Click here for your 2014 IndyFringe schedule 

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Well, no, you'll have to click once more, because your best spot for info on the 2014 IndyFringe Festival, coming up Aug. 14-24, is the Fringe site — and then we'd suggest scrolling down to the program and at-a-glance schedule, which are a little easier to navigate than the site's schedule if you're on a device that likes PDFs. (And yes, you may have noticed that the guide wasn't produced this year by NUVO. Biz-ness is biz-ness as they say, but be it known that NUVO will still be reviewing the heck out of the Fringe.)

New this year: You will not need to buy a backer button to attend shows (free buttons will be available for those who like to wear, collect or just fondly look at buttons). So that's some savings right there, but adult tickets are now running $15 per show (up from $10 last year) — or $12 for students and seniors, and $5 for kids under 12. Also note that Fringe is selling 100 percent of tickets for each show in advance, meaning, of course, that shows can sell out before sales start at the door. Finally, note the two-for-one deal for tickets on opening night. 

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We try not to play favorites before the action gets started: Some excellent shows have been compromised by a crappy photo and impenetrable description in the guide, not to mention that we haven't a clue about out-of-towners making their first IndyFringe visit. But take note of local vets on the schedule: Q Artistry with Journey of the Kookaburra, comedian Scott Long, storyteller Lou Ann Homan, NoExit with a cybernetic take on Alice in Wonderland, ShawdowApe with a new play by Ben Ayers, Three Dollar Bill with a Hoosier-themed musical, storytellers Sally Perkins (note her totally disturbing poster art) and Bob Sander, dance companies Motus and Dance Kaleidoscope (the latter with a piece choreographed by the dancers themselves), plus the Indianapolis Men's Chorus and Fourth Wall Ensemble. 


Whew. Taking a breath. Also look for reprises of Fringe hit 7(x1)Samurai, which finds David Gaines playing all the samurai from Seven Samurai, and Different Trains Electric Counterpoint, a dance piece set to music by Steve Reich and Pat Matheny last presented by Sussurus at Fringe in 2007. And we're wondering what the always fun storytellers Paul Strickland and Stewart Huff have in mind. And about that version of Lolita told by "three idiots." And, hey, Lou Harry has a new play. And look, an Australian poet laureate is doing a faux radio broadcast (not to mention the latest installment in Bloomington Playwrights Project series of death metal-themed faux podcasts). Plus, Matt Graham, the Scrabble expert who was in town earlier this year is here with his latest monologue. And we'll stop there. Look over the program. Start penciling in your schedule. It has begun.

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