According to Fringe HQ, the first four days of the annual eleven-day performing arts festival–Thurs., July 30 through Sun., Aug. 2–show that 16,814 tickets were issued, a 19% increase over last year’s 14,133 tickets.
Of this year’s 162 productions, nine companies sold out their first performances and a total of 18 performances sold out. Among the sold-out shows are Bring Your Own Venue productions–a Fringe program dedicated to site-specific work–and two shows at Gremlin Theatre, Fringe’s first St. Paul venue.
Traffic to the festival’s Web site, fringefestival.org, increased 46 percent. By 11 a.m. today, the site had received over 1,400 audience-submitted show reviews, well on pace to eclipse last year’s total, and previous festival record, of 2,200.