I want to begin this review with a call to action. Let’s fill the seats for this show tonight at 9:00, Friday at 7:30, and Sunday at 4:30.

I’m a counter, I count things. I think it’s part of being a musician or maybe it’s the ADHD. So, I count the number of geese that fly overhead, I count steps, and I count empty seats. At Wednesday night’s performance of The Only Thing Worse You Could’ve Told Me, there were 24 unfilled seats.

The Script

This award-winning show was written by Dan Butler of television’s “Frazier.” It was first produced in 1994, 25-years ago. Unfortunately, not enough has changed about what it means to be a gay man in America, in those 25 years. The stories of the ten characters are as fresh and true today as they were when written. So, you should fill the seats for the story. I promise it will move you.

The Production Company

The show is produced by Be Out Loud Theatre (BOLT),  Indianapolis’s Exclusively LGBTQ+ theatre company. You should support BOLT. That alone should be enough reason to go.

The Actor

However, here’s why you should go. Michael Swinford is a consummate actor, storyteller, and entertainer. His performance will make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye, and leave you emotionally charged. He plays the ten characters without costume changes (okay, one character did wear a hat). Michael brings all ten characters to life with his sheer artistry. After the show, while walking Mass Ave, my wife and I counted the characters (she’s a musician too) and marveled at how unique each was. We were moved by this performance.

Let’s Fill the Seats

So, go see this show because of the story, to support the production company, the actor, and most of all because it’s a message that needs to be heard. Let’s fill some seats.

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Performance Times

Thursday Aug 22nd, 9:00PM

Friday Aug 23rd, 7:30PM

Sunday Aug 25th, 4:30PM