An Unusually Dull Fringe

This year’s Minnesota Fringe Festival- the largest such fest in the U.S. – wasn’t bad, exactly, says Dominic Papatola. But it sure wasn’t very exciting. “Most of the political theater I saw had a rote, unimaginative quality about it, as if artists couldn’t think of anything new to be mad at President Bush about but still felt compelled to be angry. The comedy shows I took in were amusing but not fall-down funny. Clever ideas seldom resulted in equally clever execution. And as for the usually plentiful nudity at the Fringe? I saw a grand total of one bare backside the whole of the festival.”