Posts Tagged ‘theater’

Sample night live – something for everyone

My co-worker, Lynne, went to Sample Night Live last week and told me all about it. She said it was a blast (and claims to have laughed from start to finish). Sample Night is, well, a sample night of performing arts from different acts in the Twin Cities. And when they say sample, they aren’t kidding. There is something for everyone there.

From poetry to theater to heavy metal local music to puppets, pretty much anyone can find something they might enjoy at one of these events. They take place on the first Wednesday of each month. I just might have to check out May’s event.

Has anyone else checked this out? It sounds like good fun.

Erica’s 2008 Pre-Fringe Priority Show List

fringe2008.pngThis is the list of shows at the Minnesota Fringe Festival that I want to see right away, before everyone else figures out how good they are and they’re impossible to get into.

It’s based on what I saw from both Fringe-For-All Showcases (one I attended at the Ritz Theater, the other I watched on YouTube) and prior experience with the artists. On a scale of 1 to 5 — 1 being “don’t bother” and 5 being “don’t miss” — these are the ones I gave 4s and 5s to. Presented in alphabetical order.

Brave New Workshop 50th Anniversary Show: Skip It

bnw50th.jpgIt seems over the last year and a half I’ve made it to every show the BNW has staged, so I thought it worthwhile to by the newly-offered Punchy Pass. $160 for 8 tickets, a dollar or two off at the concession stand, and a few other perks.

The fact that the BNW has been in existence for 50 years is remarkable. There are not a whole lot of things that aren’t giant corporations or natural wonders that have that kind of staying power (it’s the third oldest theater of any kind in the Twin Cities). I do very much enjoy the sketch comedy format and who doesn’t love political satire and making fun of the suburbs? So I really do loves me some BNW and I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to attend. Buy a 4-punch or 8-punch pass, use your MPR 2-for-1 discount, come in a group of 12 or more, pay full price, whatever.

I used four of my punches to take myself, my girlfriend, and two visiting out-of-towners to see their anniversary show, The Brave New Workshop at 50: Old Enough to Know Better. My friends liked it a lot. I was a little worried that there’d be a lot of local references that they wouldn’t get, but that wasn’t the case.

Oh, jeez, it pains me to say this.

While the reappearance of the Rapebot 3000 and Lauren Anderson in a burqa were hilarious, this was my least favorite of all the BNW shows I’ve seen. Ever. For two reasons. One, because I’d seen some of it before. Two, because I just have little or no context or frame of reference for political satire from the 60s (or the 70s, the 80s, and a good chunk of the 90s).

Man, that was hard.

Fortunately for the BNW, the show is playing well; they’ve extended the run into June. They’ve got a 50th Anniversary mini-site and you can win free tickets for submitting your BNW story.

If you’ve never been there before, I strongly encourage you to go. Because I think everyone should go see all their shows. But if you’re a more seasoned patron… wait until the next one.

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