2018 Audience Reviews

Member Reviews

The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: Jeanette Chalgren

Company: Philip Simondet
Show: Self-Titled Debut Album
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

The Sequel

I thought that this sequel to Mix Tape was well done. Although, it's a bummer that it's a couple years later because I didn't remember a lot of the plot points in Mix Tape (except Wonderwall, and the couple ending up together at the end) which, while not vital to this story, would have been helpful I think for a jumping off point. Regardless, the music was good. The storyline was simple, yet effective. And the show was pretty funny - special shout out to Erin's character choices, she was hilarious even when she was in the background of many of the scenes.


Company: Gabriel Mata/Movements
Show: DREAMING
Venue: Southern Theater

Glad I Saw It

I wanted to see this one but didn't think I would get to - then by a fluke of another show nearby getting sold out I went to the Southern and it was Dreaming! Gabriel's dancing was good. The nightmare scenes were phenomenal. And I wasn't expecting a modern dance show to be so funny (yass voguing)! I thought some of the monologues were a bit too long, but I'm really glad I got to see it.


Company: Sheep Theater
Show: Kaboom
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Fast Paced

My only gripe with this show is that it was so fast paced that I missed some of the lines due to laughter. But I've heard that's their thing and they don't build in pauses to their shows. I thought it was pretty funny although I had a couple storyline questions (probably me taking things too literally and logically).


Company: New Endeavors
Show: The Buttslasher
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Butt Puns Galore

I was "bummed" I didn't get to see more butts. The whole thing is ridiculous and funny - so many butt puns (anus-ence was my favorite!). I know one of the people in this production so I feel like this show has been over-hyped by our friends to me for two years, which left me with too high of expectations. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but(t) I just wanted a bit more...


Company: Theory of Dance
Show: Theory of Relativity
Venue: Ritz Theater Studio

Hit or Miss for Me

I'm always skeptical of modern dancing, but this was a pleasant surprise. I loved their use of the flashlights and I thought the chair was a cool and interesting addition. I really liked the Carmen piece. And I want to know how they did that wall trick in the romantic piece. The others I found a bit more lackluster (like the "cat" piece - I didn't really get it). However, it was a good show overall.


Company: Blinking Eye Theatre
Show: Swipe Right
Venue: Augsburg Mainstage

The Right Mix of Cute and Funny

I really enjoyed this show - it was one of my favorites. They did a great job balancing the cute and funny of online dating. I especially liked the way they portrayed how people on apps are talking to multiple people at once. And the scene with "The Bobs" - hilarious! I look forward to seeing what this company does in the future.


Company: Comedy Suitcase
Show: Slapdash Panic: Comedy Suitcase ended up in the Fringe Festival with 3 weeks notice and no show!
Venue: Strike Theater

They Know Comedy

It's obvious that Comedy Suitcase knows comedy well. The shorts were fun and funny and I think having a good audience makes the show all the much better. I look forward to seeing more shows (with or without the preparation) in the future.


Company: Pacific Midwest Ballet
Show: Zombies And Pirouettes
Venue: Southern Theater

Variety of Levels

I loved the concept of this show and overall enjoyed it. It's apparent that there are a variety of dance levels in this group, and the couple ones that lack that technical training and stage presence are very apparent (and distracting to the show, unfortunately). Most of the dancers had decent training and blended in. As others have said, patient zero was amazing. She really used her body and body movements well to portray herself as a zombie. I would love to see this remounted with a more "evenly cast" group and then I think it would do amazingly.


Company: Hit the Lights! Theater Co.
Show: WHALES
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

I Learned a Lot

I didn't see Dungeon last year, so I didn't know what to expect, other than a lot of people hyping it up. I wasn't disappointed - I thought the games, songs, etc. were fun and interesting and I learned a lot. However, I'm one of the 1% who never read Moby Dick for school, so I think I missed a few of the references.


Company: Kevin Williamson + Company
Show: Still or I've Been Choreographed
Venue: Rarig Center Xperimental

Not My Thing

I'll admit that I'm a very literal person, so perhaps I just didn't get it. It started off interestingly, but I quickly lost that interest when the dance turned more into a dance warm-up that I do nearly every day. I don't blame the dancer, rather myself. I know I would've enjoyed myself more at a lighter show at 10pm on a Saturday. Do see it if you're into modern dance and very conceptual shows. If not, I'd avoid it.


Company: Literally Entertainment
Show: The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist or, Ocean's 'Eh'T?: A Musical
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

Good Ol' Canadian Fun, Eh?

I really enjoyed this show - it was a great wrap up to my fringe experience this year. You know that this group is going to do a great job year after year! Funny stuff - and it was interesting that it came from a true story.


Company: Jamie Brickhouse
Show: Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother
Venue: Augsburg Studio

Amazing Storyteller

As others have said, Jamie is an amazing storyteller. I was hooked from the second this show started and the hour flew by, never dragging for a second. I felt so many emotions during this show: happiness, sorrow, anxiety. Go see this show, it's very well done!


Company: Crone Productions
Show: JEANNETTE RANKIN: CHAMPION OF PERSISTENCE
Venue: Augsburg Studio

Interesting Part of History

I learned a lot during this show. It was really a great way to hear more details about the history of women's suffrage and fighting against war and general injustice. Especially when that person and I share a name! Peabody is a really great storyteller. She had a couple of issues remembering lines, but got through them. Great one-woman show!


