Here comes IndyFringe 

Could three times be the charm? The Indianapolis Fringe Festival is back in its third incarnation, with more shows than ever before, not to mention an expanded Fringe Next, featuring shows by high school and college students, plus the Visual Fringe and Fringe Film (see page 17 for more coverage).

Starting on Friday night and running through next weekend, you’ll have a chance to see comedy, magic, dance and drama in a variety of Massachusetts Avenue venues: the Athenaeum, Theatre on the Square and the Phoenix for adult shows; ComedySportz for Fringe Next.

Like Fringes past, this year’s festival is a great chance to sample Indy’s up-and-coming performance art talent — check out shows by Motus, Big Car, NoExit, Red Dragon, The People’s Playhouse, Arson Theatre/Fat Girls, Elements, Arden, Theatre Non Nobis and Inklings. Then there are such local standbys as Susurrus and bogey free projects entering the Fringe for the first time. Perennial favorites Shantz Theatre and Cool Table are back again. New shows, such as Bloomington-based Nell Weatherwax’s improvised physical theater and Big Car’s gothic and surreal I Am Another You, are certain to create a stir.

And this year sees more international groups than ever before, including the In Between Butoh Dance Company from Italy, Alice Nelson from Canada, Ben Levein from Israel and England’s Matt Panesh. Finally, it wouldn’t be IndyFringe without Taylor Martin; this one-man cabaret is back with a history-themed show.

If you can’t wait until Friday, you can attend the IndyFringe Opening Night in the Auditorium at the Athenaeum, Thursday, Aug. 23: a chance to meet and greet performers from around the world. It starts at 5:30, runs until 7:30 and is free of charge. After that, you have to buy a “Backer Button” for $3, a one-time only purchase that enables you to buy tickets for individual Fringe shows. Those tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students. Five- and 10-show passes are also available. All tickets are cash only for general admission seating. One hundred percent of all proceeds go directly to Fringe performers. For more information, call 317-497-8651 or 317-491-8657, or go to

See NUVO next week for the definitive look at this year’s Fringe.

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