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2018 Audience Reviews

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The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: Edwin Strout

Company: Threepenny Productions
Show: Fools, Errant
Venue: Augsburg Mainstage

A Solid Fringe Show

Well acted and a very good chemistry between the two actors (and that cannot be understated when the two actors are supposed to be brothers!), a pretty good script, well directed/staged. Very much worth your time.


Company: Flash Grenade Productions
Show: The Flashlight Zone: 20 Science Fiction Plays in One Hour
Venue: Theatre in the Round

A Solid Fringe Show

Well-done. Random order of the audience-chosen 20 stories, was impressive of the actors skills. Most of the stories are very good, a few are only mildly entertaining. One wonders why some actors seemed to be more utilized than others, left me scratching my head, as all seemed to be equally talented. A good hour was had by all.


Company: Michael Rogers
Show: Now We See It
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

A Good Show

While there was much about this show that I enjoyed: The chemistry between the two main actors, most of the visuals created through just actors and a large cloth, and the live accompaniment. Overall, I didn't think this piece was cohesive and held together.


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

Entire Twin Cities Theater Needs To See This Show!

I don't think that I need to say any more than that. The entire Twin Cities theatre community needs to see this show! Kudos to all involved.


Company: Ghoulish Delights, LLC
Show: The Screaming Skull
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

You Will Regret Not Seeing This Show.

I have never seen Eric Webster act better than he does in this show. He was wiping away tears at the end of the performance. You will be riveted. Tim Uren's adaptation of this short story combined with Eric's acting will have you on the edge of your seat.


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

Yes, You Will See This Show.

Multiple times, as far as I can tell from the raucous audience reaction to a lot of what was happening in the show. They were great last year, and, yes, they are great this year. I do not have the opportunity to see them multiple times, but maybe you will? They deserve the patronage. You will have a great time.


Company: Grand Island Theatre
Show: Hamlet, but Hamlet's a Chicken
Venue: Minnsky Theatre

The Fringiest Show In The Fringe!

Loved! Loved! Loved This Show! Yeah, we can talk about the chicken, but who cares? (I just hope that this doesn't inspire future Fringe shows to include a live animal just for the sake of it.). This is a well-done sketch comedy show with the script of Hamlet as it's base. "Gertrude is played by an egg shaker." "All characters are chairs." 1970's variety tv show dance number of the roll call for all of the characters that they've cut out of the show! What is not to love? Watch for these young up-and-comers.


Company: Fearless Comedy Productions
Show: Deep in The 100 Acre Woods: A "Pooh"-dunnit?
Venue: Minnsky Theatre

Very Fringe-y, And I Laughed A Lot!

Quintessential Fringe show. Take a very popular set of characters and mash it up with an entirely different genre. And it works. I had a great time. Not for everybody, I'm sure, but check it out if you can. You will laugh a lot.


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

Why Haven't You Seen This Show Yet?

That is the question that I would ask you if I asked you what you thought about Matt Kessen's pitch perfect comic lecture.


Company: Mosaic Productions
Show: Hidden in This Picture
Venue: Rarig Center Arena

Well Done Production.

Very much worth your time, if you have the time slot available. Entertaining, but not entirely engaging.


Company: So Shall I
Show: Estate of Affairs
Venue: Ritz Theater Studio

A Fun Time.

This is an entertaining farce, despite the fact that it's conclusion is predictable. I really enjoyed it. My one quibble is the actor playing the father seemed to be in an entirely different play than the other actors. It was very distracting from the fun of the farce. But if you have the time slot available, check out this show.


Company: Red Dice Collective
Show: Cyrano on the Moon
Venue: Ritz Theater Studio

Worth Your Time

The playwright obviously loved the original play, and packs it with everything that the original playwright would have wanted: sword fighting, playful banter, logistical wordplay. But wanted a happy ending, and that is exactly what this play has done. Those familiar with the original play will be very entertained.


Company: Paper Soul
Show: SOFT
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

A Very Good Show.

Motz delivers. I was a little confused by the ending of the show, but I was engaged the entire time. He is an anti-hero protagonist, and I greatly appreciated that fact. Well done.


Company: Concrete Drops
Show: Inescapable
Venue: Augsburg Mainstage

See This Show! See This Show! See This Show!

This is now my favorite show in the Fringe! You will be riveted from beginning to end. Amazing. I want to be in this show.


Company: Oncoming Productions
Show: Geminae
Venue: Southern Theater

Very Good. A Solid Show.

