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A bit of the Fringe Festival in frigid times

Here’s an opportunity to bask in the memory of those sweltering days in August. Remember dashing across heat-baked streets from one Fringe Festival performance to another?

Two physical-theater favorites from the 2008 Fringe are going to be restaged the weekend of Jan. 23-25. And there will be no need to slide across any icy streets. Both will be staged in the warmth of the Southern Theater. Still have your Fringe button? It’s good for a discount.

“The Gypsy and the General,” a production of Three Sticks Theater Company, is a delightful gem that entertains as it tugs at the heartstrings. The play concerns a wayward general who leads a ragtag band of followers through all sorts of mayhem and magic. It’s directed by Katie Melby, with music by Andrew Lynch. The five performers are Lynch, Melby, Andy Langenfeld, Ryan Underbakke and Zenon Dance Company member Tamara Ober.

Using an expressive movement vocabulary, songs, some text and a few simple props, the crew conjures entire worlds (desert, jungle, mountaintop), events (shipwreck, rescue, war) and emotions (joy, helplessness, hopelessness, redemption).

Also showing is “The Nosdrahcir Sisters” (that’s Richardson spelled backwards) by Sara Richardson and Kimberly Richardson (who are not sisters). Whimsical in a cute and childlike way, the play reportedly, nonetheless, conveys simple truths about life’s complexities in imaginative, surrealistic vignettes that include tea parties, grocery shopping and aerobics classes.


The Nosdrahcir Sisters“: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24, and 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25

The Gypsy and the General“: 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 23-24, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

Where: Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis. Tickets: $24 for both shows on the same night ($22 with Fringe button); or $14 for a single performance ($12 with Fringe button). Ticket service fees apply: $2.50 for online sales, $1.50 for phone or at the door. Online sales. Or 612-340-1725.

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