2018 Audience Reviews
The following reviews were submitted by Fringe Member: Naomi Kritzer
Company: Snikt! Bamf! Thwip!
Show: A Family Friendly Pulp Fiction (Not Appropriate for Families)
Venue: Theatre in the Round
Here's where this show really hit home for me: my husband and I have spent years taking our kids to the Fringe, and have taken them to some WILDLY inappropriate shows over the years after being reassured by a friend or family member or person pitching their show that it should be FINE. People have the weirdest, weirdest ideas about what parents asking this question are wondering about, and this show pretty much knocked it out of the park in terms of demonstrating (and, in the meta parts, discussing) EXACTLY the sort of stuff we were and weren't warned about when we asked that question in years past. Anyway, we totally could have taken our kids to this show (they're 17 and 14) but they wouldn't have gotten more than half the jokes (because they're not going to be old enough to see Pulp Fiction until they're 30.)
Show: The Breakfast Club: The Musical!
Venue: Southern Theater
Some good performances, not a very good musical
Some of the actors did a great job of portraying the 1980s characters I remember. (Dimly. I think the last time I saw the Breakfast Club was in 1989.) I particularly appreciated what they did with Ally Sheedy's character -- that REALLY worked for me. What didn't work: the music, which I found bland and dull to listen to. If 1980s music was anything, it was catchy.
Company: Literally Entertainment
Show: The Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist or, Ocean's 'Eh'T?: A Musical
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre
Fun & funny, not sure it's quite a must-see
Good music and good singing, several very good performances, and a clever play. As someone else noted, it's probably better from the middle, and I saw it from the side; "sit in the middle" is good advice but not super helpful for a show that's selling out!
Company: Hot Chocolate Media
Show: Remy Raygun of the Space Brigade: A Build-Your-Own Space Opera
Venue: Augsburg Mainstage
Live theramin on stage!
My older daughter, now 17, saw her first live theater at the Minnesota Fringe when she not quite three. I spent quite a few years bringing young children to the Fringe, hunting for shows that would be entertaining to both of us, and this show was EXACTLY the sort of thing I was always delighted to find. It's a fun, charming show, with amusing Fringe-style "special effects" and music provided by a keyboard and a theramin. Useful to know: this show also runs fairly short -- length varies depending on what audience members vote for, but it was about 40 minutes long when we saw it. Helpful if you're not sure a kid's attention span will actually run the whole hour, or if you'd like to plan to run and grab a sandwich between shows.
Company: Colleen Somerville Productions
Show: Not Fair, My Lady!
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre
Broadway-level singing in a pointed musical revue
This would have been a fun, funny/infuriating, relatable show even with amateur voices, but these performers are also all absolutely outstanding singers who could bring the house down on a professional stage playing any of the roles they lampoon. Seriously good; if you're a fan of musicals, it's a must-see.