I'm so glad that I made it to this show. I wasn't as "chilled" as other audience members seeing this show, but I greatly enjoyed the show. If you have time in your schedule, then check out this wonderful company, as the acting, writing, and directing are very much worth your viewing pleasure!


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

Why are you NOT seeing this show???

Equal parts: punk rock band/game show/masterful shadow puppetry. This show SHOULD be on your Fringe schedule. Don't miss it! Last year, this company performed my top favorite show of the Fringe, and it was their encore performance. I will go see everything this company brings to town.


Company: The Coldharts
Show: Eddie Poe
Venue: Ritz Theater Mainstage

Yay! We were the first audience to see the ending!

A solid show! This is an incredibly talented duo! While I enjoyed there previous Edgar Allan Poe show slightly better, that does not diminish the enjoyment that I had for this show. Go see this show, you will not be disappointed! You will want to look up all the Poe references within this show afterwards. I absolutely guarantee it, by the jolly golly! I avidly anticipate the third show in this triptych!


Company: Tyler West
Show: ABEYANCE
Venue: Strike Theater

If you love Mr. Bean, See This Show!

And who doesn't love Mr. Bean? This is a very talented man. The clowning done in this show is absolutely top notch. Very well done. Make time in your schedule to see this show.


Company: Wayward Theatre Company
Show: Far Away by Caryl Churchill
Venue: Rarig Center Arena

A Must See!

Do you want to see a rarely performed Caryl Churchill play by a professional theater company? Then see this show! This is a difficult play, even by Caryl standards, but to do it for the fringe festival with such exceptional acting, directing, and production skills???? Go see this show!


Company: Tom Reed
Show: Gunplay!
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre

What a great show, unless you are far right/left

I think that Tom Reed did an amazing job, considering that he has only written solo-performance shows. Sooooooo much was brought up in the gun-rights debate with laugh-out-loud humor with very talented actors! Well done! I just had a problem with staring at the back of actors 90% of the time.


Company: Sidecar Theatre
Show: Summers in Prague
Venue: Rarig Center Arena

A Must See!

This comedic two-hander moved me to tears by the end. A solid production from every aspect: acting, directing, writing. See this show!


Company: Mainly Me Productions
Show: A Justice League of Their Own
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Fast and Furious!

As is the case with every Josh Carson show, the break-neck speed of the lines will make you miss a third of the jokes. But don't worry, for that joke that you missed while you were laughing, you will regain in two other jokes. Go see this show. You will laugh and laugh and laugh again.


Company: Theatre Corrobora
Show: Rejection
Venue: Augsburg Mainstage

A good show, not great, but good.

I think my review title says it all. I had a good time watching the show, not great. If you have the time, please check it out.


Company: Snikt! Bamf! Thwip!
Show: A Family Friendly Pulp Fiction (Not Appropriate for Families)
Venue: Theatre in the Round

Soooo many levels of comedy at play in this play!

Duck Washington is the shining light in this production, as is the writer Tim Wick (and director J Newstrom). While there is so much to like about this production, Duck delivers the most deliciously comedic commentary about racism, family-friendly definition, and film-ratings system. Okay, there are some weak points in the show, which I'm sure are due to being the first performance in front of an audience, but I'm sure that will all tighten up by the second show.


Company: Custer & Schmidt
Show: Our Best Life
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

It's Freakin' Shanan Custer! Go See The Show!

I cannot possibly express my admiration and envy of the talent of Shanan Custer. Go see the show, you'll laugh your ass off.


Company: Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society
Show: The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Versus the Nazis
Venue: Rarig Center Thrust

Solid

If you want to enjoy what it was like to enjoy being an audience member during an old radio broadcast, then you can't do better than seeing this company do their show. They just keep getting better every year. These are well-chosen, authentic, and slightly obscure radio scripts from the 40s and 50s with live foley and masterful voice acting. Definitely worth checking this out.


Company: The Winding Sheet Outfit
Show: Blood Nocturne
Venue: Southern Theater

Wow. Wow. Wow.

Winding Sheet's fringe show last year was one of my top two shows of the festival. This will also, more than likely be one of my top two shows. Go. Exquisite writing, acting, musical instrument playing, costuming and lighting. This theater company knows how to push the boundaries of what a fringe show can be. Brava!


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

Go! You will Laugh. A Lot!

You already know that you're going to go see this. And you won't be disappointed. Just as rock solid as every year. From Shanan and Eric's 1930's-style comedy duo routine, to Allison and Emily's riotous mime-stove breaking/Allison-I'm-not-going-to-sing duo, to John and Lacey hip-hop poetry slam on Labyrinth vs. Dark Crystal. Just a great time. I laughed so much.


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