The performing arts-centric Fringe Festival is returning for its 20th year the first two weekends in August, but before it opens, the organization has some fundraising to do. For the 10th year running, Fringe Artists kick off their benefit season with the Five Fifths benefit, dividing a well-known movie or book amongst five local artist groups to be enacted (or reinterpreted) as they see fit and forwarding the proceeds to festival production. Presented tonight? James Cameron’s The Terminator, in five acts.
Yes, that means five glorious reincarnations of the robot/assassin ex-Governator, five versions of sci-fi siren Sarah Connor, and five takes on cheesy ’80s action thriller moves. It’s one-night-only so it won’t be back—unless they’re planning on staging the trilogy? Taking on the classic will be troupes Black Market Doctor, Tedious Brief Productions, Mainly Me Productions, Bedlam Theatre, and Michael Gruber and Max Wojtanowicz. 7:30 p.m. $40. —EK
New Century Theatre, 615 Hennepin Ave. #145, Mpls., 612-455-9501, hennepintheatretrust.org