"Run like the wind and go see it!!!” *
If you are inspired by brilliant and talented young people — This is a must see!!” *

The Minnesota Fringe Festival’s emphasis on original works for theatre audiences we can get close to seemed like just the right fit for SkyVault’s brand of improv-based interactive theatre.  And the Rarig Center Thrust stage at the University of Minnesota was the perfect venue for On the Road to Verona, the SkyVault ensemble’s original adaptation of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona.

"A high- energy production by a group of talented young performers. The music is fantastic." *

For 11 days, from August 4 to 11, over a thousand artists in 169 original productions, as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, present nearly 700 performances in every discipline and genre in various theatrical venues around the Twin Cities.

Since 1994, the Fringe Festival has performed annually in the Twin Cities.. No one selects the participating shows. Instead, a lottery determines which of over 500 applicants win production slots in the festival. They describe themselves as "a performing arts festival audiences can get close to,” and encourage new works, creativity, and originality.

"The acting almost moved me to tears because of the brilliance." *


The gist:

A youthful band of Shakespeare’s traveling companions, abandoned by the Bard, discover his notes for a new play, and determine to bring it to the stage. The story is created with audience input (no silenced cell phones here). The Bard’s minstrel companions perform original folk and jazz music using the words of the Bard.

"Whine - women and song! This one has it all. I had to count the number of instruments played by one cast member alone. Multi-talented and multi-tasking. Oh to be young!" *

The show was very well received, garnering a four star rating overall, with most of the reviews being either four or five stars.

One of the most well done programs I’ve seen in fifteen years at the Fringe.
— Fringe Festival veteran

Take a look at the program for our Minnesota Fringe Festival Premiere.

* Don’t take our word for it.

All the quotations on these pages are excerpted from unsolicited comments from theatre-goers who are active in the Minneapolis theatre world comparing On the Road to Verona with the entire spectrum of 168 different Fringe Festival performances.
(For all these excerpts in one place, click hereAnd a link to the unexcerpted reviews—including, of course (alas), those that are less glowing than these we have cheekily quoted, on these pages: http://www.fringefestival.org/show/?id=20160990.)