This week in theater: Minn. Fringe Festival continues in Twin Cities

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Continuing in Twin Cities this week is the Minnesota Fringe Festival, which began Aug. 1, runs through Saturday.

The annual theater festival -- which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year -- is showcasing 176 plays in 16 different venues in the Twin Cities, including, yes, one on outgoing Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

“RT+MPLS: The Legend of Mayor R.T. Rybak” will tell the story of the married mayor's affair with the "other woman" in his life -- the city of Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune has reviews of six of the shows, including "Fashion Risk or the Accidental Nudist," "Imagination Island: Surviving Reality," "Changing with Grace," "Dating Your Mom" and "Bump in the Night."

The Pioneer Press also has some facts and random stats about the festival.

Also continuing this week at the Guthrie Theater is "Pride and Prejudice," which is being performed in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Jane Austen classic.

The play stars Apple Valley native Vincent Kartheiser of "Mad Men" fame as Mr. Darcy, while Ashley Rose Montondo -- a 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program -- also stars as Elizabeth Bennet in her debut role on the world stage.

Theater critic Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune praised artistic director Joe Dowling's production, calling it "briskly paced" and "energetic," and is mostly convinced by Kartheiser's performance.

Pioneer Press contributing theater critic Dominic P. Papatola is a bit mixed in his review, calling the production "a lovely-but-shallow staging with no perspective, no stakes and little resonance."

"Pride and Prejudice" runs through Aug. 31.

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