Beloved readers, I just wanted to let you know that I won’t be able to post any new reviews until this afternoon. Justin from the Fringe headquarters invited me to the Performers’ Luncheon today. How fun is that!
(But I hope that if there are tomatoes on the menu, certain performers will be able to resist flinging them at me. Hmm. Maybe I had better put a change of clothes in my car, just in case.)
I will also lug my laptop downtown, though, and find a place in which to continue writing after lunch and before this evening’s shows. So please check back later for more reviews. Quickly, here is what I saw on Monday and last night:
** “Phil the Void: Comedy Over Quality” – I think I am developing a knee fetish. First the Clown’s and now Phil’s through his torn jeans. In other words, no tux this year, but his comedy is sharper and smarter than ever. This man’s observations on life, porn, marriage, and aging made me bark with laughter.
** “Improscaping” – If you went to the Preview Party, this is the woman with the cucumber. Her actual show includes zero cucumbers. That was just something she was playing with; it might turn into a full piece later. Her actual show is a collection of polished “concept pieces” that incorporate dance, costumes, props, and a lovely variety of music. The pieces are interspersed with recorded narration from various people in her life giving advice, which you may or may not want to take seriously. I found myself crying at one point during this show because I felt so inspired. Here is a woman who rejects what she has been told about how old dancers are allowed to be, or what they are supposed to look like, and dances for us anyway, with wit and strength and grace.
“The Honeymoon Suite” – There are vampires at the Indy Fringe! Who knew? Or maybe they are werewolves. Or mermaids. Anyway, I was DELIGHTED by this macabre, sexy show. It is full of poetry, rock-and-roll, and spider dancing. It made me want to run to my public library and re-read Anne Rice’s vampire books and Francesca Lia Block’s erotica. Actually, I guess for the erotica I will have to check my home library. But anyway, I loved this show.
“Jealous Sky” – This biographical drama left me weeping. And vowing to remember Harriet Quimby as well as Amelia Earhart. A powerful, powerful piece.
“Wicked Dreams Pleasant Nightmares” – This is a beautiful dance piece that tells a story, too, about (as you might imagine from the title) a girl’s dreams and nightmares through the course of one night’s sleep. At one point in the show, my friend Dane leaned over and whispered in my ear, “Do you have THOSE dreams?” Yes, sweetie, I do. I loved this piece’s interpretation of them.
I will write more about each of these shows later, but I hope you can tell from the brief comments above that I had an especially satisfying time at the Indy Fringe on Monday and Tuesday nights. Tonight, the Monkey Poet is finally back! I’ll have to check my Fringe booklet to see what else I have circled for tonight.
As always, thank you for reading, and thank you for your patience. I hope to see you at the Fringe! It continues through Sunday.
Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com