The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival will run from July 30-August 9, and the lottery drawing was held at Phoenix Theater Feb. 23. I attended the drawing and thought I’d have some fun by making predictions about the shows and sharing my thoughts (i.e. take them with a grain of salt). Granted, the shows are all extremely subject to change, which is why there’s a wait list. Enjoy, and be sure to mark Fringe Fest on your calendars because it’s an amazing eleven days of theater!
Albino Squirrel Productions – Pocahontas (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Mouse): Squirrels, amirite? I’m aiming for a comedic but insightful piece. And are we talking field mouse or computer mouse? I’m guessing field mouse since it’s about Pocahontas.
Black Market Doctor – PETS! (mainly about cats): Heck yeah. Cats. Bring it on. Meeeeeeyowwwww.
Bollywood Dance Scene – This group took Fringe Fest by storm last year with Hi! Hello! Namaste? and I can’t wait to see what they bring us this year. I remember running into people from the show here and there and everyone was so excited to be so well received; they definitely deserved their encore performance.
Clown Mullet Productions – The Sexiest Man Alive vs. The Robot Horde: There’s enough info in the title. And the company name. You know you want to see it.
Crash Bandit Coup – Tim Burton’s Colorful Rodeo Revival Musical in Space: See thoughts on previous show.
Diane Mountford – The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: The title elicits a fantasy tale, something like Time Bandits meets Stardust.
Locally Grown Theatre – The OzFather: When I see Oz, I think The Wizard of Oz like most people. This could be satire, it could be drama, I could be completely off, but so far I like the title!
Loudmouth Collective – Pretty Girls Make Graves: I thoroughly enjoyed their 2014 show Kitty Kitty Kitty for several reasons, so I’m down for whatever Loudmouth Collective brings to the table.
Mermaid Productions – A Mermaid in Narnia: This is obviously about Ariel from The Little Mermaid finding herself in Narnia. I hope they don’t leave out Flounder.
New Endeavors – Persuasion: This will be a dramatic dance piece with intense music and dark colors.
Not Four Humors – Them’s fighting words! Four Humors improvised Every Show in the Fringe last year and it was amazing. So to come in with this company name sets a certain tone about the statement Not Four Humors is trying to make. I can see this name bringing people to the show just to see what they plan to do, but it’ll be apparent pretty quickly if the group isn’t up to par. And maybe I’m completely wrong and this is an extension of Four Humors.
Random Cat Productions – 30 Kinda Whoa: More cats. Yes, I will go. I get a good vibe from the title though, too.
Rippling Stories – The Grimmer-er Side: Even More Dark, Old Fairy Tales for a Modern Time: How awesome does this sound?? I want to be thoroughly creeped out. Bring. It. On.
Squirrel! – And more squirrels! The show title is TBD, but how could you not want to see a show by a company of a name like that?
Tom Reed – Shake Me Off: Cherry-lipped Starbucks Loves Fill the Blank Space in Your Style: I’ve seen Tom several times at Brave New Workshop and his sketch comedy and improv skills are on point. This will be a entertainingly excellent show.
Transatlantic Love Affair – Astronauts Ho! a love story: I won’t say a bad thing about, nor can I say enough good things about TLA. You need to experience their style of physical theater and fall in love with them as I have.
Up Top Theatre – Looking for Fun(Bags): Giggle. That is all.
Weggel-Reed Productions – Couple Fight: This Reed is the same as Tom Reed as seen above. He and Anna Weggel are newlyweds so I absolutely love that they’re planning to produce a Fringe show called Couple Fight. This will be a fun one!
young artists council of youth performance company – Melted: I have all of my fingers and all of my toes crossed that this is some kind of spin on The Wizard of Oz and not a sequel to Frozen. Pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top.
Ferrari McSpeedy Theatrical Productions – Merry Spider Cafe: I saw this show when Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic performed it at the Brave New Workshop Student Union and it was amazingly fast, smart, well done sketch comedy. If it makes it in, I encourage you to go.
FLiP! Theatre Company – I saw their debut show, The Last Five Years, in 2013 and haven’t heard boo from the company since then. But I loved the show so would happy to see another show from them.
So that’s it! There are a zillion more shows that I didn’t mention, but these are the ones that grabbed my attention right off the bat. If you know anything about them, please share below. And if you’d like to make your own predictions, feel free to leave those in the comments as well!