Company: Mollywood Productions
Show: Saree-ously Speaking? Uff-Da!
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Great Concept

This show had a great concept, but the storyline was weak. The actors were hit or miss. I loved Cynthia, Sweetie, and Bert (well I actually hated Bert character-wise, but he did a good job) - I felt like each of them played their characters well. Some of the other characters were hard to hear or understand - more projection and more enunciation needed. I actually really liked the addition of the third culture, I would have loved to seen more of that. A shout out to all the quick saree changes (I can imagine the chaos backstage), but especially to auntie who wore about 4 or 5 different sarees throughout the show. The dances were alright, I felt like they should have had a bit more energy and a couple of the steps were off. Two pet peeves of mine: don't fidget with your costume onstage and DON'T lip sync (I know everyone in Bollywood movies lip syncs, but don't lip sync in general unless it's part of your character, and definitely don't half-ass your lip sync, which is what I felt this was). Also, I could hear the jingling of bangles, coin skirts, etc. off stage and found it distracting as an audience member. Overall, it was okay, but I wanted more as an audience member.


Company: Colleen Somerville Productions
Show: Not Fair, My Lady!
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

I Thought I Knew Broadway Songs

As a woman who performs regularly (although not professionally), I appreciated this show a lot. Great points without being too "preachy." Loved the concept and the execution - really great performers. However, I didn't recognize a lot of the song references (maybe because I haven't seen many of the old Broadway "classics"?). But even so, I still enjoyed it and it brought a lot of points home. Get a reservation, I'm sure the last couple shows will sell out.


Company: Weggel-Reed Productions
Show: Couple Fight: The Musical!
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Fringe Classic

I've seen two of the previous couple fight shows (the original and best friends editions) and they've always been solid shows. I loved the moments where they broke the fourth wall the best. The songs were good, but I didn't have me laughing as hard as they have in the past - possibly the piano overshadowing the singers so I couldn't hear as well? However, knowing knowing one of the couples personally and seeing this fight that I had seen many times before (in real life) cracked us up so much that we were crying and convulsing with laughter.


Company: Monster Science Productions
Show: What To Do In Case Of Dinosaur Attack
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

I haven't seen Jurassic Park...

I haven't seen any of the Jurassic Park movies somehow. So there were definitely references I missed, but I still overall found it funny. I loved the deadpan humor. A couples times he spoke so quickly I missed the joke. Good show overall!


Company: Bollywood Dance Scene
Show: BollyProv: NOT a Dance Drama!
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

My first time reviewing BDS...

After dancing in all the past productions, I get to finally review! The story was a surprise to me; I loved it! The improv was pretty funny too. Some awkward parts in the improv, but good overall.


Company: On the Verge Theatre
Show: Boobilicious
Venue: Augsburg Studio

I Won a Bra!

I love a show that doesn't take itself too seriously. Very fringey. Super relatable, very funny musical numbers. And I even learned a thing or two. Stay at the end to take pictures with the boobs!


Company: Tesseray Productions
Show: #NaNoWriMo: The Naughty Bits
Venue: Augsburg Mainstage

Awkward...

I generally love improv, but at times a show just doesn't go well and it's awkward as an audience member. It didn't go anywhere storyline wise. A couple laughs, but mostly it was ful-awful.


Company: Concrete Drops
Show: Inescapable
Venue: Augsburg Mainstage

Slow to Start

I was really, really bored and frustrated at the beginning and debated walking out. It took some time to get into, but once things started to change, I got into it. I can't imagine trying to memorize that - very impressive on the part of the actors for that.


Company: Backyard to Broadway Productions
Show: Right, Wrong or Bomb! A Dating Musical
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

True to Life

Funny story with a lot of truth in today's dating life. The mom and the best friend stood out for me, both hilarious actresses. Agreed with others about the piano sound drowning out the singers' lyrics. Great overall, what you'd expect from a piece that Shanan Custer directed.


Company: Libra Moon Productions
Show: There Goes the Gayborhood
Venue: Strike Theater

Gay Old Time

The jokes in this show are so funny! Some opening night issues with lines and one guy who I think was looking at the script on his phone? A couple people really carried the show. I think the show would be funnier if the actors spoke up and enunciated a bit and paused for laughter - I had a hard time hearing some of the jokes. But funny overall show and concept.


Company: Minneapolis Ballet Dancers
Show: Activate
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Good Mix of Ballet

Good mix of different styles of ballet. I really enjoyed the quarter piece en pointe. Some minor tech and prop issues. Overall, decent show.


Company: Life-sized Meme Productions
Show: The Moirologist
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Dark Comedy

Interesting concept (and weird to think that moirologists actually exist). Definitely unpredictable. I enjoyed the comedy mixed with how dark everything was. Solid, good acting. Overall, I really enjoyed it!


Company: Erin Sheppard Presents
Show: Book of Shadows
Venue: Theatre in the Round

My favorite Erin Sheppard Show Yet!

I've been seeing Erin Sheppard's shows for years; this was my favorite one yet. Loved the storytelling (and responding to the audience). Loved the dancing and the story through each of the dances. Loved how the stories and dances went together (although I will admit that I was a bit confused by the storyline for the last dance). Go see this show! My favorite show so far this fringe!!


Company: The Bearded Company
Show: Swords & Sorcery: The Improvised Fantasy Campaign
Venue: Theatre in the Round

D&D

Loved the puns, loved the characters. So funny!


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