had something special in a meal? All the ingredients blend together to create a unique experience you remember for a long, long time. Hardcover theater does that on the stage again and again and this fringe production is a classic! SO much fun in so many different ways. Go see it and have a ball!

1 person found this review helpful

Fiendishly Fine Performances

by Sid Korpi on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Decidedly off-beat and certainly surreal, "Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend"—lifted from an early 1900s comic strip—was nevertheless rendered compelling and quite entertaining by this talented troupe of actors. Obviously skilled in movement, many parts of the show felt like a dance performance. Wonderful work by the entire ensemble.

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