Black in the Box

Black in the Box

An inadvertent commentary on what made the late Dick Gregory special came through in the one-man IndyFringe festival show “Black in the Box,” which I saw at the Phoenix UndergroundSunday ¬†afternoon. Gregory pioneered direct talk about race in stand-up...

The Best of Indy Magic Monthly Volume 2

Comedy was threaded throughout Volume 2 of “The Best of Indy Magic Monthly” later that evening at Theatre on the Square, the home of Taylor Martin’s productions for the past nine years. Beginning next month the series will move to the IndyFringe Indy...

Approaching Happiness

Two years ago I took in Krish Mohan’s debut as an Indy Fringe performer. I found him funny but unfocused and more than a little squeamish about identity issues. The son of immigrants from India, brought to the US as a child, the slender Pittsburgh-based comedian...

Mother Night

People with large book collections have to endure mysterious losses over the years. The one I regret most is my autographed paperback copy of “Mother Night.” With a crinkly smile, Kurt Vonnegut signed my purchase at an Ann Arbor bookstore in 1968 or early...