Reviews of 16 Shows from the 2012 Indy Fringe Festival

I set aside some money and took ten days off from my day job to enjoy one of my favorite “staycations”: the Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, also known as Indy Fringe.   So far, I have seen sixteen shows since the 2012 Fringe began last Friday.

I can’t tell you if they are the “best” (whatever that means) because there are forty other shows in this year’s festival that I haven’t seen.

I can tell you that I am glad to have seen every single one of these sixteen.

Here are some thoughts about them, in alphabetical order by title:

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C Stands for Courtesy as well as Copyright

I learned how to make a copyright symbol for my blog posts today.  My lawyer tells me that everything is automatically copyrighted as soon as I write it, but that putting a copyright symbol at the bottom of each blog post is a defense against someone “not knowing” that it is not okay to cut and paste one of my reviews or other posts onto their own website or Facebook page or whatever.

I started to add the following statement to my copyright symbol:

“You do not have my permission to cut and paste this post onto any other website or publication or handout, no matter how badly you want to.  You may quote a sentence or two if you like, but then you had better also link back to this post and say that the post was written by Hope Baugh for Indy Theatre Habit.  If that is too much trouble, then please do not ‘share’ any of it.  I do not care about promoting any particular show, and I do not care about getting a million readers.  I am trying to have a courteous written conversation with a probably small group of people that love to attend live theatre and let it transform them.  That is all.”

But then I started laughing. 

And then it was time to take a shower and head back downtown Indianapolis to see some more 2012 Indy Fringe shows.

(“Creatures of the Night” is my favorite out of the eight shows I’ve seen so far, although I loved “Feed Your Nightmares” and “Go to Hell,” too, and there was something to appreciate about each of the others as well.)

So that was as far as I got in my blogging today.

‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com (@IndyTheatre on Twitter)

©2012 Hope Baugh

A Planner’s Guide to the 2012 Indy Fringe Festival

If you love live theatre as much as I do, you want to see EVERYTHING, including all 56 shows in the 2012 Indianapolis Fringe Theatre Festival also known as Indy Fringe.

But after fringe-ing for five years I know that there is a limit to the number of stories and creative manifestations of artistic visions that I can absorb in ten days – let alone write about them – without being reduced to a quivering pile of brain jelly.  I’m taking ten days’ vacation from my day job for this and I’m buying all of my tickets rather than accepting a media pass, so I won’t be able to take more time off or pay for a spa vacation to recover from Fringe-ing.

So…I need a plan for doing the Fringe.  Maybe you do, too?

There are several possibilities:

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Review: “The Playground” presented by Vagabonds’ Bridge

Last Thursday night I saw the world premiere of “The Playground,” a play written and directed by Chelsea Anderson, a 2010 graduate of the theatre program at the University of Indianapolis. The play was produced by The Vagabonds’ Bridge Theatre Company and presented at the Wheeler Arts Center in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis.  It was Vagabonds’ Bridge’s inaugural production.

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Anticipating Blog Indiana 2012

I’m looking forward to attending the annual Blog Indiana conference in Indianapolis tomorrow and Friday (August 9 and 10, 2012.)

Blog Indiana began the same year I started this blog: 2008. I have attended every year except one and I have learned a lot every time, even though most of the people that attend are marketing/social media professionals rather than hobby bloggers like me.  I learn a lot from the official presentations and even more from the informal interactions.

Last year’s education was unintentionally drama-filled.

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