I saw thirty regular shows at the 2008 Indianapolis Fringe Festival (five of them twice), plus one Fringe Next show. It took me a while, but I wrote about each of them here on my blog.
It has been a very rewarding, very enjoyable two weeks.
Mind you, one Fringe artist threatened to sue me if I did not revise my review of her work to her specifications. Of course I did not change a word. I felt sympathy for her pain – some of the professional reviewers had problems with her show, too – but I refuse to be bullied.
On the other hand, another artist asked if I would add the names of his director and stage manager to my review. He was grateful for their help, and sorry he hadn’t been able to thank them in a printed program. Of course I agreed. I welcome suggestions for correcting factual mistakes or omissions.
Even though I saw so many shows, there were still other intriguing shows that I missed. I don’t know if it is even possible to schedule a visit to all 48 Fringe shows. It was impossible for me due to other commitments during the Fringe week.
In any case, I am glad there were so many people writing about the Fringe this year, either in professional media sources or in the blogs of ordinary people. Any reviewer’s opinion is only that: one opinion. It is good for a community to have many opinions, many people thinking and talking about art.
Here is what I saw, in traditional alphabetical order:
- Adventures in Mating
- Alone and Testifying
- And He Ran Screaming
- And I Am Not Making This Up
- Andrea Merlyn’s Magic Show: Glamour Redux
- Assholes and Aureoles
- Best of the Blizzard, The
- Birdmann, The
- Caverns, The
- Christmas in Bakersfield
- Clown at Work
- Common Humanity
- Cool Table, The
- Honeymoon Suite, The
- In Rehearsal
- Jealous Sky
- Magic of Jared Sherlock, The
- Meet the Rock!
- Monkey Poet: The Big Brown Number Two
- My Friend Hitler
- On the Rag: Heavy Flow
- Phil the Void: Comedy Over Quality
- Potpourri Potluck Kitchen Sink Meatloaf
- Squashamole! The True Cost of Things
- Stinky Flowers and the Bad Banana
- Tastes Funny
- Time Machine, The
- Wicked Dreams Plesant Nightmares
I also saw and wrote about one FringeNext show: Speaking Without Words (Kenyetta Dance Company.)
I talked with a LOT of people during the Fringe, but I wrote about my conversation with Fringe technician Chris Strange as a separate post.
And finally, I accepted IndyFringe.org webmaster Bob Burchfield’s invitation to make a brief podcast one night on Mass Ave. It made me realize that I do not have a coherent answer ready for when people ask me why I love live theatre so much, but it was also a lot of fun. (Thanks again, Bob!) If you would like to listen to it, here is a link to its location in the forums on the IndyFringe website. It is just about two minutes long. My laptop will not play it, for some reason, but I was able to listen to it on someone else’s computer.
Oh, my goodness, what a wonderful Fringe this has been! Thanks very much for reading.
Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com