A week on the Fringe

The 16th annual Twin Cities Fringe Festival is already in full swing and features more than 150 shows, taking place all over Twin Cities area.

Raghav Mehta

Twin Cities Fringe Festival WHEN: Times vary WHERE: Locations vary PRICE: Admission Button: $4 Single: $10-$12 Twin CitiesâÄô residents mightâÄôve felt a sudden influx in creativity with AugustâÄôs arrival. In addition to last weekendsâÄô art fairs, August 5th marked the start of MinnesotaâÄôs annual Fringe Festival âÄî a sprawling Twin Cities-wide, anything-goes performance arts bonanza featuring more than 160 shows scattered throughout the city. Supported by local venues such as Bryant-Lake Bowl , Jungle Theater and University of MinnesotaâÄôs own Rarig Center , the Fringe Festival, now in its 16th year, runs over the course of ten days with participants decided through a lottery-based selection process. Whether youâÄôre an actor or struggling comedian, the performance arts donâÄôt offer much stability to begin with, but for aspiring playwrights like recent New York University graduate Dylan Lamb, the Fringe Festival is an opportunity for exposure thatâÄôs hard to come by for new faces in the game. âÄúIt was a nice way to have a grass roots entry into a very big pool of a lot of eclectic and talented artists and shows,âÄù Lamb said. After applying last February, Lamb was selected from a group of more than 300 applicants. While the shows can be found everywhere from Northeast to St. Paul, several are already in full swing at the UniversityâÄôs Rarig Center listed below. Entwined: Amy Salloway Rarig Center Arena 8/11 âÄì 10 p.m. 8/12 âÄì 5:30 p.m. 8/14 âÄì 4:00 p.m. Critically acclaimed Minneapolis performer Amy Salloway stars in this solo narrative-based performance. Frequenting the North American fringe circuits since 2004, Salloway is lauded for her awkward antics and colorful humor and her latest âÄúwork-in-progressâÄù sees no exception. KRAP-FM: The Adventures of a Radio Station Receptionist Rarig Center Proscenium 8/12 âÄì 7:00 p.m. 8/15 âÄì 5:30 p.m. Take an inside look into the world of corporate radio with Jason Schommer . Inspired by his job at a radio station conglomerate, Schommer employs more than a dozen actors and recounts his âÄúglory daysâÄù with gaudy celebrities, outlandish listener call-ins and, worst of all, the depraved office politics of the music business. Trouble in Tahiti: Dead Composers Society U of M Rarig Center Thrust 8/11 âÄì 7:00 p.m. 8/14 âÄì 5:30 p.m. Combining elements of opera, Broadway and jazz, âÄúTrouble in Tahiti,âÄù is a classic 50âÄôs suburban tragedy that features music from world-renowned director and McNally Smith College of Music professor Dr. Andrew Fleser. There is No Isabelle: Dylan Lamb Rarig Center Xperimental 8/11 ¬âÄì 5:30 p.m. 8/12 âÄì 8:30 p.m. 8/14 âÄì 5:30 p.m.âÄù LambâÄôs play, âÄúThere is No IsabelleâÄù was his NYU thesis. ItâÄôs the story of a college drop-out who, after coming home and announcing his recent engagement to his parents, finds himself entangled in a frivolous argument with his family. Lamb describes it as âÄúthree liars fighting for their own delusions at the dining room table.âÄù