Fringe Report: August 10, 2008

fringe2008.pngFringe Encore shows! Congratulations to the festival’s top sellers.

You can read all the reviews I posted at fringefestival.org in one place. I think that’s a new feature on the website this year. I like it. (Just so you know, those are mostly the same as what I posted here.)

Besides the official staff photos on the Fringe’s website, there are plenty to be found on Flickr. [minnesota fringe]

This is the last Fringe Report from me for this year. I finished the Fringe off with two shows I’d been planning to see since the very beginning of the festival.

On to the reviews.

The Underpants Show by Lili’s Burlesque
When I thought we weren’t going to get in, I tried not to be too upset since Lili’s Burlesque is local and I could see them some other time. But we got in at the last minute and I’m glad we did. It was nice to see the show with a packed house. This kind of show thrives on the hootin’ and hollerin’ in the audience, which there was plenty of. What blew me away was how well-produced a show this was. The acts, the music, the costumes were all fantastic. The three-piece band was great. The host was great. The two guys that cleaned up discarded clothing between acts were great. It was visually interesting and you didn’t have to think too hard. This show was one of the most fun to attend.

Roofies in the Mochaccino by Empty S Productions
Empty S Productions aka Michael Shaeffer, who also participated in at least one other Fringe show this year. Maybe two. I actually didn’t enjoy this one as much as I expected to. I mean, I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It was an easy-to-endure show, as each poem was only a few minutes long. I confess, my previous perception of beat poetry involved a beret, sunglasses, and snapping. So if this is beat poetry, this is way better than I thought it was. He writes well and he tells it well. As much as I hated phillip andrew bennett low’s show, pabl’s review of this one is right on. I’ll be looking out for more Michael Shaeffer around town.


When we showed up at the Ritz, everyone milling around outside said the show was sold out, so we turned around and started to plan out our next hour. Then someone came outside and said they had two more tickets, so we rushed ahead of some other folks waiting and got in. Only to sit down inside the theater and see about 20 seats way up in the back still empty. The Jamal Lullabies entourage eventually sat behind us. I hope those two people we stepped in front of also got in.

1 Comment so far

  1. Art (artallen) on August 11th, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

    The fellas from the Underpants Show stopped by the 331 last night, and we talked to some of them and they laughed at our smartass trivia answers. It was pretty cool. The Trivia Master said it was like a Billy Joel song, but that he wasn’t sure what that meant. Indeed.



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