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August 30, 2004 // UPDATED 3:34 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

'Best of the Fringe'

For those who missed them the first time


Theater Latte Da's "Knock!" and Rick and

Andy Ausland's "Buckets & Tap Shoes" are

being remounted in this first post-festival

highlighter, "The Best of the Fringe." The pair

was singled out for as critical and audience

favoritism favorites from over 175 Minnesota

Fringe Festival shows.

Guthrie Theater regular Jim Lichtscheidl

strikes a universal nerve with "Knock!" - a

powerful and quirky memoir of his life as a

12-year-old. It's 1974, and this is the life of

Toehead, a boy/"young man" cramped into a

house wherein privacy is continually shattered by others'

premature entry. While sometimes Toehead, or little

Jimmy, is the star of well-received impromptu kitchen/

living room performances, his bossy older sister -

who amuses herself by obligatory "big sibling" tirades - is

always quick to "put him in his place."

Lichtscheidl narrates his revealing anecdotes of

pre-acne days with the unique synthesis of straight

storytelling, athletic dance and carnival music in his

so-called "storieography." Along with co-stars Lisa

Spreeman, Ken Rosen and Eriq Nelson, he perfectly encapsulates

the awkward yet playful world of pre-pubescence.

Delight in the comic likes of buckteeth, thick glasses,

crayons and adolescent imagination - Lichtscheidl does.

Rick and Andy Ausland's "Buckets & Tap Shoes" is

the percussive medley of a Minneapolis street

corner. With tap dance, musical accompaniment

and drums, the Auslands beat out the tempo of

pedestrian life.

Similar to "Stomp," these brothers find melodies

in found objects such as 5-gallon paint buckets.

They mouth noises and even utilize the clatter of

audience participation. The duo seamlessly blends

classical musicianship with inventive

instrumentation as they harmonize drums,

guitar and bass with everyday artifacts for

an industrial brand of rhythm and blues.

_ Wednesday-Sunday thru Sept. 5, call for times,

Loring Playhouse, 1633 Hennepin Ave. S.

$25. 604-4466.

A thrilling benefit

"Wicker Park" is a psychologically driven

thriller about a rookie investment banker's

obsessive pursuit of a lost love. Although

Matthew (Josh Hartnett) is engaged for the

second time, the fading glimmer of a romantic

interest at a Wicker Park neighborhood

caf catapults him on a labyrinthine chase. Matthew follows

the woman who'd vanished two years ago - rendering him

heartbroken - to her apartment. Setting his current engagement

aside, Matthew's idle curiosity stirs more than old

chemistry, and his path turns perilous.

Hartnett himself hosts the red carpet premiere of the

drama/romance/thriller as a benefit for CornerHouse, a local

interagency child abuse evaluation and training center. Event

partners include Block E, Bellanotte and Crown Theatres.

(The movie runs in area theaters beginning Sept. 3.)

_ Benefit/premiere: Thursday, Sept. 2, 8:15 p.m.

Crown Theatres, 600 Hennepin Ave. S.

$35. 338-5900.