Review: 2010 Fringe Festival, Part Two

IndyFringe Theatre Festival continues on Mass Ave in Indianapolis and so do the reviews.

Archy and Mehitabel

The best kept secret of this year’s IndyFringe Festival and perhaps the biggest gem of the 2010 line up, Archy and Mehitabel features Canadian performer Jeff Culbert in an adaptation of the famed columns from journalist Don Marquis, which first appeared in 1916. In addition to playing Archy the cockroach, a the poet turned political agitator, and Mehitabel the alley cat, a free spirited dancer, Culbert dons a host of other characters from an informant ant to a daredevil moth. In each, the actor is completely transformed as he takes on Marquis’ eerily relevant text, which touches on everything from a mother’s love to the curiously wasteful habits of the supreme creator’s chosen leaders: humans. Swaying easily from free verse, rhythmic poetry and prose, Culbert challenges his audience to understand “the thought that men and insects are the same, both transient flecks of starry dust that out of nothing came. Without ever preaching or brow beating, Culbert dons and drops each subject with out an ounce of righteousness. He simply shares Marquis’s ruminations on humanity in a wonderfully performed show.

See Archy and Mehitabel at Marian Underground:
Wednesday, August 25 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 28 at 10:30 pm
Sunday, August 29 at 4:30 pm

The Blizzard Rewind: 30 Years/ 30 Plays/ 60 Minutes

Bloomington Playwrights Project returns to the IndyFringe Festival after last year’s daring show Sex/Death. The Blizzard Rewind shares the multiple short plays format of their former year’s offering, but with a twist. A play for each thirty years that BPP has been open performed as the audience shouts out years from 1980 to 2010. With a different order every showing, the cast of six frantically scamper about grabbing props and setting chairs minute to minute. This high energy show provides a cross section of work from various writers involved with BPP. With a wonderful sense of ensemble and a no holds bar approach to audience participation, The Blizzard Rewind is pure fun. Their biggest success: projecting a timer throughout that no one seems to fixate on. Enjoy this wild celebration of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s 30th Anniversary.

See The Blizzard Rewind on Theatre on the Square’s Main Stage:
Friday, August 27 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 28 at 1:30 pm
Sunday, August 29 at 7:30 pm

A Brighter Shade of Blue

Paul Strickland brings his unique flavor of comedy to the ComedySportz stage this IndyFringe. Half one man show, half stand up routine, Strickland manages a sweet message in his down-to-earth, laugh-out-loud show. Drawing material largely from a recent divorce, Strickland teaches by example as he places a positive spin on each tragedy he shares. From growing up in Hope Grounds trailer park torn between optimists and realists to his ex-wife’s childlike outlook on the world, Strickland spins his own pessimism into hilarious quips revealing a deeper struggle to find the silver lining in a gray world. With tremendous organization from bit to bit, Strickland ably introduces ideas, jumping from story with a twinkle in his deep blue eyes.Whether or not you find yourself struggling to find the upside in troubling times, A Brighter Shade of Blue is definitely worth seeing.

Catch it at Comedy Sportz:
Friday, August 27 at 10:30 pm
Saturday, August 28 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, August 29 at 1:30 pm
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Fringe Festival, Part Two: 2010 Season

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