2016 Festival Aug 18 – 28th

IndyFringe Talks

News, views, reviews and show notes from the Indy Fringe community

People behind the Fringe

IndyFringe has the best staff of volunteers of any Fringe festival, to which I can attest as I’ve participated in four Fringe festivals besides Indy. Some festivals simply don’t have the community support that IndyFringe has, and performers are left to secure their own staff to run the house and box office.

At IndyFringe, all performers have to do is show up and put on a good show–that is once they have completed the labor of love of creating, perfecting, and marketing–and the rest of the work is completed by volunteers. Whereas performers can earn monetary profits from their efforts, a volunteer’s only reward is a sense of satisfaction for helping the arts scene in Indy.

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Loren Niemi: Bad Brother…Good Human

IndyFringe16: Another Post from Perfect Strangers Loren Niemi, a storyteller based out of Minneapolis, is perhaps best known in these parts as one-half of the duo that has brought Indy 55 Minutes of Sex, Drugs, and Audience Participation for several years. Niemi is...

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Sleeping Beauty

On the same stage earlier in the evening came the high-energy "Class, Grass & Ass," a Las Vegas-style extravaganza of often naughty song and dance starring Deb Mullins. The show's star has a long performing history in the area, and the loyal, close-to-capacity...

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Beyond Ballet

Opportunities for going contrary to expectation on the one hand, reinforcing what you're known for on the other, and surprising and mystifying an audience on the third (an impossibility suggested by the show I'm thinking of) abound at the 12th annual IndyFringe...

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An Evening with the Authors

Book readings are typically stuffy affairs .  But there is nothing stuffy about this evening with the authors. From a cat burglar to a Cajun writer, to a man who wanders in off the street and insists on reading to the group there's nothing typical about these authors...

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So Proudly We Hailed?

A complex serious of sketches, So Proudly We Hailed points out the places where our American values and the ownership of guns intersect. When you enter the theatre, the massive flag hanging on the wall dominates the space. As a regular attendee of Fringe shows, I...

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An Alien of Extraordinary Ability

Believe it or not, this provocative title is the label given by the US Government to this amazing performer, Simon Coronel. A native of Australia, the promise of listening to a delicious Aussie accent inspired me to see the show. Not only did I enjoy his action, Simon...

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Haul & Oatz Captured My Heart

When I was in college, one of my favorite bands was Hall and Oats. I knew all their songs by heart, and waited in very long lines to see them in person. So when I saw the preview of this new show from Defiance Comedy I was hooked. The premise is simple. Our heroes are...

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