Evita is a clockwork, dull exercise

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Photo by Richard Termine
Sean MacLaughlin and Caroline Bowman
The latest iteration of Andrew Lloyd Webber's overwrought Evita arrives at the Ordway with a well-staged but ultimately empty production.

The singers hit all of the notes. The scenes move like clockwork. All of the pieces are in place, but the show felt like it was performed by robots instead of human performers.

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Rose: Five hours in the Holy Land

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Photo by Sarah Whiting
Sally Wingert.
Watching Sally Wingert perform is a joy on any stage, but getting to see her in an intimate setting is a rare pleasure.

For Rose, the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company moves the action out of its already small home base at the Hillcrest Center in St. Paul and into a series of private homes around the Twin Cities. About two dozen folks gathered in a nicely appointed living room Sunday afternoon for this one-woman play about the titular character's examination of her life during the 20th century.

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2014 Fringe issues record amount of tickets

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Hi! Hello! Namaste? was the top-selling show in the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival.
The 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival turned out to be the most popular in the event's history.

All told, 50,226 tickets were issued. That's about 200 more than 2013, and four more than the previous high mark in 2010. An average of 57 people were at each performance, though that number changed wildly depending on the venue and piece being presented, of course.

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Fringe finale: All over but the counting

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The 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival wrapped up Sunday night with encore performances at each of the main venues used for the event. These were the top selling shows at each theater.

With that, 11 days of theater madness ended. Weary fringers could put away their well-thumbed schedules, take their ultrapass or artist lanyards off their necks, and begin to count the days until the 2015 festival.

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Fringe Day 8: A spooky tale

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Edgar Allan.
The last days of the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival are upon us. That means the final chances to see this year's range of shows are here, right now.

There are a couple of changes to the familiar schedule. The shows start at 4 p.m. today, but there is not a 10 p.m. show Sunday. Also, the 8:30 p.m. Sunday slot has not yet been scheduled. The top-selling show at each venue will take the stage at that time. That announcement is made late on Saturday evening, with the winners posted on the Fringe website.

And like any great gathering of folks, there will be a party to say goodbye to this year's Fringe. That happens Sunday evening at the Varsity.

Now go out and find those final gems for 2014.

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Kevin Kling heals with sound in Hammer, Anvil, and Stirrup

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Photo by Ann Marsden
Kevin Kling.
A new Kevin Kling show is always something to be celebrated. For Hammer, Anvil, and Stirrup, you have to move fast to catch it. His latest collaboration at Open Eye Figure Theatre plays only through Monday.

Kling merges relatable stories drawn from his life, and more metaphysical explorations -- sometimes within the same breath. This year, he uses the theme of music and sound to guide the tales, though that doesn't mean there isn't the occasional stray thought or path to be taken.

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Fringe Day 7: Come watch the cats play

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Sam Landman in Kitty Kitty Kitty.
I took Wednesday evening off from the Fringe, though not from the theater. Instead, I went over to Open Eye Figure Theatre to see Kevin Kling's rather Fringe-like Hammer, Anvil, and Stirrup. A review of that will be on the blog tomorrow, but in a nutshell: Go see it.

Meanwhile, the festival is in the homestretch as it heads into the second weekend. Here are a couple of shows I caught earlier this week that are certainly worth a look.

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Fringe Day 6: In space, no one can hear you dance

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2001: A Space Odyssey
The Minnesota Fringe Festival is a marathon of theater that can leave the viewer exhausted long before the final encore performances.

Not only that, but there are more intriguing shows than even the most committed viewer can catch (you can get to less than a third of the shows during the festival). Still, the Fringe is only here for 11 days a year, and it's key to make the best of it. One way to make decisions is to check out the various reviews at the Fringe website, though you need to take it all with a grain of salt (I guess you have to do that with any review). Anyway, here are a few more shows of note:

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Fringe Day 5: Pick a show, any show

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The opening weekend of the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival saw steady attendance overall, and an increase in the average numbers for each performance.

There were a total of 17,700 tickets sold over the first four days of the festival. That's steady from 2013, when 80 more tickets were sold. There were fewer total performances this year, which means the average per show was about 51.

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Fringe Days 2-4: Never fear, the actors will save America

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Image courtesy Minnesota Fringe Festival, Failure: A Love Story
The first weekend of the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival brought the usual cornucopia of long lines and sweaty runs to make it to the theater before the drop-dead door-closing deadline.

Somehow, none of that really matters, though that usually changes by the end of the festival. For now, the long lines are a chance to visit with strangers and find out what shows we should be taking in at the Fringe. The running? Well, it's a bit of exercise to go with all of the sitting that comes with the festival.

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Onto the shows:

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