Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Minnesota Fringe Festival 2019: Wrap-Up and Favorites

Is it just because I'm getting older, or did the 11-day Minnesota Fringe Festival fly by even faster than usual this year? I saw a record low (since I've had a press pass) 29 shows, taking (almost) three days off of the festival (because life), and forgoing the 10pm timeslot (because #morningperson). But still, I saw some incredible shows that made me laugh, cry, and think, and that's all I ask of theater. And like last year, it was a great #feministfringe, with many shows written, directed, and/or performed by women.

Click here for the winners of the "Golden Lanyard" awards (including top seller at each venue).

Here are my 12 favorites (because I couldn't limit it to 10) of the 29, in alphabetical order (click on the title to read the full mini-review). And if you asked me during the festival what my favorite show was, I answered Edward Lear, and I'm sorry you didn't get to see it because it was sold out. Maybe it'll come back again in some form, or maybe not, because theater, like life, is ephemeral and we need to appreciate what we have when we have it. #nodaybuttoday

And that's it. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is over, and I'm starting to get press releases for #TCTheater companies' first shows of the 2019-2020 season. My summer break (what break?) is over, and the theatering continues!