You-review-it Monday: Indy Fringe, GenCon and more

August 20, 2012
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From the GenConers downtown to the Indy Friners on Mass Ave. to the last days of the Indiana State Fair to the motorcyclists everywhere, Indy was certainly a lively place over the weekend. I'll be writing about my IndyFringe finds and the best of the user-friendly GenCon games in upcoming blogs and columns. 

In the meantime, share your weekend experiences here. 

Your thoughts?

  • Fringe
    I spent a huge chunk of the weekend at Fringe seeing mostly great shows -- Going Going Gone (w/ Claire Wilcher and John Patrick Coan), Souvenir, Creatures of the Night, The Sunset Limited, JFK vs. the UnDead, Feed Your Nightmares, Do Re Mi Fa So Latino, Victory?!, 465 Sex Drive, and finally SUMMERPOCOLYPSE to close the weekend. So much more to see and not enough time or money. I wish I had kept some of that Monopoly money from Going Going Gone...
    • Gen Con weekend
      I did all four days of Gen Con. Tried out miniature games, bought a few games and books from the exhibitors hall, and hung out with my children and a friend. Had a great time. Makes for a perfect local vacation although it can be tiring and hectic.
    • Could be anywhere
      standing at the corner of New Jersey and Mass Ave around 10pm on Saturday night and was so pleased at what I saw - people everywhere, traffic, hustle and bustle...Fringe fans, the Murat crowd just let out, the motorcyclists everywhere, the Athaeneum crowd, lights on the trees, banners on the lamp posts...could have been in any city - and so happy it was Indianapolis!!! If you say there is nothing to do in town, look again!
    • Busy in Indy
      10 pm last Saturday night...the corner of New Jersey and Mass Ave...people everywhere, hustle and bustle, Fringe fans, motorcycle madness, the Murat crowd just let out from Il Volo, the Athenaeum in full swing...we could have been in any big city and so happy we were in Indy. If you say there is nothing to do in town, look again!!!
    • Nice mobs
      The Cataracts music event in Fountain Square was a blast. Multiple house parties with music from all over. I stayed for about two hours - and loved it. Walked around downtown Saturday night checking out all of the motorcycles on Meridian and the Circle. Also wandered around checking out the Gen Con crowd. Pretty fun. The Georgia Street walkway stayed pretty busy until late. It was nice to have the food trucks out there to keep feeding the masses.
    • See Fringe Shows for Free
      By volunteering at
    • IndyFringe
      I'm planning on - and really looking forward to - seeing JFK vs. the UnDead this coming Sat! It's my first time at IndyFringe...not sure I can handle all the fringe-ness but as the kids say: YOLO! ha ha
    • Mission Intrigue
      Having just returned from California Saturday afternoon it was a thrill to return to beautiful weather and Mass Ave loaded with people watching, discussing and enjoying the community through performing arts. My favorite shows so far are BOT. for innovation and Ivy and Rose for pure fun. I have launched a blog this past month and am joined in reviewing Fringe shows by 6 other young professionals, some with theatre backgrounds and some wide-eyed and new. Follow our adventures at
    • Latino?
      How did you feel about "Do Re Mi Fa So Latino"? I was considering checking it out -- the preview looked really interesting.
    • Loved this week end
      Mass ave, gencon, motorbikes, grand prix bicycle races in fountain square. The city was really alive and it was so much fun! Busier in some places downtown than it was during the super bowl. Great weather too. I love this town.
    • The Case of the Criminally Underattended Nancy Drew
      Sunday night at 10:30pm I caught a very clever one woman show brought to life on TOTS Stage 2 by the delightful Kim McCann with a deft, subtle hand. The show was criminally under-attended, even considering the time slot. I sincerely hope McCann's other performances draw a bigger crowd because her show was remarkably intelligent. It's not flashy. It's not loud. In fact almost the entire piece is presented in a calm, subdued manner. That's a very brave choice, and while I'm certain not everyone will appreciate it, I did. This show is absolutely not bread and circuses, but while she doesn't pander to the lowest common denominator in the house, neither does McCann try to condescend or talk down to anyone. She's inviting the audience to join her on a very high plane of cerebral entertainment, and she'll help you get there if you are willing. If you want to see something that is both engaging and challenging, I can sincerely recommend "Screw You, I'm Nancy Drew."
    • Me, too, Nancy Drew
      I saw "Screw You, Nancy Drew" last night and came away feeling disappointed by the ending, which seemed to do an about-face from the show's hilarious and feminist beginning. However, actor Scot Greenwell (appearing in the excellent "Creatures of the Night" Indy Fringe show, not the Nancy Drew show) suggested I consider the whole show as historical fiction. I woke up this morning still thinking about the Nancy Drew show and Scot's comment. And it's true: if you think of the whole thing as historical fiction, it works brilliantly. In a way, that makes it even more depressing because in many ways what was true in 1959 is still true today. Nonetheless, it's a brilliant show. And that frees me to thoroughly enjoy remembering the show's delicious humor and thought-provoking exploration of racism and an editor's power. Yup. I'm very glad I got to see "Screw You, Nancy Drew." It had a full house last night. If you go, make sure you adjust your seat so that you have a clear view of both of the chairs on the set. ****** Justin, I'm enjoying your new arts blog! I'll always be loyal to Lou Harry's arts blog first, even though I don't make time to comment on it as much as I used to, but as he often says, it is great to have more voices in the conversation. The Indy Fringe continues through this Sunday. I'm off to see some more shows tonight! Hope Baugh Indy Theatre Habit
    • grr
      And now I'm remembering one of the reasons I stopped commenting here: no paragraph breaks. Gr.. Hope Baugh Indy Theatre Habit
    • Fringe
      Former Fringe board member here and this is the first year in five years I get to concentrate on shows instead of volunteering. Best show so far for me is Breaking Rank. A Vietnam anti-war activist gets drafted and follows every order but continues his anti-war discussions during basic training at Fort Hood and the true story of the reaction by the Army is both humorous and poignant. Mr. Petric plays himself in this one man show and the final comments relating to Bradley Manning and Wiki-leaks causes you to really think hard about War,freedom and personal responsibility. Brilliant story-telling.

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