Oh, my, the final Saturday of the 2009 Indy Fringe Festival here in Indianapolis, Indiana was sublime. The weather was glorious, so the walks between theatres were almost as invigorating as the shows themselves. Plus, I spent most of the day with my theatre buddy, Adrienne Reiswerg, which I always enjoy.
Best of all, the day included a satisfying mix of shows that ended with one of the most exhilarating theatrical experiences of my life: the 10:30pm performance of “Waiting with M. Godot,” by Ronn Johnstone. The light-hearted yet profound script about love and relationships was a treat to begin with, and in that particular sold-out performance, both the actors and the audience were “in the zone.” Kurt Owens as the rudely mystical waiter, Monsieur Godot, and Nick Foreman as the sexy but overly-concerned-with-perfection Jaxon – a man who is waiting in a fancy restaurant to propose marriage to his girlfriend – were exquisitely hilarious. The beautiful but “loud” girlfriend, Dani, was charmingly played by Lisa Ermel.
I know that “magical” is a cliché when it comes to writing about theatre, but this truly was.
No one wanted to leave the Theatre on the Square’s second stage area afterwards, including me, so I made three more little videos. One is the one you see above, with the director, Steve Pierce. Unfortunately, the one I made with actor Nick Foreman by himself did not record. (Hope, darn it: the little red light has to be blinking!) However, I’m not sure you would have been able to hear him anyway because the still-packed theatre was very noisy then. So I’ll just tell you that this exceptional actor is a cutie in real life, too, and based in Chicago.
Here he is with Kurt – who was already one of my favorite actors and who now is even higher in my esteem! – a little bit later:
I am tempted to let “Waiting with M. Godot” be the last show I see at this year’s Fringe because it left me feeling so high on theatre and life in general.
Well, while I think about that some more, let me tell you about the other three shows I saw on Saturday, in the order I saw them: