MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fans of the Minnesota Fringe Festival can get an early taste of this year’s shows.

The first of two Fringe-for-Alls will be held Monday starting at 7:30 p.m. at Mixed Blood Theatre on Minneapolis’ West Bank. Thirty Fringe acts are each given three minutes to perform an excerpt of their show.

A 2011 Fringe Festival admission button — which costs $4 — is required for entry.

The second Fringe-for-All will be held Monday night, July 25, also at Mixed Blood.

This year’s Fringe Festival runs Aug. 4-14 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. A total of 168 different productions will be staged at 18 venues in the Uptown, downtown and West Bank areas of Minneapolis and at Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul.

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Comments (5)
  1. Kitty says:

    Let me help the good people of MN and let you know, even without seeing it, that this show is absolutely terrible.

    1. Sam says:

      It’s amazing that you know this, Kitty, given that it isn’t just one show, and that the shows change from year to year, being put on by different people.

    2. MN Dancer says:

      Let me help YOU out, Kitty:

      The MN Fringe is an annual festival, this year featuring 168 shows chosen at random. The shows range from comedies, musicals, kids shows, dance concerts, etc. created by the amazing actors, musicians and dancers of Minnesota and the surrounding region.

      I performed (to a sold-out house) in last night’s preview and had a blast meeting all the other talent from the other companies. I hope you can make it out to the second preview… you’ll see 30 companies presenting 3 minute snippets of their work. Which is probably more theater than you’ve ever seen in your life…

  2. Redneck Purist says:

    Let me guess, proceeds to help AIDS research, the homeless, PETA and the Sierra Club……Yawn.

    1. MN Dancer says:

      Haha nope! Over half the proceeds go to the hard-working artists themselves.